Lots of field trips and hands-on learning
Out of the way location
On the edge of Jamaica Bay, Channel View School for Research focuses on activities that get children outside the classroom—such as studying marine life or cleaning up the shore.
“It’s active learning and it makes a connection to real life. They’re not just learning geometry. They’re learning how to build a city,” Principal Denise Harper-Richardson says.
A small school serving grades 6 to 12, Channel View has “large school opportunities with a small school feel,” says Harper-Richardson, a former assistant principal who became principal in 2014. It offers arts electives, oceanography, robotics, and a full complement of academic classes including French, Spanish, chemistry and physics.
Channel View uses the EL Learning approach, formerly known as Expeditionary Learning, which is a component of NYC Outward Bound schools. Students are divided into groups of about 15, called “crews,” that meet daily with a teacher and stay together for several years. Ninth-graders go on a four-day wilderness trip, and students at all levels work on community problems.
Students work together in many classes, often on projects. Classes seem calm and organized, with most students participating in discussions and listening to their classmates and the teacher. Students seem to work well with one another. In a 12th grade physics class, for example, students easily questioned fellow classmates about concepts they did not understand as a teacher stood by to offer additional help.
Academic demands are significant. Students do as much as two hours of work a night and are expected to read extensively.
Every middle school grade includes two team teaching classes, combining general education and special education students, an accelerated class, an honors class and one other class. Those in the accelerated classes take Regents exams in 8th grade.
The middle school humanities class combines English and social studies, and students have as many as 14 periods of it a week. Seventh graders read Touching Sprit Bear, a novel about a contemporary Native American teenager; they also studied pre-colonial life among the Lenapes and wrote a fiction piece from the perspective of a Lenape.
Middle school test scores lag behind the city average but Harper-Richardson says high test scores are not the school's primary objective. “Our focus is that [students] be well rounded and have good character,” she said. “We know we are on the right track.”
The graduation rate is high, and the school has worked to improve college readiness, adding extra hours of classroom time in math and enabling students to take classes at the City University of New York.
Channel View has one full-time college counselor and an intern working on college admission. There are frequent college trips so by the time students graduate they will have seen about 30 colleges. In mid December, the entire school takes part in a celebration to cheer seniors on as they submit their college applications.
Channel View shares a building with three other schools: New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV, Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability and Rockaway Collegiate High School. The Channel View students enter through their own door but, like all others in the building, have to go through metal detectors. The school shares athletic facilities and varsity teams accept student from all schools in the building.
While the school’s location gives students views of the water and the Manhattan skyline, Channel View is difficult to reach, particularly for families who do not live on the Rockaway Peninsula. Despite that, Richards says, students are coming from an increasingly wide geographic area, and the school is becoming more ethnically diverse.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has two integrated team teaching classes on each grade. Channel Views hosts an ASD Nest Program and Horizon program for children with autism spectrum disorders In Nest, students with ASD learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, while the Horizon classes are self-contained. The graduation rate for students with disabilities is far above the citywide average.
ADMISSIONS: For middle school, District 27 students and residents have priority, followed by children from elsewhere in Queens. A student interview as well as test scores, grades, attendance, punctuality and teacher recommendations are taken into account. High school: Most Channel View 8th-graders stay for high school. For rising 9th-graders new to the school, priority goes to District 27. The school does not admit any new students to 10th grade. (Gail Robinson, September 2017)
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Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Research Technology & Robotics
CVSR utilizes computers robotics and drone technology to research real world problems. Students learn programming, web-design, gaming, engineering and robotics.
Channel View School for Research ASD Nest Program
Channel View School for Research D75 Inclusion Program
Channel View College & Career Readiness Program
Students are offered a rigorous and engaging college and career readiness program.
Channel View School for Research ASD Horizon Program
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP United States History, AP Seminar, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP World History: Modern, AP Research, AP Human Geography, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Biology
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Contact & Location
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY 11694
Trains: , to Beach 105th St
Buses: Q21, Q22, Q53-SBS, QM16
This school shares the Beach Channel Educational Campus with two other schools