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Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VI

Grades: 6-8
8-21 Bay 25 Street
Queens NY 11691
Phone: 718-471-6934

Our Insights

What’s Special

Modeled after the Air Force philosophy of leadership training

The Downside

Some friction between principal and teachers

Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy (KAPPA) VI is modeled after the Air Force philosophy of leadership training. Students are called “cadets” and must wear a formal uniform including a collared shirt, tie and jacket. They call their teachers “professors” and classes are referred to as a “squadrons.”

To foster independent learning, teachers are encouraging self-reflection. Students regularly share their work with their peers and use checklists to make sure they include everything they need in an assignment before handing it in. A student said that peer feedback  “adds another layer to make sure we get the highest grade possible,” according to the school’s most recent Quality Review.

Class-wide and group discussions help students make sense of their work, whether it’s conversations between students in the science lab as they work on an experiment, or a discussion in English on emulating the ideas and advice contained in published letters by author Anna Deavere Smith. 

Group work is common in a lot classes and teachers sometimes group students by abilities, such as for conferences that focus on reviewing a particular skill, and sometimes they group students to ensure a range of abilities are represented.

Overall the school earned strong marks on its most recent Quality Review. However, teachers' responses to the annual school survey suggest there’s some friction with longtime principal, Gary Dumornay with far fewer teachers than the citywide average saying he’s an effective manager.  

The school offers high school-level courses in algebra, Living Environment and United States history and most students earn high school credit by the end of 8th grade.

There’s a range of enrichment courses, including art and music. The school fields a math team that competes in citywide math competitions.

To help them with the transition to middle school, 6th-graders attend a four-day orientation before the start of the school year.

KAPPA VI shares space in the Far Rockaway Campus building with three other small schools: Academy of Medical Technology, Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School and Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes.

ADMISSIONS: Open to Queens students. Admission is based on a review of students’ test scores, grades records of attendance, punctuality and behavior, an onsite assessment, an interview and attendance at an open house or information session. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, October 2018)



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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
0% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
39% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A Line to Beach 25th St-Wavecrest
Buses: Q114, Q22, QM17


Jason Murray
Parent Coordinator
Michelle Louis Juste

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Far Rockaway Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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