Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VI

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

The school is modeled after the Air Force philosophy of leadership training

The Downside

Students must enter through a metal detector

Our Review

Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VI (KAPPA VI) occupies two floors in the beautiful Far Rockaway campus. Though students must enter through a metal detector, Principal Gary Dumornay is on hand to welcome his students to this unusual public school, modeled after the Air Force philosophy of leadership training. Students, who are called cadets, wear a formal uniform of blue slacks (khaki for eighth graders), light blue shirts, ties and, on Fridays, jackets. Each class, called a squadron, is named after a NASA space mission, such as Apollo, Odyssey and Endeavor.

The school’s aim is to be an “Ivy League Middle School Academy,” with a long-run goal of preparing students for college. It appears to be making strides in that direction. The school offers the high school-level algebra and Living Environment Regents exams to eighth graders, increasing the chance that they will be prepared to take Advanced Placement courses in high school. Students are encouraged to take the specialized high school admissions test, and every year some are accepted. Apart from the city-wide dip in test scores in 2010, KAPPA VI students have so far done well on both English language arts and math tests. In fact, math at the school is a point of pride, and the school’s math team competes in city-wide math competitions, and has done very well at recent events. Students also compete to answer a weekly math problem, with a prize for the first correct answer.

Some students continue to struggle with some basic skills. However, both Dumornay and the teachers we spoke with stress the level of support they are offering students, including after school and Saturday help and illustrations of how to structure their writing. We looked over student essays in a variety of subjects, and they show the result of this help. The essays were clearly organized and thoughtful, yet some contained some basic grammatical and spelling errors.

KAPPA VI also offers a wide range of enrichment courses, including art and music. During our visit we heard the student band playing the opening theme of “Star Wars.” More than half the students stay for after school activities, which include homework help, leadership activities and even flight simulation. Students also visit local colleges, like St. John’s University and New York University.

Dumornay stresses that parent involvement is a key part of making the school work. Parents must sign a contract when their child is accepted, requiring them to participate in at least eight Parent-Teacher Association meetings, and to make sure students wear their uniforms every day.

Special Education: The school offers Collaborative Team Teaching classes.

Admissions: Parents must attend an open house to get an application. Students must submit grades and an essay. Both parents and student are interviewed by the school. Most students are from Queens, but the school accepts students from other boroughs. (Tom Jacobs, March 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
259
Asian
4.6%
Black
56.0%
Hispanic
36.7%
White
2.3%
Other
0.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
7%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Far Rockaway Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
77%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
3%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
67%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
40%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
34%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
50%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
45%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
64%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
94%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
44%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
62%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
27%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
36%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
71%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
63%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
70%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
US History, Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
80%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
96%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Channel View School for Research, Queens HS for Information, Research, and Technology, and Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
57%
42% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.78
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.17
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.28
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.06
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.14
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
73%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
95%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

8-21 Bay 25 Street
Queens NY 11691
Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A to Beach 25th St-Wavecrest
Buses: Q114, Q22

Contact

Phone
718-471-6934
Principal
Gary Dumornay
Parent Coordinator
Michelle Louis Juste

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