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Village Academy

Grades: 6-8
10-45 Nameoke Street
Queens NY 11691
Phone: 718-471-6042

Our Insights

What’s Special

Cultivates a family-friendly tone

The Downside

Test scores have a ways to go

Founded in 2009, Village Academy is a tiny middle school that places a high priority on helping families as well as students. “Parents are key to the success of any child,” said Principal Doris Lee, and this accounts for the school's name, based on the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." 

“We support parents with finding employment, including writing resumes and providing interview clothes,” Lee told Practice Makes Perfect, a partner organization that provides academic support for Village Academy students. Parent workshop topics range from immigration to nutrition. Former students come back for help applying to college.

Lee sets a cheery and hopeful tone. Her own life story can inspire others: She grew up in public housing, and went on to earn a doctorate. “I knew that I wanted a better life and that education would support me in achieving my goal,” she told Practice Makes Perfect. 

The school faces significant challenges. The overwhelming majority of incoming students have already fallen two or more years behind in reading and math, state test scores show.  The school takes part in the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI), the city program designed to boost reading levels with a longer school day and special activities such as a debate team. 

High-achieving students may apply to an honor's track. Tutoring is available to prepare for the specialized high school exam.

Village Academy shares a building with MS 53 and Success Academy Far Rockaway Charter School, an elementary school. The building, constructed to withstand earthquakes, looks imposing from the outside; inside, it has metal detectors. Village Academy is on an upper floor with cheery yellow walls and windows facing a courtyard. NYC school surveys show students feel safe in school.

Special education:  There are Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classes on every grade, which mix special and general needs students with two teachers.

Admissions: Village Academy shares the MS 53 zone. Students may choose between the two schools. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 2019)

 

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
78%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
47%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
10.1

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
27%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
27%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology, High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety, and Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
25%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
378
Asian
2%
Black
57%
Hispanic
39%
White
2%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
17%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
34%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
1%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
2%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A Line to Far Rockaway - Mott Ave
Buses: Q113, Q114, Q22, QM17

Contact

Principal
Doris Lee
Parent Coordinator
Kimberly Kitt Cooper

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with MS 53 and Success Academy Far Rockaway Charter
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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