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Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability

Grades: 9-12
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY 11694
Phone: 718-734-3280

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students learn to build boats; free childcare for student-parents

The Downside

School disrupted because of Hurricane Sandy

The Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability is designed to offer projects and activities to students who may be turned off by traditional academics. Students may paddle a kayak or learn carpentry to build boats. Community partners offer students paid summer jobs, according to the high school directory.

The school, housed in the Beach Channel Educational Complex, was founded in 2010 by Principal Jennifer Connolly, who previously taught in an alternative high school. Connolly was born on the Rockaway Peninsula; her mother graduated from Far Rockaway High School and her grandmother was a crossing guard in the neighborhood.

Like the rest of the Rockaways, the school suffered a blow during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, and the building was closed for four months.

“The aftereffects are still felt today, through student displacement and economic hardship,” according to the school’s 2018-19 Comprehensive Educational Plan. There are “no bookstores, one small public library, no movie theaters or arts venues, one YMCA, and limited grocery and restaurant options.” Most student live in surrounding housing projects and small bungalows or former summer cottages.

Beach Channel Educational Complex offers free childcare for students’ children in the LYFE center.

Graduates have been admitted to St John's University, Wells College, Buffalo State College, Delaware State, SUNY Farmingdale and Hunter College, according to the CEP.

Admissions: The school has not filled its seats in recent years. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics, December 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
63%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
74%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
46%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
58%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
2% 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?
92%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
8.4

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
74%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
39%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
22%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
50%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
304
Asian
3%
Black
43%
Hispanic
40%
White
9%
Other
5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
90%
Students with disabilities
30%
English language learners
12%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
78%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
63%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
50%
66% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
The Green Carpentry Program
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

The carpentry course of study is designed to create an appreciation of the industry and to develop entry-level skills within the carpentry trade, currently on the way to being CTE certified. Students will develop skills that ensure a successful transition from high school to postsecondary institutions.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP United States History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A Line, S Line to Beach 105th St
Buses: Q21, Q22, Q53-SBS, QM16

Contact

Principal
Jennifer Connolly
Parent Coordinator
Teresa Damelio

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Beach Channel Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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