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Rockaway Collegiate High School

Grades: 9-12
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY
Phone: 718-734-3290

Our Insights

What’s Special

Variety of supports for students

The Downside

Low achievement

Rockaway Collegiate High School opened in September 2011 in the Beach Channel Educational Campus to give students extra time and support to help them succeed in high school and beyond. It tries to bring what it describes as a “college bound culture” to the low-income Rockaway community.

To aid this, Rockaway is a community school providing an array of services for students and their families in collaboration with Partnership with Children. The school also works with a family services organization called Sheltering Arms to provide counseling to some students and their families.

Students in 9th grade are programmed for a double period of algebra, and tutoring is available during, before and after school. School staff has sought out various techniques, such as use of visual material, to help all students, but particularly low-achieving ones.

Many students arrive substantially below grade level and continue to struggle academically. The school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan notes that Rockaway Collegiate students are slow to amass credits and that pass rates on some Regents exams are low. About two thirds of students graduate in four years, and only about a quarter are considered ready for college-level work. Fewer than half enroll in a college or career training program within six months of high school graduation.

The school has faced many challenges. A year after it opened, Hurricane Sandy struck, forcing students to leave the Beach Channel Education Campus for months. More recently the Department of Education placed a charter school in the building, over the opposition of many in the community. And an article in the New York Post  highlighted a lack of order and discipline in the school. Rockaway Collegiate also has had three principals in five years.

The school offers several Advanced Placement classes, dance and visual arts. The photo above shows students on a field trip to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (photo from JBWR website). Rockaway Collegiate shares the Beach Channel campus with the charter school – New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV – as well as a 6-12 school – Channel View School for Research – and Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability. The campus has extensive athletic facilities, and fields a variety athletics teams that compete as the Dolphins.

Special education: Rockaway has both team teaching classes with a mix of special and general education students and self-contained classes for students with disabilities. 

Admissions: Rockaway Collegiate serves mostly the surrounding community and gives priority to Queens students but will accept students from anywhere in the city. It does not screen applicants. The school usually does not fill all seats and has some openings for in-coming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, DOE material, September 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?
48%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
71%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
47%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
57%
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?
67%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
0.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
64%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
28%
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?
48%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
327
Asian
2%
Black
54%
Hispanic
36%
White
7%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
90%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
12%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
80%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
58%
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?
42%
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 Collegiate High School
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

Starting in the ninth grade, students learn to read complex texts and are required to write in all subject areas showing a connection across all contents. In the 11th grade, students can begin to earn college credits and take college courses.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture

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
Patrick Murray
Parent Coordinator
Jennifer Rondon

Other Details

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

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