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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. (Gail Robinson, DOE material, September 2018)



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School Stats

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How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 599


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report, and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Rockaway Collegiate High School (Q48A)

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.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, Calculus (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), ELA (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

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Contact & Location


100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Queens NY 11694

Trains: H Line to Beach 105th St

Buses: Q21, Q22, Q53-SBS, QM16


Principal: Shazima Ali

Parent Coordinator: Jennifer Rondon


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Beach Channel Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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