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York Early College Academy

Grades: 6-12
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108-35 167th Street
Jamaica NY 11433
Phone: 718-262-8547

Our Insights

What’s Special

Accelerated program for all students; chance to graduate with 2 years' college credit

The Downside

Large classes, few openings in 9th grade

York Early College Academy, a small school serving grades 6-12, is based on the belief that all students, not just the top performers, can do accelerated work and graduate from high school with credits for up to two years of college work.

The middle school accepts students with a wide range of test scores and grades, yet all are expected to take the algebra and earth science Regents exams by 8th grade. Starting in the summer of 9th grade, students take some classes at nearby York College taught by college professors. By the time they are seniors they take all of their classes on the York College campus (although generally their classmates are other high school students).  This coursework enables many to apply to college as transfer students, rather than first year students.

Principal Noah Angeles is a firm believer that all children, including those with Individual Education Plans (IEPs), benefit from demanding academics.  “When some children take accelerated classes and some don’t,” the principal says, “We’re marginalizing kids. … Even if you come in with an IEP you’re going to be in 8th grade algebra. You’re going to be taking college level classes.”

By most measures, the effort seems to be succeeding. Attendance is high, and the school gets high marks from students, parents and teachers. Students find the work challenging and believe that their teachers help prepare them for the next level, according to the school survey. York middle school students score substantially above the city average on the state standardized tests.

Almost all high school students graduate within four years, more than half of them with the academically demanding advanced Regents diploma. Almost all are prepared to do college work without remedial help.

Most students go on to four-year CUNY and State University of New York colleges. Six months after they graduate from high school, students who attended York are far more likely to be enrolled in college than other city students, according to a report by CUNY’s Early College Initiative.

To get to that point, York Early College students work hard and attend classes in July, and a Saturday academy as exam season draws closer. The workload is manageable, Angeles says, particularly with the tutoring, counseling and other help the school provides. “If you have a strong supportive environment, kids will do fine,” he said.

The school has opted for relatively large class sizes, so that the smaller number of classes for each subject can meet for a longer period of time. As a result, classrooms are crowded, but students are attentive and participate in discussions. A class of 6th graders eagerly talked about their learning styles while another middle school humanities class compared a work by Dr. Seuss with one by Rudyard Kipling. An 11th grade chemistry teachers sparked a lively talk when he asked his prodded his students on why they would want to learn about substances “I want some real world tangible applications,” he said.

All middle school students take software engineering and a different arts offering each year.  The school offers four years of Spanish. Eleventh graders take political science. Students also take trips, including some overnights, to places such as Boston (with a side trip to Harvard University), Taconic State Park and Washington, D.C.

York shares its somewhat drab building with two middle schools, JHS 8 Richard Grossley and  the Emerson School. The schools share the cafeteria, gym and auditorium. The York middle school students also participate in some activities with the other two schools. Although the building has a troubled reputation, York students give their school high marks for safety.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has special education services and team teaching classes that include some students with special needs. All students, though, take college courses.

ADMISSIONS: The middle school is open to students and residents of District 28 with priority going to those who attend an open house. There are many more applicants for the 6th grade than there are seats. Students are selected by lottery. More than 80 percent of eighth graders remain at York Early College for High School and they have priority, filling almost all 9th grade seats. There are a few openings, though, with preference going to Queens students or residents. To be admitted, a student must attend the open house. Criteria include grades in major subjects, standardized test scores, attendance and punctuality, along with an interview and writing exercise. (Gail Robinson, October 2017)

 

 

 

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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?
79%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
90%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
93%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.6

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?
56%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
62%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
York Early College Academy
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
77%
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
97%
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
89%
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
98%
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
99%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
658
Asian
26%
Black
51%
Hispanic
9%
White
1%
Other
13%
Free or reduced priced lunch
69%
Students with disabilities
11%
English language learners
1%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
10%
20% 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?
17%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
33%
17% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

York Early College Academy
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts, Math
  • Individual Interview (On-Site)
  • Writing Exercise (On-Site)

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP World History: Modern

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling

Girls PSAL teams

Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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

Contact & Location

Location

Jamaica (District 28)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q111, Q112, Q113, Q114, Q4, Q42, Q5, Q60, Q83, Q84, Q85, X64

Contact

Principal
Noah Angeles
Parent Coordinator
Linda Perry

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with JHS 8 and the Emerson School
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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