York Early College Academy

Grades 6-12
Staff Pick

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

Our Review

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)

 

 

 

About the students

Enrollment
620
Asian
30.5%
Black
47.3%
Hispanic
10.3%
White
1.3%
Other
10.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with JHS 8 and the Emerson School
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
107%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
7%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
34%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
67%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.5
6.2 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
63%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
60%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
94%
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
70%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
60%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
63%
37% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Visual arts (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
73%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
63%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
73%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
84%
37% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
York Early College Academy
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
99%
85% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
56%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
1%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
89%
49% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
98%
49% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
90%
73% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
2.04
1.8 Citywide Average
Average math score for ICT students
2.55
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.11
2.0 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.56
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
60%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
93%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
73% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

York Early College Academy
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

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

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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Location

108-35 167th Street
Jamaica NY 11433
Jamaica (District 28)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q111, Q112, Q113, Q114, Q4, Q42, Q5, Q60, Q83, Q84, Q85, X64

Contact

Phone
718-262-8547
Principal
Noah Angeles
Parent Coordinator
Linda Perry

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