York Early College Academy

Grades: 6-12
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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)




School Stats


How many students 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 achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 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
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 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?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

York Early College Academy

Admissions Method: Screened


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP World History: Modern, AP United States History

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling

Girls PSAL teams

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

Coed PSAL teams


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Contact & Location


108-35 167th Street
Jamaica NY 11433

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q111, Q112, Q113, Q114, Q4, Q42, Q5, Q60, Q83, Q84, Q85, X64


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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