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Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences

Grades: 9-12
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY 11432
Phone: 718-480-2689
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Our Insights

What’s Special

High-level academics for students interested in math and science

The Downside

Metal detectors

Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences, housed in the Jamaica Educational Campus, offers a challenging curriculum designed to prepare for careers in medicine, science and technology.

 

Students are required to take four years of math and science and may go on field trips related to their coursework. For example, students in chemistry and AP biology have visited Stony Brook University for a lab experience day and physics students went to Six Flags for physics day. The school also offers Regents tutoring on weekends and after school. Students may take College Now courses with CUNY for college credit.

 

The school does a good job preparing students for college, and a higher proportion graduate with an Advanced Regents than at a typical New York City high school, according to city data.

 

Formerly the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education at Jamaica, a program held in the old Jamaica High School, Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences opened as a stand alone school in 2011. The school has maintained its partnership with the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education, an organization that provides rigorous academic programs in science, math and literacy that prepare students for success in college.

 

The school shares the Jamaica Educational Campus building with two other high schools and a 6-12 school. The schools share facilities and sports teams including baseball, basketball, football, golf, handball, track, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. Unfortunately, students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. Most students report feeling safe inside the building and on their way to school, according to survey results.

 

The school is making efforts to provide students with more support, with three guidance counselors, a social worker and a college advisor. A large support team means that students have a positive supportive environment where their social and emotional developmental and academic success is addressed regularly. Students also have advisory and college prep classes to ensure they have the skills they need when they graduate.

 

Admissions: Educational option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-performing students. Preference to Queens residents. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, October 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
39%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 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 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
63%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
83%
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
57%
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
46%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
85%
64% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
27%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
511
Asian
39%
Black
36%
Hispanic
13%
White
3%
Other
9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
74%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
11%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37%
37% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
56%
59% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
70%
66% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Mandatory four years of math and science courses including several science and math electives.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Football, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Double Dutch, Golf, Stunt

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

Contact & Location

Location

Jamaica (District 28)
Trains: F Line to 169th St
Buses: Q1, Q17, Q2, Q25, Q3, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q36, Q43, Q65, Q76, Q77

Contact

Principal
Caren Birchwood Taylo
Parent Coordinator
GREISIS MCGROARTY

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Jamaica Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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