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Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences

Grades: 9-12

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.


(Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, October 2018)


School Stats


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


Number of students
624 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
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Psychology, AP English Language and Composition, AP Statistics

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 NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY 11432

Trains: F Line to 169th St

Buses: Q1, Q17, Q2, Q25, Q3, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q36, Q43, Q65, Q76, Q77, X68


Principal: Caren Birchwood Taylo

Parent Coordinator: Greisis Mcgroarty


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Jamaica Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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