Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences

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

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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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.


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


Jamaica (District 28)
Trains: F Line to 169th St
Buses: Q1, Q17, Q2, Q25, Q3, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q36, Q43, Q65, Q76, Q77, X68


Caren Birchwood Taylo
Parent Coordinator
Greisis Mcgroarty

Other Details

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

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