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Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School

Grades: 6-12
Noteworthy
160-20 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY 11432
Phone: 718-969-3155

Our Insights

What’s Special

High academic achievement

The Downside

Some friction between principal and teachers

Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School, a small 6-12 school, sets high expectation for its students and most rise to the challenge, doing well on standardized tests, amassing credits and graduating on time and ready for college.

The school offers a range of Advanced Placement courses and the CUNY College Now program. Students participate in the Hospital Experience Program at Queens Hospital Center, a five-minute walk away. This includes visits to the hospital, case studies, research projects and internship opportunities. Gateway provides medical mentoring with separate programs for boys and girls, according to the High School Directory as well as some medically themed classes and double-period math and science classes. Eighth graders can take the algebra and earth science Regents exams and the Spanish proficiency exam, allowing more than 90 percent of them to earn some high school credits.

Although the school gears much of this work toward high achievement on tests, a very positive Department of Education reportfound instruction goes beyond test prep; In the vast majority of classrooms, all students are motivated and actively engaged in classroom activities and discussions, the reviewer wrote.

The school was ranked as a silver medalist by U.S. News & World Reports List of America's Best High Schools in 2017.

Despite the accolades, the 2016-17 NYC School Survey shows some teachers are critical of Judy Henry, principal since 2012; only 38 percent of respondents said she is an effective manager. Fewer than half said they would recommend Gateway as a good place to work. However, parents give Henry higher marks.

ADMISSIONS: The middle school is open to students from District 28 and 29. Admission is competitive with criteria including fourth grade standardized test results and grades, attendance and punctuality. About 60 percent of eighth graders remain at Gateway for High School. They get priority for admissions and account for about 40 percent of competitive seats. The remainder go first to children from District 28 and 29, then to Queens residents and finally to those from elsewhere in the city. They are selected on the basis of grades, tests scores and attendance and punctuality. (Gail Robinson, based on web reports and school data, August 2017)

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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?
65%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
45%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
53%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
68%
83% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.2

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
88%
35% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
93%
46% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
94%
46% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
97%
86% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
86%
58% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
88%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
98%
76% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
66%
16% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
690
Asian
51%
Black
27%
Hispanic
10%
White
4%
Other
8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
63%
Students with disabilities
12%
English language learners
1%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
12%
31% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
90%
73% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
41%
12% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
41%
16% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

Queens Gateway to Health Sciences
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (80-100), Math (86-100), Science (80-100), Social Studies (75-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.7-4.5), Math (2.5-4.5)
Program Description:

Provides ongoing exposure to health science careers. All students are required to take four years of mathematics and science.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Rugby, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Volleyball

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: N/A
Buses: Q25, Q34, Q46, Q65

Contact

Principal
Judy Henry
Parent Coordinator
CAROLA CRAIG

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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