Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School

Grades 6-12
Noteworthy

What’s Special

High academic achievement

The Downside

Some friction between principal and teachers

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
704
Asian
49.4%
Black
31.4%
Hispanic
9.2%
White
3.8%
Other
6.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
60%
Students with disabilities
11%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
113%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
7%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
57%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
47%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
57%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.2
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
38%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
43%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
38%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
88%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
52%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
45%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
80%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
91%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
25%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
53%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
31%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish, Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
91%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
96%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School and Townsend Harris HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
97%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
59%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
1%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
74%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
88%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
93%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
94%
43% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.66
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.79
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.3
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
54%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
33%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
40%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
44%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
89%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Queens Gateway to Health Sciences
Admissions Method: Screened
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 Biology, 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 Physics, AP Psychology, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Rugby, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

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

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Location

160-20 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY 11432
Jamaica (District 28)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q25, Q34, Q46, Q65, QM1, QM31, QM35, QM36, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8

Contact

Phone
718-969-3155
Principal
Judy Henry
Parent Coordinator
Carola Craig

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