Queens Preparatory Academy

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Stable leadership; program to improve achievement for black and Latino boys

The Downside

Some safety concerns outside Springfield Gardens complex; attendance & grad rate need improvement

Our Review

Queens Preparatory Academy was founded in 2005 with the support of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving underserved urban schools and creating small high schools.

Tashon Haywood, principal when the school opened in the Springfield Gardens High School complex in 2005, provides stable leadership. "She pushes her staff. She pushes her students. She brings in lots of outside programs," said Malika Hibbs, director of student services for the network of schools that includes Queens Prep.

A partnership with the non-profit organization, The Me Nobody Knows, provides performing arts opportunities for Queens Prep students. The school's chapter of Junior Achievement helps students acquire financial literacy. Queens Prep students even received some news coverage for their work introducing community economics to 2nd graders at P.S. 80, Thurgood Marshall School.

Queens Prep was one of 40 city high schools selected to participate in the Expanded Success Initiative, a program to improve college and career-readiness rates for black and Latino boys. The school received a $250,000 grant to develop strategies to improve achievement and better outcomes for its male students.

The school's small size allows it to provide personalized attention to students, most of whom are ill-prepared for high school. Attendance is below average for high schools in the city while the graduation rate is about average for city schools.

Spanish is the only foreign language taught. The school offers Advanced Placement classes, which have included AB and BC Calculus, English and American History.

Students and teachers offered a mixed response in the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey. Most students said they feel safe inside the school, but nearly 40 percent said they don't feel safe on school property outside the building. A majority also say teachers enjoy teaching their subjects and offer extra help when needed. Most teachers gave high marks to Haywood and say the school sets high standards. One-third, however, said the school does not help students find the best way to achieve learning goals.

Queens Prep is one of several small schools housed inside the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus Building. Other campus schools include Excelsior Preparatory High School, George Washington Carver High School and the Preparatory Academy for Writers. All schools share use of the media center, gymnasium and cafeteria. Students must pass through metal detectors when entering the building.

Queens Prep students wear uniforms of a collared school shirt and khakis pants or skirts.

After school: Students can participate in campus-wide sports teams. Extra-curricular activities include chess, drama, chorus, visual arts, robotics, dance and modelling. The school also runs a Saturday enrichment program.

College: The school encourages graduates to go to college. However, many must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams.

Admissions: Priority to Queens students or residents who attend an information session. (Laura Zingmond, web and news reports, interview August, 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
480
Asian
4.4%
Black
84.6%
Hispanic
7.1%
White
0.6%
Other
3.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
69%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
5%
Male
51%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
99%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
39%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
74%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
63%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
71%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
25%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
11.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
75%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
74%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
70%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
89%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
46%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
35%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
48%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
72%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
3%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
24%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
19%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
60%
63% 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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
50%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
39%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
57%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
77%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
77%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
67%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Queens Preparatory Academy
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Pre-Engineering: Basic training in the challenging courses related to the field of engineering; four years of math and science; exposure to the various opportunities in the engineering field and other math/science related fields.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Stunt

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Location

143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY 11413
Springfield Gardens (District 29)
Trains:
Buses: Q3, Q77, Q85

Contact

Phone
718-712-2304
Principal
Tashon Haywood
Parent Coordinator
Abigail Hooper