Excelsior Preparatory High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Gateway Science Program

The Downside

Some safety concerns; students would like more variety in courses

Our Review

Excelsior Preparatory High School was founded in 2005 with the support of the Institute for Student Achievement, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving underserved urban schools and creating small high schools. Students who appreciate a small school environment and have an interest in careers in science and medicine might thrive here.

Lilly N. Lucas, a former assistant principal at Excelsior Prep, took the helm in 2010 after the departure of founding principal, Derek Jones. A former student in the building, Lucas graduated from Springfield Gardens High School. As principal, "she walks down the hall and knows every student's name," according to Malika Hibbs, director of student services for the network of schools that includes Excelsior Prep. Teachers gave Lucas high marks in the 2012 Learning Environment Survey.

Excelsior has a partnership with the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education which helps students prepare for careers in science. Students work with professors at Queens College and are placed in science-related internships during the school year and summer. Select students also participate in the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, where they attend a four-week program at Hofstra North Shore -LIJ School of Medicine. Through a partnership with the School for Cooperative Technical Education, older students can also pursue training in vocational and technical trade careers.

The school's small size allows it to provide personalized attention to students. A downside of the small size, however, is there isn't enough variety of classes to keep students interested in school, according to nearly half of those who took the annual survey in 2012. About one third of students said they felt unsafe in the hallways and on school property outside the building. The graduation rate and attendance are about average for city high schools. In August, 2012, Excelsior Prep was among 123 New York City schools identified as performing in the bottom five percent state-wide.

For foreign languages, the school offers traditional classroom instruction for Spanish, and online instruction for Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, and Korean.
Excelsior is one of several small schools housed inside the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus Building. Other campus schools include George Washington Carver High School, the Preparatory Academy for Writers and Queens Preparatory Academy. All schools share use of the media center, gymnasium and cafeteria. Students must pass through metal detectors when entering the building.

After school: Students can participate in campus-wide sports teams, the school band, clubs and enrichment classes.

College admissions: 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 new reports and interview, August, 2012).

About the students

Enrollment
494
Asian
3.0%
Black
84.0%
Hispanic
6.9%
White
2.2%
Other
3.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
5%
Male
55%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
95%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
27%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
32%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
97%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
97%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 3 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?
66%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
41%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
67%
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?
78%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
11%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
8%
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?
37%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
68%
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?
67%
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?
56%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
68%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Excelsior Preparatory High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

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: N/A
Buses: Q3, Q77, Q85

Contact

Phone
718-525-6507
Principal
Lilly Lucas
Parent Coordinator
Jeniel Gordon

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