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What’s Special

Laptop computers for every student

The Downside

No gym

Making sure all children have equal access to technology is a priority at Cambria Heights Academy, a small high school opened in 2010 in a building that once housed a Roman Catholic school.

Every student has a laptop. All students take courses in in software engineering and computer science, and some graduate with a certificate in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Students who don’t have access to the Internet at home may sign up for free WiFi through the New York Public library, according to the school website.

Digital art classes include graphic design, digital media, interactive sculpture, digital Music, and web design.

Advisory groups with 10-15 students meet twice weekly and center on community service and healthy ways to solve problems. Students are encouraged (and in some cases required) to seek academic help during the school day and during teachers’ office hours four days a week. “Teachers will help you when you need help,” a 10th grader said.

Although most students enter with test scores that are below grade level, the vast majority graduate on time. The school’s first valedictorian received a full scholarship to Columbia University, according to the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan.

There is no gym, but the cafeteria and the fitness room are used for physical education, according to the annual space survey.

(Clara Hemphill, web reports, August 2018)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
92%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
87%
Average daily attendance
 
86%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
46%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
94%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

350
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
71%
Students with disabilities
 
22%
Multilingual learners
 
11%
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
84%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
42%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
33%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
88%
12.2
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
308
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
82%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report, and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
41%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
54%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
32%

Music

 
80%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
39%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
86%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
79%
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
57%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Cambria Heights Academy (Q44A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

All students are admitted into our software engineering program and after completing the necessary coursework have the option of graduating with a CTE diploma in addition to a high school diploma.

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Biology (College Course [Credited]), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Comp Sci/Math Tech (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (College Course [Credited])

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location

Location

188-04 91St Avenue
Queens NY 11423

Buses: Q1, Q110, Q17, Q2, Q3, Q36, Q43, Q76, Q77, Q83, X64, X68


Contact

Principal: Melissa Menake

Parent Coordinator: Remy Edwards

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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