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P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott faces closure by DOE


| brennison@queenscourier.com


One Queens public school faces a permanent summer vacation after finding itself on the Department of Education’s (DOE) list of schools slated for closure.

P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott in Far Rockaway received an “F” on the most recent progress report released in September.  The school is joined by 18 other schools around the city that may shut their doors for good.

“This announcement represents another stunning failure of DOE management. Rather than doing the hard work of helping struggling schools, the DOE tries to close them, making sure that the hardest-to-educate kids end up concentrated in the next school on the closure list,” said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew. “It’s playing three-card Monte with children’s lives and education. It’s wrong, and if our attorneys find that the DOE is violating state law in this process, we’ll be seeing them in court.”

The final decision will be made by a Panel for Educational Policy vote in February.

Three other Queens schools — Law, Government and Community Service High School, P.S. 181 and Peninsula Preparatory Academy — were on the original DOE list of 47 schools at risk of closing.

Schools targeted for closure will be phased out and replaced, not closed down completely.

City might close Cypress Hills Collegiate Prep


| smosco@queenscourier.com

Photo by Emma Hulse

Less than six years after opening its doors, a small school opened by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration might be on its way to closure.

Cypress Hills Collegiate Prep (CHCP), which shares space in the Franklin K. Lane building with three other schools on Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn, received some bad news along with a “D” on its annual progress report – the city might move to close the school after only two graduating classes.

A spokesperson for the city’s Department of Education (DOE) said, “We have not made any decisions yet and we are still in conversation with all of our struggling schools to determine what is working and what is not in these environments.”

However, even the possibility of closure seems unfair to advocates for the school who believe CHCP hasn’t gotten a fair shake. The mostly low-income student population graduated at a 58 percent rate over the past two years, three points below the city average. This prompted students and parents to rally at the school on November 21, many blaming cuts in funding for the low grades.

Advocates of the college preparatory school contend that CHCP has not been given a chance to succeed and manages to do what it can without basic resources like a library which doesn’t seem fair to students like Jarlyn Vasquez.

“The DOE hasn’t given us a chance to develop enough, to reach our goals in attendance and student performance,” said the 16-year-old sophomore. “They should give us more time. They should also give us more resources. For example, the campus library is closed [and has been for more than a year], no students can use it. Most of us don’t have another library we can go to for books and computers. If the campus library would be open again, then students could go in, do their work, and improve their grades and attendance. This would improve the school’s overall progress report.”

Vasquez believes that if the school enters into a “phase out” process, the students that remain there will be forced to cope with even fewer resources.

“If the school gets phased out, the school will lose even more resources and students in the phase out will get even less of what we need,” said Vasquez.

Bayside school P.S. 46 leads district in progress reports


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Janet Elias. First grade teacher Mrs. Schwartz (left) and Assistant Principal Mrs. Karalazarides (right) pose with students.

Another “A” is in the bag for P.S. 46.

According to progress reports released by the Department of Education (DOE), the Alley Pond School in Bayside received another “A” this year, making it the number one school in the leading district in Queens.

District 26 — which P.S. 46 falls under — was the highest academically performing district in the borough, according to the report. Serving the northeast area, the district covers Bayside, Oakland Gardens, Fresh Meadows, Douglaston, Little Neck, Glen Oaks, Floral Park, Bellerose, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Hillcrest and parts of both Hollis Hills and Holliswood.

The annual progress reports award public schools letter grades from “A” to “F” based on student progress and performance, attendance and school environment. They also take into account academic progress made with students with disabilities and, new this year, the progress of black and Latino male students.

“I’m really happy. We’re very proud of all the hard work by the administration, the teachers, school staff, parents and students. It’s a very good feeling,” said Principal Marsha Goldberg.

The straight-A school scored an overall total of 83.7 percent, placing it in the top 98th percentile in the city. Not only is the school a top contender in the borough, it ranked 16th citywide out of 1,148 elementary and middle schools.

“It just validates that we’re on the right track. We’re doing what we think is right, and it appears to be working,” said Goldberg, who celebrates her 10th anniversary as principal this year.

The school has maintained its good standing and a straight-A rating since the grading system began in 2007.

But what really sets the school apart from others is its strength and background in special education. Goldberg previously served as the District 26 supervisor for special education.

P.S. 46 was one of the first schools in the district to have “inclusion” classes, and it currently accommodates a substantial special education population. In those classes, children receiving special education services are integrated into regular classes with two teachers and two aides working together.

In addition to a gymnasium, library and auditorium with a wheel-chair accessible stage, the school has an entire corridor dedicated to support services for those with special needs — including an elevator and a physical therapy room filled with professional-grade equipment.

Overall, Goldberg said the school’s success lies in working hard and working together.

“It really comes from having an open door policy and working side by side with the school community,” she said. “We’re really supportive of each other.”

Queens schools get great report card


| rcasiano@queenscourier.com


Students in Queens may have a leg up when it comes to learning.

According to a progress report by the Department of Education (DOE), public schools in Queens were ranked the best in the city.

Queens had the highest percentage of schools in New York that received an “A” in the 2011 progress reports released by the DOE. The best performing school district in the city was also in Queens, the report found.

The annual progress reports award public schools letter grades from “A” to “F” based on student progress and performance, attendance and school environment. They also take into account academic progress made with students with disabilities and, new this year, the progress of black and Latino male students.

Out of the 253 schools in Queens serving grades K-8, 34 percent got an “A.” That is higher than all the other boroughs and closest to Manhattan, which had 30 percent of their K-8 schools get an “A.” District 26, which serves northeast Queens, was the best performing district academically, according to the report.

Still, not all schools in Queens were winners.

P.S. 215 in Far Rockaway, P.S. 80 in Jamaica and P.S. 182, also in Jamaica, were among the 13 schools in the borough that received grades of “C”s, “D”s, or “F”s.

For the schools that did fare well however, there was a lot to celebrate.

Phyllis Leinwand is the principal at P.S. 66 in Richmond Hill, one of the highest performing public schools in Queens, according to the report. Leinwand attributes the school’s success to their connections with parents, individualized instruction and working with students in groups.

“Small is the key,” said Leinwand, who has led the school for 11 years and was happy with the good news. “I am very proud of the results. They reflect the hard work of teachers, parents, children and the school community.”

The school grades only include elementary and middle public schools. Public high schools get their separate progress reports at the end of October, according to a spokesman for the DOE.

Graphic:

Top Schools Grades

P.S. 66 in Richmond Hill…………………..A

P.S. 254 in Richmond Hill……………….A

Worst Schools:

P.S. 215 in Far Rockaway…………………F

P.S. 80 in Jamaica………………………………F