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Benjamin N Cardozo High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 3912 students

 

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Posted October 14, 2013

Our family moved to bayside from out of state in order to enroll our kid to Cardozo, which enjoyed a great reputation for being strong academically. The freshman year went well. Since his sophomore year thing have been changed drastically: many kids transferred to Cardozo from closed low-performing schools in Jamaica, which cause so many problems to this fine school and motivated students. Cardozo used to be one of the finest high schools in NYC housing so many high-achieving minority students who eventually land themselves in top colleges and universities. Is this the reason that Bloomburg decided to cut its budget for advanced courses, put unmotivated students into classrooms so the school's overall performance got downgraded? Achievements should not be punished, and the students aiming high deserve support rather than discouragement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

Others should know that this school offers a variety of classes, organizations and clubs to participate in. I like the fact that it has many clubs, organizations, sports teams that I can join. My school could improve by being a little less crowded.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2013

My overall impression about Cardozo HS: for both students and parents, it's a tough job navigating through the system to get support. It's much easier to become lost given the complexity the student body in addition to the 24:1 student-teacher ratio. A lot of opportunities out there, but you need to work very diligently to find out, to capture it. You are pretty much on your own, so stay strong, focused, and try your best to thrive. College app process is no difference, you figure it out yourself, don't even bother the college office because people there are always busy. I'm not saying they are unsupportive, in fact, with the huge help from parent volunteers, all required forms are filled and sent out on time, but in terms of information and meaningful advice, don't rely on anyone but yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

I hate this school so much! It's apparently known for its "good" teachers, but the reason why I don't feel like going to school in the morning is because of the fact that I have to deal with my horrible teachers again. Not only are they unreasonable, stubborn, rude, and horrible at teaching, but some of their tests don't even have anything to do with the topic! The school itself is extremely unorganized; with people in the guidance office who will yell at you for simply asking for something, rude and disrespectful students, and much, much more. The bathrooms are extremely unsanitary, especially later in the day. This school looks and feels like a prison. Because of this school, I sometimes don't feel like living anymore.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2013

My kid is a senior at Cardozo. I would say the experience here is mixed. Academically it's good as my child is naturally curious and motivated to perform well for respect from peers and teachers alike. Extracurricular wise, the school also provides plenty of opportunities engaging students with varied talents. The high school counselor is outstanding in terms of supporting students applying for scholarships and summer programs. The issues lie in student body which is extremely diverse, not only ethnically also socioeconomically. Some groups of student cause concerns on school safety. Cardozo has a separate College Office dedicated to supporting college applications. While understanding the staff members have been chellanged by the load of paperwork for a graduating class with 948 students this year, I still find the office could do a better job communicating with a student and family, and offering more meaningful advice on college app process. On the other hand, classroom teachers are very responsible and inspiring. Most of them serve 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

The school has a great reputation and continues to give its students a quality education.


Posted October 30, 2012

diverse student body! great programs! solid faculty! this school is great at preparing students for college level work.


Posted October 26, 2012

Im a current freshman and i love this school!!! the teachers are caring and first i thought cardozo was a large scary school, but no!!! Its very nice and makes us feel like a family. All the clubs and sports are amazing. Orchestra and band is good as well! Classes are all provided and LOVE AND LOVE my teachers. :) I love cardozo
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2012

It's not a great school after all. Most teachers are dedicated, but the school administration, student support staff,etc. are not there. You are on your own , sink or float. Send your child to a smaller school with better management and support team. With only 83% graduation rate, it's not a great school. 17 out 100 students are not getting their diplomas from Cardozo.


Posted February 10, 2012

I am currently a senior at this school and I've attended this school since I was a freshman, so you can trust me when I say that this is the one of the best schools in Queens, NY. There is a wide variety of classes to choose from and at many different levels: regular, honors, Davinci (for math and science only), AP. You can always challenge yourself. Also, the teachers for the most part are good and knowledgeable! If you are having trouble in class, many of the teachers are willing to tutor you during their break. This school really tries its best to prepare its students for the regents exam. During the Spring term, students may stay after school twice a week for extra regents help. These extra regents help classes are free and taught by actual teachers. If that's not enough, students having trouble in a class may sign up get tutored by an Arista student in the library during their free period. Arista is a special program at Cardozo for the students excelling in their classes and willing to commit hours to community service.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2010

I'm currently a junior and I can definitely tell you that the teachers at Cardozo are amazing and they let you get involved with everything pertaining to the subject matter and beyond. The students are interested in fully understanding the educational matter and will work diligently to achieve high scores. The school is dominantly a law-based high school, but there are two specialized programs: da Vinci and Law. In addition to the programs offered, many AP courses provided as well. The teachers won't hesitate to get to know your child, which, I believe, is the core of educational success. The student will feel welcome because there's always a place for the child to succeed both academically and socially. There's a club and team for nearly everything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2010

every classes are packed over 30 studends. most of studends aren't able to sign in actitivities like sport teams and some of them got no attention at all from certaint teacher, but most of teachers are excellent with experience. A communication is weak between shool and parents. Your kids would get lost in the school if they aren't strong enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

The special education program at this school is very weak. No extra services offered to students with special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

this is the best school ever. these teachers really know how to teach. so much fun activities. nice students. wonderful people work there. i mean c'mon music is the bell. that is so amazin
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2009

has great programs, vast number of after school activities.is working inthe est interest for our kids!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

This school is amazing. The people are so friendly and diverse. The programs include many AP classes and has fun events for the students. The PSATs are already paid for in advance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I love cardozo because of the diversity and the amount of ap classes avaliable
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Everyone is friendly to each other and i really learn alot from my classes
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

I love my school because it so crowded and I get to see new people everyday and we have the best basketball team.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

its crowed, but great people & teachers
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

734 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

619 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
26%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

1143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

54 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

728 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

997 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

796 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

1026 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
74%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

633 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

982 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population74%
English language learners94%
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant74%

Chemistry

All Students76%
Female75%
Male78%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners53%
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant76%

Earth Science

All Students33%
Female31%
Male35%
African American18%
Asian/Pacific Islander41%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities22%
General population35%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%

English

All Students72%
Female79%
Male66%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities25%
General population79%
English language learners24%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%

Geometry

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
African American69%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities46%
General population85%
English language learners92%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

Global History and Geography

All Students80%
Female83%
Male77%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities35%
General population86%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%

Integrated Algebra

All Students77%
Female76%
Male78%
African American65%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities52%
General population82%
English language learners86%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%

Living Environment

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities30%
General population84%
English language learners56%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%

Physics

All Students86%
Female83%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population86%
English language learners78%
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant86%

U.S. History and Government

All Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities49%
General population93%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "B" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 46% 9%
Hispanic 1 19% 23%
Black 1 18% 19%
White 2 17% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 16%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 248%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 3%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 70%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Performing arts
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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This school
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents72521%
Students297381%
Teachers14985%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. GERALD MARTORI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
  • Mathematic
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Social justice
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Transportation options
  • Busses - Q27, Q30. Subways - 7 to Main Street-Flushing; E, J, Z to Sutphin Boulevard- Archer Avenue
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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57-00 223rd St
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