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Academy of American Studies

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Posted February 13, 2014

I was a student at the Academy of American studies until sophomore year.The school spirit is strong and also the school has so many events through the year. There are indeed some students which are trouble makers but all schools has its flaws. But mostly all of the students there are great. You can have more freedom to go around during study hall and grab a meal at the near grocery. The basketball team is great also the coach is a really nice person u will enjoy it


Posted November 3, 2013

teachers are tough graders and bullying goes around a lot especially if your black . School is interested in sports having a lot of sports teams.There are a few trouble makers in the school and gossip gets around fast since theres not as many students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2013

It's a small school where everyone knows each other . Most of the teacher are really great such as Ms Jaffe, she's not a teacher only. The way she teaches you is just inspiring, she teaches about the meaning of life, the world, people. Mrs Greenspam she makes boring biology as interesting as a fiction book. Ms Toro, she is not only a teacher but she is your friend.It's really a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2013

If I could give a 0 star rating, I would. This school has very unprofessional staff, almost no choices in elective classes, poor facilities, and is extremely overcrowded. They brag a good reputation for American history while neglecting science and math classes with very poor staff in those areas, no science labs, even some humanities teachers are not good. If you have an issue with a teacher mistreating you here- good luck. Because there is nobody to complain to either. Staff acts like this school is all that when it is not, going here robs a student of a high school experience and does NOT prepare them for college. Facilities are a nightmare and a fire hazard, classes are held in extremely cramped classrooms and during passing, hallways are a nightmare. This school brags maybe three teachers who actually know what they are doing and are qualified while the rest are rude, unprofessional, and inexperienced. There is a lot of favoritism that occurs in this school from multiple staff members amongst other unfair things. DO NOT go here, you will regret it! This school gets away with countless violations somehow, and it is at the expense of students. I am glad to have graduated.


Posted October 31, 2010

Language learners with a passion for learning languages and American History
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

Omg Academy is awesome the teachers are amazing and helpful, the trips are informative and fun and you really get an in depth view into history!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2009

Its an amazing school... amazing leadership, we all stick together! Teachers are our bestfriends. They dont give up on us. I love Academy of American Studies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

Academy has a small close school environment. Its like attending a surbanian high school in the city!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

this school is the best experiance ever. i learn so many things everyday about myself and others. the enviroment is great. everything about the school is a good influence on the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2009

Cause of all the teachers faculty the students and the great learning environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

It's a very small but intimate school. All the teachers are kind and show concern about each and every student. I only have great things to say about my school. They would never turn away a student that needs help. Academy's teachers are like no other. They make learning fun and exciting. I love Academy of American Studies!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

There are no word to express the dedication and professionalism and enthusiasm of everyone at the Academy of American Studies, from the staff/administrators and students. All who visit the school are welcomed with open arms. My son, this might sound a little strange, can wait for the summer to be over so that he can go back to the Academy of American Studies, where he has made wonderful new friends in every grade in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

The teachers are great and the environment is better then anyone could ask for
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2009

I love everything about Academy of American Studies. I call it Cheers, everyone knows you name. It is a wonderful learning and social environment for its students. It is superior academically and the administration and staff care so about their students that it warms my heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

I'm a freshman and I'm already in love with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

because it has the best learning environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

The school allows me to know what is going on. It is very easy for me to contact school officials. It is a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

the size of the school, the dedication of the teachers and the academic advantages each student receives makes you hunger for more learning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

because it has a variety of programs from a debate team to theatre, to writing clubs, to environmental clubs
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2009

our school really dives into things that are needed for college. let it be preps for sat,or even to little things as to how you should write a well organized essay in college. i also really love how our school is so small that the teachers know the students and vice versa which, in my opinion is really great.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
77%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
75%
Earth Science

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

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

17 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%
Global History and Geography

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

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Integrated Algebra

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

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
92%
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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
100%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

123 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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%
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 Students27%
Female28%
Male26%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander40%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population27%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant27%

Chemistry

All Students33%
Female34%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander36%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White22%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant33%

Earth Science

All Students57%
Female58%
Male56%
African American58%
Asian/Pacific Islander54%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities14%
General population63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%

English

All Students85%
Female89%
Male82%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities35%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Geometry

All Students69%
Female75%
Male60%
African American54%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%

Global History and Geography

All Students82%
Female83%
Male79%
African American54%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities32%
General population87%
English language learners36%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%

Integrated Algebra

All Students76%
Female79%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities42%
General population82%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%

Living Environment

All Students71%
Female75%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities32%
General population77%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%

Physics

All Students57%
Female75%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant57%

U.S. History and Government

All Students94%
Female96%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
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 "A" 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
Hispanic 2 35% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 29% 9%
White 2 29% 48%
Black 1 7% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 26%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 266%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 47%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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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • 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 NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

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
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

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

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

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

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents27137%
Students72298%
Teachers3790%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 9:25 am
School end time
  • 4:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. WILLIAM BASSELL

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

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q103, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q66, Q67, Q69. Subways - F to 21st St - Queensbridge; G to Court Square - 23rd St; E, M, R to Queens Plaza; 7, N, Q to Queensboro Plaza
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Sofbtall
  • Volleyball
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