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Beach Channel High School

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Posted December 26, 2013

I attended this school in 95 and from reading these reviews i can see things Haven't changed. The teachers and staff were not helpful, they were doing it for a check. Everyday was a fight, i hated being patted down and going through medal detectors. This place was horrible i'm so glad i left NY years ago and my kids attend better schools NYC public schools are the worst, going to beach channel has made me hate urban school's. If you are thinking to send your kids their good luck
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

I am an alumni from this school. It was a good school. I just graduated from college and I still miss Beach Channel. It is up to us to succeed. Great teachers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2013

This is one of the worse high schools. Don't send you children here please not only will they suffer in education but also emotionally. This community is very uneducated. Sorry to say this but it's the truth. If you have to move here choose a private school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2011

I wen to this school years ago. I returned because my nephew was graduating. I have to say it is not the same school I attended. It's depressing what it has become. I would not send any child of mine to this school. If you check out the ones who are in favor of this school, read their grammar and English skills. That is what the school is producing now. I'm pretty sure they are shutting down the school for poor performance.


Posted September 18, 2009

I went to this school. the school is great I had my children all went to this school two out of my six kids went and graud early I still have my last child here. he is in his senior year i still wish that I day channel become a zone school I think it would be a better school for local kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

im currently attending channel and i believe its a great school. It all depends on what you want to achieve in life. You will always have temptation to slack off but its always up to you to make the choice. They offer many opportunities and at the same time many risks, but that is life. To people who say that guards are rude, they are to rude kids. Every day the guards get disrespected by ungrateful kids ..wouldn't you do the same !!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2008

as a alumni of beach channel this is a good school,eventhough they are a number of bad apples its pretty ok. they teachers look out for their students,because they want to see them go onto higher heights,but its up to the students to accept the help from them. i disagree with the person who said they don't care. u go into the school afraid not knowing what is going to happen that day.


Posted October 9, 2008

ii love this school very much they have great teachers who work there n stuff!) and ii love my spanish n s.s teachers who ii have in class!)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2008

i just moved and transfered from this school and yes there are some bad apples in the school but the school isnt horrible. i loved that school and i actualy didnt want to leave. it was easy to make friends there and it also was a big school. i loved the amount of opportunitys i recieved ther
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2008

This school was horrible. The lack of respect that the students have how rude the guards are. All this school has done is made me angry bitter and racist.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2008

greatest high school in the neighborhood. the teachers are great and the really care. security is top notch and way better than the topshottas in scholars academy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2007

I m a current student at beach channel and I wouldn't recommend anyone send there child here children are not safe here there are fights every day the staff are rude the most of the teachers don t care if the students pass or fail that is shown by the low test grades the large number of kids that don't graduate on time and the kids that drop out .
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2007

My daughter is a junior at Beach Channel high school and is very happy. The teachers are professionals and willing to go the extra mile to help their students. The principal and parent coordinator are pure gems, other staff members should take their example. The school lacks parent involvement, a website, SAT prep classes. Yes, the school can be disorganized at times but it lacks staff and parent volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2007

My child is a sophmore on the Honor Roll at BCHS and is very happy there. As a parent, I would like to see more Challenging school work and Smaller classes. Some of the courses she is taking in BCHS, she has taken and passed regents in Middle School. I understand that teachers must spend time with the students who do not undertand the subjects, but I would like to see Advanced classes for students that have proven that they have mastered the subject. I also feel that parent Involvement would help this school tremendously. Parents Should Not critisize the school if they are not being a part of their childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2007

This is my first experience with the school and I expected more. Instead they was a big run around, time lost from work and stress for our entire family. Not only is it not organized, but the security lacks professionalism and need customer service training. I asked a simple question to a guard and received an obnoxious response. I had to set the person straight as I am not one of the students there and judging by observation, there is little or no respect toward the teens attending this school. If this is how they work with children, then it is no wonder that kids don't have respect. Perhaps my feelings will change in the future and I could consider this experience as the result of 'back to school week'. I hope so, or I'll have to transfer my child out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2007

I think this is very unorganized. They mess with the students programs and put them in a great deal of stress I would not recomend any parent to send their child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

This school has a lot to offer. From the many programs such as computer, business, architecture, as well as many sports and extra currecular activities. Turtoring is offered afterschool or on saturday as well. What is lacking is parent involvement. I attend the pta meetings and it is a sad site to see for a large school parents do not attend this informative meeting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

As a former Student, I have to say I dreaded going to school. I never felt safe going to school, the security guards that were suppose to be there to protect the students, were acting as if they were best friends with the student, which I believe to be very unprofessional. The school was very unorganized, some of the staff members were very unpolite, and overall the quality of the school is poor. Sadly, it shows within the test scores of the students and the percentage of students that graduate from the school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 5, 2007

I think the school is great, and as a former student, my fondest memories come from this school. There is no school more great in my eyes.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 12, 2006

basically what i am implying is that the school doesnt run on its own merit,it runs on the attitudes and willingness of the children and their parents..perhaps the parents of the problematic kids should take a look at thir kids and not send them to bchs.i feel that we were all judged just because of a small group of kids..th e teachers work their behinds off trying to improve grades and better the students however the parents dont make much initiative.the principal has been the longest principal there since 2003. i think hes doing a great job...the safety could be worked on. the security guards have little to no respect for the children perhaps this is the reason why the students dread coming to school......
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
53%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
12%
Earth Science

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

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
35%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
57%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

9 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
48%
Global History and Geography

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
28%
Integrated Algebra

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
36%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
43%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
30%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

15 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

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

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
46%
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

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Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Chemistry

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Earth Science

All Students19%
Female12%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population24%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant19%

English

All Students43%
Female46%
Male42%
African American38%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities20%
General population48%
English language learners24%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
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Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students28%
Female15%
Male36%
African American20%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities7%
General population30%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%

Integrated Algebra

All Students29%
Female14%
Male42%
African American39%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities20%
General population31%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%

Living Environment

All Students23%
Female22%
Male25%
African American21%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population27%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English31%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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Native Americann/a
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English language learnersn/a
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Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students33%
Female29%
Male38%
African American41%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities10%
General population36%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
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 "F" 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
Black 2 48% 19%
Hispanic 2 44% 23%
White 1 6% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 112%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 187%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 72%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
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
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

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

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

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

Students

This school

 
6.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents83%
Students16860%
Teachers1568%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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100-00 Beach Channel Dr
Rockaway Park, NY 11694
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