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Scholars Academy

Public | 6-12 | 1062 students

 

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Posted April 29, 2010

Scholars is a good school. The lowest grade average is 87%.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

They focus on student learning and achievement. Teachers and staff go above and beyond in delivering a high quality of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Scholars' Academy Middle School and High School Have Both Received a Number 1 Ranking in New York State. Go to Schooldigger.com to view metrics and rankings.


Posted December 26, 2009

I myself am a student-scholars currently attending the scholars' academy. I find it to be a very educational and helps those who strive for stronger educations and opportunities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2009

I am a stdent in 7th grade and this school is fantastic.it has everything from sports of all kind to a spectacular cirriculum.the teachers are all great and it is super safe.although tha school is fairly new our beloved principal mr.o'conell along with his wonderful staff have made this school a wonderful place to be.I would most definatly reccomend this school to any incoming sixth graders. -skylynn 7th grader
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2009

Scholars' Academy is a great middle school and high school. I started this school from 6th grade and I am currently in the 8th grade. The teachers conference alot to keep you up to date on what your strengths and weakness's are and how you can improve. There is alot of extracurricular activities, the parents are very involved in the school and the school safety agents make it very safe at Scholars'.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

I am honored to now have my daughter attend Scholars-she is currently a 6th grader and like her brother before her, loves the school. Everyone is great from the office to the teachers, to the principal. One welcomed change is corresponding with parents via email-I love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

It's a great school with lots of diversity and culture. However, sometimes it can feel like you have been enlisted in the army. But for the most part its good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2009

The teachers are very kind to me and help me where they think Im lacking. Also, they help willingly. Overall, I reccomend this school to children who have a high work ethic and think out a situation thoroughly. Our principal is a great; he helps with clubs and occasionally steps into our group dissucsions. I would highly reccomend this school to young scholars. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2009

This is a great school with excellent averages, nice teachers and great oportunities. u cant take cell phones but that is for your own saftey. some times it feels like they are working you to the bone, but it is well worth it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 18, 2009

The School is ok. The teachers could be better but overall its a good school
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2009

the quality of the education of this school is great, and the teachers are great. the only bad thing about this school is that the students do not respect the teachers, and students do not respect eachother
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

This school was the best school that i have ever been to. It has the best education a child could get. My daughter started going this year and she thinks that this school is so much better then her other school. I am very satisfied with this school and its teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

I am a substitute teacher and have enjoyed the atmosphere at Scholar's Academy. The students are very enthusiastic and willing to learn which certainly makes my job easier. Just a great pleasure for me every time I get called to teach there.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 31, 2009

This school is the best kept secret. I am a graduating 8th grader and couldn't be happier with the education I received. I aced the tachs test making it in to every catholic school I applied to along with the nyc specialized high schools. I am staying at scholars for I know that by doing so I will achieve greatness. Scholars is destined to be the #1 high school around. Nick
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2009

I think this school is a fine school. The school keeps the parents involved and up to date. i attend this school and the teachers are friendly and helpful. the teachers are teachers you can go to if you have a problem and will be glad to help. i love this school. it is academically high in the charts. i also love how the teachers are expirenced and love students
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2009

I am a 6th grader who attends The Scholars' Academy. I love all the teachers there and am very happy to be a part of the violin club with Ms. Copin. I also love how every marking period for the extended day period my class and I get a new foreign language to learn. So far, I learned how to speak chinese, latin, and I learned how to do sign language. I am presently learning spanish.The principle, staff, and all the teachers are very supportive and intelligent. I am proud to be a part of the Scholars Academy family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2009

I go to Scholars academy and it is one of the best schools ever! With great sports and Clubs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2009

I currently attend this school, and think it is awesome. I am on the girls basketball team, which they had for the first time this year! I love every teacher even if i am not in thier Cohort. I rate this school and environment an Excellent!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2009

I am student at this school, and if I had the choice to go here again, i would take it in a heartbeat. This wonderful school is filled with many sports, clubs, extra help, and activites to allow each and every student to participate if they wanted to. Your child will have a wonderful learning experience at this school.
—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.

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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

260 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%
Earth Science

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%
Global History and Geography

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%
Integrated Algebra

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

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%
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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%
U.S. History and Government

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

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%
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 Students94%
Female90%
Male100%
African American96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Female90%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Not migrant92%

Earth Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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
Not migrantn/a

English

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Geometry

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%

Global History and Geography

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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
Not migrantn/a

Integrated Algebra

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Living Environment

All Students99%
Female99%
Male101%
African American98%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%

Physics

All Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
African American91%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

U.S. History and Government

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
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 middle 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
White 2 42% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 22% 9%
Black 2 19% 19%
Hispanic 1 16% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 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 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 251%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 13%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 32%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool

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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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
9.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

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

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents69167%
Students104295%
Teachers5198%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. BRIAN O'CONNELL

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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - Q22, Q53. Subways - A, S to Beach 105th St-Seaside
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country;
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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Rockaway Park, NY 11694
Phone: (718) 474-6918

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