New York may have settled into the10th slot on the list of smartest states in the United States in 2005*, lagging in just behind Montana and then Wisconsin, but when you take a closer look at the institutions that guide each state’s geniuses it becomes evident that New York City has some of the country’s top schools.
Based on each school’s performance data on statewide-standardized tests, which are implemented by the department of education of each state, PSK12.com, a premier provider of school performance information for K-12 public schools, has given us a clear and concise list of the Borough’s overall top schools.
* According to Morgan Quitno Press, an independent private research and publishing company in Kansas.
1. PS 188 Kingsbury School
2. PS 221 North Hills School
3. PS 46 Alley Pond School
4. PS 196 Grand Central Parkway School
5. PS 203 Oakland Gardens School
1. PS 122 Mamie Fay School
2. MS67 Louis Pasteur
3. JHS 190 Russell Sage
4. MS 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne
5. Gateway To Health Science High School
1. Townsend Harris
2. Benjamin Cardozo
3. Academy Of American Studies
4. Francis Lewis
5. Aviation Career And Technical
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES
Thousands of students graduate from Queens high schools each June. Of those students, many go onto college, into armed forces or towards a career in various vocational trades. Over the past year, many of the borough’s premier public high schools have held their positions as the leading institutions graduating the borough’s brightest.
1. Townsend Harris High School maintains a near-100 percent graduation rate.
2. The Academy of American Studies maintains a 98 percent graduation rate.
3. Aviation High School maintains a near 90 percent graduation rate.
4. Benjamin Cardozo High School maintains a near 90 percent graduation rate.
5. Francis Lewis High School maintains a 71 percent graduation rate.
Francis Lewis High School has a 71% graduation rate — fifth best in Queens.
DAILY STUDENT ATTENDANCE
Even though nine of the country’s 15 cities with the highest numbers of schools with weak holding power are located in Northern and Midwestern industrial cities – Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Philadelphia and of course, New York City – Queens’ schools do a close-to-perfect job at getting their students to attend class. There are some regions in the borough that seem to have applied the secret a little better than the others.
Average Daily Student Attendance
1. Region 3 – 91.34 percent.
2. Region 4 – 90.25 percent.
3. Region 5 – 87.06 percent.
Source: Mayor’s Management Report
The Goodman, Schwerner, Chaney clocktower stands at Queens College.
AVERAGE EXPENDITURE PER STUDENT
It costs a lot to run a school system, more than some parents may even realize. You have the books and then teachers’ salaries and even the cost of the nutritious school lunches, which all include a fresh side of fruit and a carton of nonfat milk. But behind all of the supplies, sits the student in their desk and looking at City Statistics we are now able to see just how much is spent per student each school year, right down the region.
1. Region 5 – $11,214.
2. Region 4 – $10,622.
3. Region 3 – $10,140.
Source: Mayor’s Management Report
SCHOOLS THAT EXCEED CAPACITY
Christ the King Regional High School is one of the many parochial schools that offer an alternative to public education. Tribune Photo By Ira Cohen
On average, students throughout the five boroughs exceed the city’s school system’s capacity by 22 percent, according to City Statistics and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s comments over the past year. In Queens though, the problem is a little bigger in certain regions, where there are more students who are left without a desk, perching near the windowsill while others split their school days into shifts. While the city is doing what it can by adding thousands of more schools to the system, students in Queens are still exceeding their region’s capacity.
1. Region 4 –34 percent above capacity
2. Region 3 – 21 percent above capacity
3. Region 5 – 19 percent above capacity
Students head home after a long day at Jamaica High School. Tribune Photo By Ira Cohen
QUEEN’S COLLEGE’S FIVE MOST POPULAR MAJORS
Since opening its doors in 1937,with the goal of offering a first-rate education to talented people of all backgrounds and financial means, Queens College in Flushing has seen a number of bright students pass through. Often referred to as “the jewel of the CUNY system,” the college enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and preprofessional programs, but there are certain majors that often have larger rosters than others.
Source Queens College Department of communications. Note, courses are ranked based solely on the size of their enrollment, irrespective of any other criteria.
QUEENS COLLEGE’S TOP FIVE CLUBS
It’s apparent that courses and term papers are the top time consumers in college students lives, but at Queens College the commuting students somehow find a way to squeeze more than academia into their busy schedules.
2. Muslim Student Association
3. South Asian Student Association
4. Bangladeshi Student Association
5. Alliance of Latin American Students
Source Queens College Department of communications. Note, clubs are ranked based solely on the size of their membership, irrespective of any other criteria.