Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Worst Of The Worst - School #27
This week I was in the worst school in my year of traveling through the Queens high schools. This small school that replaced a closed large comprehensive school far,far away from most of the City has many problems. A poorly functioning student body, few experienced teachers, and an administration that changes every year.
The student body is dysfunctional, with many of them having very poor academic skills and rejected by other schools they applied to. The rest are over the counter students and safety transfers. The result is an unengaged student body, a college readiness score that's almost zero, and only 8 out of 120 students who took Earth Science actually passed the Regents. The boys dress thuggish with pants down and with their underwear showing. They also wear their hats or hoodies on and are always disrespecting the staff.
The teachers are mostly transit and untenured and last less than three years before leaving the school for better outcomes. Many of the rooms are not real classrooms and are not conducive for learning and the students walk the halls with little consequences.
The school has had four principals in six years and the present Principal is leaving at year's end. The AP's cut their teeth at the school and are gone in a year or two for a better position elsewhere.
This school is truly a failing school and how they can keep this school open and close a once great school like Jamaica high school is puzzling. No way would I take a position in this school. I would retire first.