Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jamaica High can't find students

From Crains:

One of the 19 New York City schools that narrowly escaped closure earlier this year may not be as safe as it had thought—this time because of low enrollment numbers.

A judge put a halt to the phasing out of these schools in March, after ruling that the Department of Education had not followed state procedure. However, the DOE is appealing the ruling, and sent out letters to eighth grade applicants warning them of the pending phase-out.

“After getting those letters, most parents didn't want to come within 10,000 miles of these schools,” said James Eterno, a teacher's union representative from Jamaica High School in Queens. The DOE's letter, coupled with the bad publicity from the school's potential closure, has left it with only 23 incoming freshmen, compared with more than 400 in years past, Mr. Eterno said.

“They're starving the school to death. We can't run our programs with only 23 kids,” Mr. Eterno said.

Because of the low enrollment numbers, teachers speculate that two smaller schools—the newly created High School for Community Leadership and the Hillside Arts and Letters Academy—will open up in Jamaica's building, in addition to Queens Collegiate, a school with 163 ninth- and tenth-grade students that is already in a wing on the school's third floor.

Photo from the NY Times


Anonymous said...

No one wants to go there. They tried to force my sister's child there a few years ago and my sister camped out in the Board of Education offices until she got a better offer.

georgetheatheist said...

Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Anonymous said...

This article is giving the school to much crap. This is probably since this was posted on 2010 but the school is actually great and so are the classes(except Spanish one, it's too boring). I would know since I'm a student there. Also, our sports teams aren't doing that bad, for example, our swimming team which only is suffered one loss but that was because a chunk of our team wasn't there. One more thing, the school isn't dangerous compared to what I've seen in fact this is one of the safest and best schools I've been in so Fu#@ this article.

Anonymous said...

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