Thursday, October 17, 2013
Sometimes size doesn't matter
From the Daily News:
At a time when small schools are the darling of the Bloomberg administration, Francis Lewis High School — the fourth largest in the city — prides itself on its size.
With more than 4,000 students, the Queens school not only serves neighborhood kids but also boasts three elite programs, in law, humanities and the sciences — the last of which had spots for fewer than 2% of the 4,354 students who applied last year.
“This particular school combines all of the great features you’d have in the large or small school,” said Lewis’ new principal David Marmor, a former science assistant principal at the school who most recently headed up the specialized small school Queens High School for the Sciences at York College.
“We are large enough we have the resources and course offerings to tailor to any child’s needs,” he said.
The Fresh Meadows school — thanks in part to the science program — competes with the elite specialized high schools not only for top-notch students in the admissions process but also for elite science honors including the Intel science competition, nicknamed the junior Nobel prize.