2011-01-05 / Front Page

Jamaica H.S. Achieves Gateway Program Status

BY DAN MILLER AND VICTORIA CANORE

Photo Victoria Canore/DMD IMAGES

(L. to r.); Councilmember James Gennaro (D–Fresh Meadows) and Assemblymember Rory Lancman (D–Hillcrest). Photo Victoria Canore/DMD IMAGES (L. to r.); Councilmember James Gennaro (D–Fresh Meadows) and Assemblymember Rory Lancman (D–Hillcrest). On December 13, Assemblymember Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and Councilmember James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) held a joint press conference in Lancman’s office to discuss plans by the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to expand their highly successful Gateway Program into Jamaica H.S. 

Pointing out the highlights of the Gateway Program, Lancman and Gennaro noted that creating a mini-high school within Jamaica H.S., using the strategies of the Gateway Program rather than closing the school completely, will transform it into a new school that will focus on health and science careers. 

The new Gateway School at Jamaica H.S. will accept students based on the “Educational Option” method. This type of admissions plan attracts students at many different academic achievement levels. A  proportional number of seats will be set aside equally for students from different reading achievement levels, with half the students selected randomly. Lancman asserted that the new Gateway School preserves the very best that Jamaica High School has to offer.

Lancman and Gennaro, Questions were asked in the thoughts of the elected officials on Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg’s selection of Kathleen Black, a non-educator, as the public school’s new chancellor to replace outgoing Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Lancman and Gennaro stated that they supported the mayor’s selection since he wanted a highly qualified and experienced business executive to run the largest public school system in the world.

 

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