About Central Queens Academy

What Makes CQA Special? Watch this video to learn about CQA from actor and CQA gala co-honoree Hudson Yang, from ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” comedy series!
Central Queens Academy Charter School (CQA) is a tuition-free public charter middle school that opened in fall 2012.
  • Small, tuition-free public charter middle school
  • Serving grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 in 2015-2016
  • College preparatory and career readiness focus
  • Priority for District 24 and English Language Learner students
  • Longer school day (8am-5pm), extended school year and afterschool programs

Our Data

This year, for the second consecutive year, CQA’s hardworking scholars exceeded their peers in all tested grades and subjects on the New York State Math and ELA Assessments. We’re proud of our scholars, teachers, Assistant Principals, counselors, and operations team for their efforts. Congratulations to our scholars and families!

CQA New York City New York State District 24
Grade 5 Math 62.5% 40.9% 42.7% 46.8%
Grade 6 Math 75.0% 35.5% 38.8% 38.6%
Grade 7 Math 51.6% 31.9% 34.8% 41.1%
Grade 5 ELA 37.5% 29.7% 29.7% 31.6%
Grade 6 ELA 55.0% 30.0% 30.6% 31.2%
Grade 7 ELA 43.2% 28.1% 29.2% 31.6%

Our Program

CQA fosters scholastic achievement in a small school setting. Our program centers on literacy as a lever for academic learning to instill our students with skills for success in school and in life.

  • Small learning environment
  • Focus on literacy as lever for school and life success
  • High quality pedagogy and practice
  • Learning supports

Academic literacy across all subjects to succeed in school

  • Our curriculum introduces concrete literacy examples & illustrations, and real-life problem solving using literacy
  • We use a reading and writing curriculum to encourage scholars to be avid readers, writers and analytical thinkers
  • Our scholars have double periods (2 total hours) of English Language Arts (ELA) each day, and  integrate additional literacy assistance in other subject areas


CQA is a tuition-free public charter middle school serving 400 students in grades 5-8. Our highly diverse school community and families reflect the extraordinary diversity of our home district, NYC School District 24, and traditional immigrant neighborhoods of Elmhurst, Woodside and Corona.CQA is the first charter school to serve the students and families of New York City’s “United Nations” district, Community School District 24, in Queens. CQA is one of the first charter schools to offer an admissions preference for English Language Learner students (ELLs).