About Central Queens Academy

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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 with about 400 scholars across two campuses
  • 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

For the third consecutive year, CQA’s hardworking scholars exceeded their peers in all tested grades and subjects on the New York State Math and ELA Assessments.  CQA outperformed every charter school in Queens on ELA and Math proficiency on the 2015-2016 NYS assessments.  CQA’s eighth grade scholars also performed very well on the NYS Regents Exam in Earth Science.  We’re proud of our scholars, teachers, Assistant Principals, counselors, and operations team for their efforts. Congratulations to our scholars and families!

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Proficiency Percentages on the NYS ELA and Math Assessments and Earth Science Regents Exam
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
CQA D24 NYC NYS CQA D24 NYC NYS CQA D24 NYC NYS
Grade 5 Math 70 43 40 40 63 47 41 43 51 42 38 40
Grade 5 ELA 36 30 29 30 38 32 30 30 47 36 34 34
Grade 6 Math 64 38 35 35 75 39 36 39 67 41 37 40
Grade 6 ELA 32 26 26 26 55 31 30 31 57 37 35 34
Grade 7 Math 52 41 32 35 69 40 34 36
Grade 7 ELA 43 32 28 29 64 39 36 36
Grade 8 Math 54 31 25 24
Grade 8 ELA 73 44 41 41
Grade 8 Earth Science Regents Exam 85 67** 54** 72**
** = 2015 results since 2016 results are not yet available


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).