CQA Honored as 'Rising Star' at 2014 New York Blackboard Awards

Elmhurst, Queens (December 10, 2014) – Last night at an awards ceremony at the Scholastic Auditorium in Lower Manhattan, Central Queens Academy Charter School (CQA) was honored as a Rising Star by the New York Blackboard Awards program. Suyin So, CQA’s Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of CQA, a tuition-free public charter middle school which opened in 2012 to serve the Central Queens neighborhoods of Elmhurst, Corona and Woodside.

“This award reflects the tremendous work of our teachers and scholars who give 100% everyday,” said So, who was joined at the ceremony by a group of CQA teachers, parents and board members. “Our parents and families deserve much of the credit for partnering with us to ensure that our children arrive at school ready to learn each day.”

Designed with a special focus on English Language Learner students, CQA is one of the first charters in New York City to offer an admissions preference to ELL students. More than 70% of CQA scholars speak a language other than English at home, with Spanish, Chinese, Tibetan and Bengali and Gujarati as predominant home languages. In the April 2014 state exam testing, CQA young scholars outperformed New York City, New York State and our District 24 for both grades 5 and 6.

“Our scholars are a true delight to work with,” said Ashish Kapadia, CQA’s School Director. “More than 80% of our scholars will be the first in their family attend and graduate college, but 100% of them now believe they are going to college.”

To learn more about CQA, visit www.centralqueensacademy.org, or visit the Blackboard Awards profile about CQA. Now in its 12th year, the Blackboard Awards are administered by New York Family magazine and celebrate excellence in education in the city, in all educational sectors (public, private, charter, and parochial) and in all grade levels, from nursery through high school.  Honorees are nominated by parents and educators and a board of educational advisors.