The Scholars' Academy
27Q323 is an Accelerated College Preparatory School for Grades 6 to 12
320 Beach 104th Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
Phone: 718-474-6918 | Fax: 718-945-8958
Vision Statement: To engage the entire Scholars’ Academy Community in cultivating and celebrating well rounded scholars and citizens equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to pursue success and happiness in the 21st Century
Mission Statement: To prepare for college and careers of the 21st Century
Theory of Action: To leverage technology to enhance student learning through increased efficiency and communication
Teacher’s Creed ( by Principal Brian O’Connell)
First, I will do no harm: not to body, not to mind, not to attitude, not to confidence, not to dreams, not to trust.
I will inspire, foster curiosity, engage, question, challenge, coach, and counsel.
I will engage students with and raise awareness of facts and known truths spanning history and cultures in order to teach students how to think in order to question facts and prove the new truths of tomorrow.
I will help students think and act with honor, ethics, and respect.
I will prepare all students to find what possibilities exist within their beings so they may pursue their potential and independently discover their respective roles in society.
I will be an educator: one who draws forth the strengths of students to be independent, informed, productive, and participatory members of society.
Scholars’ Academy Instructional Focus 2017-18
By engaging teachers in a collaborative professional learning process, specific to enhancing the learning tasks within each lesson plan, via the incorporation of universal and individual student learning supports, student engagement, motivation, and achievement will increase.
Comprehensive Education Plan Goals 2017-2018
Rigorous Instruction CEP Goal #1:
By June 2018, teachers will design and enhance rigorous learning tasks within each lesson plan to embed strategic instructional approaches with universal and customized learning supports for all students which will result in at least 60% of teacher observation evaluations scoring Highly Effective in Danielson Competency 3C Engaging Students in Learning.
Supportive Environment CEP Goal #2:
By June 2018, the Youth Development Team and the Advisory Task Force will implement a differentiated staff and student support plan designed to improve student social and emotional intelligence as well as academic preparedness which will result in a 5% increase in a student self-perception and teacher-student perception survey measured 3 times throughout the year.
Collaborative Professional Learning CEP Goal #3:
By June 2018, the Scholars’ Academy will implement a comprehensive collaborative professional learning plan that supports teacher readiness to engage in at least 2 collegial lesson study cycles, and a minimum of 6 subject team specific student support design sessions, which will improve universal and customized learning supports for students, resulting in at least 60% of teacher observation evaluations rated Highly Effective in Danielson Competency 1E Designing Coherent Instruction.
Effective School Leadership CEP Goal #4:
By June 2018, the leaders of 4 teams, critical to Scholars’ Academy functioning, will engage their respective teams in at least 3 Cycles of Learning Protocol (COLP) sessions on team-specific Problems of Practice (POP) which will enhance ownership and accountability, as demonstrated by an increase of 5% of each team’s perception of ownership and accountability on start and end year surveys.
The six teams are:
- Professional Learning
- School Safety
- College and Career Readiness
- Advisory (Task Force)
- School Implementation (Supporting Students with Varying Learning Styles), and
- Pupil Personnel
The leader from each of these teams will share data points with Cabinet and SLT at three checkpoints throughout the year and bring feedback to their teams to continue the Cycles of the Learning process.
Strong Family and Community Ties CEP Goal #5:
By June 2018, Scholars’ Academy will increase parent awareness and understanding of how to use assorted online tools to enhance student learning outcomes, which will be measured by pre-survey data and post-survey data (2017 and 2018) demonstrating a 5% increase in survey responses measuring pre/post parent understanding of the available online tools.