2005-05-06 / Community

FRHS Small Learning Communities Set By DOE

By Howard Schwach

In September, Far Rockaway High School will morph into five small “Learning Communities” in an attempt by the Department of Education (DOE) to ameliorate some of the problems of the “failing school.”

According to sources at the DOE, each of the five learning communities will be self-contained in what may well come to be called the “Far Rockaway Campus School” rather than Far Rockaway High School, a name that has more than 100 years of history in the community.

According to DOE sources, the five learning communities will include:

The Health Career Institute, which will train students for careers such as nurse, dental technician, medical laboratory assistant, home health care aide, and radiological technician, will be run in conjunction with York College.

The Law, Leadership and Social Justice Institute will train students for legal, law enforcement and government positions. It will run in conjunction with St. John’s University.

The Business and Computer Technology Institute, which will run in conjunction with Queensboro Community College, will focus on business and computer careers and technology.

The Construction and Design Technology Institute, which will be run in conjunction with the National Center For Construction Education and Research (NCCER) will focus on construction and construction design careers.

In addition, there will be a ninth grade intensive education component in which students in that grade will earn up to 12 academic credits in one year, taking double periods of both Language Arts and Mathematics.

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