2008-03-07 / Front Page

Two New Schools Set For Educational Campus

By Howard Schwach

Two of the small schools slated to replace Far Rockaway High School, which is closing its academic doors after 110 years, were announced by the Department of Education this week.

Far Rockaway High School officially closed its doors in June. In September, two new schools will join the two existing small schools in the building. Far Rockaway High School officially closed its doors in June. In September, two new schools will join the two existing small schools in the building. "The two new schools will begin in September," said Melody Meyer, a spokesperson for the DOE. Since there will be no incoming ninth grade next school year, there will be room for the incoming classes of the new schools at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus."

The Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology will start in September with a ninth grade class and will expand each year until the school has a grades 9 to 12 organization.

According to the DOE website, the school will provide students with dual preparation. Working in close collaboration with colleges, businesses and industry, it will offer a strong academic program, which is integrated with skills, knowledge and career education.

The course offerings at the new school will include Intel Research, Program Information Literacy and Web Design.

In addition, there will be a digital photography class as well as a drama program.

As with all of the small schools, there will be an optional extended day program, a summer internship program, a uniform dress code and an internship and community service requirement.

The second small school that will share the campus with the research school and two other existing small schools, Frederick Douglass Academy and KAPPA VI, is the Academy of Medical Technology,

Meyer says that this school is dedicated to creating opportunities for students to gain the knowledge they need to become members of the health care community.

Officially designated as a College Board School, the Far Rockaway campus will be affiliated with Coney Island Hospital.

Some of the courses offered at the new school will be Medical Laboratory Assisting, College Education and Visual Arts. As the school expands, it plans to add a number of advanced placement courses as well.

The Medical Technology school will open in September with both a grade 6 and a grade 9. Eventually, the school will have a grades 6 to 12 organization, with both a middle school and high school component.

Unlike some small schools, both of the new schools will include a special education and English Language Learner (ELL) program.

Meyer told The Wave that the DOE will hold parent informational fairs to discuss the new schools and how to apply to them. Those fairs will be publicized in this paper as soon as they are announced.

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