2012-04-27 / Top Stories

Wave Preparatory School Set For PS 215

By Howard Schwach

Some in Rockaway might well think that a new public school in Far Rockaway is being sponsored by The Wave newspaper.

Even though The Wave has been around nearly 120 years, the new school, called the Wave Preparatory School, is not being named after the paper, but because the school is nearby the ocean. Only not too nearby the ocean.

It is one of the 54 new schools announced last week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. It will replace PS 215, which is being closed for “persistent failure.”

The new schools – 30 of which will be run by the district, along with 24 charters – will serve more than 7,000 students from kindergarten through high school next year, and more than 21,000 kids when they grow to full size.

Of the 54 schools, two will be in Queens – Wave Preparatory School, an elementary school in District 27, that will replace P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott, located at 535 Briar Place; and Central Queens Academy Charter School, which will open in District 24.

“Our children deserve great schools, our parents deserve great options, and our administration is committed to delivering them to families in every neighborhood in the five boroughs,” Bloomberg said. “The 54 new schools that will open next year reflect our commitment to children and parents, and they will build on the successful records established by the hundreds of new small schools we have already created. These new schools, including our new Academy for Software Engineering, which will train students not just in the language of computers but also in the language of innovation, will help prepare our students to succeed in the new global economy.”

Many parents and school staff members, however, are not so sure that closing the school is a good educational idea.

“This is a political move because the mayor is angered that the union did not go along with his teacher grading system,” one staff member, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution, said. “The new schools that come into the building will be no different than we are, except that they will not take care of the most at-risk students. Where will they go?”

The new school will begin in September, with the new school term.

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