Community School District 24 represents 55 schools serving students in grades pre-K-12 that are geographically located in the Ridgewood, Maspeth, Glendale, Middle Village, Elmhurst, Corona, Woodside and of Long Island City and Sunnyside section(s)/community(s) of the borough of Queens, New York. The District is comprised of 26 elementary schools; 7 middle/intermediate/junior high schools; 6 K-8 schools; 1 secondary school; 15 high schools; and 0 K-12 school. Additionally, there are 2 charter schools in the district. The District serves a population of approximately 58,603 students from culturally diverse backgrounds, and the District’s community is home to many new immigrants from Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
Approximately 16% of the students have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and receive the full continuum of special education services including Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classes and other models of integrated inclusion classes, instruction in self-contained classes, and related services such as speech and language, counseling, and adaptive physical education. Additionally, 22.3% of the students are English language learners (ELLs), with Spanish as the dominant language among the vast majority. 4.77 % (2015-16) of students in the District are Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE).
Approximately 67% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Approximately 6.80% of students are in temporary housing (STH). Of the 55 schools in the district, 45 are Title I eligible, 45 schools are implementing Title I School Wide Programs (SWP), and no schools are designated as Title I Targeted Assistance Schools (TAS). Additional information regarding these designations can be found on the New York State Education Department website.
The average student attendance rate for District 24 in 2016-7 was 93.06%. The average Superintendent’s suspension rate for District 24 in 2015-16 was 0.40%. Additionally, none of the schools were identified by NYSED as Persistently Dangerous.
Approximately 95.98% (2015-16) of teachers in District 24 are deemed to be highly qualified in their area of assignment in core subject areas. The percentage of teachers holding a Masters Degree plus 30 hours or a Doctorate is 51%. The percentage of teachers in the district rated effective/highly effective is 96.71%.