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.
According to the latest available demographic data (2016-2017) 0% of the students are American Indian/Alaska Native; 20.1% are Asian or Pacific Islander; 2.7% are Black or African American; 62.2% are Hispanic or Latino, 1.1% are multi-racial, and 13.9% are White.
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%.