Programs

1. CSE seeks students who understand the role they play in their education and their future and that of their community world. Students must understand their innate power and purpose in their uniqueness enabling them to be ready and prepared for every opportunity that eventually will come their way. CSE will prepare students to enter the elite High Schools and ultimately universities of their choice.

Particular attention will be placed on the differentiated instruction appealing to all learning styles. New York State Standards will be met and exceeded and yearly Stanford Achievements tests will be administered.

2. Core Subjects (55 min. periods daily)
• English, History, Math, Science
(8th Graders- Currently does the 9th grade Math Regent and by 2013 will also be taking the Physical Science Regent.

Other Subjects (45 min.)
• Foreign Language – (Spanish/Mandarin/French) (4 times per week)
• Public Speaking (once per week)
• Latin (once per week)
• Entrepreneur (three times per week)
• Art (once per week)
• Tennis/ Physical Education (2 hours- once per week)
• Music- Singing (once per week)
-Instrument (twice per week)
Study Hall (once per week)
Recess (five times per week ½ hr.)

Additionally, students are expected to do several hours of community service yearly. During the Fall and Spring, students engage in community gardening in our plot (assigned by the Civic Association of Cambria Heights on 227th Street and Linden Blvd.)
Chores/Duties are also assigned individually to be performed once per week.

Early morning review classes are held daily except for Monday in each core subject area. Those students with weak skills in Math and English are also assigned to attend Enrichment classes 2-3 days per week. This will replace their Duties, Study Hall and possibly one Entrepreneur session and Art.

Students spend three days camping upstate each year at YMCA Camp Greenkill. It is optional for eight graders but mandatory for sixth and seventh graders. The camping activities are designed to bond the students and teach cooperative skill building.

CSE Staff

Masters Degrees
• All four core teachers
• Foreign Language Teachers (2 out of 3)
• Latin- Currently enrolled
• Public Speaking
• Music-One currently enrolled
Two hold BA’s and are professional musicians and composers.
One currently travels with the Count Basie & Duke Ellington
Orchestra/Band

Graduate Placement- 2012 (First Graduating Class)

• 1 Brooklyn Tech
• 1 Packer Collegiate Independent School (major scholarship)
• 1 Brooklyn Latin/ H.S. of Construction Trades, Engineering & Architecture
• 2 St. Mary of Manhasset
• 1 St. Francis
• 1 Cardinal Hayes H.S.- Bronx
• 1 Gateway H.S.
• 1 Elmont High School- Finance Academy
• 1 Cambria Academy
• 1 Springfield H.S
• 1 Queens H.S of Teaching, Liberal Arts & Sciences
• 1 Nassau County, Public School

CHOICE Program

Understanding that the high school process is difficult and painstaking, the CHOICE (Comprehensive High School Option and Information at Cambria School of Excellence) Program was initiated to assess parents with critically needed information and assistance. What are Universities looking for that your high school must provide? Unfortunately many do not offer our students an adequate number of advance placement classes. What regents are needed? What is a portfolio? Do you have one? What organizations are there to assist you and guarantee you major scholarship money? As deadlines are critical, a detailed timeline is followed.

Starting in the Spring of 6th grade, parents are introduced to the H.S. process. Seven categories of school are discussed. Information sessions continue in 7th grade culminating in individual meeting with each family as final High School choices are made in at least four categories.

Students spend three days camping upstate each year. It is optional for 8th graders but mandatory for 6th and 7th grade. The theme and activities are building bonding teamwork amongst the grades.

Specialized H.S. Test Prep.

This program runs for two summers after 6th and 7th grade. It continues every other Saturday during the 7th grade year. We are currently preparing our fourth group to take the test in October 2013.
Past Record-
Year 1- One out of seven students accepted
Year 2- Three out of six students accepted
Year 3- Results to be announced in February 2013

National Junior Honor Society
CSE became a member in July 2012 and is now in the process of nominating our first members into the Society.