York Early College Academy, housed in a wing of JHS 8 in Jamaica, has high expectations, a longer school year and an accelerated curriculum that includes college classes at York College for high school juniors and seniors. The average class size is 27, smaller than most New York City middle and high schools.
Why York Early College Academy?
The York Early College Academy is a New York City Early College Public School. Through our partnership with the City University of New York’s Early College Initiative and York College, our students are provided with a rigorous academic program from grades six through twelve. From the start of the sixth grade, college preparation is introduced and continually reinforced to YECA students. This goal is expressed and achieved through a collaborative effort between the administration, teachers, guidance, parents and the surrounding community, enabling students the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credits. By the time YECA students enter the college classroom they will have academic efficacy and be autonomous learners with high potential for future academic and career success.
About Us – York Early College Academy
York Early College Academy is part of the Early College Initiative at the City University of New York (CUNY), designed to better prepare students for college by exposing them to higher-level academics starting in middle school. Students take enrichment classes in July. They may take part in Poetry Slams, or visit laboratories at York College to see scientists at work.
The Mission of York Early College Academy (YECA) is to provide a highly supportive and academically challenging learning environment for traditionally under-served, but strongly motivated students with high potential for future academic and career success. From the start of the sixth grade, college preparation is introduced and continually communicated to YECA students. This goal is expressed by their teachers, parents, and the surrounding community.The percentage of York Early College Academy students on free and reduced lunch assistance (74.2%) is significantly higher than the state average of 41.1%. This may indicate that the area has a higher level of poverty than the state average.