College Point families will soon have a brand-new junior high school right in their own neighborhood.
The new school, called JHS Q336, will be located at 124-06 14th Ave. — the former site of St. Fidelis School, which closed in 2013. The 507-seat junior high school will officially open in 2018 with a new incoming class of sixth-graders and will be designed and constructed by the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA). This will be the neighborhood’s first public middle school.
Councilman Paul Vallone said he received news that the Department of Education (DOE) consented to the new middle school just this week.
“From day one, this has been a priority for our office to do this for College Point,” Vallone told QNS. “For decades, students in College Point traveled to JHS 185 and 194 in Flushing and Whitestone. There’s never been an option for children in College Point.”
Residents have advocated for a junior high school closer to home for years. In 2013, locals started a petition calling for a middle school at the St. Fidelis School site. Now, the concept is slated to become reality.
“I don’t think we’re talking major renovations,” Vallone said of the school’s design. “It’s already a school, so it made it a great place [to use].”
“College Point is a growing community and it is about time we have a local middle school for our children,” said Anne Marie Kanable, parent of a student at P.S. 129. “I am so relieved to not have to worry about what middle school my child would end up in and how far we would have to travel.”
Community members are encouraged to attend the May 3 meeting of the District 25 Community Education Council to learn more about the new school and ask specific questions about registration and logistics. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at 30-48 Linden Pl.
“SCA knows how important this new school is to the College Point community,” SCA president and CEO Lorraine Grillo said. “We appreciate Council member Vallone’s efforts and SCA is dedicated to innovatively design and construct the much needed Q336.”
“We are thrilled to give the College Point community a local middle school to call its own,” Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose said. “This new school will help alleviate overcrowding throughout the district and provide students from the community with the facilities and resources they need to succeed.”
Comments or questions can also be posed via email to the Community Superintendent at DDiMang[at]schools.nyc.gov, to the Community Education Council at CEC25[at]schools.nyc.gov and to the Office of District Planning at QueensZoning[at]schools.nyc.gov.