Channel View School for Research (CVSR) is a 6-12 grade, Title I, New York City (NYC) Outward Bound School located in the Beach Channel Educational Campus in Rockaway Beach, New York. Rockaway Beach is a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula that is geographically isolated in the southernmost section of Queens.  Channel View’s foundation is based on the EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) comprehensive school reform model. This approach to curriculum connects learning to real-world issues; our Learning Expeditions and field visits get students out of the classroom and into the practice of investigating solutions to real-world problems. CVSR’s research focus allows students to delve deeply into issues that impact the community.  Students learn the value of leadership and service and establish a solid academic base to launch careers in fields such as science, government, medicine, law, research technology, robotics, and education.


Our vision is to collaborate with families and community members to maintain an academically rigorous and inclusive 6-12 grade school that prepares students for college, careers, and civic life.  We believe in promoting equity and academic excellence by engaging all students in a relevant, project-based curriculum.  Students are encouraged to explore opportunities to make meaningful contributions to society. Channel View students graduate as well-educated, involved citizens, who have a love for learning that enables them to embrace their future with confidence, community, acceptance, and competence, using the lifelong strategies that they acquire at our school.


Channel View conducted an exploratory year in 2011-12 and joined the NYC Outward Bound Schools network in 2012-13. We strategically focused on building the culture and structures of Crew—created by educator Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound.  The quotation, “We are crew, not passengers” has become our school’s mantra.
Crew is designed as a safe and supportive environment where students are encouraged to take risks and develop leadership skills. Students monitor and reflect on academic progress and build meaningful relationships with peers and staff. At CVSR, crews are small, gender-specific groups in grades 6-8 and co-ed in grades 9-12.

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Adventure & Teambuilding Leadership Student Impact Statements


“We Are Crew, Not Passengers" Kurt Hahn

Our entry point with EL Education was focused on the core practices of culture and character. Former students created our code of character, the 15 Words to Live By...

15 Words


Character is one of the pillars of our foundation at Channel View. With this in mind, students and staff together chose Service, Trust, Accountability, and Respect (STAR) as standards that all school community members will strive towards. These standards form the basis of our school’s culture. Our STAR rubric serves as a guide for student assessment and reflection.  We emphasize these character traits in our classrooms and Crew. Students reflect on their progress on the STAR rubric each semester during Student-Led Conferences.



At Channel View, we believe that success in life is not only determined by academics. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills, such as determination, optimism, self-awareness, and Habits of Work and Learning Standards (HOWLS) also play an important role. At Channel View character and community service are as important as academic achievement. We produce global citizens who use their talents to make the world a better place.



“The World Is Our Classroom” Learning Expeditions engage students in original research, critical thinking, and problem solving. The Learning Expedition is the signature EL Education curricular structure. Investigations begin with a kick off experience and use guiding questions that facilitate case studies. In addition, expeditions involve fieldwork, expert speakers, service learning, and a culminating event to celebrate the creation of a high quality work product.


Channel View is Title I secondary school with approximately 960 students. The school’s population is comprised of 41% Black, 36% Hispanic, 12% White, and 8% Asian students. Channel View’s student population includes 2% English Language Learners and 12% students with disabilities. Boys account for 47% of the students enrolled, and girls 53%.

Our school prides itself on being an equitable and inclusive community. We have thriving programs for exceptional learners with special needs, such as the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Nest and Horizon programs that serve students who are on the autism spectrum in a general education setting. Our school is also part of the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) and the CREATES program that focus on addressing disproportionality in discipline and academic achievement for our students of color.


EL Education Implementation Review Scores

As evidence of CVSR’s commitment to high levels of implementation of EL Education practices, the following charts demonstrate the growth of our Implentation Review scores over time. Additional attachments include details about our most recent reviews.

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Implementation Review - 2014-2018


Implementation Review - 2016

Implementation Review - 2017

Implementation Review - 2018

IR2016 IR17 IR18

EL Performance Benchmarks

EL Education Performance Benchmarks and Credentialing Eligibility Data Profile

The linked Performance Benchmark document outlines the road map of CVSR’s work in the three dimensions of Mastery of Knowledge and Skills (MKS), Character, and High Quality Work (HQW). It describes the strategic implementation and student achievement goals that complement the annual work plan, translated into EL Education's most recent template.

CVSR Performance Benchmarks CVSR Credentialing Data Profile

CVSR HQW Protocol Summaries

Each year, we review student work to evaluate our progress supporting students in their creation of high quality work and use this reflection to inform our plans for the next year’s work. Attached below are the summaries from the last three years' staff-wide High Quality Work Protocol.

High Quality Work Protocol 2017

High Quality Work Protocol 2018

High Quality Work Protocol 2019

HQW-2017 HQW-2018 HQW-2019