Designed to help traditionally lower-achieving students prepare themselves for higher education, the Queens School of Inquiry will be accepting applications until March 1 for sixth-grade-bound students from around the borough. Priority for acceptance will be given to students from School District 25 because the school is going to be located in the Flushing-area district when it finds a permanent home.For now, IS 25, a seventh- through ninth-grade school at 34-65 192nd St. that has about 1,000 students, will host the school's 81 students at each grade level as they are introduced at a rate of one grade a year beginning in the fall of 2005. It is one of six new mini high schools planned for the borough, including academies scheduled to open in Hollis, Laurelton, Long Island City and Auburndale. Another academy devoted to young women's leadership will open in a unspecified location.Parents from the elementary schools that feed into IS 25 met Tuesday night to discuss the situation and figure out a way to prevent the high school from entering the Auburndale community."Our school community had no input in the process," said Josephine Dicaro, whose son and daughter will both be entering IS 25 in the next two years. "Seventy percent of these students will have standardized test scores at Level 1 and 2. They could be kids who are held back. You could also have kids hanging out on the corner. They're not good, good kids."Dicaro attended a meeting Tuesday night with nearly 150 other parents from area elementary schools, including PS 184, PS 159, PS 107 and PS 32, who gathered at IS 25 to devise a way to halt the project by reaching out to the Department of Education and local elected officials.
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