| Join a small school making a big difference! Central Queens Academy (CQA) is a new and growing charter middle school serving a multi-ethnic, English Language Learner (ELL) and immigrant community. Located in Elmhurst, the “United Nations” district of Queens, CQA enrolls a diverse student body that hails from all over the world. According to research, fewer than 50% of NYC current ELLs graduate from high school, compared with the citywide average of 65%. The mission of CQA is to prepare students for success in education, the workforce and the community through a school that integrates literacy, standards-based academics and culturally responsive support services. We serve 400 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. In future years, we will expand to serve more than 1,000 students grades K-12, preparing our students to excel in college and beyond.