Flushing High School

35-01 UNION STREET
QUEENS NY 11354 Map
Phone: (718) 888-7500
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school/ed opt programs
Principal: JAMES BROWN
Neighborhood: Flushing/ College Pt.
District: 25
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: MARY VACARR

Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q16, Q17, Q19, Q20A, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q48, Q50, Q65, Q66

What's special:

Calm, safe environment; successful math team

The downside:

Tagged as a failing school by the city; uncertain future

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Founded in 1875 with a class of seven, Flushing is the first public high school established in New York City. Typical of many large, urban high schools, Flushing struggles with overcrowding, low graduation rates, poor attendance and a high percentage of students who enter high school with weak academic skills.

There also are some pockets of excellence, particularly in math. Flushing’s math team consistently ranks among the best citywide. Also, an innovative geometry class designed by assistant principal of math, Gennaidy Eyshinskiy uses computer simulation to help struggling students visualize complex math concepts.

Flushing High School was slated to shut down because of low performance and reopen in September 2012 with a new name and a majority of new staff. However, legal action against the city put those plans on hold, so at least for now, Flushing will stay open, keeping its name and much of its faculty. In 2013, two new small schools moved into the building: Veritas Academy and Queens High School for Language Studies

Despite many challenges and an uncertain future, Flushing maintains a calm environment. There are no metal detectors and parents and students say the school is safe, based on their responses to the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey. The school offers a nice selection of art and music classes as well as a full band. Students who stay on track in English classes may choose from electives such as journalism, creative writing, and play production.

Guidance counselors pay weekly visits to all freshman English classes to discuss issues ranging from study skills and anger management to career and college placement. Incoming students are given a binder filled with information laying out expectations for all four years of high school as well as continuing on to college.

The school has had a rapid turnover of leadership, with four principals in four years. Long-time principal, Cornelia Gutwein stepped down in 2010 when the city first identified Flushing as a persistently low-achieving school. Carl Hudson, a math teacher at Flushing with little administrative experience was appointed Gutwein’s successor. Hudson stepped down in June, 2012, as part of the city’s plan to reopen Flushing under a new name and leadership. Though Flushing will remain open, Hudson will not return. In July, 2012, Hudson was arrested for methamphetamine possession and pled guilty to disorderly conduct. Magdelen Radovich took the helm in September, 2012. James Brown became principal in September, 2013, according to the New York Post. Brown is the former principal of Baldwin Middle School on Long Island. 

In 2011, Flushing reorganized its entire student body into themed academies in law, business, science, humanities, and international diplomacy. Each academy is headed by an assistant principal and has a dedicated guidance counselor. An additional program, the Renaissance Academy for Advanced Placement Studies targets high achievers. Students selected to participate will be eligible to take up to 12 Advanced Placement (AP) classes, starting with AP World History in 9th grade.

The school has been at its present site since the early 20th century. Its Gothic-style building features gargoyles perched atop a turreted façade, stained glass windows and an auditorium that could easily pass for a cathedral sanctuary, complete with vaulted ceilings and an enormous pipe organ that no longer works. Two more wings added in recent decades have transformed Flushing’s original structure into a massive facility with hallways that seem to stretch two city blocks.

The school has no sports field but teams have exclusive use of two fields within walking distance. There are two gyms and weight, cardio, and spinning rooms with professional grade equipment in the building.

College admissions: The school has full-time college advisor and a partnership with Asian Americans for Equality that sponsors trips to college campuses and provides students with help completing college applications and financial aid forms.

Special education: There are Special Education Teacher Support Services, self-contained classes for students with special needs only and Collaborative Team Teaching classes. Flushing has a large population of English language learners (ELL). Flushing offers English classes geared for ELL students and bilingual instruction in several courses, including some advanced classes for native Spanish and Chinese speakers.

Admissions: Varies by program. Students who are zoned for the school are given priority admission; those outside the zone are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of abilities. (Laura Zingmond, November, 2008; updated, August, 2012; updated with new principal information, September 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares its building

Number of Students 2499

Average Daily Attendance 83%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
20%

Black

  
26%

Hispanic

  
49%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
70%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
20%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

29 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

50% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

77% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

59% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

64% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

44% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

54% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

70% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

59% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

12% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

67% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

14% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

14%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

27%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

14%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

22% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

407
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

49%

SAT math scores

432
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

62% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

29% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

39% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

63% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

89% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents
  2. For Zoned Program only: priority to students who live in the zoned area

Source: High school directory

Academy of Business Entrepreneurship

Ed. Opt.

MOS certification in Excel, Word and PowerPoint, specialty in business courses with participation in Virtual Enterprise Program (Sports Finest, Virtual Timekeepers and Virtual Radio Station), in 11th and 12th grades collaboration with 92.3.

Academy of Health Sciences

Ed. Opt.

A variety of methods are used to assist students in identifying and investigating career options. This includes field trips, guest speakers, job shadowing, the use of informational technology, and volunteer/internship in the health care field.

Thurgood Marshall Law Academy

Ed. Opt.

Introduction to Law, Criminology, Practical Law, Trial Techniques, Constitutional Law, Minorities and the Law, Sociology, Psychology and the Law and Literature.

Zoned

Zoned

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, Computer Science AB, Economics: Micro, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Government and Politics: Comparative, Government and Politics: United States, Physics B, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Chinese, French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Arts, Math Team, Glamour Gals Club, Arista, Art, ASPIRA, Attendance Intervention Program, Beginning Vocal, Cartooning, Chinese, Concert Band, Debate Team, Forum School Newspaper, Griffin, Guitar, Honors Chorus, Journalism, Korean Club, Law Team, Leadership Club, Leo's Club, Multicultural Club, Painting and Drawing, Peer Mediation, Play Production, Professional Chorus, Set Design, Sports and Arts High School Today Program, Student Government, TRI-M (Music Honor Society), Wellness Committee, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, JV Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball & JV Softball, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball, Wrestling

Other schools sports: Basketball, Crew, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weight Training, Wrestling, Yoga

Source: High school directory

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