Long Island City High School

14-30 BROADWAY
QUEENS NY 11106 Map
Phone: (718) 545-7095
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood & selective programs
Wheelchair accessible
selective
Principal: Vivian Selenikas
Neighborhood: Astoria/ LI City
District: 30
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: CRISA IGNATIADIS

Buses: Q102, Q103, Q104, Q18, Q66, Q69

What's special:

Culinary program, extensive arts programs, beautiful building

The downside:

Overcrowding, attendance could still improve

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Long Island City High School has a popular culinary arts program, an imaginative program in English as a Second Language (ESL), and pockets of excellent teaching. The school seems to be on the rise with a new, experienced principal and a stronger focus on safety and academics after years of poor attendance and low academic performance.

The well-kept building has an Olympic-sized pool, two gyms, a weight room and a dance studio. A newly resurfaced football field was funded by the New York Jets’ Heads Up! program. The school’s numerous sports teams include bowling, fencing, golf, tennis and champion boys’ gymnastics. A LYFE Center offers child care for the children of students, and partnerships with Gear Up and Global Kids assist with college preparation and tutoring.

In 2012, a seasoned educator,  Vivian Selenikas was appointed principal. A doctoral candidate at New York University in bilingual education, Selenikas previously served as assistant principal of foreign language and ESL for eight years at LIC and was principal for four years at the High School for Arts and Business in Corona, NY. She is also a former network leader for the Department of Education.

“Vivian has done a great job,” says health teacher and United Federation of Teachers Chapter Head Ken Achiron, who has been with the school since 1978. “There is more support for our deans and more support for our safety agents. She has motivated teachers who were not motivated before. Now everyone has higher expectations.”

An integral part of Selenikas’ restructuring plan involved expanding the school’s Small Learning Communities (SLCs). “We wanted to give the students a more personal experience tied to a theme,” says Selenikas. Currently, the school is separated into five SLCs, each with two “strands” and fewer than 350 students: The Academy of Humanities and Urban Culture focuses on theater and music; the Academy of Wellness and Education offers courses in sports medicine and education; the Culinary Arts Academy trains future chefs; the Global Languages Academy focuses on language, media, technology, and hospitality and tourism; and the New Explorers Academy investigates identity.

All entering 9th-graders are placed in either New Explorers or Global Languages (for English Language Learners). On our visit in 2011, we saw some interesting projects in ESL classes, including essays by students about the challenges they faced learning English and published interviews with teachers. At a spring fair at the end of the year, students select and apply for their SLC for 10th grade and beyond. Despite the restructuring, students still come to school in three shifts, beginning at 7:40 am, to alleviate overcrowding.

The Culinary Institute is the school’s proudest achievement, drawing 2,000 applicants for 100 spots. The institute runs like a professional kitchen, preparing students for careers in the industry (and earning them a Career and Technical Education certification). Students in upper grades prepare meals for special occasions and our visit featured delicious breakfast and lunch spreads of homemade croissants, muffins, sandwiches and brownies. “We go bell to bell,” says culinary teacher Aristotle Matsis, “just like dinner in a restaurant.”

Safety has also been one of Selenikas' top priorities. Because each SLC comprises an enclosed physical portion of the building with its own counselors and administrators, there is less unsupervised student traffic in the hallways. "We've put more adults in the students' physical space," she says. Teachers are enthusiastic about the principal and say the school is more orderly, according to the 2012-13 Learning Environment Survey. However, some students responding to the survey still don't feel safe in the hallways and bathrooms.

“I am a person who believes in consequences and prevention,” says Selenikas, citing a new program that blends online and classroom learning to target the school’s “most troubled students” and get them up to grade level. The school now emphasizes a list of core values, offers online Jupiter grades so parents can keep track of student progress, and runs regular student orientations about appropriate behavior. A special attendance committee meets weekly to discuss incentive programs such as movie tickets for students with good attendance records. 

A few graduates have been admitted to top colleges such as Georgetown and Cornell. The Culinary Institute sends a few of its graduates to the Culinary Institute of America and the French Culinary Institute each year. "We want students to push for their reach colleges," says Selenikas. "We're not just settling for any college."

Special Education: The school offers a variety of programs including Integrated Co-Teaching, SETSS, self-contained classes (and an alternative assessment program), and adaptive physical education. LIC offers Spanish bilingual classes, a Bengali native language arts class and self-contained, mixed-grade ESL classes. ESL students put out a literary magazine annually.

Admissions:  Zoned neighborhood school. Long Island City also has selective admission for the Culinary Institute, which belongs the Culinary Arts SLC. The Academy of Humanities and Urban Culture SLC houses the Opera Institute and the Orchestra Academy selective programs. The Academy of Wellness and Education houses the selective Western Queens Center for the Humanities and the Sciences. (Aryn Bloodworth, 2011, Aimee Sabo, phone interviews and online reports, 2013)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 2522

Average Daily Attendance 79%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
15%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
62%

White

  
10%

Free Lunch

  
76%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
13%

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?

58% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

88% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

71% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

83% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

48% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

59% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

73% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

57% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

68% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

15% 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?

18%

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

15%

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

19%

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?

27% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

422
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

54%

SAT math scores

449
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?

68% 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?

26% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

32% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

59% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 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: Guaranteed offer to students who apply and live in the zoned area.

Source: High school directory

Orchestra Academy

Screened

Development of orchestral performance skills; classical and jazz-centered elements, performance, reading, writing, music theory training; opportunities for performance and skill development in classical and jazz repertoire; Master classes with faculty.

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Opera Institute

Screened

Study of the principles, practices, methods and history of opera, music theory, voice training; opportunities for both performances and academic study, Master classes with faculty, stage movement study, visits to the Metropolitan Opera.

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Culinary Institute

Screened

Preparation for high level, professional experiences in gourmet cooking, food preparation, and restaurant management.

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

West Queens Center for the Humanities and the Sciences

Screened

Courses in Art, Music, History, Literature, Writing and Foreign Languages, as well as classroom and research experiences in the Sciences and Mathematics.

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Zoned

Zoned

Academics

AP COURCES: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Government and Politics: United States, Italian Language and Culture, Music Theory, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: 3-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Chinese, French, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish, Spanish Native Language Arts

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC), ASPIRA, Dance Club, Fall and Spring Drama and Musical Productions, Mu Alpha Theta, Multicultural Festival, National Honor Society, SING, Spirit Squad, Digital Media Program, Winter and Spring Concerts, More than 20 Multicultural and Interdisciplinary Clubs

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cricket, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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