Pan American International High School

An Insideschools pick
45-10 94TH STREET
QUEENS NY 11373 Map
Phone: (718) 271-3602
Website: Click here
Admissions: New immigrants; citywide
Principal: Minerva Zanca
Neighborhood: Astoria/ LI City
District:24
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: JUANA ADAMES
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
ESL Only
Citywide

Buses: Q29, Q38, Q53, Q58, Q72

What's special:

Spanish speakers learn English and prepare for college.

The downside:

No team sports.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Students at Pan American International High School all speak Spanish and have been in the United States for less than four years. They come from Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Columbia and other countries. The principal, the secretaries and the counselors speak Spanish, but most of the teachers speak only English. The goal is to help students learn English, finish high school and prepare for college. Pan American is part of a successful network of high schools designed for new immigrants.

New arrivals take classes with students who have been in the United States a while. Ninth and 10th graders take class together, as so do 11th and 12th graders, so students can help each other. In an art class we visited, an older boy helped a younger boy talk about a painting by Pablo Picasso. The first boy said a word in English and the other boy repeated the word. Students were focused and attentive in the classes we visited. Older students do not usually bully new students because so many of them know what it is like to come to a new country. Teachers give all instruction in English and students must present samples of their work in English twice a year.

By the time they are seniors, students can speak and write in English. Expert students can take difficult classes like physics. Angie, an 11th grader from Ecuador, says she was “afraid to speak English” until 10th grade. Now she is on the student government, and can do her schoolwork in English. She likes that the school helps her read and write better in Spanish, too. She wants to be a nurse.

Is the school too Spanish? "This is the question we are examining," says Principal Marcella Barros openly. Some parents wish their children could take history or science classes in Spanish so they don't fall behind. Other parents wish students would speak English all the time, even with their friends. The day of our visit, one couple took their son out of school because they felt his progress in English was too slow. But the principal says the mix of English in the classroom and Spanish with friends is a good one. She says it’s important for children to learn English in classes right away. At the same time, she thinks it helps to be able to work out problems with friends in Spanish.

Special education: A reading and writing teacher provides extra help for children who need it in small groups or by going into classrooms. The school has money for special education but did not have services in place at the time of our visit.

There is a green asphalt play area but no field. The school does not have official sports teams. (Lydie O. Raschka, October 2010)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Elmhurst Educational Campus

Number of Students 367

Average Daily Attendance 88%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
0%

Hispanic

  
100%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
91%

Special ed

  
2%

English Language Learners

  
88%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.20 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

21 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

81% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

78% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

87% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

71% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

36% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

42% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

60% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

48% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

9% 11% 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?

27%

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

20%

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?

1% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

306
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

35%

SAT math scores

330
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?

69% 76% 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?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open only to New York City residents living in the United States four years or fewer whose home language is Spanish and are English Language Learners per New York City Department of Education guidelines scoring at the Beginner or Intermediate level on the NYSESLAT or LAB-R.

Source: High school directory

Pan American International High School

Screened: Language

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish Native Language Arts

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Leadership Project, Peer Tutoring, Advanced English, Art Design and Exhibition, Baile Folklorico, Campaña Verde, Comics, Crochet Club, Dance, Drama Class, Family Festivals, Guitar, History Regents Prep, Latino Youth for Higher Education Program (LYHEP), Math Regents Prep, Music, Newspaper, Photography, Saturday Explorers, Science Regents Prep, Social Action Projects and Campaigns, Sports, Student Congress, Talent Show, Voice

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Badminton, Baseball, Fitness, Floor Hockey, Football, Soccer, Yoga

Source: High school directory

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