Queens Metropolitan High School
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Queens Metropolitan High School
Buses: Q11, Q23, Q53, Q54, Q55, QM12
Queens Metropolitan High School is big enough to offer a variety of courses and activities but small enough to be “a neighborhood school with a personal touch,” says Gregory Dutton, the school's principal since 2012.
A zoned neighborhood school in a beautiful facility, Queens Metropolitan is designed to serve about 1,200 students—much smaller than the giant high schools that serve most of Queens but larger than the small-themed schools that have proliferated in an age of “school choice.”
The school does a good job of serving a broad range of students while ensuring all enjoy a well-rounded high school experience. "Our kids want the traditional high school experience with pep rallies and dances," Dutton said. During spirit week, students stayed into the evening to decorate the halls.
Queens Metropolitan shares its bright campus, opened in 2010, with Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, a combined middle and high school. Each school has its own gym, library, cafeteria and dedicated entrance. They share the large auditorium and field combined PSAL sports teams. The building also houses a District 75 program for students with disabilities.
The few classes we visited appeared well run and orderly, with students generally attentive--even during the final period of the day. A 10th-grade English class seemed to enjoy the young adult novel “Mexican Whiteboy” about a Mexican-American baseball player who attends a private school. The students broke into small groups to read sections aloud and answer questions about it.
A small class especially designed for those who had failed the Global History Regents reviewed material on ancient Greece in preparation for a quiz.
Several girls were enthusiastic about their Advanced Placement (AP) English class, saying an assignment to write an essay had sparked a lively and sometimes contentious debate about different types of segregation. Students mostly seemed satisfied with the school. "It's a work in progress but a good one," one of the juniors in the AP English class said.
Students may study French, Italian or Spanish as well as visual art, dance, music or theater. The school offers a nice range of AP classes in English, Spanish, United States history, world history, government, calculus and biology. College Now classes are also offered at the school through a partnership with LaGuardia Community College.
All 9th graders go on a college visit, and the school's mult-year college advisory process starts in earnest in 10th grade. "College is a constant topic--you can't opt out of it," Dutton said. Select teachers have received special training to serve as college advisors. They run small group advisories and keep track of students' college applications. All 11th-graders take an SAT prep class built into the regular school day schedule.
Queens Metropolitan graduated its first class in June, 2014. Graduates are attending CUNY and SUNY colleges as well as private schools such as Carnegie Mellon, Syracuse and Barnard.
Special education: Queens Metropolitan has team teaching classes and a small self-contained program.
Admission: All students who live in the zone and who apply are admitted. There are limited seats for students outside the zone. Preference goes to students from Queens. (Gail Robinson, February 2013; updated by telephone interview, October 2014).
At a glance
Number of Students 1035
Average Daily Attendance 90%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.55 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class24 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?56% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?87% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?93% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?84% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?25% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?37%
Is the guidance counseling helpful?
How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?83% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Priority to students who apply and live in the zoned area
- Then to Queens students or residents
- Then to New York City residents
AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus, English, Spanish, United States Government and Politics, United States History
EXTRACURRICULAR: Cheerleading, Drama, Glee, Law, Multicultural, Photography, Rock & Recording, School Newspaper, Science, Step Team, Student Government, Tutoring, Visual Arts
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
Other schools sports: Triathlon Team