Maspeth High School

54-40 74TH STREET
QUEENS NY 11373 Map
Phone: (718) 803-7100
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 24 priority
Principal: Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir
Neighborhood: Maspeth
District: 24
Grade range: 09 thru 11

Buses: Q18, Q38, Q47, Q58, Q67

What's special:

An emphasis on the classics and the fine arts

The downside:

Some students balk at the strict dress code

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Maspeth High School is a highly structured school with a classical curriculum that includes four years of Latin and fine arts. Students are held to high standards in their behavior, dress, and academic performance.

Founded with a 9th grade in temporary quarters in 2011, the school moved in 2012 to bright, spacious new building. Latin phrases are posted in the hallways, as well as signs warning “For your own safety, please do not wear hats, hoodies or sunglasses in this building” and “Do NOT let your pants sag in this building.” During transitions between classes, neatly dressed students pass through the halls while classical music or jazz plays over the intercom. The school is adding a grade each year and is designed to serve about 1,100 students. The building also houses a District 75 program for students with autism.

Maspeth’s curriculum seeks to balance math, science, humanities, and the arts. The importance of public speaking and writing are emphasized in all classes. In some ways the style of teaching at Maspeth is traditional. “We have no fear of memorization here,” says Founding Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir. However, teachers also seem to do a good job engaging students through projects and hands-on activities. One biology classroom featured several fish tanks, a live rabbit, and a variety of plants, which the teacher referenced in a lesson about how plants grown in relation to gravity and light. In a history class, students worked in small groups to debate the effects of imperialism on indigenous communities.

Because the curriculum requires students to take four years of Latin as well as four years of fine arts, there are fewer opportunities to take electives than in some other high schools. “The classical curriculum can be hard to mesh with other models that offer many electives,” explained Abdul-Mutakabbir. He wouldn’t trade Latin classes for more electives though, saying that Latin gives the school a unified culture, provides students a deeper understanding of the English language, and bolsters their literacy.

Students may choose from four art tracks: visual arts, dance, theater, or music. Students who earn 10 credits of art classes may graduate with an arts-endorsed diploma.

The school administration enforces its strandards of behavior in the classroom and the hallways. “We use the classics to push kids to examine their own values and ethics,” said Abdul-Mutakabbir, adding that “We want to teach them to be lifelong learners with strong character.”

While students do not wear uniforms, the school’s dress code is strictly enforced and has received pushback from some students who claim that it is too harsh. During our visit we saw four students get sent to the office for being out of dress code to put on a school-approved tee shirt over their clothes. According to Principal Abdul-Mutakabbir, the dress code is part of the school’s efforts to teach students how to present themselves professionally.

Maspeth offers a wide range of extracurricular activities for students, ranging from mock trial to the environmental club to table tennis. There are also a variety of sports teams. Principal Abdul-Mutakabbir says that the majority of students participate in some form of extracurricular activity and that it gives them a chance to get to know their teachers on a different level.

Special education: Maspeth offers team teaching classes for students with special needs.

Admissions: Despite some initial confusion in the neighborhood about whether the school would be locally zoned, admissions are "limited unscreened" with priority given first to students from District 24 who attend an information session, then to those from other districts in Queens who attend a session, and then to NYC residents who attend a session. There were 1,700 applications for 250 seats for the 2012-2013 school year. (Pauline Zaldonis, February 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 751

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
17%

Black

  
3%

Hispanic

  
46%

White

  
35%

Free Lunch

  
70%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.20 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

27 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?

94% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

88% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

18% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 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?

0%

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many -4 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

NA
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?

50% 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?

NA 44% 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?

74% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 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. Priority to District 24 students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to Queens students or residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  4. Then to District 24 students or residents
  5. Then to Queens students or residents
  6. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Maspeth High School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURCES: Chemistry, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Classical Greek, Latin

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Chess, Classics, Debate Team, Graphic Design, Green Team, International Thespian Society, Key Club, Math Team, Mock Trial Team, Model United Nations, Moot Court Team, National Honor Society, Robotics Team, Science, Student Government, Yearbook, Young Democrats & Republicans

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Crew, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Source: High school directory

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