Queens High School for Language Studies

35-01 UNION STREET
QUEENS NY 11354 Map
Phone: (718) 888-7530
Website: Click here
Admissions: Screened for language; 50% Mandarin speaking
Principal: Melanie Lee
Neighborhood: Flushing
District: 25
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: STEPHANIE HUANG
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Dual Language
ESL Focus
New School

Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q19, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q48, Q50, Q65, Q66, QM2, QM20, QM3

What's special:

Student work toward fluency in Mandarin and English, friendly and supportive environment

The downside:

Too soon to tell

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Opened in 2013, Queens High School for Language Studies (QHSLS) is a promising new school modeled after the successful High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies in Manhattan. Half of its incoming 9th-graders are fluent in English and learn Mandarin as a foreign language. The rest are native Mandarin Chinese speakers still learning English. The goal is for the blended population of English and Mandarin learners to support each other while all work towards fluency in their new language—on top of taking a full load of academic classes.

“Chinese is reinforced throughout the school day,” said founding principal Melanie Lee, who taught history and English as a second language at Asian Studies in Manhattan. “You hear it in the hallways and at lunch time.”

Housed in the Flushing High School building, QHSLS has a calm and friendly vibe. In classes we visited, teachers were enthusiastic; students seemed engaged. Students we met said they like the school’s close-knit environment where all their teachers know them well. All said they feel safe in the school and throughout the building. “Flushing High School students are very nice too,” one student offered.

QHSLS follows a bilingual rather than dual language format, meaning that fluent English speakers take a daily Mandarin class for all four years, but all their other classes are taught in English. The English language learners (ELL) take Mandarin classes geared for their advanced level as well as English and some history classes targeted for non-fluent speakers. In 9th and 10th grade they may also take math and science classes taught in Mandarin to ensure they do not fall behind in those subjects while working to improve their English skills.

The school serves students at all academic levels and does a good job of giving all the opportunity to work at their own pace and skill level. For instance, algebra and geometry are taught in extended periods to ensure students get extra time to digest the lessons, which helps them perform better. In English-only classes, teachers give instructions in Mandarin to to make sure all students understand the assignments. Conversely, in Mandarin for beginning learners, the teacher may explain a task in English before switching to Chinese for the remainder of the class.

Classes have a traditional feel, with students sitting in rows facing the front, though we observed teachers making time for class discussions and small group work. “It’s essential that students work in groups to help them process their lessons in their native language and their new one,” said Lee.

High-achieving students may take Advanced Placement (AP) courses starting in junior year. During our visit we met an ambitious 11th-grader and former ELL, who was taking AP courses in Mandarin, United States history and calculus—the latter two taught in English.

In addition to core subjects, students take classes in mock trial, theater, computer applications and vocal music.

A local cultural and social welfare organization, AAFE (Asian Americans for Equity), helps with student support and family outreach. AAFE funds college tours for students and their parents and connects families with needed services such as counseling, immigration and healthcare.

QHSLS provides parents with access to Rosetta Stone language software to help them learn English or Mandarin too. Lee also invites parents to tour the school several times each year so they may see the school in action and offer the administration feedback.

QHSLS shares the facilities with Flushing High School and Veritas Academy. Students at all three schools may participate in campus-wide sports teams and other extracurricular activities. There are some school-run activities such as engineering, photography and an improvisation club where students get to perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

The Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. also provides after-school activities for QHSLS students including physical fitness classes and academic help, such as SAT preparation and tutoring.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT and SETSS and has two special education teachers who work with students in the classrooms and on an individual basis.

ADMISSIONS: Screened for language skills only. Queens residents have priority. (Laura Zingmond, November 2015)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Veritas Academy and Flushing HS

Number of Students 297

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
62%

Black

  
10%

Hispanic

  
25%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
83%

Special ed

  
7%

English Language Learners

  
29%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.62 2.39 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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

85% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

89% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

13% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 9% 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?

NA

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 students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Queens High School for Language Studies

Screened: Language

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Chinese, AP Statistics, AP US History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Music, Anime, Chess, Community Arts, Drama, Math Team, Computer Programming, Engineering, Green Club, Hip Hop, SAT prep, Rainbow Club, and Student Government; students are encouraged to form additional clubs. Tutoring is offered daily; Saturday Regents Prep is offered in January, May, and June.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Other schools sports: Intramural: Badminton, Mixed Martial Arts, Yoga

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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