Queens Metropolitan High School

91-30 METROPOLITAN AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11375 Map
Phone: (718) 286-3600
Admissions: Zoned
Wheelchair accessible
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Principal: GREGORY DUTTON
Neighborhood: Rego Park
District: 28
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent coordinator: KIMBERLY PETERSON

What's special:

Attractive new zoned neighborhood school

The downside:

New school working to build its reputation

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Our review

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 Principal Gregory Dutton.

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.”

"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 library and cafeteria. They share the large auditorium and field combined interscholastic 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 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.

The school had a rocky start, with massive scheduling problems and poor organization. Teachers complained of problems with order and discipline, according to the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey. However, Dutton, formerly assistant principal at Williamsburg Preparatory School, took over in 2012 and the school now seems on track to become a solid, if somewhat conventional, high school serving a range of abilities.

The school offered AP U.S. history and English at the time of our visit and expects to add more AP classes in the years to come. Students may take either French or Spanish as well as well as visual art, dance, music or theater.

All 9th graders go on a college visit, and all juniors take a class dubbed College 101. "College is a constant topic--you can't opt out of it," Dutton said.

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)

 

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