Queens High School for Language Studies

Grades 9-12
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Location

35-01 Union Street
Flushing NY 11354
Flushing (District 25)
Trains: 7 to Flushing-Main St
Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q19, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q48, Q50, Q65, Q66

Contact

Phone
718-888-7530
Principal
Melanie Lee
Parent Coordinator
Stephanie Huang

What’s Special

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

The Downside

Too soon to tell

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 languageon 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 schools 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. Its 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 calculusthe 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)

About the students

Enrollment
399
Asian
60.7%
Black
9.8%
Hispanic
25.1%
White
2.3%
Other
2.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
78%
Students with disabilities
6%
English language learners
24%
Male
47%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Veritas Academy and Flushing HS
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
97%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
13%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
10%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
87%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
50%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 4 licensed arts teacher in Dance (part-time), Theater (part-time), and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
83%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
58%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
87%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

Are students prepared for college?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
70%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
75%
90% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Queens High School for Language Studies
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Chinese (Mandarin)

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Chinese, AP Statistics, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

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