Flushing High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Calm, safe environment; successful math team

The Downside

Tagged as a failing school by the city; uncertain future

Our Review

Founded in 1875 with a class of seven, Flushing is the first public high school established in New York City. Typical of many large, urban high schools, Flushing struggles with overcrowding, low graduation rates, poor attendance and a high percentage of students who enter high school with weak academic skills.

There also are some pockets of excellence, particularly in math. Flushings math team consistently ranks among the best citywide. Also, an innovative geometry class designed by assistant principal of math, Gennaidy Eyshinskiy uses computer simulation to help struggling students visualize complex math concepts.

Flushing High School was slated to shut down because of low performance and reopen in September 2012 with a new name and a majority of new staff. However, legal action against the city put those plans on hold, so at least for now, Flushing will stay open, keeping its name and much of its faculty. In 2013, two new small schools moved into the building: Veritas Academy and Queens High School for Language Studies

Despite many challenges and an uncertain future, Flushing maintains a calm environment. There are no metal detectors and parents and students say the school is safe, based on their responses to the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey. The school offers a nice selection of art and music classes as well as a full band. Students who stay on track in English classes may choose from electives such as journalism, creative writing, and play production.

Guidance counselors pay weekly visits to all freshman English classes to discuss issues ranging from study skills and anger management to career and college placement. Incoming students are given a binder filled with information laying out expectations for all four years of high school as well as continuing on to college.

The school has had a rapid turnover of leadership, with four principals in four years. Long-time principal, Cornelia Gutwein stepped down in 2010 when the city first identified Flushing as a persistently low-achieving school. Carl Hudson, a math teacher at Flushing with little administrative experience was appointed Gutweins successor. Hudson stepped down in June, 2012, as part of the citys plan to reopen Flushing under a new name and leadership. Though Flushing will remain open, Hudson will not return. In July, 2012, Hudson was arrested for methamphetamine possession and pled guilty to disorderly conduct. Magdelen Radovich took the helm in September, 2012. James Brown became principal in September, 2013, according to the New York Post. Brown is the former principal of Baldwin Middle School on Long Island.

In 2011, Flushing reorganized its entire student body into themed academies in law, business, science, humanities, and international diplomacy. Each academy is headed by an assistant principal and has a dedicated guidance counselor. An additional program, the Renaissance Academy for Advanced Placement Studies targets high achievers. Students selected to participate will be eligible to take up to 12 Advanced Placement (AP) classes, starting with AP World History in 9th grade.

The school has been at its present site since the early 20th century. Its Gothic-style building features gargoyles perched atop a turreted faade, stained glass windows and an auditorium that could easily pass for a cathedral sanctuary, complete with vaulted ceilings and an enormous pipe organ that no longer works. Two more wings added in recent decades have transformed Flushings original structure into a massive facility with hallways that seem to stretch two city blocks.

The school has no sports field but teams have exclusive use of two fields within walking distance. There are two gyms and weight, cardio, and spinning rooms with professional grade equipment in the building.

College admissions: The school has full-time college advisor and a partnership with Asian Americans for Equality that sponsors trips to college campuses and provides students with help completing college applications and financial aid forms.

Special education: There are Special Education Teacher Support Services, self-contained classes for students with special needs only and Collaborative Team Teaching classes. Flushing has a large population of English language learners (ELL). Flushing offers English classes geared for ELL students and bilingual instruction in several courses, including some advanced classes for native Spanish and Chinese speakers.

Admissions: Varies by program. Students who are zoned for the school are given priority admission; those outside the zone are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of abilities. (Laura Zingmond, November, 2008; updated, August, 2012; updated with new principal information, September 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
1759
Asian
16.9%
Black
20.8%
Hispanic
57.0%
White
3.3%
Other
2.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
68%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
22%
Male
53%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Queens HS for Language Studies and Veritas Academy
Metal detectors?
No
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
39%
42% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
63%
77% Citywide Average

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)
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Thurgood Marshall Law Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Introduction to Law, Criminology and Juvenile Justice, Practical Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights Law, Trial Techniques, and Advanced Topics in Law Enforcement. Students can choose one area of study: Legal Studies or Law Enforcement.

Academy of Health Sciences
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

The vision is for all of our students to enter and succeed in a wide variety of college-level academic programs. The Health Sciences provide a lens through which we can plan rigorous curriculum and engage students through relevant interdisciplinary learning. This includes field trips, guest speakers, job shadowing, the use of information technology and volunteer/internship opportunities in the health care field.

Academy of Business Entrepreneurship
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

As a registered testing center for Microsoft programs, students taking business courses with participation in the Virtual Enterprise Program are eligible for Microsoft MOUS certification. Students may also pursue CTE Business certification. LEGO-based Engineering program for incoming ninth grade students with strong mathematics skills who are considering careers in engineering, computer programming, or other fields of science.

Zoned
Admissions Method: Zoned Priority
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Chinese (Mandarin), French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, AP Spanish, 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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