Queens Metropolitan High School
Attractive new zoned neighborhood school
New school working to build its reputation
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 Gregory Dutton, the school's principal since 2012.
A zoned neighborhood school in a beautiful facility, Queens Metropolitan is designed to serve about 1,200 studentsmuch 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.
The school does a good job of serving a broad range of students while ensuring all enjoy a well-rounded high school experience. "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 gym, library, cafeteria and dedicated entrance. They share the large auditorium and field combined PSAL 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 (AP) 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.
Students may study French, Italian or Spanish as well as visual art, dance, music or theater. The school offers a nice range of AP classes in English, Spanish, United States history, world history, government, calculus and biology. College Now classes are also offered at the school through a partnership with LaGuardia Community College.
All 9th graders go on a college visit, and the school's mult-year college advisory process starts in earnest in 10th grade. "College is a constant topic--you can't opt out of it," Dutton said. Select teachers have received special training to serve as college advisors. They run small group advisories and keep track of students' college applications. All 11th-graders take an SAT prep class built into the regular school day schedule.
Queens Metropolitan graduated its first class in June, 2014. Graduates are attending CUNY and SUNY colleges as well as private schools such as Carnegie Mellon, Syracuse and Barnard.
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; updated by telephone interview, October 2014).
About the students
About the school
Is this school safe?
About the leadership
About the teachers
How many graduate?
Are students prepared for college?
How does this school serve English Language Learners?
How does this school serve students with disabilities?
Programs and Admissions
French, Italian, Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP European History, AP Spanish, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Forest Hills NY 11375