Queens Metropolitan High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Attractive new zoned neighborhood school

The Downside

New school working to build its reputation

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 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

Enrollment
1067
Asian
9.7%
Black
3.5%
Hispanic
46.3%
White
39.1%
Other
1.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
62%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
3%
Male
51%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Metropolitan Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
113%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
23%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
78%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
10%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
72%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
70%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
78%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
60%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
90%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
84% 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 3 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Theater, and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
83%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
82%
70% 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?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
20%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
46%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
54%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
79%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
92%
65% 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?
71%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
91%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Zoned
Admissions Method: Zoned Priority
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

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

Sports

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

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