Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

Grades 9-12
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94-50 159 Street
Jamaica NY 11433
Jamaica (District 28)
Trains: E, J, Z to Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer; F to Parsons Blvd
Buses: Q1, Q110, Q111, Q112, Q113, Q114, Q17, Q2, Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q25, Q3, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q36, Q4, Q40, Q41, Q42, Q44-SBS, Q5, Q54, Q56, Q6, Q60, Q65, Q76, Q8, Q83, Q84, Q85, Q9


Ana De Jesus
Parent Coordinator
Sharda Gosine

What’s Special

A challenging curriculum on a college campus

The Downside

School doesn't have its own building; few team sports

Our Review

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College is one of three small specialized high schools to open on college campuses in 2002. Entrance is based on the same exam used for Stuyvesant and Bronx Science and all the kids are high-achievers. "You don't have to travel two hours to get a quality math and science education," said Principal David Marmor, formerly an assistant principal in charge of science at Francis Lewis High School, adding that commute time could instead be put to good use in a research lab or volunteering in a hospital. In October 2011, Marmor replaced Jie Zhang, who left to become network leader in charge of 30 area schools, including Queens Science.

The school occupies one floor and assorted rooms in a 2-story building across the street from the main York College building. Students have access to the college cafeteria, library, gym and swimming pool. Average class size is 26, according to the principal. We saw up to 33 in English and History classes and 35 in a robotics elective. A Spanish class had nine students, and a study hall, with a teacher available for extra help, had only two.

Queens requires all kids to take two periods of science each year. Most have completed all high school math requirements by sophomore year and move on to advanced placement courses and electives. Students may pair up with York College professors to pursue scientific projects. One completed a biochemistry project through the York chemistry department. In addition to a variety of AP courses, students have the opportunity to participate in college classes, like sociology, computer, or psychology. A junior tackling three AP classes said she had 4 to 5 hours of homework a night.

Although the school has a science/math focus, a senior said his favorite subject was history. "We learn why things happen," he said. Indeed, as 10th grade World History students discussed women's status in the 18th century, the teacher sparked debate by bringing up England's recent royal wedding. Eighteenth century women were "tools for desire and not really respected," said a student. "What about Kate Middleton?" the teacher asked. "Everyone is focused on her waist size, not how intelligent she is or isn't."

The school has a solid art program and a robotics elective. Nineteen clubs are offered, among them digital photography, chess, volleyball, film, knitting and some service and academic-oriented choices. They take place on Friday afternoons for 45 minutes. For sports, the school offers handball, tennis, swimming and bowling.

College Admissions: Graduates have gone on to Ivy Leagues like Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Brown, Cooper Union, Yale, University of Michigan and University of Chicago and CUNY and SUNY colleges. Queens Science was ranked one of the top 100 high schools in the country by US News & World Report for three years in a row.

Special education: At the time of our visit, the school did not have any children with special needs, but when they do, the IEP requirements are met on an individual basis as needed.

Admissions: Admission is based solely on the results of the Specialized High School Admissions Test, administered to 8th and 9th graders in October or November. There are two open houses for prospective parents and students in October. (Lydie Raschka, October 2011)

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


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

Is this school safe?

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

About the leadership

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

About the teachers

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

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71% 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?
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
63% Citywide Average
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?
68% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
Admissions Method: Test
Program Description

Admission to this Specialized High School is based solely on the score obtained on the Specialized High Schools Admission Test (SHSAT). Students should speak to their guidance counselors in the Fall to register for the SHSAT.


Language Courses

Chinese (Mandarin), French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History


Boys PSAL teams

Bowling, Handball, Swimming, Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Bowling, Swimming

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