Here are some good middle school options that accept students from all over Queens. Also consider schools that are open to children citywide.

IS 5, Walter H. Cromley School (grades 6-8) Elmhurst/District 24

Why we picked it: Dual language Spanish, solid academics and lots of extracurricular activities
Who gets in: While most come from several schools in District 24, the dual language Spanish program accepts students from across Queens with preference to those who attend elementary school Spanish dual language or bilingual programs, are learning English or are proficient in both Spanish and English.

IS 73, The Frank Sansivieri Intermediate School (grades 6-8) Maspeth/District 24

Why we picked it: Spanish dual language instruction; strong arts program
Who gets in: While most come from District 24, the dual language Spanish program accepts students from across Queens with preference to those who attend elementary school Spanish dual language or bilingual programs, are learning English or are proficient in both Spanish and English.

The Robert F. Wagner Secondary School for Arts and Technology (grades 6-12) Long Island City/District 24

Why we picked it: Small friendly school with strong record of achievement.
Who gets in: Admission is based on a review of students’ test scores, grades and a group interview.

The Queens College School for Math, Science and Technology (grades pre-k to 8) Flushing/District 25

Why we picked it: High-achieving, diverse school
Who gets in: The school admits by lottery. Sixth grade is the only entry point into middle school. Contact the school for a middle school application.

Channel View School for Research (grades 6-12) Far Rockaway/District 27

Why we picked it: Engaging hands-on learning and lots of field trips
Who gets in: Open to Queens students with priority to District 27 students. Admission is based on a review of students’ test scores, grades records of attendance and punctuality, a writing sample and interview.

Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy (KAPPA) VI (grades 6-8) Far Rockaway/District 27

Why we picked it: Solid academics and 8th-graders tackle high school level work
Who gets in: Admission is based on a review of students’ test scores, grades records of attendance, punctuality and behavior, an onsite assessment, an interview and attendance at an open house or information session.

Young Women’s Leadership School, Queens (grades 6-12) Jamaica/District 28

Why we picked it: A supportive all-girls school with strong academics and good college support
Who gets in: Admission is based on a review of students’ test scores, grades and records of attendance and punctuality.

Preparatory Academy for Writers (grades 6-12) Springfield Gardens/District 29

Why we picked it: Strong writing instruction and solid academics
Who gets in: Most come from District 29, but space permitting, the school accept students from across Queens.

Louis Armstrong Middle School (grades 5-8) East Elmhurst/District 30

Why we picked it: Lively instruction, strong academics and a top-notch special education program.
Who gets in: Admission is through a complex lottery system designed to ensure a racial balance that reflects the diversity of Queens. The lottery also ensures that children of differing abilities attend. The odds of admission are somewhat better in 5th grade than in 6th grade.

Young Women’s Leadership School, Astoria (grades 6-12) Astoria/District 30

Why we picked it: A supportive all-girls school with strong academics and good college support
Who gets in: Admission is based on a review of students’ test scores, grades, group interview and writing assignment.

All City Leadership Secondary School (grades 6-12), Bushwick/District 32

Why we picked it: Longtime respected principal; courtesy and respect are prized, sky high test scores and graduation rate
Who gets in: Open to Brooklyn and Queens students. Admission is based on students’ test scores, grades, records of attendance and punctuality and an interview.

Philippa Schuyler JHS 383 (grades 5-8) Bushwick, District 32

Why we picked it: School begins in 5th grade and offers vibrant music program along with topnotch academics.
Who gets in: Brooklyn and Queens residents. Admission is a review of students’ tests, grades as well as onsite writing and math assessments.