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Campus Magnet Building (formerly Andrew Jackson High School)

207-01 116th Avenue
Cambria Heights NY 11411

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The Campus Magnet building in Cambria Heights houses five small high schools.

Math, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School (MAST) has the best record of achievement among the schools, offering college prep and Advanced Placement courses. Humanities and the Arts Magnet High School offers students daily classes in visual arts, media, music, theater or dance. Two other schools are phasing out because of poor performance: Law, Government and Community Service High School and Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School. Both began the phase-out process in 2013 and will graduate their last seniors in 2016

Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school that trains students for careers as EMTs or nursing assistants, opened in 2013.

Campus Magnet is the former home of Andrew Jackson High School which the city closed in 1993 because of its poor graduation rate and history of violence. The school became notorious for drugs in the 1970's, when police broke up a "heroin factory" in the building's basement, according to a New York Times article.

The former Andrew Jackson building re-opened as the Campus Magnet High Schools in 1994 with four small schools - one of the first large schools in the city to undergo such a a transformation. Graduation rates for the small schools in the building have risen since the early 1990s, when only about one-third of students graduated from Andrew Jackson. Unfortunately, the building still has issues with violence. But, things are looking up: a majority of students in the building reported that they feel safe on the latest Learning Environment Surveys.

The building was built in 1937 and sits on a quiet, residential street. One of the its most famous former students is the rapper LL Cool J.

All students must pass through metal detectors on the way into the building. The schools share an auditorium, a gym, a library, a cafeteria and sports fields and teams. The building is not near any subway stops; many students take the E or the F train to Parsons Boulevard and transfer to a bus to get to school. (Anna Schneider, based on web reports, April 2013)

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Location

Cambria Heights (District 29)
Buses: Q4, Q27, Q77

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