International High School for Health Sciences

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

New immigrants have internships at hospitals

The Downside

Student achievement has a ways to go

The International High School for Health Sciences, a member of the Internationals Network of Public Schools, offers small classes and personal attention for new immigrants. Students come from 30 countries and speak 20 languages; some have had very little education in their home countries and may not be able to read in their native language.

The school, opened in Newtown High School in 2013, is designed to prepare students for careers in health services. Every 11th-grader has an internship in a hospital or museum such as the New York Hall of Science, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan.

All classes are conducted in English, though the school has many staff members who speak another language. To help students learn English, Health Sciences takes a hands-on approach to learning about biology and other subjects, with experiments and projects rather than lectures, says Principal Carl Finney. Finney taught biology at another Internationals Network school, Flushing International.

Students say that Health Sciences is safe, and teachers overwhelmingly recommend it to prospective parents. However, the graduation rate is below the citywide average, perhaps because so many students come in with so many challenges.

Students participate in sports with Newtown High School.

Admissions: Students must have been in the United States for less than four years and be learning English. Queens residents have priority, though the school is open to new immigrants from throughout the city. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, December 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
82%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
81%
Average daily attendance
 
78%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
60%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
83%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
83%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

264
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
83%
Students with disabilities
 
3%
Multilingual learners
 
79%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
88%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
12%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
7%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
78%
8.2
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
129
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
91%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
4%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
4%

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
36%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
38%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
44%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

International High School for Health Sciences

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Program Description:

A CTE elective sequence for students interested in health careers that includes coursework in anatomy, biotechnology, career exploration, internship and clinical medical assisting.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

48-01 90th Street
Elmhurst NY 11373

Trains: M Line, R Line to Grand Ave-Newtown

Buses: Q11, Q21, Q29, Q38, Q52-SBS, Q53-SBS, Q58, Q59, Q60, Q72, Q88, QM10, QM11, QM40


Contact

Principal: Carl Finney

Parent Coordinator: Daniry Lopez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Newtown High School

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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