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International High School for Health Sciences

Grades: 9-12
48-01 90th Street
Elmhurst NY 11373
Phone: 718-595-8600

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)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

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.


Language Courses



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


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Elmhurst (District 24)
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


Carl Finney
Parent Coordinator
Daniry Lopez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Newtown High School
Metal detectors?

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