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What’s Special

Serves new immigrants and connects them with internships at hospitals

The Downside

Limited clubs and activities due to size

The International High School for Health Sciences (ISH-HS) offers personal attention for new immigrants, with a special focus on the medical and health science fields. Opened in 2013, it is a member of the Internationals Network for Public Schools. Students come from 26 countries and speak 20 languages.

Academics & Instruction: All classes are conducted in English, though the school has many staff who are multilingual. To help students learn English, Health Sciences takes a hands-on approach to biology and other subjects, with experiments, projects and group work rather than lectures. The school mixes ages and abilities so students can work together and practice English while they are learning math, social studies and science.

Starting in 9th grade, students study professions in the health sciences and build up the skills they need to secure jobs. Tenth and 11th graders all take courses in anatomy, psychology, biotechnology and bioengineering and 11th and 12th graders participate in practical internships and medical assistantships. 

Faculty help lead tutoring sessions and student clubs after school. Past clubs have included a student government, an LGBTQ+ and Allies Club and a fitness club. 

Graduation rates and attendance are below the city average, but improving. The number of students in advanced courses and enrolled in college or technical school six months after graduation have also been on the rise.

Students may participate in a program which pairs them with Queensboro Community College and Northwell Health, a major NYC healthcare provider. Northwell offers paid internships to students, and if a student does not want to work in a medical setting, teachers help them find a placement that fits their interests.

Culture & Environment: The school is tiny with fewer than 300 students. Students say leadership and guidance at the school is strong, based on their responses to the annual NYC School Survey. A student task force meets monthly to keep faculty informed about student concerns. Counselors, teachers and administrators form teams that each work with a small group of students they mentor and accompany on school trips.

Teachers participate in on-going study of equity and bias in the classroom. They work to prevent and address issues of bias, for example, through class projects on social justice issues, cultural celebrations, honoring of native languages, and small class sizes that allow for open discussion.

A team of two guidance counselors, a social worker and a youth advocate provide socio-emotional support to students.

Building & Facilities: The school is co-located with Newtown High School. Students participate in sports with Newtown, and the campus has a greenhouse and an outdoor container garden.

College & Career: Each year, students participate in college preparation classes, which include trips to colleges and universities, resume building, and instruction on applying for colleges and financial aid. IHS-HS has a full time college counselors. The school provides students with college and career planning mentors. (Paul Rochford, via web reports and questionnaire responses, October 2023)





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School Stats

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


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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

Faculty & Staff

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

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

International High School for Health Sciences (Q63A)

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.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Spanish Language and Culture, ELA (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (College Course [Credited])

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

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

Coed PSAL teams


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Contact & Location


48-01 90 Street
Queens NY 11373

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

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


Principal: Carl Finney

Parent Coordinator: Daniry Lopez


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Newtown High School

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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