High School of Applied Communication

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Computer coding, graphics and database development

The Downside

Friction between the principal and teachers

High School of Applied Communications offers training in graphic design, computer coding and web design to give students a leg up on the job market.

Most children graduate on time and are prepared to do college-level work without taking remedial classes. However there is friction between the teachers and principal Michael Weinstein who took the helm in 2016.

Teachers seem unhappy. Only about half would recommend the school to other families on school surveys, and fewer than half say the principal is an effective manager who makes the school run smoothly.

HSAC is on the 5th floor of a beautifully renovated office building that is also home to Bard Early College and Academy of Finance and Enterprise, with whom it shares a small gym. The school offers visual arts in a modern studio.

All students are welcome to attend an after school program to catch up with classwork, review lessons one-on-one or in small groups and use the school’s computers.

The majority of the graduates attend SUNY or CUNY schools such as Borough of Manhattan Community College, LaGuardia and Stonybrook. Private school acceptances have included St. John’s University and Savannah College of Art and Design.

ADMISSIONS: Open to all, priority to Queens residents and students. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and surveys, August 2018)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
87%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
94%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
85%
Average daily attendance
 
89%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
27%
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?
 
100%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

396
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
83%
Students with disabilities
 
19%
Multilingual learners
 
8%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
39%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
75%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
39%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
27%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
25%
3.9
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
408
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
54%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
7%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
28%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
51%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
36%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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?
 
70%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
72%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
55%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
56%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

High School of Applied Communication

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

Our school offers a focus on 21st century communication skills which included Microsoft Certification, coding, graphics, and database development. Additionally, our students also have access to a wide variety of literacy related classes which include, AP Literature, Speech, Journalism, and other associated classes.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, AP United States History

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

30-20 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City NY 11101

Trains: 7 Line to 33rd St-Rawson St; E Line, M Line, R Line to Queens Plaza; G Line to Court Square; N Line, W Line to Queensboro Plaza

Buses: B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q66, Q67, Q69, X63, X64, X68


Contact

Principal: Michael Weinstein

Parent Coordinator: Emmanuel Martinez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Bard High School Early College Queens and the Academy of Finance and Enterprise

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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