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High School of Applied Communication

Grades: 9-12
30-20 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City NY 11101
Phone: 718-389-3163

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)



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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

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

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
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 students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
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

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.


Language Courses


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


Long Island City (District 24)
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


Michael Weinstein
Parent Coordinator
Emmanuel Martinez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Bard High School Early College Queens and the Academy of Finance and Enterprise
Metal detectors?

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