Pan American International High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Spanish speakers learn English and prepare for college

The Downside

No on-site sports fields

Students at Pan American International High School all speak Spanish and have been in the United States for less than four years. They come from Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia and other countries. The principal, secretaries and counselors speak Spanish, but most of the teachers speak English only. The goal is to help children learn English, finish high school and prepare for college.

The school has made a turnaround since George Badia became principal in 2015. It had been in danger of closing due to poor performance, but Badia lengthened the school day, and improved attendance, academics and safety.

The school was rated “well developed,” the highest rating, on most areas on the city’s quality review. It went from a 50 percent graduation rate in 2014 to 90 percent in 2017.

A Department of Education video highlights Badia’s personal outreach to students; for example, he met individually with more than 30 seniors who were not performing well enough to pass the Regent’s math test and urged them to get extra help with teachers after school and on Saturdays. He replaced a dean in charge of behavior with a guidance counselor trained in “restorative circles,” in which teens talk through conflicts. He made house calls to the homes of students who were absent a lot. He encouraged teachers to let students do more talking in class to practice their English.

New arrivals take classes with students who have been in the United States awhile longer, so they can help each other. Ninth- and 10th-graders take classes together, as so do 11th- and 12th-graders. Teachers give all instruction in English, and students must present samples of their work in English twice a year.

Instead of the traditional Regents exams that most high school students take, Pan American students write research papers and do oral presentations called “portfolios” in some subjects, such as science, social studies and native language arts (Spanish), according to the yearly plan.

By the time they are seniors, students are expected to speak and write in English. Faster learners may take difficult classes, such as physics, and college courses in literacy, psychology or Latino USA, according to the yearly plan. All 12th-graders take AP Spanish Literature.

The school offers classes such as photography, film editing, graphic arts, dance and music. It has a basketball club, a volleyball club and a Zumba club, according to the website. There is a green asphalt play area but no official sports field. Students may participate in campus-wide sports teams held at other locations.

Pan American is part of a network of high schools across the country that are designed for new immigrants. There are more than a dozen International schools in New York City. 

ADMISSIONS: Open citywide to new immigrants who speak Spanish. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 2018)


School Stats


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?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 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?
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
7 Citywide Average
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?
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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 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?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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

Pan American International High School

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Program Description:

This is a comprehensive CTE program which includes rigorous study in: Information Technology, Computer Repair, Coding, Adobe, and Web Design. Additionally, AP Studio Art, Drawing and Painting, Photography, Theater, and Music. In partnership with: SUNY University of Albany, LaGuardia Community College, Theater Development Fund, International Network for Public Schools, and College for Every Student.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Seminar, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles

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


45-10 94th Street
Elmhurst NY 11373

Trains: 7 Line to Junction Blvd

Buses: Q29, Q38, Q53-SBS, Q58, Q72


Principal: George Badia

Parent Coordinator: Juana Adames Diaz


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Elmhurst Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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