Pan American International High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Spanish speakers learn English and prepare for college.

The Downside

No team sports.

Our Review

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, Columbia and other countries. The principal, the secretaries and the counselors speak Spanish, but most of the teachers speak only English. The goal is to help students learn English, finish high school and prepare for college. Pan American is part of a successful network of high schools designed for new immigrants.

New arrivals take classes with students who have been in the United States a while. Ninth and 10th graders take class together, as so do 11th and 12th graders, so students can help each other. In an art class we visited, an older boy helped a younger boy talk about a painting by Pablo Picasso. The first boy said a word in English and the other boy repeated the word. Students were focused and attentive in the classes we visited. Older students do not usually bully new students because so many of them know what it is like to come to a new country. Teachers give all instruction in English and students must present samples of their work in English twice a year.

By the time they are seniors, students can speak and write in English. Expert students can take difficult classes like physics. Angie, an 11th grader from Ecuador, says she was afraid to speak English until 10th grade. Now she is on the student government, and can do her schoolwork in English. She likes that the school helps her read and write better in Spanish, too. She wants to be a nurse.

Is the school too Spanish? "This is the question we are examining," says [former] Principal Marcella Barros openly. Some parents wish their children could take history or science classes in Spanish so they don't fall behind. Other parents wish students would speak English all the time, even with their friends. The day of our visit, one couple took their son out of school because they felt his progress in English was too slow. But the principal says the mix of English in the classroom and Spanish with friends is a good one. She says its important for children to learn English in classes right away. At the same time, she thinks it helps to be able to work out problems with friends in Spanish. [Minerva Zanca became principal in 2013. She is a former Spanish teacher and high school English teacher. She has Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Photo of Family Festival Day from the school website. In July 2015 there was another change in leadership when the assisant principal of organization, George Badia, became principal.]

There is a green asphalt play area but no field. The school does not have official sports teams.

Special education: A reading and writing teacher provides extra help for children who need it in small groups or by going into classrooms. The school has money for special education but did not have services in place at the time of our visit.

Admissions:Open citywide to new immigrants(Lydie O. Raschka, October 2010; updated with new principal information November 2014 & 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
498
Asian
0.0%
Black
0.0%
Hispanic
99.8%
White
0.0%
Other
0.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
83%
Students with disabilities
3%
English language learners
83%
Male
52%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Elmhurst Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
110%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
26%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
85%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
31%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
68%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
91%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
98%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
42%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
98%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
92%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
76%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
76%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
81%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
12%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
38%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
56%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
36%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
81%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
68%
68% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Pan American International High School
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

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

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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Location

45-10 94th Street
Elmhurst NY 11373
Elmhurst (District 24)
Trains: 7 to Junction Blvd
Buses: Q29, Q38, Q53, Q58, Q72

Contact

Phone
718-271-3602
Principal
George Badia
Parent Coordinator
Juana Adames