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Pan American International High School

Grades: 9-12
45-10 94th Street
Elmhurst NY 11373
Phone: 718-271-3602

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)


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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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% 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

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 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

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.


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


Elmhurst (District 24)
Trains: 7 Line to Junction Blvd
Buses: Q29, Q38, Q53-SBS, Q58, Q72


George Badia
Parent Coordinator
Juana Adames Diaz

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Elmhurst Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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