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What’s Special

Provides Spanish-speaking newcomers with strong arts-focused classes

The Downside

No on-site outdoor sports fields

The Pan American International High School (PAIHS) in Elmhurst is an Internationals Network public high school that serves newly arrived Latinx students and provides them with a bilingual education. In the classroom and in after-school programs, students study content in both English and Spanish. The school’s specialty programming focuses largely on the visual and performing arts.

The school also offers families adult English classes and Spanish-language workshops on personal finance and immigration paperwork.

Academics and Instruction: In all classrooms, PAIHS faculty and staff engage with students in both their native Spanish and English. Often, students will use Spanish and English together in the same class lesson or extracurricular activity.

The school also has a strong sense of community—offering youth advocacy groups that participate in neighborhood improvement, student internships, and a rich performing and visual arts program that hosts plays and other performances year-round.

Starting in 9th grade, students can specialize in different subject areas like computer science, visual art, and music.

Students who need more support from teachers can attend extra academic support sessions before and after school and on Saturdays.

College & Career: In addition to Advanced Placement (AP) classes, students may take special courses offered each semester through LaGuardia Community College, or participate in paid internships in the community. PAIHS has a full college advising team and is a part of many NYC Department of Education (DOE) initiatives such as Future Ready NYC, Modern Youth Apprenticeship, and the Immigrant Ambassador Program. All seniors apply to college and receive 1:1 advising from a college advisor.

Culture & Environment: In the 2023 NYC Schools Survey, students, staff and families report that there is a positive, safe learning environment and above-average levels of support compared to other NYC high schools.

The school prides itself in its encouragement of inclusivity through celebrations, cultural affirming practices and lessons, and other activities based on students' interests. Students take courses that value native language development and culture with a focus on the Latinx community. Each year, PAIHS hosts an “International Night” where students perform folkloric music and dance from a variety of Latin American countries such as Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador.

Building & Facilities: The school has a new playground, a multipurpose room/gymnasium for sports training, and a library. Students gather in the modern and open lobby space to read a book, work with a mentor, or join a team activity. (Paul Rochford, web reports and questionnaire responses, December 2023)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


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 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 599


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 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
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 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?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Pan American International High School (Q03A)

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 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, Chemistry (Advanced Science), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

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Contact & Location


45-10 94Th Street
Queens NY 11373

Trains: 7 Line to Junction Blvd

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


Principal: Waleska Velez

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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