Grover Cleveland High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lifeguard training program

The Downside

Poor attendance

After years of poor performance, Grover Cleveland High School seems to have turned a corner. Students feel safe and believe they have a voice in school decisions, according to a report called the Quality Review. Every student is well known by at least one staff member. Some of the school’s programs train students for jobs after high school: the health program, for example, prepares students to be medical assistants or emergency medical technicians.

The large building, built in the 1930s, features art and music rooms and extensive sports facilities. The school has a swimming pool, and students may train to be lifeguards and get summer jobs at the city’s public pools. The school’s bridge-building team has won first place in an international competition.

While Grover Cleveland has been removed from the state’s list of low-performing schools, problems remain: Enrollment has dropped by a third in less than 10 years, many students come in with weak skills or not speaking English, and graduation rates and attendance are well below the city average.

On the positive side, the school has been reorganized to ease the transition to high school, to give lots of support, and to keep students on track. Ninth graders are assigned the Tiger Academy, where they spend most of their day in classrooms clustered together in a wing of the building.

In 10th grade students enter “small learning communities” geared to their area of interest: arts, health and athletics; science and technology; and business, hospitality and tourism.

Special classes include playwriting and musicology in the arts academy and an AP computer science class for STEM students. A fifth learning community focuses on students learning English. Cleveland has numerous Advanced Placement classes. Foreign languages include Spanish and Italian. 

Special education: There are Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) and self-contained classes.

Admissions: Grover Cleveland has a zoned program available to residents of an area in Queens along the Brooklyn border. Students from throughout the city may apply to one or more of the other programs, which all select students using the educational option method designed to admit students with a range of academic abilities. All programs give priority to Queens residents. The school does not fill all its seats and admits some incoming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, from Department of Education and press reports, November 2018)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities 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?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
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



Computer Science




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

Information Technology Pathway (STEM)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

In-depth study in the field of information technology. Courses include, but are not limited to: Web Design, Exploration in Coding I and II, AP Computer Science, Honor's Database, Introduction to Networks, Engineering Design Principles, AutoCAD. Upon successful completion of the pathway, students may receive certification in CISCO and Microsoft Office.

Music and Fine And Performing Arts Pathway

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Coursework includes: painting, drawing, sculpting and graphic arts. Drama coursework includes: acting, play-writing and theater production. Music coursework includes: vocal training, instrumental training (string and wind ensembles,) and guitar. This academy partners with Carnegie Hall, The Julliard School, Little Kids Rock, as well as Grammys in the Schools.

Math and Science Research Pathway (STEM)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Math and Science Research pathway is designed for students interested in careers in Mathematics and Science with an emphasis on research. Courses include, but are not limited to: Science Research, Mathematics Research, Microsoft Office, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus. Students completing this pathway may have internship opportunities in the corporate and scientific industries.

Allied Health Pathway

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This is designed for students interested in allied health professions and in the health care field. Students can, upon completion of rigorous requirements, be certified in First Aid, Life-guarding, Water Safety and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Grover Cleveland High School ACES 15:1 Program

Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Italian, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP World History: Modern, AP Biology, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP United States History, AP Music Theory, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

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

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


21-27 Himrod Street
Ridgewood NY 11385

Trains: N/A

Buses: B13, B38, B57, Q38, Q39, Q54, Q58, Q67, QM24, QM25, QM34


Principal: Marc Pascente

Parent Coordinator: Lydia Martinez


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes


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