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What’s Special

Info technology, lifeguard and medical training, performing arts

The Downside

Some students want more attention and support

Grover Cleveland High School offers diverse pathways alongside its zoned program, including the opportunity to earn professional certificates in emergency medical training, Cisco Networking, Microsoft technology, and lifeguarding. Students can also explore instrumental and vocal music, drama, theater, or a math and science research pathway. Civic education is integrated into academic classes to equip students for social and community engagement. 

Academics & Instruction: The school has four distinct pathways in addition to its zoned program: information technology; math and science research; music, fine and performing arts; and allied arts (first aid, lifeguarding, water safety, and Emergency Medical Technician training). In social studies, students design service projects to address issues of importance to them as individuals and to their community. Students may study Mandarin, Spanish or Italian.

College-level courses are taught at the high school in partnership with Syracuse University. Grover Cleveland offers many Advanced Placement courses. See their detailed list of courses in the school handbook online. Academic help is offered on Saturday and after school.  

Culture & Environment: A full-time mental health clinic and five social workers provide individual and group counseling and other support. Students may work one-on-one with a staff or peer mentor. The school offers more than 30 student run clubs and after school activities catering to students of all backgrounds and interests.

The school faces some challenges. Enrollment has dropped by about one-fourth in the last decade. Graduation and attendance rates are below the city average. In the most recent NYC School Survey fewer than half the students said they feel teachers support them when they are upset—and only slightly more than half said their teachers notice if they have trouble learning. 

Special Education & English as a New Language (ENL): English language learners are placed in smaller classes according to the support they need, and there is language arts support in Mandarin and Spanish. Students may attend Saturday instruction and get extra help after school. The school offers Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), Integrated Collaborative Teaching (ICT), a self-contained Academics, Career, and Essential Skills (ACES) program, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Horizon Nest programs.

While parents of students with disabilities overwhelming say the school works to achieve the goals of their children, the four-year graduation rate for this population is below average.

Building & Facilities: The large building, built in the 1930s, has three full size gymnasiums, weight and cardio rooms, an Olympic size swimming pool, soccer and softball fields, an historic auditorium, two renovated science labs (chemistry and general science), three computer labs, a college and career office, and student lockers. 

College & Career: The college and career staff work with all students beginning in the 9th grade. The school has full-time college advisors and partners with CUNY to provide a dedicated college/career counselor for English language learners (Lydie Raschka, web reports and responses to a questionnaire, February 2024)

 

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School Stats

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

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
83%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
65%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
70%
Average daily attendance
 
81%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
49%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
86%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
97%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

1480
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
74%
Students with disabilities
 
20%
Multilingual learners
 
26%
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
83%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
43%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
29%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
80%
4.1
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
187
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?
 
79%
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

Calculus

 
2%

Computer Science

 
6%

Physics

 
5%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
44%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
20%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
7%

Music

 
18%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
45%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
62%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
50%
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?
 
46%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Information Technology Pathway (STEM) (Q23A)

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 (Q23H)

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) (Q23J)

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 (Q23S)

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 (Q23Y)

Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program

Zoned (Q23Z)

Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Italian, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), Algebra II (College Course [Credited]), AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Music Theory, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Statistics, AP United States Government and Politics, AP World History: Modern, Arts (College Course [Credited]), Biology (College Course [Credited]), Biology (College Course [Uncredited]), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Chemistry (College Course [Credited]), Chemistry (College Course [Uncredited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

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

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Contact & Location

Location

21-27 Himrod Street
Queens NY 11385

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


Contact

Principal: Marc Pascente

Parent Coordinator: Lydia Martinez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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