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Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College

Grades: 9-12
Noteworthy
45-35 Van Dam Street
Long Island City NY 11101
Phone: 718-392-3330
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Free college classes; American Sign Language program

The Downside

Clubs and sports limited due to school’s small size

Middle College High School opened in 1974 as an alternative to the traditional high school model. In a partnership with LaGuardia Community College, it combines the last two years of high school with the first two years of college. Students may stay a fifth year to complete an associate’s degree, or graduate with a high school diploma in four years and at least 12 college credits.

The school is exempt from most Regents exams. Projects, presentations, reading, writing and debate are emphasized in all grades and subjects. Middle College students take the same range of courses as those offered at most city schools, but teachers ask them to delve more deeply into topics. 

Instead of tests, students prepare oral and written presentations on topics of their own choosing in English, math, social studies and science. English is the only Regents exam required. 

The high school is small and safe. School surveys show teachers overwhelmingly respect the principal and would recommend the school to other families.Student support includes counseling, smaller class size and guidance on college and careers, according to the school website. The number of students who take a college level course is well above the citywide average.

Clubs, electives and sports are limited due to the school’s small size however. Depending on the year these may include chess, yearbook, a forensics elective, as well as community service projects. 

Located in Long Island City, Middle College shares a gym and cafeteria with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College. The two schools also participate in shared sports teams along with Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School. Students are required to complete an internship each year. 

Special education: Middle College has a program for hearing-impaired students, which offers classes taught in American Sign Language. Sign language interpreters are present in many classrooms. Many students in the program go on to attend the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York. 

Admissions: Priority is given first to students from Districts 24 and 30 and most spots fill from these districts. Admission is screened for attendance, punctuality and a range of standardized test scores and grades. (Lydie Raschka and Melanie Quiroz, DOE data and reports, November 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
22%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
81% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
96%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
10.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
91%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
77%
44% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
94%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
87%
66% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
510
Asian
9%
Black
3%
Hispanic
78%
White
10%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
69%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
1%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
17%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
77%
63% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (67-100), Math (65-100), Science (65-100), Social Studies (67-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.0-4.5), Math (1.9-4.5)
Program Description:

Portfolio-based assessment, five year early college program and out-of-school internships.

Academics

Language Courses

American Sign Language, French, Italian, Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location

Location

Sunnyside (District 24)
Trains: 7 Line to 33rd St-Rawson St; E Line, M Line, R Line to Queens Plaza
Buses: B24, B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q67

Contact

Principal
Socrates Ortiz
Parent Coordinator
ZORAIDA CARDONA

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Middle College Campus with one other school
Metal detectors?
No

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