Free college classes; American Sign Language program
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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Faculty & Staff
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign LanguageNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Math or ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College
Portfolio-based assessment, five year early college program and out-of-school internships.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
American Sign Language, French, Italian, Spanish
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
45-35 Van Dam Street
Long Island City NY 11101
Trains: to 33rd St-Rawson St; , , to Queens Plaza
Buses: B24, B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q67
This school shares the Middle College Campus with one other school
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