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International High School at LaGuardia Community College

Grades: 9-12
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What’s Special

Project-based school for new immigrants learning English

The Downside

Limited clubs and activities

International High School at LaGuardia Community College serves students who have been in the country four years or less who are learning English. Most students take college-level courses and many earn a two-year college degree in addition to their high school diploma. Founded in 1985, it was the first to adopt practices now shared by the Internationals Network for Public Schools, an organization with long experience preparing new immigrants for college, including those who have had little schooling in their native country.

Academics & Instruction: Students work in small groups on projects and make presentations of their work each year. All teachers are trained in English as a Second Language and are also certified in their subject area; many teachers are multilingual and can provide translation.

The school is a member of the New York Performance Standards Consortium. Most high schools need five Regents exams for graduation, but at International, it's just the English Regents. For other subjects, students show a portfolio to teachers and peers, with work that may include a research paper, literary essay, science and math projects, and a creative piece. Everyone also does a yearly project in their native language to boost language skills.

LaGuardia Community College helps students with basic skills and extra support during and after school. They also have a program, Transforming Trauma into Art, that helps teens heal from war and disasters. All students are invited to participate in fifth year Early College Program. They may choose from a variety of foreign language electives like Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Tibetan, Polish, French, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Uzbek, and more.

More than half of International students stay for the fifth year, taking college classes and possibly earning an associate's degree. Eleventh- and 12th-graders also do internships at various places like government agencies, businesses, schools, hospitals, and community organizations.

Students take many field trips to places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the Moving Image, Central Park, Ellis Island, the Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Tenement Museum.

Culture & Environment: Students feel safe in school, the annual NYC School Survey shows. Students work together in groups and assist one another. For the first two years each student has the same teachers. All teens have the same advisor throughout high school. Students meet with their advisors weekly. During the school's food festival, students and teachers bring food from their native countries to share. The school offers visual arts during school hours. Limited clubs include an Arabic club plus debate, dance, craft and GSA clubs, among a few others. 

Building & Facilities: The school is located on the campus of LaGuardia Community College. Students may take part in sports teams with two other schools, Robert F. Wagner and Middle College High School

College & Career: There is a well-staffed college office. Most graduates continue their education, either at a City University of NY or at private colleges. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, October 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

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


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
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

International High School at LaGuardia Community College (Q27J)

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Program Description:

Students work on projects in all classes that align to our graduation portfolio rubrics. In all classes, students learn English and build research, writing, and presentation skills through their project work. All students complete a native language project each year as well, to strengthen their native language skills. Classes are small, usually 25 students, and students work together in groups in each class.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Arabic, Bengali, Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), Algebra II (College Course [Credited]), Arts (College Course [Credited]), Biology (College Course [Credited]), Calculus (College Course [Credited]), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Comp Sci/Math Tech (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), US History (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (College Course [Credited])

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Contact & Location


45-35 Van Dam Street
Queens NY 11101

Trains: 7 Line to Rawson St-33rd St; E Line, M Line, R Line to Queens Plaza

Buses: B24, B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q67


Principal: Jaclyn Valane

Parent Coordinator: Harry Schutz


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Middle College Campus with one other school

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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