Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology

Grades: 6-12
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Friendly place with lots of spirit and a sought-after middle school

The Downside

Many windowless classrooms

Housed in a former Macy’s warehouse in the heart of Long Island City’s industrial and commercial center, Wagner Secondary School for Arts & Technology attracts students looking for a small, welcoming alternative to large, traditional schools. Students generally work together in groups or in pairs at small tables, generating lots of class discussions and collaborations. Classes last 51 minutes and meet four times a week. Every Friday there is an all-school Town Hall meeting.

Some interior classrooms lack windows and the low-ceilinged gymnasium is inadequate but there is a friendly feel to the brightly painted building, from the round tables in the cafeteria to the Chill-out Area where kids relax after school. 

Students representing 20 countries collaborate on projects and edit one another’s work. There is less emphasis on test prep and worksheets than many students were used to at their more traditional elementary schools. 

High school students take frequent trips, such as to Ellis Island and a day-long trip to Philadelphia. Students take four years of science, including chemistry and physics. The biology lab is covered with plants and are part of the classrooms community and population, the teacher explained. Some teachers require students to re-do sub-par work until their grade comes up to an 85 or 90.

There are several advanced visual arts classes in addition to intro to art and intro theater classes in 9th grade. Tenth-graders all take a theatre class and some continue in 11th grade, performing updated version of Shakespearean plays, such as Twelfth Night done to disco music. Middle-schoolers get piano lessons four days a week and art every semester.

Despite the lack of a proper gym, Wagner has an active and successful sports program, sharing 16 teams shared with two other local schools: International High School at LaGuardia and Middle College High School.

Admissions: Open to all Queens students. There are far more applicants than seats in the middle school. The school looks at 4th grade test scores and grades; applicants take part in a group interview. High school students are selected via the Ed Opt method, allowing a range of students of all levels. (Pamela Wheaton, December 2011; updated October 2017)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
98%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
95%
Average daily attendance
 
93%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
21%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
88%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
94%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

645
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
74%
Students with disabilities
 
17%
Multilingual learners
 
3%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
70%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
88%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
27%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
6%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
85%
5.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
201
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
88%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Calculus

 
7%

Computer Science

 
13%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
13%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
31%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
40%

Music

 
4%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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?
 
91%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
61%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
76%
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?
 
54%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Arts and Technology

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Opportunities in the arts, career education, athletics, college classes, trips, and conferences.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP World History: Modern, AP Chemistry, AP United States History, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Calculus AB

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 NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

47-07 30th Place
Long Island City NY 11101

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

Buses: B24, B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q67, Q69


Contact

Principal: Stephania Vu

Parent Coordinator: Linda Langford

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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