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

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47-07 30th Place
Long Island City NY 11101
Phone: 718-472-5671

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)


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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
47% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology, and New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish,Algebra I,Earth Science

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
20% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
74% Citywide Average

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

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

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.


Language Courses


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


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

Contact & Location


Long Island City (District 24)
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


Stephania Vu
Parent Coordinator
Linda Langford

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?


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