Maspeth High School

Grades: 9-12
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What’s Special

Strong programs in the arts; students take four years of Latin or Mandarin

The Downside

Some students balk at the strict dress code

Maspeth High School is a highly structured school with a classical curriculum that includes four years of instruction in Latin or Mandarin and fine arts. Students are held to high standards in their behavior, dress and academic performance.

Maspeth’s curriculum seeks to balance math, science, humanities and the arts. Public speaking and writing are emphasized in all classes, and teachers assess students' strengths in a variety of ways, including by assigning lengthy projects. For instance, in 9th grade, students create films and board games in response to their readings in English; by 12th grade they are completeing research papers. 

Most parents are supportive of the focus on classical literature as they feel it helps their children with college readiness, according to the school’s most recent Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). Parents have also noted that the Socratic seminars and debates that Maspeth students participate in have helped their children develop strong communication skills.

All students can choose from one of four art tracks: visual arts, dance, theater or music. Students who earn 10 credits of art classes may graduate with an arts-endorsed diploma. Maspeth has partnerships with the Juilliard School, Broadway Open Doors, the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and Syracuse University to provide students interested in the performing arts with higher levels of instruction.

Students may earn college credit by taking classes for free at St. John’s University or a CUNY college.

Maspeth offers a wide range of extracurricular activities for students, including many clubs and PSAL sports teams. The vast majority of students feel that there is a wide enough range of extracurricular programs to keep them interested in school, based on their responses to the NYC School Survey. Students get opportunities to participate in trips to City Hall and regional leadership conferences as well as to destinations as far as Eastern Europe in a trip sponsored by the music department.

The “Happening at Maspeth” newsletter keeps parents informed about school events and major student accomplishments. Most parents report feeling well-informed and trusting of administrative decisions, based on their responses to the NYC School Survey.

While students do not wear uniforms, the schools dress code is strictly enforced and has received pushback from some students who have reviewed the school online; they claim that the dress code is too harsh.

Graduates attend a range of schools, including CUNY and SUNY colleges as well as private institutions such as Columbia, Yale, Fordham and NYU.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Maspeth offers ICT (integrated collaborative teaching) classes for students with special needs. Maspeth High School has been named a "Respect for All" winner for its culture of inclusion for all students, according to its CEP. The school shares the building with a small program for students with autism that is run by District 75, the citywide district for students with disabilities.

ADMISSIONS: The school does not consider grades or test scores, but rather admits students via lottery, with priority to District 24 students and residents. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, May 2018)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
98%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
92%
Average daily attendance
 
94%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
18%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
100%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

1216
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
57%
Students with disabilities
 
15%
Multilingual learners
 
5%
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?
 
84%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
91%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
29%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
24%
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?
 
80%
9.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
379
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
66%
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

 
9%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

 
24%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
14%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
79%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
16%

Music

 
28%
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?
 
84%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
85%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
81%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by 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

Maspeth High School

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

Students will have taken four years of Classical Language, Latin or Mandarin, and be fully prepared for college, career, and productive citizenship. Students are strongly encouraged to take on AP and College Level Courses in order to challenge themselves throughout their four years of high school.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Latin, Mandarin

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Calculus AB, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, AP Music Theory, AP Drawing, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP World History: Modern, AP Physics 2, AP Physics 1, AP English Literature and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

54-40 74th Street
Elmhurst NY 11373

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q18, Q38, Q47, Q58, Q59, Q67, QM24, QM25, QM34


Contact

Principal: Khurshid Abdul Mutakabbi

Parent Coordinator: Assunta Dambra

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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