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Maspeth High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
54-40 74th Street
Elmhurst NY 11373
Phone: 718-803-7100
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Our Insights

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)

 

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
87%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
52%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
98%
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
69%
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
69%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
84%
64% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
35%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1196
Asian
18%
Black
1%
Hispanic
43%
White
32%
Other
6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
63%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
2%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
22%
37% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
94%
59% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
94%
66% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

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.

Academics

Language Courses

Latin, Mandarin

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Studio Art: Drawing, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History

Sports

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 the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location

Location

Elmhurst (District 24)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q18, Q38, Q47, Q58, Q59, Q67

Contact

Principal
Khurshid Abdul Mutakabbi

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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