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Queens School of Inquiry, The

Grades: 6-12
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158-40 76th Road
Fresh Meadows NY 11366
Phone: 718-380-6929

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students take classes at Queens College; challenging instruction and support for all students

The Downside

Limited extra-curricular activities

Queens School of Inquiry (QSI) offers students in grades 6 - 12 challenging academics and lots of support. The school is designed as an early college program, which starts in earnest in the high school and culminates with 11th- and 12th-graders attending classes part-time at Queens College. Motivated students can amass up to two years worth of college credits by graduation.

The school was designed around two ideas: inclusion and college culture. A majority of the classes are co-taught by a subject teacher as well as one certified in special education. High school students sit in the hallways chatting and doing work before their classes on the college campus and at QSI; they take seminars co-taught with guidance counselors on topics such as health and wellness. Middle school students take a weeklong immersion course at Queens College to give them some exposure to the college experience.

Writing, research and projects are emphasized. Eighth-graders take Regents Algebra and Living Environment, which puts them on track to tackle college level math and science before graduating from high school. Older students enjoy the independence that comes with taking courses at Queens College.

QSI uses a “mastery” approach to instruction. Teachers focus on student’s progress in specific skills rather than overall performance on an assignment or exam. For instance, feedback on a student’s research paper is broken down into a skillsets such as the steps taken to build their analysis, the quality of their writing and understanding of the content. Rather than a letter or numeric grades, students are told whether for each skill they are performing above, at, approaching or below the standards level.

Students learn Spanish and take visual arts and drama, depending on the grades.

One downside: limited extra-curricular activities. For middle school students, there are lunch clubs and some after-school options. High school students can join sports teams, contribute to the literary magazine and participate in clubs.

QSI shares a building with the Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School and PS Q255, a District 75 program for autistic children.

Meredith Inbal became principal in 2010 after QSI’s founding principal, Elizabeth Ophals retired. Inbal taught 6th grade at the school and was a member of its founding faculty.

The school has a full-time college advisor. Rising seniors have the opportunity to travel abroad to European cities such as Paris, Barcelona, London, Florence and Rome as part of study-abroad program in partnership with Queens College. During their time abroad, students attend classes at a local university in the morning and then spend the afternoon on organized excursions.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has self-contained and ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes. This school also hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASDs). Students with ASD learn in a classroom alongside general education students, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the program’s specialized curriculum and teaching strategies.

ADMISSIONS: For middle school, priority to students zoned for the Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School and then to other District 25 students. For high school, priority is given to continuing 8th-graders and then to Queens students and residents. High school admissions is based on a review of students’ grades, test scores and records of attendance and lateness. Most QSI 8th-graders stay for high school. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, November 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 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

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?
Queens School of Inquiry, The, and Francis Lewis High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
English,Spanish,US History,Algebra I,Living Environment

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 math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5% Citywide Average

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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Queens School of Inquiry
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Interdisciplinary program with a strong, comprehensive focus on the humanities.

The Queens School of Inquiry ASD Nest Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses

French, Latin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Flushing (District 25)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q25, Q34, Q46, Q64, Q65, QM1, QM31, QM35, QM36, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8


Meredith Inbal
Parent Coordinator
Rosemary Moyano

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with IS 250 and a District 75 program, Q255
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?


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