Flushing International High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

A welcoming school for new immigrants, including unaccompanied minors

The Downside

Few advanced classes

Patterned on the successful International High School at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Flushing International High School prepares new immigrants for graduation, college, and work.

Nearly 40 percent of the students are unaccompanied minors who have arrived from Central America without their parents; many have had their education interrupted in their home country, according to the school’s yearly plan. Nonetheless, more than 60 percent graduate within 4 years, double the citywide average for students learning English.

Students come from 40 countries and speak languages 20 countries; they may live with distant relatives or on shelters, according to The New York Times.

“Teachers learn how to spot the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder — the girls who were raped, the boys who were pressed into gangs,” Lara Evangelista, the principal of Flushing International High School, in Queens, told a columnist for the New York Times

Flushing International, which shares a building with IS 189, provides a warm, welcoming environment for students, about half of whom are Latino and half of whom are Asian. Because students arrive at the school with different educational backgrounds and varying degrees of English fluency, classes mix age groups and 9th and 10th graders sit in the same classes. Kids work together, sitting not at desks in rows, but in groups at tables where they often collaborate on projects and translate for one another.

In the second semester of their senior year, students have full-time internships at businesses and community organizations to acquaint them with the world of work and to help them develop their English skills in a non-school setting. Internships have included work at an architectural firm and at a preschool.

Kids of all abilities share a classroom. This can be a handicap for very advanced students. However, students may take College Now classes at Queens College. There are few after school activities, partly because many students have such outside responsibilities as working or caring for younger siblings.

ADMISSIONS: The school is open to city residents who have been in the U.S. for less than four years, whose native language is not English, and who score in the intermediate, beginner, or below-level rank on a standardized language test, the NYSESLAT. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, July 2018)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
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
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

Flushing International High School

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Program Description:

Offers a supportive yet challenging learning environment for new arrivals. All of our teachers are language teachers so that students are developing their English while learning content in every class. The curriculum is project-based and interdisciplinary so that students learn to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers. Students are supported not only in their academic learning but also their social-emotional learning through our advisory program.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Soccer, Table Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Handball, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


144-80 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY 11355

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q48, Q65, QM3


Principal: Kevin Hesseltine

Parent Coordinator: Yesenia Ortiz Gavilanes


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with JHS 189

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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