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Flushing International High School

Grades: 9-12
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY 11355
Phone: 718-463-2348

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)

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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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% 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?
2% 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% 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

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% 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

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.


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


Flushing (District 25)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q48, Q65, QM3


Kevin Hesseltine
Parent Coordinator
Yesenia Ortiz Gavilanes

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with JHS 189
Metal detectors?


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