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What’s Special

Serves new immigrants through project-based learning

The Downside

Few after school choices

Flushing International High School aims to prepare new immigrants for graduation, college and career. It admits students learning English who have been in the country less than four years. It opened in 2004 in partnership with International Network for Public Schools, an organization with long experience successfully preparing new immigrants for college.

Academics & Instruction: Because students arrive at the school with different educational backgrounds and varying degrees of English fluency, classes mix age groups. Teens sit together at tables where they often collaborate on projects and translate for one another. 

The school emphasizes project-based learning that involves lots of research, writing and oral presentations. 

In the second semester of 11th grade, students do three-month 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 in hospitals, schools, the New York Hall of Science and the American Cancer Society. 

Teens of all abilities share a classroom. This has trade-off’s for very advanced students who seek more challenge. However, they may take college classes in partnership with Queens College including Pre-calculus, drama, philosophy, algebra, communication, cloud computing, poetry and more. There are few after school activities, partly because many students have such outside responsibilities as working or caring for younger siblings. 

Culture & Environment: Students are assigned an advisor and a mentor to guide them. Bilingual counselors, a college advisor and a social worker are on hand to assist students with academics, building positive relationships, independence, forging a sense of belonging and managing strong emotions. The peer mediation program helps teens resolve conflicts peacefully. Student support their peers in a mentoring program. Students are encouraged to speak out against systemic racism and inequality.

Building & Facilities: Flushing International shares a building with IS 189. In addition to a park that was designed by students, FIHS also has a well-equipped gymnasium and a weight room, a theater and dance studio and a community garden. The school is located in a neighborhood with easy access to public transportation

College & Career:  A college team provides students and families with individualized support throughout the college admissions process. The team organizes trips to universities, and provides families with assistance on college applications and completing financial aid forms. Students also learn what life is like at college, such as living on campus and managing time. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, August 2023)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


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 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 599


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 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
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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 2021-22 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?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Flushing International High School (Q25X)

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 2024 High School Directory

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), Algebra II (College Course [Credited]), Arts (College Course [Credited]), Econ/Gov (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited])

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

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Contact & Location


144-80 Barclay Avenue
Queens NY 11355

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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