Serves new immigrants through project-based learning
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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Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign LanguageNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Math or ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2024 High School Directory
Flushing International High School (Q25X)
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2024 High School Directory
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
Contact & Location
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Queens NY 11355
Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q48, Q65, QM3
This school shares a building with JHS 189