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East-West School of International Studies

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
46-21 Colden Street
Flushing NY 11355
Phone: 718-353-0009

Our Insights

What’s Special

Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages taught; lots of after-school clubs and tutoring

The Downside

Limited sports

The East-West School of International Studies, in Flushing, Queens, is a combined middle and high school that offers up to four years of Chinese, Japanese and Korean, as well as Asian-inspired arts and sports such as anime, Korean drumming, Chinese calligraphy and judo.

Students are introduced to Chinese, Japanese and Korean in middle school and then commit to studying one beginning in 9th grade. The goal is for students to graduate ready to tackle advanced language courses in college.

A limited number of students go on trips to China and Japan, which include a homestay with local families to maximize exposure to the language and culture. Students fundraise throughout the year to cover the cost.

Overall, the school is very high performing. Middle school test scores are well above average; the high school’s college-readiness rate (percentage of graduates who don’t need to take remedial courses at CUNY) far exceeds the citywide average, as does the percentage of students taking college-level coursework.

Middle school students are scheduled for seven periods of English and eight periods of math instruction each week. The extra classes give them more time to delve into the curriculum. All 8th-graders take high school–level courses in algebra and living environment.

The high school offers electives and college-level classes, such as several Advanced Placement courses, architecture, robotics and Asian literature. Students may also take free college courses via CUNY’s College Now program both at East-West (taught by LaGuardia Community College professors) and at Queens College.

For grades 9 to 12, teachers run small group advisory sessions that meet twice a week and help staff keep tabs on students and head off social and academic problems before they escalate.

Rising 9th-graders new to East-West participate in a summer program to help them acclimate to the school and make new friends; ongoing 8th-graders from East-West are welcome to attend too.

After-school options include academic support as well as an eclectic mix of clubs and activities such as table tennis, debate team, Model UN, ultimate Frisbee, Yiddish song club, student newspaper and Junior NAACP. One downside: There are limited sports offerings, which include a PSAL boys basketball team and intramural options such as volleyball and soccer.

The school partners with College Bound Initiative, which funds a full-time college counselor who oversees trips to colleges and provides individual support for students and parents with college and financial aid applications. Graduates attend a range of schools including CUNY, SUNY and private colleges.

East-West is located on the third and fourth floors of a large building it shares with JHS 237, The Rachel L. Carson School.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes and SETSS. The school has an ASD NEST program that serves a small group of children with an autism spectrum disorder who are fully integrated into all East-West classes. ASD NEST students also take a special class that focuses on social- and skills-development training.

ADMISSIONS: The middle school admits District 25 students and residents via lottery. The high school is open to students citywide with priority to ongoing 8th-graders. More than half of East-West middle school students stay on for high school. Typically there are many more applicants than seats available for both middle and high school. (Laura Zingmond, interview and web reports, February 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?
East-West School of International Studies, Francis Lewis High School, and The Bronx High School of Science
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Chinese,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
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
72% 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 math exam?
10% 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

East-West School of International Studies
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program is for students who have a strong interest in studying an Asian language. Students accepted are placed in a three- or four- year sequence of either Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, or Korean. All of our language programs are targeted to non-native speakers. Applicants should follow the link on our school homepage at to submit a personal statement about their interest in East Asian culture. Select "Ed-Opt Program" under the "Students" tab to submit.

East-West School of International Studies ASD Nest Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses

Japanese, Korean, Mandarin

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP United States History, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP Art History, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition


Boys PSAL teams


Girls PSAL teams


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: Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q27, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q65


Anthony Cromer
Parent Coordinator
Sue Jen Hu

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with IS 237
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?


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