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East-West School of International Studies

Grades: 6-12
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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)


School Stats


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How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


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

Safety & Vibe

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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
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
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From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



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 2020-21 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
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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 www.ewsis.org 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


From the 2021 High School Directory

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

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Contact & Location


46-21 Colden Street
Flushing NY 11355

Trains: N/A

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


Principal: Anthony Cromer

Parent Coordinator: Sue Jen Hu


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with IS 237

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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