Flushing High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Landmarked building

The Downside

Declining enrollment; academics have a ways to go

The first public high school in New York City, Flushing was founded in 1875 with a class of seven. It moved into its current, castle-like building, which it shares with two small schools, more than 100 years ago.

While the two small schools, Veritas and Queens High School for Language Studies, are quite successful, Flushing High School has long struggled with low graduation rates, poor attendance and declining enrollment. It has had six principals in eight years. The city threatened to close it for poor performance in 2012, and only agreed to keep it open after a lawsuit.

Its Gothic-style building features gargoyles perched atop a turreted facade, stained glass windows and an auditorium that could easily pass for a cathedral sanctuary, complete with vaulted ceilings and an enormous pipe organ that no longer works. Two more wings added in recent decades have transformed Flushing’s original structure into a massive facility with hallways that seem to stretch two city blocks.

The school has no sports field but teams have exclusive use of two fields within walking distance. There are two gyms and weight, cardio, and spinning rooms with professional grade equipment in the building.

Admissions: Students who live in the attendance zone are guaranteed admission. Others may apply for the school’s law, business or science programs. In recent years, the school has had room for every student who wants to attend. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, December 2018)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
83%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
70%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
63%
Average daily attendance
 
80%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
51%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
97%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
97%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

1415
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
86%
Students with disabilities
 
14%
Multilingual learners
 
20%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
94%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
25%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
17%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
67%
3.9
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
247
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
59%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 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

Calculus

 
2%

Computer Science

 
12%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
4%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
48%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
21%

Music

 
12%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
54%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
81%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
57%
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?
 
45%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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

Thurgood Marshall Law Pathway

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Introduction to Law, Criminology and Juvenile Justice, Practical Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights Law, Trial Techniques, and Advanced Topics in Law and Public Service. Students can choose one area of study: Legal Studies or Public Service.

Science Research Pathway

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This is an opportunity for students to experience the rigor and rewards of scientific research. Courses are designed to provide students with an understanding of research methods in the sciences. Open to students who have an interest in science and wish to conduct research. As students accumulate credits in the pathway, they are supported by teachers to form and progress into areas of original research. Students will get access to scientific databases.

Business Entrepreneurship Pathway

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

As a registered testing center for Microsoft programs, students taking business courses with participation in the Virtual Enterprise Program are eligible for Microsoft MOUS certification. Students may also pursue CTE Business certification.

Zoned

Admissions Method: Zoned Priority

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, AP Human Geography, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP English Language and Composition, AP Chemistry, AP World History: Modern, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP United States History, AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

35-01 Union Street
Flushing NY 11354

Trains: 7 Line to Flushing-Main St

Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q19, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q48, Q50, Q65, Q66, QM20, QM3


Contact

Principal: Ignazio Accardi

Parent Coordinator: Mary Vacarr

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with the Queens HS for Language Studies and Veritas Academy

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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