Flushing High School

Grades: 9-12
35-01 Union Street
Flushing NY 11354
Phone: 718-888-7500

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)


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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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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.

Admissions Method: Zoned Priority


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


Flushing (District 25)
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


Ignazio Accardi
Parent Coordinator
Mary Vacarr

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with the Queens HS for Language Studies and Veritas Academy
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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