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Benjamin N. Cardozo High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
57-00 223rd Street
Bayside NY 11364
Phone: 718-279-6500
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Large school with lots of activities and top-notch science research program

The Downside

Like most large schools, not much hand-holding in college office

Benjamin N. Cardozo is a large, successful high school that’s home to several themed programs, including the highly competitive Da Vinci Math/Science Institute and popular options in law, journalism and dance.

Cardozo’s size is its strength, offering a huge range of classes and supports for students of all skill levels, including many advanced and college-level courses as well as ones for struggling learners and beginning English speakers. Foreign language instruction is offered in French, German, Mandarin and Spanish.

Many classes, especially honors, go well beyond the Regents curriculum. Da Vinci students take a challenging load of research, honors and Advanced Placement (AP), but qualifying students from any program can take honors, AP and College Now classes, the latter taught in collaboration with St. John’s University and Queens College. Students may also take courses for free at Queensborough Community College.

Students who do best here find their niche among the wide selection of clubs, activities and athletic teams. Art and music classes as well as bands, an orchestra and choir keep musically inclined students engaged. There are academic teams such as debate, moot court, mock trial, model UN, science Olympiad, robotics and math, and more than 30 PSAL sports teams and an impressive range of clubs.

The sprawling building is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood and is surrounded by extensive outdoor facilities more commonly found at surburban high schools, including sports fields, handball courts and a full-size track.

Like most large schools, there isn't a lot of hand-holding in the college office, but counselors do their best despite huge caseloads. Guidance counselors visit classes to guide 11th-graders through the college admissions process. Parent volunteers pitch in to help process college applications. Graduates go on to CUNY and SUNY schools as well as highly selective private colleges and universities.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: In addition to SETSS, there are self-contained and ICT classes in many subjects. The school offers a co-teaching model for English language learners in select classes, which are led by both the subject teacher and an ENL (English as a new language) teacher.

ADMISSIONS: Open only to Queens students and residents. Guaranteed admission to students in the school's zone who apply to the zoned program. The Da Vinci Math/Science Institute screens for strong grades, standardized test scores and attendance. Admission to Performing Dance is based on an audition and review of grades, test scores and attendance. The Mentor Law and Humanities program admits students based on the educational option formula, which is designed to admit a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. Journalism and Media Studies does not consider grades or test scores but gives priority to zoned students. (Laura Zingmond, April 2015; updated via 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 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 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
44% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
66% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
63% 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

Political Science, Law and Ethics
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program is dedicated to fostering interest in the political and legal fields. It is open to a wide range of academic performance levels. Students will engage in a sequence of history courses in topics including political theory, ethics, civil, criminal, and constitutional law. They will also participate in activities such as Mock Trial, NYPD Explorers, and law and political field internship.

School of Journalism and Media Studies
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program is designed for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in media, broadcasting, and journalism.

DaVinci Science/Math Biomedical
Admissions Method: Screened
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Math (91-100), Science (90-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (3.3-4.5), Math (4.0-4.5)
  • Honors/Accelerated Coursework In Math/Science
Program Description:

Biomedical Science students will study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. This program is in partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW).

Performing Dance
Admissions Method: Audition
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: English (67-100), Math (65-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.0-4.5), Math (1.9-4.5)
  • Audition
Program Description:

Students study ballet, modern, and jazz techniques along with choreography. Students also have the opportunity to explore additional forms of dance by attending live performances and participating in school productions.

DaVinci Science/Engineering
Admissions Method: Screened
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Math, Science
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts, Math
  • Honors/Accelerated Coursework In Math/Science
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee


Language Courses

French, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Golf, Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location


Bayside (District 26)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q27, Q30


Meagan Colby
Parent Coordinator
Richard Guevara

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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