Bayside High School

Grades: 9-12
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Huge variety of courses and activities

The Downside

A large school may be overwhelming for some

Bayside is a large neighborhood school with an array of themed programs open to students from outside its attendance zone including music, art, computer science, sports medicine and management, environmental science and humanities. The school’s graduation and college-readiness rates are very high, far exceeding the citywide average.

The school’s size is its strength, and students not intimidated by a big school may find Bayside to be a strong option. Bayside teaches six languages: French, Spanish, Japanese, Latin, Korean and Chinese. There are many Advanced Placement classes as well as clubs, sports and elective classes.

Nearly all students take a college-level course or earn professional certification in a skill by graduation. Many students graduate with an Advanced Regents diploma, which requires passing a more demanding range of courses, including several years of math and science.

Partnerships with industry and grants help provide equipment, and Bayside's facilities seem more akin to those at a suburban high school than one in the city. The most recent addition is a new music recording studio under construction during the 2017-18 school year.

Longtime principal Michael Athy designed the themed programs to teach useful job skills to students who need or want to work while attending college.

The Digital Art & Design program combines traditional studio art and journalism with digital technology.

In Music: Performance and productions, students learn to perform and produce both instrumental and vocal music. Beginners as well as experienced musicians are welcome.

In Humanities & Non-Profit Management, students develop writing and presentation skills and learn to write grant proposals and develop and manage projects.

Environmental Engineering & Technology gives students hands-on training in engineering and environmental science, helping them prepare for green careers.

Two CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs, Computer Programming & Web Design and Sports Medicine & Management, offer the opportunity to earn professional certifications while taking a full academic load in preparation for attending college.

In recent years, the school reduced student enrollment by several hundred to a more manageable size of 3,200. Still, the large facility operates on two staggered sessions, with some students starting classes first period of the day and others not until third period, according to the parent coordinator.

To make the big school less intimidating for students, guidance counselors each manage a caseload of roughly 200 students spread across all the grades, so no one has a majority load of graduating seniors or nervous freshmen. Although the school has no dedicated college counselors, each student has a guidance counselor who speaks his home language and who will guide the student through the college admissions process as well as keep track of credit accumulation and encourage involvement in extracurricular activities.

Bayside boasts a high rate of college admissions. Many students attend four-year colleges, including SUNY, CUNY and private schools. Top students have been admitted to highly selective schools in and out-of-state

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Most of the students with IEPs are in ICT (integrated collaborative teaching) classes. Students in self-contained classes have different teachers for individual subjects, and teachers are dually certified in their subject area and in special education.

ADMISSIONS: Students residing within Bayside's zone may attend the zoned program but are encouraged to apply to one of themed programs, which are open to students from all over Queens. Admissions to the art, music, humanities and environmental programs are based on a review of students’ grades, test scores, attendance and punctuality; the art and music programs also require an audition. Admissions to the computer science and sports medicine programs follow the educational option formula, designed to admit a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving of students. (Laura Zingmond, via interview and web reports, February 2018)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
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
624 Citywide Average


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

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
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
7 Citywide Average
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?
Are teachers effective?
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

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


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
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 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

Digital Art & Design

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

Preparation for creative careers using digital technology-a blend of art, computers and journalism-includes drawing, Photoshop, graphic design, web design, animation, and editing. Numerous college credit courses included. Visit for more information about college accredited courses.

Music: Performance & Production

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

Preparation for careers in vocal and instrumental performance, as well as music production and studio recording. Beginners and experienced musicians are encouraged to apply and audition. Learn to perform on guitar, piano, bass, drums and vocals, and learn to write songs, record, and produce in our Music Production Studio. Numerous college-credit courses included. Visit for more information about college-credit courses.

Environmental Engineering & Technology

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Preparation for careers in STEM focused on engineering sustainability. Students will develop analytical and process-based skills to be well positioned to succeed in emerging 'green' industries. Numerous college-credit courses included. Visit for more information about college-credit courses.

Humanities & Non-Profit Management

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Preparation for careers in the Humanities supported by the Non-Profit sector. Students develop cultural appreciation and the necessary skills to be successful in this emerging field while simultaneously gaining insight about the structure, financing, and marketing of successful non-profit organizations. Numerous college-credit courses included. Visit for more information about college-credit courses.

Computer Programming & Web Design

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Preparation for careers in the exciting worlds of computer programming, web design, and video game development. Students have the opportunity to prepare for computer certifications. Numerous college-credit courses included. Visit for more information about college-credit courses.

Sports Medicine & Management

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Preparation to pursue sports-related careers, inclusive of physical rehabilitation, therapy, athletic training, as well as coaching, management and media. Numerous college-credit courses included. Visit for more information about college-credit courses.

Bayside High School D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services


Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee

Program Description:

Students will be matched to one of our six CTE programs based on seat availability.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Art History, AP World History: Modern, AP Human Geography, AP United States History

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


32-24 Corporal Kennedy Street
Bayside NY 11361

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q13, Q28, Q31, Q76, QM20


Principal: Michael Athy

Parent Coordinator: Lori Badalati


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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