Huge variety of courses and activities
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)
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Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Digital Art & Design
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 www.baysidehighschool.org for more information about college accredited courses.
Music: Performance & Production
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 www.baysidehighschool.org for more information about college-credit courses.
Environmental Engineering & Technology
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 www.baysidehighschool.org for more information about college-credit courses.
Humanities & Non-Profit Management
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 www.baysidehighschool.org for more information about college-credit courses.
Computer Programming & Web Design
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 www.baysidehighschool.org for more information about college-credit courses.
Sports Medicine & Management
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 www.baysidehighschool.org for more information about college-credit courses.
Bayside High School D75 Inclusion Program
Students will be matched to one of our six CTE programs based on seat availability.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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