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Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
74-20 Commonwealth Blvd
Queens NY
Phone: 718-736-7100

Our Insights

What’s Special

School integrates disabled kids with typical peers and teaches compassion as well as academics.

The Downside

Hard to get to by public transportation.

Many schools promise to integrate special education students, but Queens High School of Teaching has taken inclusion seriously since it opened in 2003. The school embraces not only its own students but also severely disabled students in a District 75 school that shares the building. Integrating everyone to the greatest extent possible, school administrators believe, benefits all students--not just those with disabilities.

Students who are interested in becoming teachers may have internships at nearby elementary and middle schools where they assist classroom teachers. They also attend weekly seminars on how to teach.

The school emphasizes projects rather than tests. For example, 9th graders created a mini edition of the play Othello based on a music video and on their own reading of Shakespeare’s original text. Many classes are based around group work, according to the school’s Quality Review.

The school strives to build “respect, acceptance and compassion” among students, according to the year plan. “Advisory” groups of about 18 students meet weekly to talk about social and emotional issues.

The school is divided into three small learning communities of 400 students, each named for a progressive educator. Each has its own wing, assistant principal, counselor and teachers, although all offer essentially the same program. The students from the District 75 school, PS 811, belong to a fourth learning community.

All students, including English language learners, spend 45 minutes reading a book of their own choosing.

Volunteer work is encouraged. Students built birdhouses for the school’s garden and once traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina as part of Habitat for Humanity.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: The individual community guidance counselors, as well as the advisories, help students apply to college. The school also holds a college fair where graduates come to speak about their experiences. Many students have attended CUNY. Others have been accepted to SUNY Binghamton, West Point, University of Virginia and Georgetown.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: QHST's special ed program offers team teaching classes and special ed services. It has a good record of graduating special ed students. The students from the District 75 school, PS 811, belong to a fourth learning community, Gardner. About 27 attend some classes with QHST students and also are part of one of the other learning communities. "Being in this environment," one District 75 student says, "made me proud of what am and what I can do in the future."

ADMISSIONS: Priority goes to students who attended the two K-8 schools on the campus. Other seats are filled under the Education Option system which aims for a mix of top, middle and low performers. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, June 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 2018-19 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 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

Teaching Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students engage in teaching methods in all classes. Students can apply to a voluntary one-year internship in teaching during 11th or 12th grade. Students are part of grade level cohorts and participate in interdisciplinary units and projects.

Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences ASD Horizon Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program
Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services
Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences ASD Nest Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Psychology, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Human Geography, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP Computer Science Principles


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Golf, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Golf

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

Contact & Location


Bellerose (District 26)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q43, Q46, QM36, QM6


Ean Corrado
Parent Coordinator
Maria Charalabidis

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a campus with PS/IS 208 and PS/IS 266
Metal detectors?

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