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Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology

Grades: 9-12
8-21 Bay 25th Street
Far Rockaway NY 11691
Phone: 718-868-2978

Our Insights

What’s Special

Nurturing environment for new immigrants, including unaccompanied minors

The Downside

Attendance problems

The Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology, or QIRT, offers classes in computer science and a supportive environment for its students, including many undocumented immigrants and refugees from central America. Some are unaccompanied minors, and some work full-time outside of school hours.

Principal Carlos Manalo, an imigrant himself, gets high marks from teachers and is deeply involved in the school. He serves as faculty adviser to the LGBT clubs; he invites students into his office to talk and makes them tea; he even finds them work on the campus. The school also seeks to serve the surrounding community, offering GED courses and other classes to neighborhood residents.

Students at QIRT feel safer than those at many other schools across the city and believe that discipline at the school is fair. The school is housed in the Far Rockaway Educational Campus.

For years after opening in 2008, the school struggled with poor performance, violence and frequent changes in leadership. But since Manalo became principal in 2014, the school has turned a corner. Although QIRT students face many challenges, the school’s graduation and college readiness rates are about average for the city and many students graduate with some college credits.

One downside: attendance is poor, with nearly one-half of the students missing more than a month of school.

Special education: The school has a good record of graduating students with disabilities or those who are learning English. It offers transitional bilingual classes for Spanish speakers as well as classes designed to promote literacy in Spanish. 

Admission: The school has two programs: computer science and CISCO networking. Both select applicants using the Educational Option method designed to insure students at all educational levels. (Gail Robinson, DOE materials and press accounts, 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 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

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

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 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

Computer Science Program
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program introduces and builds on fundamental networking concepts and technologies. Students are taught skills necessary to plan, implement, manage, and troubleshoot computer-based networks across a range of applications. Students will learn different coding programs, robotics programming, as well as take an AP Computer Science Principles course.

CISCO Networking and Internet Computer Core Certification
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Program emphasis is on math and science, using computer applications associated with inspection, repair, assembly, and troubleshooting. Student will receive training in IC3, Adobe, C++, and various multi-media programs.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Psychology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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

Contact & Location


Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A Line to Beach 25th St
Buses: Q22, QM17


Mahendra Singh
Parent Coordinator
Kecia Pinckney

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Far Rockaway Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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