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Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed
138-30 Lafayette Street
Ozone Park NY 11417
Phone: 718-848-8357

Our Insights

What’s Special

Art and technology focus

The Downside

Not as many clubs as a larger school can offer

Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology is a nicely integrated, mid-sized school that offers a good array of arts and technology classes but also a strong foundation in math, science, reading, writing and research.

The school, founded in 2008, offers other perks, too, such as fish farming and hydroponics, theater and museum visits, and trips to science laboratories.

Classrooms are equipped with enough computers for every student, thanks to a partnership with Apple Computers. Children get to know Apple MacBook Pros, 3-D printers, digital Elmo computers and Photoshop. In the digital art studio and science lab teens build and operate robots and develop projects for the science fair.

The day starts early, at 7 a.m. and yet despite the early start the attendance rate is good. Teachers mix up class lectures with videos, audio clips and web-based activities to keep kids interested and engaged, according to the comprehensive educational plan (CEP).

Principal Joseph Birgeles, who taught social studies in the middle school, is respected by staff and no-nonsense when it comes to academics. In his letter to parents on the school website he said children must pass their classes in order to attend a school dance or senior event, and do lunchtime detention if they are late to school.

Every child must take four years of math and science. A selection of courses listed on the website includes Greek mythology, health in film, the history of Latin America, coding and journalism. Studio art and digital art are among the offerings. The art department has its own website with samples of student work.

Teachers, most of whom have more than three years of teaching experience, keep close tabs on children’s academic progress. They frequently assess students’ reading levels to make sure they are reading books they can understand. Extra help is offered during lunch and after school in a credit recovery program. Ninth grade teachers meet weekly to make sure incoming students are on-track.

The high school shares a building with a middle school of the same name, the Robert H. Goddard School. There are sports teams, and clubs, including chess, cheerleading and drama, but it is not the exhaustive list of clubs a larger school would be able to offer.

Three guidance counselors help with college admissions. Most children attend City University of New York two-year and four-year colleges.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Goddard is proud of how it serves children with special needs and teens learning to speak English, most of whom graduate on time. Teachers tailor class assignment and homework to individual abilities. They offer summer tutoring for exam prep, vocabulary instruction, reading fluency, comprehension and writing instruction.

ADMISSIONS: Educational option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-performers. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, August 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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

Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP Seminar, AP World History: Modern, AP United States History, AP Drawing, AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics, AP English Literature and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Softball

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

Contact & Location


Ozone Park (District 27)
Trains: N/A
Buses: B15, BM5, Q11, Q21, Q41, Q52-SBS, Q53-SBS, Q7, QM15


Joseph Birgeles
Parent Coordinator
Roselyn Corcino Pino

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with JHS 202
Metal detectors?

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