Epic High School - South

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Collaborative learning; strong student voice

The Downside

Poor attendance

EPIC High School-South, opened in 2014, is one of four city schools founded with grants from the Open Society Foundations to help improve college and career-readiness rates for black and Latino students.

Like other schools in the group, Epic South stresses culturally responsive education, providing students with social and emotional supports including mentors, and tailoring instruction to the individual student. Many classes are interdisciplinary. Epic uses a restorative justice approach to discipline, which emphasizes supportive measures such as counseling and peer mediation over suspensions.

The small school serves a mix of Asian, Hispanic and black students and gives students a voice. For example, student activism led the school to change grading policy that the students said relied too heavily on test scores. Advisories have student leaders as well as teachers.

A downside: attendance is poor. 

The other Epic New York City schools are: Epic High School – North, also in Southeast Queens; Nelson Mandela High School in Brooklyn and South Bronx Community Charter School.

Special education: Most students with disabilities receive only special education classroom services but the school does have team teaching with a mix of general and special education students.

Admissions: The school selects students using the educational option method that admits students with a range of abilities. It gives priority to Queens residents but any New York City resident can apply. (Gail Robinson, web reports and DOE material, November 2018)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
93%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
90%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
77%
Average daily attendance
 
90%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
31%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

400
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
66%
Students with disabilities
 
19%
Multilingual learners
 
5%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
96%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
25%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
16%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
63%
5.2
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
190
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?
 
58%
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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
36%

Physics

 
18%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
3%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
100%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
14%

Music

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

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
53%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
91%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
46%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought 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

Epic High School - South

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

We offer a comprehensive academic program that includes specialized classes in Mathematics, Science, and Humanities.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Human Geography, AP Biology, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP Psychology, AP English Language and Composition, AP Drawing, AP World History: Modern

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Indoor Track

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

121-10 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY 11420

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q10, Q37, Q7, Q9, QM18


Contact

Principal: Subhas Mohan

Parent Coordinator: Carmita Jimenez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with JHS 226 and Hawtree Creek Middle

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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