Collaborative learning; strong student voice
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.
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)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Epic High School - South
We offer a comprehensive academic program that includes specialized classes in Mathematics, Science, and Humanities.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Girls PSAL teams
Contact & Location
121-10 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY 11420
Buses: Q10, Q37, Q7, Q9, QM18
This school shares a building with JHS 226 and Hawtree Creek Middle