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Epic High School - South

Grades: 9-12
121-10 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY
Phone: 718-845-1290

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)


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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

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.


Language Courses


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

Indoor Track

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: Q10, Q37, Q7, Q9, QM18


Subhas Mohan
Parent Coordinator
Carmita Jimenez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with JHS 226 and Hawtree Creek Middle
Metal detectors?

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