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Epic High School - North

Grades: 9-12
94-25 117th Street
South Richmond Hill NY 11419
Phone: 718-570-8230

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students get lots of individual attention, solve real-world problems

The Downside

No sports teams

EPIC High School-North, 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. Two of the school's first graduates won prestigious POSSE scholarships, one to Layfayette College and one to Babson College, according to the school's website.

Like other schools in the group, Epic North 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, diverse school gives students a voice. They run the morning meeting, for example, and a group of students meets with the principal every week to discuss the quality of classes and address any shortcomings. And the school organizes meetings where students provide detailed accounts of their academic performance to their parents.

Many classes involve real world issues and problem solving, encouraging students to take the initiative for their learning. In one class, visited by a Department of Education reviewer, students tried to determine the cause of an airplane crash, while in another 9th graders identified and then tried to develop a plan to combat a rapidly spreading disease.

An unusually high percentage of students said in a Department of Education survey that they are supported and guided by the adults in the building. Students feel safe and most don’t see bullying as a problem at Epic North. Teachers also seem satisfied and look forward to coming to work there.

A downside: there are no sports teams.

The school is housed in a former Roman Catholic high school building that once served as the Richmond Hill High School annex. 

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

Special education: Almost all students with disabilities spend a substantial part of their school day in team teaching classes with a mix of general and special education students.

Admissions: The school does not screen students but gives priority to Queens residents. It fills all of its seats. (Gail Robinson, web reports and DOE material, November 2018; photo from school's website)

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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

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students explore many themes with a strong emphasis on literacy across content areas.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology

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

Contact & Location


Richmond Hill (District 27)
Trains: J Line to 111th St
Buses: Q10, Q24, Q37, Q41, Q55, Q56, Q8, QM18


Kristen Breen
Parent Coordinator
Nina Roberto

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?


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