August Martin High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Aviation and culinary arts programs

The Downside

Many children miss a month or more of school

Named after the first African American commercial airline pilot, August Martin is a small high school known for its aviation program. Ambitious students may earn a private pilot certification. The school also hosts a culinary arts program.

The school has vastly improved under the leadership of Principal Rory Parnell, who took the helm in 2015. August Martin has been removed from a list of schools in danger of closing. Safety has improved, the on-time graduation rate has almost doubled and more children are ready for college-level work.

Attendance is a significant challenge, and about half the students miss more than a month of school, according to Department of Education data. The school has an attendance team to help students improve.

Students are held accountable for behavior and academics in school to a greater degree than before. They have five extra hours of instruction per week, and some attend after school tutoring to catch up on credits, according to the comprehensive educational plan (CEP). 

The culinary and flight programs begin in sophomore year. Students must maintain good grades and good behavior to be placed in one of the special programs.

The aviation program begins with the history and mechanics of flying, such as how planes are built. Helicopter and airplane simulators are available for on-site practice. By 12th grade, children may learn to pilot a plane, accompanied by an adult, at Republic Airport. 

Culinary students cater events at school and in the community. They cook a Thanksgiving feast for the whole school with all the trimmings including collard greens, stuffing, salads and pies. 

All children get a chance to sample art and music. They may play guitar, piano, steel drums or other instruments.

Admissions: The school is open to all city residents. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 2018)




School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
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?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 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



Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to 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

Aerospace and Technology Academy

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

This program helps prepare students for careers in aviation. Students will have the opportunity to train in FAA flight and ground certification. Technical Certification is also offered for A+, C-Tech, and Microsoft MOUS Certification.

Culinary Arts Academy

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

With a state-of-the-art culinary lab, this program provides a three-year sequence in culinary training which satisfies requirements for CTE certification.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Environmental Science

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Indoor Track, Softball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


156-10 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY 11434

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q111, Q113, Q114, Q6, Q7, QM21


Principal: Rory Parnell

Parent Coordinator: Nadege Trenard


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with New Visions Charter HS for Advanced Math and Science IV and Voyages Prep HS South Queens

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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