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August Martin High School

Grades: 9-12
156-10 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY 11434
Phone: 718-528-2920

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)




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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

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.


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


Jamaica (District 27)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q111, Q113, Q114, Q6, Q7, QM21


Rory Parnell
Parent Coordinator
Nadege Trenard

Other Details

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

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