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Richmond Hill High School

Grades: 9-12
89-30 114th Street
Richmond Hill NY 11418
Phone: 718-846-3335

Our Insights

What’s Special

Career focused academies with internships

The Downside

While improving, academic achievement still lags

Richmond Hill is a large, comprehensive high school founded at the turn of the 20th century that prepares students for careers while also offering college preparatory classes.
The school is divided into academies, each of which has classes tailored to a theme and opportunities for internships: software engineering; criminalistics and forensics; health sciences; a certified career and technical education program in hospitality and tourism; art and design; and robotics and engineering. Except for forensics, which 8th graders apply to directly, students enter these programs in 10th grade.
The school offers supports for struggling students and college credit classes for more academically advanced ones. Neil Ganesh, an immigrant from Guyana and former teacher and administrator at Jamaica High School who became principal in 2013, runs a program called Lions Pride to give extra help to lower-perfoming students.
The school has gone through a tumultuous decade. It was threatened with closure because of poor performance in 2011-12, but was saved by a successful lawsuit. In 2014, the city put Richmond Hill on its list of low-peforming Renewal Schools, and in 2015, it landed on a state list of struggling schools that would have to change or face being taken over. The school improved enough to be taken off the state list a year later, and it has met some, though not all, the targets set for it under the Renewal program.
Ganesh gets high marks from teachers on school surveys. The school has high expectations for students; teachers visit one another's classes to share best practices, according to an educator who visited the school for its Quality Review.  
Graduation, college readiness rates and attendance have all improved though still lag somewhat behind the city average. And the difficulties have taken their toll. Enrollment, which once topped 3,600,has fallen to around 1,600. On the upside, this has alleviated the severe overcrowding.
There are many sports teams and an eclectic mix of clubs and activities.South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) Operates sports programs and other activities at the school.
Special education: The school offers team teaching classes with general and special education students as well as services for students in general education classrooms. Richmond Hill has a large number of students learning English.
Admissions: Students who live in the attendance zone are guaranteed admission. The criminalistics program, which screens students based on their middle school records but has lenient standards. Students interested in other academies apply to the Career Exploration Academy, which selects students according to the educational option formula designed to admit a mix of students. The programs do not fill all their seats, and the school accepts some incoming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, DOE statistics and news reports, 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

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

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 2018-19 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

Ninth Grade Career Exploration Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This academy prepares students for various 10th grade career-themed options. Based on students' ninth grade interests, they can choose from the following options: Software Engineering, Hospitality & Tourism, IT, Engineering & Robotics, Health Sciences, Art & Design, and A+ Certification. Participation in these academies leads to internship opportunities and work-based learning opportunities. Partnerships with both SUNY, CUNY, & St. Francis College allow students to earn up to 18 college credits.

Criminalistics and Forensics Institute (CFI)
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

This interdisciplinary program allows students to study the legal and scientific aspects of forensics. Students engage in hands-on lab skills, such as fingerprinting, handwriting, and blood splatter analysis. Students explore how this scientific evidence can be used by the justice system, participating in moot court competitions and mock trial experiences. Many students in the Criminalistics and Forensics Institute go on to study at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and other top schools.

Admissions Method: Zoned Priority
Program Description:

Based on students' ninth grade interests, they can choose from the following options: Software Engineering, Robotics, Hospitality & Tourism, Engineering, Health Sciences, Art & Design, and A+ Certification. Participation in these pathways leads to internship opportunities and work-based learning opportunities. Partnerships with both SUNY and CUNY allow students to earn up to 18 college credits.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP United States History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP World History: Modern, AP Calculus BC


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Golf

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; Z Line to 121st St
Buses: Q10, Q24, Q37, Q55, Q56, Q8, QM18


Neil Ganesh
Parent Coordinator
Donna Crayton

Other Details

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

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.


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