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John Adams High School

Grades: 9-12
101-01 Rockaway Boulevard
Ozone Park NY 11417
Phone: 718-322-0500
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Small learning communities and International Baccalaureate (IB) program

The Downside

High number of bullying incidents

For years, John Adams High School teetered on the brink of closure and struggled to attract students. Its administration and faculty now believe the worst is behind them and see the school gradually rebounding, thanks to stronger academics, new programs and efforts to create a more welcoming environment.

Signs of progress: The graduation rate jumped from less than 55 percent in 2014 to nearly 71 percent in 2018. The attendance rate also slightly increased within that time frame, and chronic absenteeism declined. Perhaps most important, in 2016 the state removed John Adams from the list of schools threatened with state takeover. And, according to the New York Times, John Adams has been identified as a “rise” school, meaning it will no longer be considered a renewal school come the 2018-2019 school year.

Principal Daniel Scanlon came to the school in 2013. After reviewing the building and evaluating student feedback that indicated that many students did not want to be at John Adams—which Scanlon himself described as having been punitive and drab—he set out to enact change.

To improve discipline, John Adams has implemented Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), which focuses on rewarding and reinforcing positive actions. As a result, the suspension rate has dropped to just 1 percent, which is below the citywide average.

The school has restructured its academics and is now divided into several small learning communities (SLCs), aiming to provide students with both the resources of a large school and the sense of community and individualized attention offered at a small school.

There are eight SLC programs: STEM; the Future Educators Academy; Media and Fine Arts Academy; Pre-Med Academy; Justice, Law and International Studies Academy; a Newcomers Institute; the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; and the Queens Business Institute. Within these SLCs, there is one new career and technical education (CTE) program in law. The school is developing a CTE program in business.

John Adams added its selective IB program in the fall of 2016. It offers a challenging curriculum that stresses student projects and the development of research skills. The school also offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses and College Now classes.

After school, students can participate in a number of extracurricular activities, such as the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program, robotics, debate, school band and many PSAL sports, including cricket and girls lacrosse.

"We want to try to make opportunities available to kids," Scanlon said. "We're trying to find something for every student."

Despite these changes, the school still has room for improvement. Chalkbeat said John Adams, with 2,300 students, had 21 confirmed instances of bullying in the first half of the 2017-2018 school year. Half of the student body thinks that bullying happens frequently, according to school surveys.

The school is located in Ozone Park and has an on-site health clinic operated by North Shore LIJ health network.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Adams offers a range of supports, including tutoring services as wells as self-contained and integrated co-teaching (ICT) classes.

ADMISSIONS: Citywide. Criteria vary among the learning communities, with some screened programs and others using the educational option method. There is also a zoned program for students living in the area. (Gail Robinson, March 2015; updated June 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
64% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Bengali and Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
59% Citywide Average
How many English language learners 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

International Baccalaureate
Admissions Method: Screened
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (55-100), Math (55-100), Science (55-100), Social Studies (55-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.7-4.5), Math (1.5-4.5)
Program Description:

This program is a rigorous program of study for highly motivated students. The goal of the IB Program is to develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind. Students who successfully complete the IB coursework/requirements will receive the globally recognized IB Diploma. Students will be able to apply for substitute paraprofessional/teacher assistant upon graduation.

Law and International Studies Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Prepares students for careers in social sciences, law, and international relations. Students will participate in Model UN, Moot Court, and Mock Trial.

Pre-Med Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Includes approved curricula in Medical/Health Careers and a new curricula in personal training, and psychology. Pre-med students will have the ability to pursue life guard certification and earn a CDOS (Career Development and Occupational Studies) Credential upon graduation.

Media & Fine Arts Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Prepares students for careers in photography, sculpting, journalism, video production, studio recording, writing, theater, and fine arts. Students will participate in creating published newsletters, cyber journalism, yearbook, play productions, and the literary magazine.

Queens Business Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Prepares students for careers in business and computer science. Students will participate in Virtual Enterprise, Microsoft certiport certification, Co-Op Tech, and internships. Students will be able to earn a CDOS credential upon graduation.

STEM Academy
Admissions Method: Screened
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (62-100), Math (55-100), Science (65-100), Social Studies (63-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.8-4.5), Math (1.7-4.5)
Program Description:

Studying in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academy, students will learn from teachers who are passionate about their subjects -and their students' future. Students take engineering, robotics, and computer science courses with the opportunity to earn industry credit and opportunities to exercise their skills in real-world experiences. In the STEM Academy, students take AP and CUNY College Now courses to earn college credits.

Future Educators and Leadership Academy (FELA)
Admissions Method: Screened
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (55-100), Math (55-100), Science (55-100), Social Studies (55-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.5-4.5), Math (1.5-4.5)
Program Description:

Our students will develop the 21st century skills needed to be the highly effective educators and leaders of tomorrow. In addition, students will receive a hands-on experience with communication and public speaking, organization and management skills. Students will have the ability to mentor, become a teacher assistant and lead peer education opportunities through our PBIS program. FELA provides opportunities to gain college credits through participation in AP and college credited courses.

Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee


Language Courses

Bengali, French, Hindi, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History


Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


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

Contact & Location


Ozone Park (District 27)
Trains: A Line to 104th St
Buses: Q11, Q112, Q21, Q37, Q41, Q52-SBS, Q53-SBS, Q7, Q8


Daniel Scanlon
Parent Coordinator
Rose Ann Arteca

Other Details

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

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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