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High School for Community Leadership

Grades: 9-12
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY 11432
Phone: 718-558-9801

Our Insights

What’s Special

Unique course offerings and exciting partnerships

The Downside

Metal Detectors

Opened in 2010, the High School for Community Leadership in Jamaica High School is a hidden gem for students looking for imaginative coursework and a challenging curriculum. Students may study the history of Rock and Roll, manufacture scissors with 3-D printers or create their own cosmetics in chemistry class. A new cooking class is taught by a graduate of the Institute for Culinary Education.

Parsons School of Design supplies the equipment for a design class, St. John’s University offers a college-level writing and the Abrons Art Center at the Henry Street Settlement offers students training in the arts. Students may have internships with the Queens Library and other community-based organizations.

The school’s graduation rates are well above the citywide average for all students, including English Language Learners and students with disabilities. The school has consistently improved its college readiness and attendance in recent years. The school does an unusually good job with students who arrive with weak academic skills. It is racially diverse, serving a mix of Asian, African American and Hispanic students.  

Community Leadership, housed in the Jamaica Educational Campus, shares the swimming pool, football field and other facilities with other small schools in the building.  Students and teachers report a safe and orderly environment. Unfortunately, the school does have metal detectors.

Admissions: Educational option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-performing students. Priority to Queens students. Students are interviewed and submit a writing sample. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, 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 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

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

High School for Community Leadership
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
  • Individual Interview (on-site)
  • Writing Exercise (on-site)
Program Description:

Introduction to cooking and baking.


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP English Language and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Football, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Double Dutch, Golf, Stunt

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

Contact & Location


Jamaica (District 28)
Trains: F Line to 169th St
Buses: Q1, Q17, Q2, Q25, Q3, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q36, Q43, Q65, Q76, Q77


Carlos Borrero
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Jamaica Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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