Queens Satellite High School for Opportunity

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Well-run school that gives older students a second chance

The Downside

No gymnasium

Queens Satellite High School for Opportunity serves students who are at least 16 years old and transferring from at least one prior high school. It runs on a trimester so older students who work hard may finish a year and a half’s worth of classes from September to June. Teachers overwhelmingly recommend the school to new families, according to NYC school surveys.

The average age of students is about 18 year old, said a social work student who worked in the building, posting on the parentsofteens listserv. Some may be older than 20 by the time they get their diplomas. The smaller school setting is designed to provide more individual support. 

Principal Thomas McKenna took the helm in 2017. NYC school surveys show he is a respected leader. He has worked with a dedicated staff to improve the school's performance over the last several years, according to an email correspondence with the parent coordinator. McKenna gained experience with transfer schools as the founding principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy. Much of his work experience has been with at-risk youth, according to his Linked in page, including a stint as assistant principal of the high school of Riker's Island.

The school shares the building with a GED program designed for new immigrants. There is no gymnasium, but gym classes are held in the Jamaica YMCA two blocks away, and students take yoga in the building for one trimester. 

Queens Satellite is part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a group of schools exempt from administering all but the English Regents exam. Eleventh- and 12th-graders must complete PBATs (performance based assessment tasks) on topics of their choosing, which involve research and reading as well as writing and presenting papers in English, math, history, science, a foreign language and art.

The school partners with the NYC Learning to Work initiative, which provides paid internships and work experience for students. 

Admissions: Open to older students who are unhappy or unsuccessful in their previous schools.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018; updated August 2020) 


School Stats


Transfer school graduation rate
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 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, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

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 2020-21 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
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


162-02 Hillside Avenue
Queens NY 11432

Trains: E Line, J Line, Z Line to Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer; F Line to Parsons Blvd

Buses: Q4, Q5, Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q30, Q31, Q42, Q44 SBS, Q83, Q84, Q85, Q6, Q8, Q9, Q25, Q34, Q41, Q65, Q110, Q111, Q112, Q113, Q114


Principal: Thomas Mckenna

Parent Coordinator: Brian Reilly


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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