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Queens Satellite High School for Opportunity

Grades: 9-12
162-02 Hillside Avenue
Queens NY 11432
Phone: 718-657-3920

Our Insights

What’s Special

Safe, well-run school for older students

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.

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. 

“The principal, Tom McKenna, is just amazing,” said the social work student. “He was brought in last year [2017] to rescue the school from failure and he has definitely done that.” He 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.

“Although some of the students need a lot of control, the school is a safe place,” the social work candidate said. “Not that there has never been a fistfight or physical bullying, but there is a system to handle it instantly,” she wrote.

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.

Admissions: Open to older students who are unhappy or unsuccessful in their previous schools.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% 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

Transfer school graduation rate
52% 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

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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

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

Contact & Location


Jamaica (District 28)
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


Thomas Mckenna
Parent Coordinator
Brian Reilly

Other Details

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

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