Forest Hills High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
67-01 110th Street
Forest Hills NY 11375
Phone: 718-268-3137

Our Insights

What’s Special

Selective science program; wide variety of extracurriculars

The Downside

Severe overcrowding

Forest Hills High School is a large, high-achieving yet severely overcrowded neighborhood school. Attendance is great, and most students graduate on time and go on to college. It offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses, half a dozen foreign languages (including Mandarin, Hebrew, Latin and American Sign Language), and dozens of clubs and sports teams.

Forest Hills offers special programs that include a Law Academy featuring mock trials and moot court, in which students stage trials and argue appeals. The Carl Sagan Program for high achievers provides student with four years of research classes in addition to science and math. Other options include a small Academy of Chinese Studies, a Dual Language Spanish program, and drama and music academies.

Expectations are consistently high. Students must keep up their grades if they want to go to the prom or be on an athletic team. In the majority of the school’s Advanced Placement classes, enrollment is open to all and encouraged, according to the yearly plan, but anyone who signs up for an AP class should count on finishing it.

Forest Hills wants its low-performing students to graduate—whether it takes after-school tutoring, Saturday classes or pestering parents. The graduation rate far outpaces the citywide average, and most graduates are prepared for college work.

None of these achievements, though, mitigate the severe overcrowding. Designed to serve 2,500 students, the building has close to 4,000. Students attend school in three overlapping sessions, with some arriving as early as 7:20 a.m. and the last class ending after 5 p.m. The building stays open until 8 p.m. in an effort to provide extracurricular activities and instill school spirit.

"It's pretty crowded," said one boy arriving in the late morning for the third session on our last visit. By the time he leaves school after 5, eats dinner and does his homework, he complained, the evening is over. Despite the crunch, many students praised the teaching staff.

Overcrowding also means less personal attention: fewer than half the students say teachers notice if they are having trouble learning or support them when they are upset—numbers that fall below the citywide average. However, students say they are engaged in classes, and most teachers would recommend the school to other families.

The college office has two counselors according to the school website.

Benjamin Sherman came to the school as principal in 2017. He was the founder and principal of the well-regarded East-West School of International Studies.

ADMISSIONS: The majority of Forest Hills students come from its zone, although some special programs take students from elsewhere. The very popular Law Academy accepts students using the educational option system, which is designed to admit a range of academic abilities. Students in the Sagan program are chosen based on achievement and attendance. The Spanish program is screened for language, and the drama and music academies require an audition. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 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

Academy of Chinese Studies
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program is available to students who possess oral fluency in Chinese language. Students will develop high literacy in Mandarin and learn about Chinese culture through a sequence of classes and activities that culminate in an AP class, a special project and the NYS Seal of Bi-literacy. This academy is supported by the Asia Society and the Hanban cultural group to ensure a full experience with Chinese culture.

Dual Language Academy (Spanish)
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

The Dual Language Academy (Spanish) is designed to integrate heritage speakers of Spanish with English proficient students to receive content instruction in English and Spanish. Priority is given to students previously in a dual language Spanish program, students in a traditional bilingual program and Queens residents.

Carl Sagan STEM Honors Academy
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

This academy is a comprehensive science and math program for students who are interested in pursuing careers related to science, technology, engineering, and math. This program begins with a course in STEM fundamentals, which leads to four unique pathways of study: Research, Applied Sciences, Health Professions, and Engineering/Computer Programming. For more information go to our school website and click on Academics, Science Department.

Law Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This academy offers students the opportunity to study legal writing, civil, criminal, and constitutional law while developing higher order critical thinking and communication skills as they prepare for college and career. Students can participate in internships, jobsite visits, mock trial, and moot court.

Drama Academy
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description:

One-year multimedia class with opportunity to take a three-year advanced sequence of all aspects of theater.

Academy of Instrumental and Vocal Music
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description:

This music academy includes beginning, intermediate and advanced instruction on all band, orchestra and percussion instruments as well as voice. Students take three sequential years of music theory that culminates in the NYC Music Comprehensive Exam. Our ensembles include: Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Beginning Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Beginning and Advanced Percussion, Vocal Training, Women's Choir and Concert Choir.

Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description:

Students accepted as a part of the Zoned program will have FHHS as their zoned school. These students will have access to the wide variety of classes, clubs and activities as a member of the FHHS community. Please see our website for a list of sports and clubs. Clubs/ Activities: Girl Up, Animal Rights, Anime, Astronomy, Black Student Assoc., Bukharin Club, Cancer Awareness Society, Cheer leading Club, Chinese Club and LGBTQ Plus Alliance.


Language Courses

American Sign Language, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP World History: Modern, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Art History, AP United States History, AP Calculus AB, AP Macroeconomics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science A, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Calculus BC


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Forest Hills (District 28)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q23, Q38, Q60, Q64, QM10, QM11, QM12, QM4, QM40, QM42, QM44


Paul Wilbur
Parent Coordinator
Suzanna Khaimova

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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