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Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

High academic achievement

The Downside

Some friction between principal and teachers

Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School, a small 6-12 school, sets high expectation for its students and most rise to the challenge, doing well on standardized tests, amassing credits and graduating on time and ready for college.

The school offers a range of Advanced Placement courses and the CUNY College Now program. Students participate in the Hospital Experience Program at Queens Hospital Center, a five-minute walk away. This includes visits to the hospital, case studies, research projects and internship opportunities. Gateway provides medical mentoring with separate programs for boys and girls, according to the High School Directory as well as some medically themed classes and double-period math and science classes. Eighth graders can take the algebra and earth science Regents exams and the Spanish proficiency exam, allowing more than 90 percent of them to earn some high school credits.

Although the school gears much of this work toward high achievement on tests, a very positive Department of Education reportfound instruction goes beyond test prep; In the vast majority of classrooms, all students are motivated and actively engaged in classroom activities and discussions, the reviewer wrote.

The school was ranked as a silver medalist by U.S. News & World Reports List of America's Best High Schools in 2017.

Despite the accolades, the 2016-17 NYC School Survey shows some teachers are critical of Judy Henry, principal since 2012; only 38 percent of respondents said she is an effective manager. Fewer than half said they would recommend Gateway as a good place to work. However, parents give Henry higher marks.

ADMISSIONS: The middle school is open to students from District 28 and 29. Admission is competitive with criteria including fourth grade standardized test results and grades, attendance and punctuality. About 60 percent of eighth graders remain at Gateway for High School. They get priority for admissions and account for about 40 percent of competitive seats. The remainder go first to children from District 28 and 29, then to Queens residents and finally to those from elsewhere in the city. They are selected on the basis of grades, tests scores and attendance and punctuality. (Gail Robinson, based on web reports and school data, August 2017)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 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
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 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

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

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
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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

Queens Gateway to Health Sciences

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Provides ongoing exposure to health science careers. All students are required to take four years of mathematics and science.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP World History: Modern, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP Macroeconomics, AP Computer Science A, AP Statistics, AP Seminar, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Research, AP United States History, AP Drawing

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Rugby, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


160-20 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY 11432

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q25, Q34, Q46, Q65, QM1, QM31, QM35, QM36, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8


Principal: Judy Henry

Parent Coordinator: Carola Craig


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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