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Hunter's Point Community Middle School

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick
1-50 51st Avenue
Long Island City NY 11101
Phone: 718-609-3300

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong academics and serves a wide range of learners

The Downside

Far more applicants than seats

A waterfront location with stunning views of the East River and Midtown Manhattan is not the only draw at Hunter's Point Community Middle School (HPCMS). Opened in 2013, the school also has an award-winning debate team, oyster beds in the front yard and instrumental music.

"If you want to find kids who represent the whole city, you'll find them here," said Principal Sarah Goodman, a former math coach, teacher and alumna of Brown University. Posted on the school’s website are profiles of her diverse staff including pictures of what they looked like as middle school students themselves.

There are interesting opportunities for students in the arts and athletics. Every 6th grader learns to play an instrument, and 7th and 8th graders can take technical theater courses. Dance/Cheer and Track are available before school. Students can also write for the school blog, The HPCMS Chronicle, which features a range of articles written for and by students.

Partnerships expand learning opportunities outside the classroom, including a coding partnership with Cornell Tech, the campus on Roosevelt Island. The oyster beds are part of a partnership with the Billion Oyster Project so that students are connected with the environmental issues facing their community.

A majority of students at HPCMS have reported bullying on the School Survey, and many teachers agree that bullying happens at the school. Teachers report that nevertheless order is maintained at the school. The school uses crew advisory groups to monitor student progress and include behavior checks and plans to better communicate with families to build strong community relationships.

Hunter's Point is located on the third floor of a building shared with Academy for Television and Film High School and the Riverview School, a 6-12 District 75 program for children with severe learning differences. The D75 Inclusion program at HPCMS is a unique opportunity to integrate students with special needs from the Riverview school the community.  All Riverview staff and students are fully immersed into the school culture, and only select classes like Spanish are separated.

Special education: About a quarter of the students have special needs including those who are dual-enrolled which is not included in our InsideStats data. Services include a self-contained class, team-taught classes and a SETSS teacher. Wheelchairs can navigate the wide hallways and there are elevators.

Admissions: Open to students and residents of District 30. Priority goes to families who attend an open house. The school has been popular with families, and currently receives far more applicants than they have room for.  (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, April 2019)


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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?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Academy of American Studies, Academy for Careers in Television and Film, and Aviation Career & Technical Education High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Long Island City (District 30)
Trains: G Line to 21st St; 7 Line to Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave
Buses: B32, B43, B62, Q103


Sarah Goodman
Parent Coordinator
Emily Vasquez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with Academy for Careers In Television and Film and the Riverview School
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?


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