Culinary program, extensive arts programs, beautiful building
Low graduation rate
Long Island City High School (LIC) is a large school with an eclectic mix of programs, including a popular culinary arts institute and the Global Languages Academy, which helps English language learners capitalize on their multilingual skills by preparing for careers in the hotel and tourism industries.
The school admits students who are zoned for the school as well as students citywide who enroll in one of several themed programs: Global Informatics, Culinary Institute, Academy of Restaurant and Hotel Management, Sports Medicine and Health Sciences, Community and Culture, Broadway Productions, Global Languages Academy and Dual Language Spanish Program.
Each program functions as a small learning community where students take many of their classes together and get more personalized support from school staff including guidance counselors and social workers.
To boost their literacy skills, all 9th-graders take a class about argumentative writing and non-fiction readings. In the upper grade, students may choose from a range of Advanced Placement courses in biology, chemistry, English language and composition, environmental science, physics, psychology, Spanish, statistics, studio art, U.S. government and politics, and U.S. history.
LIC is part of the city's Renewal and Community Schools programs, which provides extra funding, support and oversight to low-performing schools. Extra resources allow the school to maintain partnerships with different organizations such as Zone 126, a local nonprofit that helps children and families living in Astoria and Long Island City work toward academic success. The community-based organization has helped the school provide a Healthfulness Center for students and their families, yoga and mindfulness classes, SAT prep classes, pre-college mentoring programs, and financial literacy programs for girls.
Still, LIC has room for improvement. According to its Quality Review, teacher effectiveness could be more developed. Also, its graduation rate falls below the citywide average.
The school is housed in a well-kept building that has an Olympic-size pool, two gyms, a weight room and a dance studio.
After school, students can participate in a variety of clubs and sports, such as fall and spring musicals, digital media programming, and a range of PSAL sports teams that includes coed cricket.
ADMISSIONS: Except for the zoned program, which guarantees admission to students and residents in the school’s zone, all other programs are open to students citywide. The Global Informatics, Sports Medicine and Health Sciences, Community and Culture, Broadway Productions and Global Languages programs admit students based on the educational option formula, which is designed to admit a mix of low-, average- and high-performing students. The Global Languages Academy also gives priority to English language learners. The Culinary Institute and Academy of Restaurant and Hotel Management admit students based on a review of their attendance, punctuality and standardized test scores. The Dual Language Spanish Program gives priority to students who have been in a dual-language middle school program and then to students who have been in a transitional bilingual middle school program. (Katharine Safter, web reports, May 2018)
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Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Global Informatics prepares students to use information technology to design and work with highly effective systems in the global marketplace. Real world experiences are incorporated in a rigorous computer-based program of instruction in AP Science and CTE Information Technology courses. Career opportunities: bioinformatics, data mapping, database designing, digital art, web design, software engineer, and many more new and soon to be created careers in information technology.
Our award-winning Culinary Arts Program offers a four-year sequence in culinary training. Students learn food preparation and production skills in a full-service commercial kitchen. The coursework culminates in an exam which qualifies students for a Career and Technical Education (CTE) diploma endorsement.
Academy of Restaurant and Hotel Management
In partnership with the National Academy Foundation, students are prepared to enter the workplace as event planners, applying skills acquired to work in supervisory and managerial positions in hotels and restaurants. Students will have job shadowing, internship and paid work opportunities. Students will take the NOCTI examination and qualify for a CTE (Career & Technical Education) diploma endorsement.
Sports Medicine & Health Sciences
Students in this program complete sequenced coursework, with a focus on sports medicine and health professions. Rigorous instruction in Regents and AP Science courses is at the core of our program. Utilizing our extensive physical education and health clinic facility, including our Olympic-size pool and athletic field, students will have the opportunity to prepare for certification as personal trainers, first aid, and CPR.
Community & Culture
Students explore ethical, moral, cultural, and legal factors affecting societies past and present. Through frequent field trips to major cultural institutions of New York City, this program prepares well-rounded individuals who have skills to serve their community. Students in this program join AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, a national college readiness program that teaches students critical thinking and organizational skills.
Students interested in being a part of Broadway Productions are provided with an opportunity to earn Chancellor's Endorsed Diploma in the Arts. Students will also write, direct, and perform in musicals and plays. Open to all who want to perform, learn an instrument, sing, create sets, and learn to run productions.
Global Languages Academy
Students develop skills for careers in international business fields. Along with the core curriculum, students will research and investigate other countries and cultures to be a force in the global society and economy. The goal of the program is to nurture and promote bilingual and bicultural citizenship.
Dual Language Spanish Program
Our Dual Language program is designed to integrate English language proficiency with Spanish language proficiency. Students receive content instruction in English and Spanish. The goal of the program is for all its students to qualify for the NYSED Seal of Bi-Literacy diploma endorsement.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
French, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English Language and Composition, AP Chemistry, AP World History: Modern, AP Statistics, AP Physics 1, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP Drawing, AP United States History, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Calculus AB, AP French Language and Culture, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Literature and Composition
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
Astoria NY 11106
Trains: , to Broadway
Buses: Q100, Q102, Q103, Q104, Q18, Q19, Q66, Q69
This school is in its own building.