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Long Island City High School

Grades: 9-12
14-30 Broadway
Astoria NY 11106
Phone: 718-545-7095

Our Insights

What’s Special

Culinary program, extensive arts programs, beautiful building

The Downside

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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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

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

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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 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 2018-19 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

Global Informatics
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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.

Culinary Institute
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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.

Broadway Productions
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

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.

Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee


Language Courses

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

Cricket, Golf

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

Contact & Location


Long Island City (District 30)
Trains: N Line, W Line to Broadway
Buses: Q100, Q102, Q103, Q104, Q18, Q19, Q66, Q69


Vivian Selenikas
Parent Coordinator
Awatef Ibrahim

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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