Long Island City High School

Grades: 9-12

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)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 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 teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
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 2019-20 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
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2011-12 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

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


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


14-30 Broadway
Astoria NY 11106

Trains: N Line, W Line to Broadway

Buses: Q100, Q102, Q103, Q104, Q18, Q19, Q66, Q69


Principal: Vivian Selenikas

Parent Coordinator: Awatef Ibrahim


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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