CSI High School for International Studies

Grades: 9-12
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What’s Special

International focus; partnership with College of Staten Island

The Downside

Difficult to reach by public transportation

A small high school with a humanities focus, the College of Staten Island High School for International Studies graduates almost all of its students on time and sends the vast majority on to college, ready for the more advanced work. The school accomplishes this without screening students for admission, though there is some grouping by academic achievement within certain classes.

International Studies scores above average on almost every indicator of school quality – from its curriculum and teaching to school safety and attendance. Classes are orderly with attentive students, according to students and teachers responding to a school survey, and bullying seems relatively rare.

The school focuses on international studies, its website says, because, through this lens, student may explore a variety of perspectives and understand the “significance of the past with respect to current events.” Students must take four years of a foreign language and may chose from Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. All freshmen and sophomores take World Art. International Studies has a partnership with the Asia Society and offers opportunities for international travel to locations like Spain, Italy, South Africa and other destinations.

Many of the classes are interdisciplinary, revolve around projects and encourage student participation. They are longer than usual – 55 minutes, instead of 42 -- to allow that. An educator who visited the school for DOE found many examples of interesting work, such as a history class analyzing U.S. participation in World War II on the basis of various types of evidence, an algebra class using quadratic functions to explore architectural design, and a Socratic seminar that required students to form an opinion on the rule of Genghis Khan.

Students must perform 120 hours of community and 120 hours of internships. The partnership with the College of Staten Island enables students to take classes at the college and use some college facilities. International Studies offers a number of elective, AP and College Now classes.

International Studies shares the Jerome Parker campus in the middle of Staten island with a middle school, Marsh Avenue School for Expeditionary Learning, another high school, Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School, and a District 75 program, the Richard H. Hungerford School.

Special education: More than 90 percent of students with disabilities graduate in four years, well above the city average. The school offers team-teaching classes with a mix of general and special education students.

Admissions: International studies does not screen applicants but gives priority to Districts 20, 21, and 31 students or residents. Although it can accept students from other parts of the city, there have been no openings for them in recent years, as the school has more applicants than it does seats. There are a few slots for incoming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, school website and DOE materials, October 2018)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
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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 2020-21 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

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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
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 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, 2019-20 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


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 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
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

CSI High School for International Studies

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

CSI is rated a Well Developed school (NYCDOE Quality Review) featured on the prestigious 2016 Newsweek America's Top High Schools listings, NY Post's 2017 TOP 25 Best High Schools, and 2017/18 Blue Ribbon Nominated School. Accountability to quality of work, class participation, and sharp communication skills is heavily emphasized across the curriculum. Students have access to honors, AP class offerings, and college classes as they progress. All student work is carefully graded and assessed.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Biology, AP Drawing

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Indoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


100 Essex Drive
Staten Island NY 10314

Trains: N/A

Buses: S44, S55, S56, S59, S61, S79-SBS, S89, S91, S94, X17, X17A, X17J, X31


Principal: Joseph Canale

Parent Coordinator: Annette Lentini


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Jerome Parker Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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