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What are the best high schools in Qns.?

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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:30 am

U.S. News and World Report on Monday released its list of the top 50 high schools in New York City.

Eleven in the World’s Borough made the list.

The schools were ranked based on their graduation rate, average SAT scores, college readiness index and the availability of college-level classes for juniors and seniors.

The following Queens high schools made the list:

• The Baccalaureate School for Global Education, located at 34-12 36 Ave. in Astoria, ranked No. 6 overall. The school’s curriculum is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization, a Switzerland-based educational group.

• The Queens High School for Sciences at York College, located at 94-50 159 St. in Jamaica, ranked No. 7 overall. As its name suggests, the school prepares students for a career in the science industry.

• Townsend Harris High School, located at 149-11 Melbourne Ave. in Flushing, ranked No. 9 overall.

• Scholars’ Academy, located at 320 Beach 104 St. in Rockaway, ranked No. 21 overall. All classes here are honors or Advanced Placement.

• The Academy of Finance and Enterprise, located at 30-20 Thomson Ave. in Long Island City, ranked No. 27 overall. Students interested in a career in finance can shadow professionals and obtain paid internships while earning their degree.

• Francis Lewis High School, located at 58-20 Utopia Pkwy. in Fresh Meadows, ranked No. 29 overall. The school specializes in developing an individualized lesson plan for each of its students.

• Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School, located at 160-20 Goethals Ave. in Hillcrest, ranked No. 31 overall. Pupils learn about the field of medicine in real-life settings, such as at hospitals, and receive lectures from the best of the best in the field.

• Bayside High School, located at 32-24 Corp. Kennedy St., ranked No. 32 overall. The school combines college-oriented academics and professional learning experiences to prepare its students for the career of their choice.

• Forest Hills High School, located at 67-01 110 St., ranked No. 36 overall. A Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the high school has historically been one of the best in the city.

• Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School, located at 35-12 35 Ave. in Astoria, ranked No. 43 overall. Aspiring performers, who must audition to get in here, are nurtured here through internships and partnerships with professional artists.

• Robert F. Kennedy Community High School, located at 75-40 Parsons Blvd. in Kew Gardens Hills, ranked No. 45 overall. Students can earn 15 college credits in their junior and senior years.


This article originally misstated the status of Townsend Harris High School and its admissions process. Though highly ranked, it is not one of the city's elite eight schools that uses the Specialized High School Admissions Test for admittance. We regret the error.

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