Harris boasts a nearly 100 percent graduation rate.
As parents well know, not all high schools were created equal. Changes
to the New York City school system allow parents and students to now list
their top preferences for City schools to attend. The following are the
percent of students who successfully graduate from the top 10 performing
schools in Queens. Maybe this will aid your decision.
Townsend Harris (Flushing)
2. Academy of American Studies (Long Island City) –
3. Thomas Edison Career and Technical High School (Jamaica)
4. Benjamin Cardozo (Bayside)
5. Robert F. Kennedy (Flushing) – 85.9%
6. Forest Hills High School
(Forest Hills) – 81.3%
7. Bayside High School (Bayside) – 76.8 %
8. Van Buren High School (Queens Village) – 75.9%
9. Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School
(Jamaica) – 72.5%
10. Francis Lewis High School (Fresh Meadows) –
Source: Dept. of Education
Students with perfect scores seem to find their way to the head of the
class. At some Queens elementary schools, no matter where you sit, there’s
a good chance of acing the citywide math and reading exams.
Last May, the new 3rd grade promotional policy required students pass
each of these exams before reaching fourth grade. For these schools,
that wasn’t a problem. Every third grader at the following schools
scored at or above grade level, high enough to be promoted to the fourth
PS. 79, PS 130, PS 163, PS 169, PS 214, PS 242
PS 101, PS 182, PS 195
PS 26, PS 41, PS 46, PS 94, PS 98, PS 115, PS 159, PS 162, PS 178, PS
188, PS 191, PS 203, PS 205, PS 221
PS 28, PS 49, PS 128
Dept. of Education
for not doing homework
every step along the academic path, students somehow discover the most
unusual detours around doing homework. Compiled below are some of the
Tribune’s favorite excuses. They were selected from former students
whose change of heart is openly professed online, and whispered about
in hallways, as the most amazing excuses ever told to teachers.
1. You said it was due tomorrow, but right now, it’s today.
2. The Loveyourhomework Virus crashed my computer.
3. I have a solar powered calculator and it was cloudy
yesterday. I’ll do my math when the weather clears up.
4. I was arrested on my way home and just made bail this morning.
5. My homework and I were in the middle of playing hide-and-seek.
6. I heard about police and firemen doing more with less and
figured I should learn more by doing less homework.
7. My mom was too tired to do my homework last night.
8. You were serious about reading all that?
9. I donated it to someone less fortunate.
10. I accidentally divided by zero and the paper burst into
With friends, relationships, classes, parents, and everything
else, high school can be quite a burden. Add several 15-pound textbooks
to that, and high school can be downright crippling. Here is a list
of the heaviest textbooks according to the students of Forest Hills
1. “Chemistry: The Central Science” - Ninth Edition
2. “Prentice Hall Chemistry: The Study of Matter”
3. “Psychology” - Sixth Edition
4. “Perspectives On Health”
5. “The American Pageant”
6. “Business Today” - Ninth Edition
Source: The students of Forest Hills High School
Popular College Courses
College students sometimes take classes because they will aid them toward
a specific degree that will then lead to a career. But usually they
take classes because they have no idea what they want to do for a career.
The following are the 10 courses, with the highest enrollment at Queens
College (in Spring ’04 and Fall ’03), number one being the
class with the highest enrollment of all.
1. English 120
2. Sociology 101
3. Psychology 101
4. Anthropology 101
5. English 110
6. Computer Science 12
7. Philosophy 101
8. Math 110
9. Music 01
10. Math 122
2. Psychology 101
3. Computer Science 12
4. Sociology 101
5. Anthropology 101
6. Biology 11
7. Environmental Science 111
8. Philosophy 101
9. Biology 107
10. Economics 101
Source: Queens College Office of Institutional Research
School pride gets
personified when students drop their books and pick up baseball bats,
basketballs and nine-irons. School sports have long turned teacher’s
pets and class clowns into cheerleaders. Here’s some of the borough’s
best teams worth rooting for.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball
Christ the King has produced eight professional baseball and basketball
players, and taken home numerous city championships.
The girl’s won 18 consecutive Catholic high school city championships,
and 13 statewide.
NBA players from Christ the King include Speedy Claxton, Lamar Odom
and Erick Barkley, who played together for two seasons. Other notables
include Jason Williams, Derrick Phelps, and WNBA players Sue Bird and
Whether its on the hardwood floor or the baseball diamond, Molloy Stanners
are led by Coach Jack Curran, who racked up the most wins in Catholic
High School Athletic Association History since joining the school in
A look at the athletic alum hint at why he’s so successful: NBA
players Kenny Anderson, Kenny Smith; player/coaches Kevin Joyce, and
Brian Winters. Curran, was preceeded by another legendary coach at the
school, Lou Carnesecca, who went on to St. John’s and the New
Jersey Nets briefly.
3) St. John’s
Complete with Carneseca Court, St. John’s Basketball combines
homegrown talent with a national reputation. Among the school’s
all-time leading scorers are NBA notables Chris Mullins, who won a gold
medal at the ’84 Los Angeles Olympics with the men’s national
team while still a member of the St. John’s squad; and Malik Sealy,
a 1992 first round draft pick of the Indiana Pacers, who played through
the 2000 season.
Currently, fans can catch Cardozo graduate Daryl “Showtime”
Hall, Odom’s cousin, playing at St. Johns.
Men’s Varsity Basketball
Men’s had a near perfect 15-1 record in 2004, up from a 9-7 record
the previous year.
5) Benjamin Cardozo
Men’s Varsity Basketball
Men’s varsity basketball squad went a perfect 14-0 in 2004, improving
from their 12-2 record in 2003, and 13-1 record in 2002.
Girl’s Varsity Softball
Girl’s varsity softball team went 14-1 in the 2004 season, after
tying for first last year with Francis Lewis High School, with a 15-3
John Bowne and Beach Channel High Schools
These girl’s varsity basketball teams had impressive 2004 season.
Bowne’s squad won the most games, 18, with 2 losses. Channel went
unbeaten in their 16 games.
Island City and William Bryant High Schools
The Wrestling teams went 11-1 in 2004, with LIC’s team edging
Bryant in the overall points that year, 117 to 108.
Bowling at Townsend Harris was perfect in 2004, as the girl’s
team went unbeaten in 12 competitions.
The boys at Benjamin Cardozo imitated Tiger Woods on the green last
year, going a perfect 10 and 0 in the 2004 season.
Source: Public School Athletic League website, www.psal.org.