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Academy of American Studies

Overview paragraph: Our college preparatory school focuses on American history and its interdisciplinary connections. Students learn in a supportive environment, allowing them to grow socially, emotionally, and academically. As the flagship high school of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, we provide insights into America's history through a rigorous curriculum that includes study in art, music (with a focus on opera), theater, and journalism. Our Advanced Placement (AP) program and partnerships with CUNY and St. John's University allow students to earn college credits. Our curriculum is enriched with trips to historical sites, the theater, and the opera, as well as community service, sports, and additional activities.
Diplomaendorsements: Math, Science

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 93% of students graduate in four years.
Attendance Rate: 94% of students attendance.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 72% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 72% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 89% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Academic Humanities
Code: Q71A
Program description: Focus is on the humanities, literature, writing, and American history, and also offers a full range of math and science courses. All students take Senior Thesis, a college preparatory research and writing class as well.
Interest: Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Method: Ed. Opt.

Offer Rate: -100% of offers went to this group
Seats 9 GE: 57
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 2122
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 37
Seats 9 SWD: 11
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 287
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 26

Seats 10: Yes-14
Admissions priority 1: Priority to Queens students or residents
Admissions priority 2: Then to New York City residents


Extracurricular activities: Academy Gazette Newspaper, Big Sib, Blood Donation Drives, Charity Walks, College Discovery, Debate Team, Eagles in the Afternoon Radio Show, Ecology and Environmental Concerns, History, Improvisational Theater, International Thespian Society, Knitting, Literary Magazine, Model UN, Multicultural, National Honor Society, Peer Tutoring, Opera Club, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Senior Committee, Spirit Squad (Cheerleaders), Student Government, Yearbook Committee
Psal Sports Boys: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball
Psal Sports Girls: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Psal Sports Coed: Stunt
School sports: (NCAA Cleared) Baseball Club, Track and Cross Country Club

Other info

Total students: 1038
Start time: 9:50am
End time: 4:15pm
Grades 2018: 9 to 12
Final grades: 9 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: French, Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, AP Spanish, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History
Additional info: College Trips; Internships; Multi-Session School; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Bridge Program; Summer Orientation; Weekend Programs

School 10th seats: Y

More info

Borough: Queens
NTA: Queensbridge-Ravenswood-Long Island City
Neighborhood: Queensbridge-LIC

School Number: Q451
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 1
Council district: 26
Census tract: 33
BIN: 4005026
BBL: 4004170016

About Academy of American Studies


Address: 28-04 41st Avenue, Long Island City NY 11101
Latitude: 40.751331
Longitude: -73.937434
Phone number: 718-361-8786
Fax number: 718-361-8832
School email: [email protected]
Subway: 7, N, W to Queensboro Plaza; E, M, R to Queens Plaza; F to 21st St-Queensbridge; G to Court Square
Bus: B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q103, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q66, Q67, Q69, X63, X64, X68

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College preparatory, rigorous, enriched academic program across all four years including traditional coursework and online learning to support growth.

Enriched courses in American History and Law; Senior Thesis; trips to historic sites; trips overseas; advanced classes in all academic areas.

Ten CUNY College Now classes, ten AP classes, College Advantage (St. John's University); many college credits can be gained onsite!

Linkages with the Metropolitan Opera, Noguchi Museum, 92nd Street Y, Museum of Modern Art, Theatre for a New Audience; community service activities.

Connections with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York State Theatre Education Association, Center for Arts Education.

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