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Hillside Arts & Letters Academy

Overview written by the school: The mission of Hillside Arts & Letters Academy is to offer students a challenging curriculum with a special emphasis on visual arts, music, and writing. Students at our school become self-directed and resourceful learners with a deep appreciation for the arts. We prepare students to graduate as independent thinkers who are academically well-rounded, creative, and especially well-prepared to innovate and collaborate. Our school ensures student success by providing support through advisory classes, youth development programs, and a deep commitment to our students.
Diplomaendorsements: Arts

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 91.000003% (at the end of the school year before last, the percent of students who graduated "on time" by earning a diploma four years after they entered 9th grade).
Daily Attendance Rate: 87% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 89.999998% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 63.999999% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 92.000002% 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: Hillside Arts & Letters Academy
Code: Q46A
Program description: All students have the opportunity to take AP courses. All juniors have the opportunity to take CUNY College Now courses for college credit. Seniors are offered the opportunity to take St. John's University approved courses and receive a transcript from the university. Incoming ninth grade students choose an art or music track. Music students are able to choose: band, chorus or piano. Students have the opportunity to take four years of art/music and graduate with an Arts Endorsed Diploma.
Interest: Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Method: Ed. Opt.

Seats 9 GE: 91
Grade 9 GE filled flag: N
Grade 9 GE applicants: 523
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 6
Seats 9 SWD: 17
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 117
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 7

Seats 10: 0
Admissions priority 1: Priority to Queens students or residents
Admissions priority 2: Then to New York City residents


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered by the school that do not fall under one of the Sports categories (PSAL Sports or School Sports): No data
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Football, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
PSAL Sports Coed
Co-ed PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Cricket, Double Dutch, Golf, Stunt
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): No data
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 452
Start time: 8:03am
End time: 2:53pm

Final grades: 9 to 12

Language classes: Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB
Additional info: College Trips,Extended Day Program,Health Center,Online Grading System,Orientation,Summer Internships,Weekend Programs

School accessibility description: Not Accessible

More info

Borough: Queens
NTA: Briarwood-Jamaica Hills
Neighborhood: Briarwood-Jamaica Hills
Campus name: Jamaica Educational Campus
School Number: Q470
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 408
Council district: 24
Census tract: 452
BIN: 4448806
BBL: 4098580100

About Hillside Arts & Letters Academy


Address: 167-01 Gothic Drive, Jamaica NY 11432 (40.714551,-73.798658)
Latitude: 40.713218
Longitude: -73.797237
Phone number: 718-658-1249
Fax number: 718-658-1613
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: F to 169th St
Bus lines near the school: Q1, Q17, Q2, Q25, Q3, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q36, Q43, Q65, Q76, Q77, X68

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Academic opportunities: 

Art, Music, Writing, Advisory Classes, Lifeguard Certification, College/Career Counseling, SAT Prep, CUNY College Now, & Regents Prep

CUNY College Now, AP courses: English, US History, Calculus, Comp Sci., Environmental Sci, Spanish, Psych., and more

Partnership with Lincoln Center Theater. English as a New Language students participate in Learning English and Drama (LEAD) Project.

Partnership with Queens Museum of the Arts, exhibit of student work featured at the Queens Museum of Arts each year

Partnership: FYREZONE (Finding Your Rhythm thru Education) _students learn video and music production, songwriting, and dance production.

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