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Townsend Harris High School

Overview written by the school: Townsend Harris is an academically selective high school that is recognized nationally as a model of secondary education. The culturally diverse student body comprises approximately 1,100 individuals who have demonstrated evidence of high academic motivation and achievement. Our program emphasizes mastery in the humanities, mathematics, science, and classics, and requires of our students the leadership skills, discipline, and work ethic expected by the most demanding colleges and careers.

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 100% (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: 97% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 95% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 99% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 97% 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: Intensive Academic Humanities
Code: Q37J
Program description: Intensive Academic Humanities A humanities-based approach to excellence in all subjects, achieved through extensive literature & writing courses, advanced courses in all subjects including, modern & classical languages, computer science, research, & a required Queens College Humanities Seminar. Special Education THHS offers an inclusive program for eligible students with disabilities. IEP supports for qualified students in a rigorous academic environment where all courses are AP & honors level.
Interest: Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Method: Screened

Seats 9 GE: 247
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 7173
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 29
Seats 9 SWD: 43
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 237
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 6

Seats 10: Yes
Admissions priority 1: Open to New York City residents

Requirement 1: Attendance
Requirement 2: Course Grades: Average (94-100)
Requirement 3: Standardized Test Scores: Average (4.1-4.5)


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): American Classic League Awards, Archon, Art, Brain Bee, Concerts, Consultative Council, Festival of Nations, Grade Leaders, History Days, Journalism, Literary Art Magazine, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model UN, Moot Court, NYC Science Fair, NYS Honor Societies, Robotics, School Play, Science & Humanities Symposium, Science Olympiad, Senior Council, SING, Student Government
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, 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: Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
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: No data
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): Baseball/Softball, Soccer, Swimming
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 1182
Start time: 8:00am
End time: 3:05pm

Final grades: 9 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: French, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Japanese Language and Culture, AP Latin, AP Macroeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Research, AP Seminar, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern
Additional info: College Trips; Online Grading System; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Bridge Program; Summer Orientation

School accessibility description: Fully Accessible
Flag for schools that offer 10th grade seats: Y

More info

Borough: Queens
NTA: Kew Gardens Hills
Neighborhood: Kew Gardens Hills

School Number: Q515
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 408
Council district: 24
Census tract: 809
BIN: 4538714
BBL: 4065070200

About Townsend Harris High School


Latitude: 40.73439
Longitude: -73.821392
Phone number: 718-575-5580
Fax number: 718-575-1366
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: N/A
Bus lines near the school: Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q64, Q88, QM4, QM44

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All courses are honors, Advanced Placement, or college-level. Our humanities-focused curriculum includes a freshman Writing Process course.

We offer Concert Band, Chamber Music, Jazz Ensemble, & Music Theory. Advanced electives include Social Science and Science Research.

All students study two years of Classical Greek or Latin in addition to a modern language (Spanish, French, Japanese).

Seniors take 12 tuition-free college credits at Queens College including 2 electives and 2 semesters of Humanities Seminar.

CTE program(s): Bio Med Technology, Law Academy/Legal Studies, Media Journalism, Robotics

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