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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: 97.000003% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 94.999999% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 99.000001% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 97.000003% 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: 244
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 7821
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 32
Seats 9 SWD: 46
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 306
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 7

Seats 10: 1
Admissions priority 1: Open 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 Buddy Left Behind, Student Union, Senate, Freshman Grade Leaders, Sophomore Grade Leaders, Junior Grade Leaders, Senior Council, Amnesty International, Art Club, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Get Your Life Together (GYLT), Habitat for Humanity, Jewish Club, Junior State of America (JSA), Mock Trial/Moot Court Team, ModIT, Neuroscience Club, SING, Festival of Nations, Tech Crew, Trivia and Knowledge Club, UNICEF, Zumba Club, Black Excellence Club, Chess Club, The Classic, The Creative Writer's Association, Glamour Gals and Gallants, Latin Dance Club, Math Team, Mock Trial/Moot Court, Muslim Student Association, Philosophy, Red Cross Club, Robotics (Steel Hawks), Young America's Foundation (YAF), Save Planet Earth (SPE), Big Sib, Little Sib, Drama Club, The Geo Dudes, Hawkappella, Model United Nations, rhyTHm K-Pop Dance, Science Olympiad, Student Wellness Team, THHS Film Society, Yoga in Action!, American Sign Language, (E)STE(E)M, Expression, Fiber Arts Club, Girl Up, Health Professionals Society, Entrepreneurs, Latin League, Key Club, Life After Loss, Period Poverty Awareness, The Phoenix, Table Tennis Club, Anime Club, Book Club, Seekers, Uplift, Arts for Generations, Chinese Immersion Club, Makeup Club, La Herencia Hispana, Caribbean Club, School play, Archon Honor Society, Arista Honor Society, NYS Science Honor Society, Equity & Access Student Team
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): No data
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 1,219
Start time: 8:00am
End time: 3:02pm

Final grades: 9 to 12

Language classes: French, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Biology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Macroeconomics, AP Research, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics, AP Latin, AP Physics 1, AP French Language and Culture, AP Environmental Science, AP Computer Science A, AP World History: Modern, AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus BC, AP Japanese Language and Culture, AP Psychology, AP Seminar, AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish Literature and Culture
Additional info: 10th Grade Seats Available,Career and Technical Education (CTE),College Trips,Online Grading System,Orientation,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


Address: 149-11 Melbourne Avenue, Flushing NY 11367 (40.737038,-73.821532)
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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