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Townsend Harris High School

Public | 9-12 | 1140 students

 

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Posted July 26, 2012

my dayghter score 677 ela and in math 735 her average gpa 93% what do u think will she get admission in townsend harris??? pls help me


Posted January 31, 2012

For those of complaining about gym, I honestly have to say that while it might seem ridiculous or pointless, in the long run, the benefits outweigh the cons. Honestly, all health and gym classes are taught by excellent teachers. You literally get all tools necessary for living healthy and you can carry this on to college. As a freshmen I had trouble running a mere mile, a testimony to my inactivity. As a senior, I took a body sculpting class where I learned how to use weights and as a result I became fit. Even now running a mile is an easy feat, showing my cardiovascular fitness. Its good to know that the school will take care of your mind and body. What many adults pay for personal fitness trainers, we get the knowledge for free. As for the running outside in the cold, honestly, it isn't that bad and in retrospect, it probably helped strengthen me too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2012

Mixed feelings about this school. No doubt it is one of the best high schools in NYC. As a parent of a graduated students, I noticed that there are a lot of rooms for improvement. The main job that they need to do is to find out why a national ranked 33rd high school have such low percentage of students accepted by ivy caliber schools. For the past few years, the number of students accepted by ivy calibers were under 10%. Whereas in Stuy, it was about 25%. For a class of about 270 kids, only 4 got accepted to Cornell on an average. Jericho High School in Long Island, which has similar class size, have 20+ kids got into Cornell. Why? That's a big question that Townsend needs to find out! Below are pros and cons: Pros: 1. Push the kids to their limit leads to better prepared for college. 2. Great friendly atmosphere for learning and making good life time friends. Cons: 1. Too much running for gym. 2. College counselors were inexperience that leads to large amount of smart kids NOT getting into Ivy League colleges. 3. Teachers gave out lousy grades. All classes are honors but they don't weight the grades. This also leads to students denied by large amount of top selective colleges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

I don't have much complaints about the school except the heavy amount of homework. I really hate the gym teacher that my child has and their requirement. They made the kids run 2 miles within 2 weeks and in a certain amount of time. What were they thinking of? Are they training the kids to run in a marathon??? They would even take the kids out in the cold while the gym teachers stood there, dressing all nice and warm in their winter jacket and mocking the kids. They wouldn't even care if your child is sick. They would give you BS that it's good for the kids. Well let me tell you this, it wouldn't be good for the kids if they don't properly train them and threaten to fail them if they don't run. What's worse, that they would have a kid that has a heart failure and they will be getting law suits in no time. They should train them gradually and build up their strength. This is my point of view as a martial arts instructor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2011

Its a pretty awesome school. At first, I thought I hated it because I was scared that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the work, and well...I'm still doing bad but that's just cause I procrastinate x( Aside from academics, I met some incredible friends here. Just remember to be out there and not hide yourself ;) There's huge amounts of school spirit and everyone here is just so nice and smart. Almost all of the teachers here are amazing. And sure gym is harsh, but it starts to get really fun. (at least for me) Besides, you'll be looking so buff when you graduate ;D Townsend was not at all what I expected it to be. It was so much better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2011

It's a wonderful school. My best friend goes there and she loves the workload, the interior of the building, the people, and concerts! She dislikes the gym however, saying that it is very tedious. I am very shocked to know that people would want to transfer out of such a lovely institution. She said that some teachers are boring, but most are enthusiastic. It is impossible to find a high school where there isn't one bad teacher. I'd like to know that if you want to get accepted, do you have to list it first?


Posted June 9, 2011

Townsend Harris H.S. offers great opportunity along with excellent social and intellectual growth. With an enthusiastic administrative staff and superb teachers, Townsend Harris is an ideal choice for any student wishing to excell in life.


Posted June 3, 2011

While the school environment is beyond welcoming, this school is more of a boot camp than a school. I've gotten a permanent knee injury as well as a sprained ankle and have been forced to walk up 12 flights of stairs more than once every day. Besides that, there are very few teachers who actually care. Most decide to ignore students who are not doing well, and only focus on the accomplished students. Guidance is a nightmare! Not only was my guidance counselor rude to me on many occasions, but it is very rare that anyone will actually find guidance counselors in the office. I have also found certain staff talking on the phone to their family members when they were needed for an emergency. While there are some enjoyable moments at Townsend Harris, it is definitely NOT a school that creates well rounded students. It has not only affected my physical health, but has made me a much quieter and shy person. I hate that; I'm transferring out of this terrible school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2011

Best high school in New York City bar none. The expectations are high and and the workload is rigorous, but the return is great. If you go to Townsend Harris High School you will not only be prepared to attend any university in the county, but you will prosper once you get there. The education received, both academic and social, rivals and often surpasses that of the best independent schools in the city. It is a treasure and it is consistently rated the best pubic high school in New York City. Townsend Harris High school is a gem, producing the most academically prepared and socially conscious young adults. They truly are the future leaders! Administration and staff are top-notch and create a challenging and nurturing environment for both students and families. I could not recommend it more highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

This is a horrible place. There is an extreme amount of work and pressure. This institution is more like a graduate school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

Unfair environment, even if you are a good student. Do not send your children to this school, all of the rumors are true.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

amazing school, great environment, great teachers, greatest problem = budget cuts. the welcoming school community cannot be found elsewhere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2009

I am a freshman at this school, and it is amazing. We have trhe best teachers in the city. They don't lay chalk and wak with the talk like the teachers in Stuy. These teachers are real teachers that actually care. They know how to teach, and transform a student for the better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2009

It's hard, and you'll have to sacrifice a whole lot for it, but it's a maturing experience.


Posted October 25, 2009

Townsend Harris has an amazing arsenal of teachers and is rich with AP programs and classes. There are ample clubs, publications, honor societies and teams not to mention many honorable available opportunities. They provide the most tenacious and exigent workload, as well as physical regimen, keeping students in peak form. With abundant courses offering college credit and not to mention the taxing curriculum, countless students are constantly accepted and fostered into Ivy League colleges with broad scholarships, ready and confident. Townsend Harris High School is the number one school in New York City and should be recognized for its prestigious and desirable education, that it so dutifully provides.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2009

What makes Townsend Harris great is the people, simply put. The greatest people you will ever meet, who are there for each other just like a big family. Townsend Harris is the greatest school in the greatest city in the world, and for good reasons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

Townsend Harris High School is an exceptional high school. It's a great place to attending if your looking for a challenging education. It's standards are exceptionally high. Although this is true, you are sure to have a great high school experience here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2009

Townsend Harris is a diamond in the rough: it's a small humanities-minded school in the heart of the most diverse counties in the country one of this country's biggest cities. Townsend Harris treasures its diversity and the intelligence of its students. Townsend Harris is the humanities alternative to the test-for-admission science minded specialized high schools. It's a small community of great and hardworking teachers who take the successes and failures of their students personally. The students themselves foster a friendly and competitive environment by pushing and challenging each other as well as helping each other. Although Harris is a humanities-focused high school, their science department has produced two city champion Science Olympiad teams in the past three years and several Intel finalists and semifinalists. It's language department has produced dominate Certamen teams (Latin competitions);it's humanities department produces writing contest winners; it's physical education department produces champion teams in swimming and track as well as consistent playoff appearances in many other sports. Overall, Townsend Harris is a great community with a niche for every student and space for their students to grow and explore their potential. Townsend Harris High School makes up for its size with its spirit. So if Townsend doesn't win this contest, it'll be more about its small size than a lack of love from its community.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2009

It is wonderful learning enviroment for the best and the brightest students in NYC!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Harris is the best the city has to offer. They have awesome teachers and only the best and the brightest get the opportunity to be taught by the best!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2011

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

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English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

73 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2011

 
 
100%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2011

 
 
100%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2011

 
 
100%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

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Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

174 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Non-migrant99%

Chemistry

All Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Non-migrant99%

Earth Science

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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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English

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American101%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

Global History and Geography

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

Integrated Algebra

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

Living Environment

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

Physics

All Students95%
Female95%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%

U.S. History and Government

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the high school level.

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Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 56% 9%
White 25% 48%
Hispanic 13% 23%
Black 6% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 245%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 3%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 71%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 2%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.9
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City average
8.1
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Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.2
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City average
8.2
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Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents35933%
Students104694%
Teachers5496%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ANTHONY D. BARBETTA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Transportation options
  • Busses - Q17, Q20A, Q25, Q58, Q64, Q88. Subways - E, F to Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike; 7 to Main Street-Flushing
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
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149-11 Melbourne Ave
Flushing, NY 11367
Phone: (718) 575-5580

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