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Forest Hills High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 3836 students

 

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Posted September 18, 2014

I'm a freshman at FHHS and so far its great! I'm in the Carl Sagan program and it reallyy challenges me to learn more, study more and try my best. There's a lot of students in the school, but the different school sessions make things a bit easier. The teachers that I have seem to enjoy teaching and most are passionate about passing down their knowledge of the subject to their students, which is greatly appreciated. Although, the process of buying lockers and gym uniforms has become a big hassle since the school store has apparently closed. It has already been more that a week and I'm still struggling to buy my things even though I try to go get them everyday!


Posted September 17, 2014

I actually went there two years and over those two years this school changed thank god I'm done with high school!


Posted September 9, 2014

Worst school ever! You don't get to play in the gym during lunch, way too many rules. They actually teach for about 20-30 mins because the teachers have to take attendance and check homework. They don't care who leaves the school or anything. I wouldn't even come here but my parents are forcing me.


Posted July 11, 2013

one of the best schools in new york city and the united states It has a new multimedia center were you can study during your free preiods and service there is excellent
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2012

This is a great school where you have tons of things u can do yeah
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2011

hey im a 11th grade at forest hills high school i like most of the stuff at this school . i am close some of teachers :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2010

I am a new immigrant in Queens,I'm a grade 10 student,could I study in your school?How could I transact admission? Thank you!


Posted April 14, 2010

I Just Graduated from Forest Hills High and it was the best 4 years of my life, because you meet the greatest teachers and you'll have friends who will stick with you through out high school. But my family is the music department! Those guys up there know how to have fun and teach at the same time! and if you're into music/singing/playing an instrument, the music department is the best place to be!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

Forest Hills is a great high school if you want to be there, i dont want to be there so i hate it however the environment and all of the teachers and staff there are always ready to help you, its an awesome school-- especially mrs. johnson but you have to know if you want to be there or not!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

It was a good academic school, a good enviornment to learn and to make friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Forest Hills is a big school with a lot of awesome classes and programs to to choose from, you get a lot of choices. Great teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

Forest Hills has a great atmosphere and standards of academics that are out of this world. Forest Hills is a great school for students who want to learn, participate in their community, and participate in sports.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2009

Forest Hills Highschool is the most welcoming school that you wil ever find. the teachers are amazing and their students are always eager to learn more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

Forest hills is the funnest school u had ever been to. Best teachers and great activities!go forest hills!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2009

im a student at FHHS and its quite amazing. the law program is the bestt. its soo much fun to argue back and forth. the sports are amazing. the only bad thing is its soooo corwed that u need strong elbows to get through the halls. =] but overall its amazing
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

I have a wonderful time at school, everyday that I go
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

The people! Sure, its a big school, but thats what keeps things fresh & interesting. The teachers actually enjoy their own subjects, & don't do things just because they have to. You can meet someone new every other day, & become really great friends with them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

i love forest hills high school because the students are friendly and the teachers are the best
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Forest Hills H.S rocks. The learning environment is very good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

Forest Hill High School is a big school . The classes are fun and exciting ! I look foward to what Forest Hills High School has to offer each and everyday .
—Submitted by a student


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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.

644 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
73%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%
Earth Science

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

755 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

1123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

88 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

788 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%
Global History and Geography

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

1130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Integrated Algebra

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

1234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

33 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

1055 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

469 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
U.S. History and Government

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

953 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%
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 Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities47%
General population75%
English language learners79%
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant74%

Chemistry

All Students79%
Female78%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners64%
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant79%

Earth Science

All Students62%
Female60%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities45%
General population65%
English language learners44%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%

English

All Students85%
Female90%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities58%
General population89%
English language learners45%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%

Geometry

All Students80%
Female81%
Male76%
African American72%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities31%
General population83%
English language learners74%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%

Global History and Geography

All Students79%
Female81%
Male75%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities42%
General population84%
English language learners52%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%

Integrated Algebra

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities69%
General population89%
English language learners75%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%

Living Environment

All Students73%
Female75%
Male73%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities43%
General population79%
English language learners44%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%

Physics

All Students76%
Female72%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant76%

U.S. History and Government

All Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities59%
General population92%
English language learners51%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
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.

About the tests


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
White 1 34% 48%
Hispanic 2 30% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 26% 9%
Black 2 9% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 19%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 256%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 8%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 57%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • 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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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

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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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

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
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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

Parents

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents43212%
Students137237%
Teachers15878%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. SAUL GOOTNICK

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
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Social justice
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • 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

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - Q23, Q38, Q60, Q64. Subways - E, M, R to 67th Av
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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67-01 110th St
Forest Hills, NY 11375
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Phone: (718) 268-3137

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