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Francis Lewis High School

Public | 9-12 | 4154 students

 

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Posted March 11, 2014

Pro: I was worried about sending my child to this school in Sept 2013. No worries. If your child has an average of 80/85+ & is in one of the 3 special programs, life is good. If your child is in the gen population, I can't answer to your worries. Student's are offered numerous after school activities to join, but probably will only have time to join one. It is very safe and diverse. Every race, religion & background is in honors & they all get along. Don't worry about overcrowding, your kids aren't stupid & will make it to classes (besides, teens "like" other teens). Cons: It's difficult to keep track of HW, test dates, etc. because each teacher uses different websites. There is PupilPath, Edmodo, Castle Learning, the board, email, comments when kids are going out the door, etc. However, this is to be worked on according to the school (the student's update each other at night, even if they are not necessarily friends). If your child was successful in elementary school, they will grow here & be offered "serious opportunities" to succeed in college. These student's are intelligent AND have social skills. It all starts in the home, you can't just falsify an address & expect success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

Francis Lewis is an amazing school. I am exceedingly proud of myself for doing so hard to get to this high school. The math and science program is extremely competitive but its definitely worth it! Many graduates of Francis Lewis have gone to amazing colleges!!! You have no idea how AMAZING this school is! If you have anything above 85 in math, science, ela, and social studies; your good to go!!! DEFINITELY GO TO FRANCIS LEWIS BECAUSE ITS THE RIGHT SCHOOL FOR YOU!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2013

I personally like the school program particularly science research program. Students learn a lot about science research. I lkie Dr. Blackwell very much for her encouragement to yhe students doing their resesrch. They read very nice science article and are uptodate with recent sciemtific research.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

Francis Lewis High School, is one of the best schools in new york. I am now a junior in franny and i love it, the teachers are great they really get to know there students as if they are there own children. Every one in this school from a older student or a teacher or guidance even the principle make sure you do your best. If a teacher sees you are slaking they will make sure they lend you a hand and asin you a tutor to make sure you can do the best you can. The teachers prepare you in life but not only showing you the path to greatness but preparing you for the regents. This is one school i wish everyone could go to. I will 100% miss Francis Lewis when i graduate in 2 years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2013

I am a former alum of Francis Lewis. I attribute much of my success in life to the teachers I met at Francis Lewis. I immigrated to the US in Junior High and Francis Lewis was my first public school. The school is very diverse and is one of the best public High Schools in the area. I was given the opportunity to take AP (Advanced Placement) classes in my Senior year and as a result I was able to skip an entire semester in college. The College prep classes and counseling is also very good and I commend the school for offering classes that cater to a wide array of student types. One of my favorite classes "Genetic Engineering".


Posted June 20, 2013

My children have attended Bayside Highschool from Sept. to Jan. I made a HUGE mistake taking them out from Bayside and putting them into Francis Lewis Highschool. This highschool is completely disorganized and the staff members are very rude. Francis Lewis is only focused on extracurricular activities not an academic education. Please DO NOT send your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2013

Francis Lewis is the best school ever!!! I am currently a freshmen and I am so happy that I got accepted here. The halllways arent as crowded as people say that they are, sure there is a little traffic here and there but it is not bad.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2011

The best school in queens! The new principal, Mr.Shama has been doing great and has changed the school in a great way. The teachers are great, now if it wasn't so crowded....
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2010

which school do you think can support almost 5000 students which was made only for 2000?!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

this school is great my daughter graduated with honors. im glad she got accepted there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

Francis Lewis is the best school ever i have to take a bus for three hours to get there and back, and it is the best because of the jrotc program and if it wasn't for that program and the school that keeps it there i probably wouldn't come
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2009

The JROTC program is one of the best, if not the best, on the east coast. The school is also known for it's overcrowdedness which isn't a joy. The teachers and the many foreign languages at the school make up for the extremely crowded hallways :]
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

Francis Lewis High School has an A+ in many reviews. We are one of the last high schools with a Marching Band. Our school has one of the largest Key Clubs. We have the longest day schedule.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2009

It' is the most diverse school. We hear and offer the most language courses.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2009

you get to meet all types of people. The school is very diverse and there is always something for everyone to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

The school has an inspirational environment for all the students. A diversity of programs and a great choices for everybody who wishes to develop in any category.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

We all love Francis LEwis High School. We have the best clubs and teams! Most important, our teachers are great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

its awesome cus of the ppl that go there =) nd the people who create that safe encouraging environment for all of us.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2009

I really love Francis Lewis, the teachers are great and the community there is even better, even though the school is really crowded, it just gives me more of an opportunity to make more friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Franny Lew is so diverse i love the people here, teachers are great and the environment is welcoming.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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 64% in 2012.

813 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
76%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

583 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

582 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

1435 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

762 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

1317 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

1242 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
77%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

50 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

1092 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

450 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

679 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

1377 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students87%
Students with disabilities31%
General population87%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Students with disabilities55%
General population84%

Earth Science

All Students60%
Students with disabilities29%
General population66%

English

All Students88%
Students with disabilities57%
General population92%

Geometry

All Students92%
Students with disabilities69%
General population93%

Global History and Geography

All Students70%
Students with disabilities30%
General population76%

Integrated Algebra

All Students89%
Students with disabilities59%
General population94%

Living Environment

All Students82%
Students with disabilities49%
General population89%

Physics

All Students88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students84%
Students with disabilities38%
General population88%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 "B" 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
Asian 52% 9%
Hispanic 24% 23%
White 15% 48%
Black 8% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 65%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

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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Based on 4564 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

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

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

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
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents99826%
Students339784%
Teachers16976%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. MUSA ALI SHAMA
Fax number
  • (718) 357-5903

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
  • Science
  • Social justice
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - Q17, Q30, Q31, Q88. Subways - 7 to Main Street-Flushing; F to 169th Street
  • 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
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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58-20 Utopia Pky
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
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