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Queens, NY
Students enrolled: 3,912

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38-0 223rd Street
Queens, NY 11361

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December 02, 2014
My son's first year was fine all the teachers he understood . Second year Mr Shin he is having a problem with along with the other classmates. The kids don't understand him also he has poor teaching skills and doesn't care abt his kids. Math AP takes his side when addressed with the problem with out hearing my son side of the story. Mr Bomer is the kindest caring person he actually cares abt the kids and help in the best way possible.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
Guidance is exceptional. I have one person who was a Godsend right from the first day of school.. As far as safety.. it's not terrible, but it's not great either.. I am in the process of getting a safety transfer for my child. I don't want my kid in this school anymore. The closing of another school in the area, has changed Cardozo's reputation. It's unfortunate, but I would prefer to keep my child safe.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
Our family moved to bayside from out of state in order to enroll our kid to Cardozo, which enjoyed a great reputation for being strong academically. The freshman year went well. Since his sophomore year thing have been changed drastically: many kids transferred to Cardozo from closed low-performing schools in Jamaica, which cause so many problems to this fine school and motivated students. Cardozo used to be one of the finest high schools in NYC housing so many high-achieving minority students who eventually land themselves in top colleges and universities. Is this the reason that Bloomburg decided to cut its budget for advanced courses, put unmotivated students into classrooms so the school's overall performance got downgraded? Achievements should not be punished, and the students aiming high deserve support rather than discouragement!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
Others should know that this school offers a variety of classes, organizations and clubs to participate in. I like the fact that it has many clubs, organizations, sports teams that I can join. My school could improve by being a little less crowded.

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2013
My overall impression about Cardozo HS: for both students and parents, it's a tough job navigating through the system to get support. It's much easier to become lost given the complexity the student body in addition to the 24:1 student-teacher ratio. A lot of opportunities out there, but you need to work very diligently to find out, to capture it. You are pretty much on your own, so stay strong, focused, and try your best to thrive. College app process is no difference, you figure it out yourself, don't even bother the college office because people there are always busy. I'm not saying they are unsupportive, in fact, with the huge help from parent volunteers, all required forms are filled and sent out on time, but in terms of information and meaningful advice, don't rely on anyone but yourself.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
I hate this school so much! It's apparently known for its "good" teachers, but the reason why I don't feel like going to school in the morning is because of the fact that I have to deal with my horrible teachers again. Not only are they unreasonable, stubborn, rude, and horrible at teaching, but some of their tests don't even have anything to do with the topic! The school itself is extremely unorganized; with people in the guidance office who will yell at you for simply asking for something, rude and disrespectful students, and much, much more. The bathrooms are extremely unsanitary, especially later in the day. This school looks and feels like a prison. Because of this school, I sometimes don't feel like living anymore.

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2013
My kid is a senior at Cardozo. I would say the experience here is mixed. Academically it's good as my child is naturally curious and motivated to perform well for respect from peers and teachers alike. Extracurricular wise, the school also provides plenty of opportunities engaging students with varied talents. The high school counselor is outstanding in terms of supporting students applying for scholarships and summer programs. The issues lie in student body which is extremely diverse, not only ethnically also socioeconomically. Some groups of student cause concerns on school safety. Cardozo has a separate College Office dedicated to supporting college applications. While understanding the staff members have been chellanged by the load of paperwork for a graduating class with 948 students this year, I still find the office could do a better job communicating with a student and family, and offering more meaningful advice on college app process. On the other hand, classroom teachers are very responsible and inspiring. Most of them serve 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
The school has a great reputation and continues to give its students a quality education.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2012
diverse student body! great programs! solid faculty! this school is great at preparing students for college level work.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2012
Im a current freshman and i love this school!!! the teachers are caring and first i thought cardozo was a large scary school, but no!!! Its very nice and makes us feel like a family. All the clubs and sports are amazing. Orchestra and band is good as well! Classes are all provided and LOVE AND LOVE my teachers. :) I love cardozo

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2012
It's not a great school after all. Most teachers are dedicated, but the school administration, student support staff,etc. are not there. You are on your own , sink or float. Send your child to a smaller school with better management and support team. With only 83% graduation rate, it's not a great school. 17 out 100 students are not getting their diplomas from Cardozo.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2012
I am currently a senior at this school and I've attended this school since I was a freshman, so you can trust me when I say that this is the one of the best schools in Queens, NY. There is a wide variety of classes to choose from and at many different levels: regular, honors, Davinci (for math and science only), AP. You can always challenge yourself. Also, the teachers for the most part are good and knowledgeable! If you are having trouble in class, many of the teachers are willing to tutor you during their break. This school really tries its best to prepare its students for the regents exam. During the Spring term, students may stay after school twice a week for extra regents help. These extra regents help classes are free and taught by actual teachers. If that's not enough, students having trouble in a class may sign up get tutored by an Arista student in the library during their free period. Arista is a special program at Cardozo for the students excelling in their classes and willing to commit hours to community service.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2010
I'm currently a junior and I can definitely tell you that the teachers at Cardozo are amazing and they let you get involved with everything pertaining to the subject matter and beyond. The students are interested in fully understanding the educational matter and will work diligently to achieve high scores. The school is dominantly a law-based high school, but there are two specialized programs: da Vinci and Law. In addition to the programs offered, many AP courses provided as well. The teachers won't hesitate to get to know your child, which, I believe, is the core of educational success. The student will feel welcome because there's always a place for the child to succeed both academically and socially. There's a club and team for nearly everything.

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2010
every classes are packed over 30 studends. most of studends aren't able to sign in actitivities like sport teams and some of them got no attention at all from certaint teacher, but most of teachers are excellent with experience. A communication is weak between shool and parents. Your kids would get lost in the school if they aren't strong enough.

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April 07, 2010
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December 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 07, 2009
The special education program at this school is very weak. No extra services offered to students with special needs.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
this is the best school ever. these teachers really know how to teach. so much fun activities. nice students. wonderful people work there. i mean c'mon music is the bell. that is so amazin

- submitted by a student
no rating October 13, 2009
has great programs, vast number of after school activities.is working inthe est interest for our kids!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
This school is amazing. The people are so friendly and diverse. The programs include many AP classes and has fun events for the students. The PSATs are already paid for in advance.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I love cardozo because of the diversity and the amount of ap classes avaliable

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September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Everyone is friendly to each other and i really learn alot from my classes

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
I love my school because it so crowded and I get to see new people everyday and we have the best basketball team.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
its crowed, but great people & teachers

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
I have learned so much from this school, the teacher are wonderful, I hope to get into a great college.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
big school with a big heart

- submitted by a student
September 10, 2009
great schools. teacher is very nice :) great staff.... although some dont pay as much attention to you - about 40% of the time.

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August 19, 2009
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June 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2009
Good school. My son turns to be a smoker after studying there. No question about it. I'm amazed. That's kinda awesome.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
This school has everything a parent or student could want in a NYC public school - excellent teachers and administrators, a committed and giving student body (city and state awards in science, math, debate, and #1 in 2008 for blood donation at a site!) and a focus on rigorous academics. Cardozo is a neighborhood school with THREE SPECIAL PROGRAMS - Dance, DaVinci (math & science) and Law. Instead of traveling all the way to another borough for a specialized school, a student can get an equivalent education at this Bayside/ Oakland Gardens school!

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October 19, 2008
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October 19, 2008
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October 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2008
Amazing high school, with outstanding teachers. Students get the best education, and there's also so many clubs and events to go to. Also amazing programs such as the Davinci Program, Law program and dance

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March 31, 2008
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January 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
This school by far is a great school...Cardozo has great many activties, clubs and leadership preparing students for the real worl yea the school is over crowed ranking over 4ooo students but what can i say that is for many high school around the area. This school might have gotten bad in years past. I started bnc/dozo in sept 2005 and the school had a few bad kids that were no longer there my sophmore year and mr. Hallman is gradually bringing the school to a good condition 42nd street is still crowed but its still 42nd street the hallways got empty because no many students are going to thier classes. I am in my junior year and i know that cardozo is not a bad school. It is basically like any other school in nyc but above that. Many teacher care even if you dont and they also simpatize with you.

- submitted by a student
December 25, 2007
Good school helpful teachers

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2007
The academic programs are though great, however I feel they need more different required language classes. You can only get Spanish, or French and if you want another language class, you can only take it in senior year but you still need 4 years of Spanish or French. I would much appreciate taking Japanese and etc. instead of only a choice of Spanish or French and I feel many other students feel the same way.

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October 27, 2007
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September 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
I am a parent of a child that use to attend this school. The guidance and safety lacks. The school is grossly over populated and the school is full of gangs. Its a horrible school in general.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
Being a parent of three children of this school, the administration definitely lacks communications between child and parent. The need to remove or transfer the AP of that school due to her attitude towards child and parent. She needs to be more proactive than reactive. Definitely unapproachable! The admin needs to be educated in 'people skills'. I am glad my one child has graduated and now I have two more to go. Being that school has started, after the first day, they have already complained about the teachers and guidance consular who have no lack of sense for the safety of our kids in this school!! Shame on her and the principal!! Why put kids in a potentially dangerous situation? That makes me thinks who are watching and educating our kids??

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August 12, 2007
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June 03, 2007
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September 18, 2006
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 10, 2006
This is a wonderful high school. The academics is superb and the dance program will prepare to become a professional.

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May 31, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
no rating May 02, 2006
The school is grossly overcrowded. If your child is a structured, disciplined individual they will succeed.

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March 25, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 26, 2006
Cardozo High School is by far the best non-specialized public high school in New York City. Its Math & Science curriculum is second to none and does an exceptional job preparing high school students for a rigorous college academic program.

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February 03, 2006
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 16, 2006
great physical education program and extra-curricular sports. Phys. Ed classes include fencing, yoga, weight training and a Dance program.

- submitted by a former student
November 16, 2005
My daughter graduated from Cardozo in 2001 and is now coming up for college graduation this May from Baruch College. Because of the excellent education she received throughout her public school education experience, she has excelled in every course in college. The professors were especially impressed with her written and verbal skills as she was enrolled in honors English and literature classes in Cardozo. Thank you for allowing my daughter to shine in college!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2005
My son is in his sophomore year here. Although we were initially concerned about the crowding and size of the school, he has had a great experience here. He came in as a top student and remains a top student. The math research competition through the Davinci Math program was a great experience. He got 100 on the bio regents, which is a credit to the teaching at this school, beating his friends at Stuyvesant and Bronx Science!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
The academic programs available are very good, however I don't think the staff/counselor involvement is sufficient. This school is extremely competitive academically and I feel as if the children that need a bit more attention are lost.

- submitted by a former student
August 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
Benjamin Cardozo is a very good school. Its a variety of all cultures. Teachers are very good. The principal is very much involved. Rules are encouraged. A friendly and Safe enviornment for your child!

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June 26, 2005
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June 24, 2005
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April 25, 2005
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April 17, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
March 22, 2005
Teachers are very involved in student's accademics. Excellent school security. Parents are involved but could involve themselves more.

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February 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
December 13, 2004
I think this school is extremely overrated. They say that is the best school in New York City but I doubt it. My child has been severely injured by her fellow students. She has told me there are fights everyday, extremely overcrowded classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2004
As a graduate of the class of 2003, I can honestly say that I received a very good education at Cardozo. However the funding has been cut enormously to the school, and that will bring it down. The overcrowding has only gotten worse with the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. Into the first marking period of the Fall 2004 semester, equalization is still not complete. Many of the best teachers are being lured away by the promise of a chance to teach a class of 25 students and get paid a decent wage on the Island. Its ashame that budget must change the excellence of a school. As a sophomore in one of the top rated universities in the nation, I can say that i was prepared for the real world, socially, academically, and mentally. Cardozo is a great school and i would hate to see it fail.

- submitted by a former student
September 17, 2004
I think the school is overcrowded. I think the principal and the guidance staff especially the assistant principal of guidance are pushing the school down. The school was much better organized when my older children attended with a different administration. I'm glad my kid is a senior.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
One of the best New York City academic-athletic public high schools. Students annually earn scholarships to top colleges and universities ranked in U.S. News & World Report while achieving success in PSAL team sports.

- submitted by a former student
May 07, 2004
As a 2003 grad with full honors, the superior quality of education and excellent staff distinguishes Cardozo from all others, making it one of the best high schools in the country, and the world. My 4-yr education at Cardozo has proved to be invaluable to me at Cornell (the best ivy around!). The memorable moments I've collected, great friendships I've formed, and invaluable lessons I've learned, made those 4 years the best years ever. I would not have gone back and changed a single thing. Cardozo offers a rigorous curriculum, including all those AP classes (other schools, including STUY, do not offer as much or allow enough students to take them). A Dozo education outweighs the problem of over-crowdedness, or any other perceived inadequacies. The student body was diverse and interesting, as can be said for the staff. To all my 2003 fellow graduates, we rock!

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September 04, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2003
I have two children. One graduated from Cardozo in 2001. I have one who is a senior at Cardozo. He is taking advantage of the AP classes and will start college with 12 credits. He is in the DaVinci program which is a math and science program which the colleges look at as higher than honors classes. The one that graduated in 2001 didn't take advantage of the AP classes but Cardozo prepared her well for college. She is now a junior in college and is thinking about law school. Overall I feel Cardozo is a top quality HS and the principal is an excellent leader.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
As a soon to be senior at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, let me just say one thing...it is an excellent school to attend if you are prepared to being on your own. As a student at this over-crowded high school, the teacher to student ratio is immensely large. A student at Cardozo has to compete for individual attention from teachers, and well, if you aren't a good student chances are your teacher won't know unless you tell them. Now dont get me wrong, you can inquire tutoring but I feel as a student, it should not have to be inquired, a teacher should demand that a student attend tutoring, a teacher should make calls to the parents, and be able to have a conference among the student, parent, and teacher. A parent/student should not have to be the only one concerned about his/her grade, and I have found that happening a lot, in Cardozo. If you are a focused individual your grades will excell here at Cardozo, I mean I was a pretty okay student and my GPA was a 3.0. That is a 3.0 for a pretty much average student!!! Cardozo has EXCELLENT Extra-Curricular Activities, Bar-none. Here at Cardozo, we try to include everyone in every school activity, regardless of race, age, sex, etc. In conclusion, if you are prepared to be on your own, Cardozo is the High School for you.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I graduated in June 2003 and I miss it there aready. Most of the teachers are really good.They are fair and the work load is just right. There are plenty of AP classes to take if students want to challenge themselves and plenty of ways to get involved. The rules aren't too strict but they are enought to keep everyone in line. There is a good mix of ethnic groups and these groups rarely clash. I wish everyone could get the chance to go to a high school like Cardozo.

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August 26, 2003
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August 22, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2003
2nd time I did this. My daughter graduated from Cardozo High School this June. We were very pleased with the school, considering that the school was very overcrowded,the staff did not leave a stone unturned. From the very first 10th grade orientation to the college office helping students fill out and send college aplications they were on top of everything. My daughter had a good high school expeirence. She was in the resource program and there was no problem too big or too small that we were not helped with. Mr Rick Hallman runs a great school. He is a good pricipal and leader. I'm sure he will continue to help educate our students. Sincerely, Susan Merrill

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August 22, 2003
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- submitted by a teacher
August 10, 2003
This school is known for being 'the best neighborhooding high school in NYS'. Now I'm sure that you've heard of the list of achievements and awards that Cardozo receieves as well as the long list of extra requirements us students had to take in order to graduate (I graduated in June 2003) such as an extra math class, science class, senior thesis report and many others. What they don't tell you however, is how over crowded this school is. It's so overcrowded that they added 4 new trailers two years ago (totaling up to 8 trailers altogether) and overcrowded classrooms and hallways. Now please keep in mind that most HS in NYC are overcrowded as well. The fights in Cardozo are minimal, however they do exsist as in every HS in NYC. The good teachers in Cardozo are really good and the bad teachers in Cardozo are really bad, such as most schools. However, Cardozo has many clubs and things for students to be involved in. I must say that Cardozo pushes their students to their limits and gives them a lot of extra work that other schools do not have. This is actually good for preparation for college. Cardozo also has a wide range of AP classes (which is very hard to get into and survive) but the rewards prove themseleves in the end, trust me. Overall, Cardozo gave me a good HS experience and pushed me to do more than many of my friends from other schools do. It's a really good school with a really good reputation, but it comes along with flaws as many other NYC public schools do. I recommend this school as I have yet to regret my descion on picking this HS to attend.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
I'm just surprised that Benjamin N. Cardozo isn't a 'science' school. The students at Cardozo are just as intelligent as the students at the top school in the state, stuyvesant. The teachers are excellent, and the school staff is always there for you.

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Benjamin N Cardozo High School
38-0 223rd Street, Queens, NY  11361
(718) 279-6500
Last modified Benjamin N Cardozo High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Benjamin N Cardozo High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 81 reviews. Top