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9-12
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Queens, NY
Students enrolled: 2,367

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230-17 Hillside Avenue
Queens, NY 11427

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(718) 776-4728
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October 11, 2013
My son attended this school. They do not have control over the students. They are loud and rude. The faculty was not able to control them. I think they were scare of the students. They have about 20 security guards around the premises. After classes there are cop cars patrolling the perimeter of the school. I attended a concert at the school and the kids did not sit quietly to listen to the music. They were yelling, talking, etc. The faculty did not do anything. My son did not go to the lunchroom because of the students. It is not a good school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
I am a former student. I graduated in 1964, I know the days of the dinosaurs. All this about early or late session and other things do not answer the question about the students. The school was a few years old when I attended and it was a great place of pride, we were well behaved, if there were gangs they were not very visible nor any problem. Parents and kids cared about school, the community and the world. Our generation had fear and respect for our teachers and would never think of doing some of the things we hear about today. What a pity that some students are disruptive and feel the right to ruin the education of others. I am the teacher and I only want the best for every student there but they are not entitled nor have the right to disrupt the teaching I work so hard at. I am in my 36th year and still love this profession but I know the students have indeed changed because they feel they are entitled to do whatever they please. Van Buren in my days was a school where kids were involved in the Peace Corps Teacher Corps, Civil Rights marches right there next to Dr. king, protesting Viet Nam and other social ills.

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2013
This is my first year attending this school and when i first got accepted to this school i was scared. Everyone said it was bad and many kids were bullied. This school is not bad, the teachers are excellent and their are many people who can help enjoy your experience here. The school signed a contract with a hospital for a pre-med program. The school is good but there are those students who just dont want to work. I currently have all honors classes and the time here is not that bad. My experience here is starting to become better and better. The new Principal is trying his best to make the school better. He has already done a great job. Soon, this school will be the best and people will want to come here with no hesitation! This is a good school if you want to learn, all schools are good to learn but now the school is offering a wide range of programs including pre-med, engineering, psychology and law. Overall, as a student and with no hesitation i would say the school is good.

- submitted by a student
February 08, 2013
this is the best school ever to me but if u never been there u cant say anything about it. I really love this school and has good classes and teachers some kids may be bad and don't care but its good. when I have kids and they want to go here then I will let them because this is a good school and like I said if you never been here to see how good it is then DONT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT K .!.!

- submitted by a student
May 08, 2012
Horrible is all I can say. Please shut this school down nyc schools. That is all I will say.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2011
All those people who have never been inside the school once and are commenting badly about it, i strongly suggest that you should come to this school and see for yourself how good it is. as far as students leaving at 9 is concerned , it is because they have early schedule and we start real early. we have an excellent faculty and students, but like every other school their are some kids who just do not care about anything else but themselves. i am not claiming that it is the best school in the world, but it is definitely not the worst! :)

- submitted by a student
February 08, 2011
From what i see, this school is horrible; I take the bus by the school and there are students leaving at 9 in the morning. The students are rowdy, disruptive, violent and even smoke on the bus. They definitely mess up the neighborhood. The school looks like a beautiful facility with an amazing field; too bad its not put to use. I had a few friends go to the school in the past and they regret attending the school.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2011
Despite the fact that there are some caring adults who work in this school who care about students, I strongly urge parents to avoid sending their child here. It earned an F in school safety/environment according to last year s school quality review and here is why: There are many students who wander all over the hallways whose main purpose is to hang out with their friends and see how far they can get away with not attending class and still pass their courses. Some hallways are very bad with students literally running in and out of classrooms. A significant number of students walk too slowly and arrive 5-10 minutes late to class. Fights occur daily because of bad attitudes towards one another. There are NO motivational speakers invited to the school who may serve as role models. The hallways smell like pot every day now because the security officers are unable to catch students in the act of their illegal activity. There are always at least 3-5 students in every class who talk BACK to the teacher (!) WHEN THEY CANNOT USE THEIR CELL PHONE IN CLASS nor talk with their friends during instruction time (and then wonder why they failed the class and complain about it afterwards).

- submitted by a teacher
November 05, 2009
It is the students- we have so many talented and kind and generous students. They make my day!!

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November 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
I love Martin Van Buren High School because of its enriched diversity programs that elevate students to their highest potential of achievement and also the computerized equipment that s provided for the students to enable them to be on the cutting edge of technology! Wow!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 28, 2009
Ummmmmm no. Parents should be involved to an extent....at home. They should make sure their child is completing assignments and studying. BUT you should not run the school. School officials should have the power. The big problem we have with US schools is the fact that there is no discipline in the classroom. We are babying and smothering these kids....and a lot of that has to do with parent involvement in the school with regards to power. Yes parents should be on the school board and PTA...they should have a say where funds go I agree with that....but as far as running the school?? Let's not confuse who has the real power here and that is with the administration. It's a shame to see how powerless the teacher has come in the classroom because of fear of the parent. Homeschool your kid then and you will have all the power.

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August 15, 2009
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August 04, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2009
The school is awesome. It has many pros, such as security wise the school has over 80 deans. The schcool has 3 elite programs, leaders organization for gym, scholars for kids with high academics and the sudent organization

- submitted by a student
no rating February 04, 2009
I believe school should not be rated on how good food or services they give..unless u r being treated like a street dog.... I go to this school and strongly believe this is a great school......students of this school are ignorant.....they just want to pass and nothing else...teachers work very hard but all in vain because of lazy kids..all far as teams are concerned ... they have started Robotics team...a great team to be in...many other sports team...from wat i have heard, we dont have football team because of less resources....those ignorant and lazy kids don't do well in school...their parents don't care ; they mess up their regents and school reputation...because of few bad people whole school suffers as they don't get funding...

- submitted by a student
no rating October 19, 2008
This is a good school the teacher interact with you and if you need extra help youll get it. The only things that are wrong with the school is we don't get to add or change classes. Also the school has no football team. I herd they might get one but like in 2011, which is when i leave the school and go to college.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 09, 2008
this school is'nt bad or good because there isnt any clicks or popularity compitions. Your free to be who you want and on top of that there are great teachers there that teach you life lessons,which I find very useful. Its a great environment to be around! and your never treated like an out cast

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October 08, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2008
This is a great school. Schools are not bad or good is how you make it and this is a good school. I know people that goes to great colleges that went to this school.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2008
the school has really bad teachers; they just cant teach. students are fine but teachers dont think any student can learn and have no hope for them and therefore do not even care wether or not they pass the regents or not

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September 12, 2008
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September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 11, 2008
So, I'm a freshman now at MVB. It's only the second week now. And I basically believe that this is a great school. We don't have a football team, but we have like 9 other available sports to engage in. The teachers are of all different ages, but they are all really enthusiastic about their subjects and it just makes you want to be as well. The only problem that I see here is the amount of kids here without discipline, who yell non-sensically in the hallways, but it is not so much to disturb class. There are a lot of kids here, so there's always people around to make friends with in every class. It's pretty good is what I'm saying, and that's saying a lot seeing as I came into the school year dreading the school.

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2008
My son finished his freshmen years and he did will in academics, and on track&field because I stay on top of his classes. Parents need to become involve and continue to think that schools are responsible for raising their children. I agree that more leadership is needed, better communicate between teachers, counselors, and family also needed. Yes, Van needs less schoool security guards and more mentoring programs. My family have lived in Queens Village for many years and Van has been one of the top Queens HS. Again parents need to get more involve and school officials won't have all the power.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
My son has just completed his first year at van. There seems to be a huge lack of communication. There is absolutely no school spirit, no school culture, most of the teachers are very old school so its hard for them to connect with todays populaion. They are most concern with political numbers than the children needs. The administration is years behind in everything. They have a huge football field with no team. The most nerve racking thing is the fact that they have an early session and a late session in which if your child is on the late session he wouldnt get home until about 7:00 pm. I have already submitted a school transfer .

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July 23, 2008
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July 12, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating July 11, 2008
i am a graduate of the class of 08 and i strongly believe that Van is a great school. it may have its problems but i encourage every child to go to Van because you get a connection between the teachers, students and even the counslers. its a great school.

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July 08, 2008
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June 26, 2008
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June 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 10, 2008
I graduated in 99 and my sister is currenly a freshman. Here are the concerns: teachers fail to respond to parents in a timely fashion, report crad errors made by teachers, freshmen receives very little supportive and assertive guidance, parents are rarely consulted or engaged when planning events.

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March 24, 2008
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February 15, 2008
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December 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 10, 2007
In the 70's, my sister my brother went to VAN , my niece graduated in 2005 now my daughter is in her 2nd year and I find that the school is missing something that I cannot quite put my finger on. Compare to some other school in the district VAN is still holding the lead but, not a strong one. I would like to see more involvement between teachers, parents, and counselor. some extra curricular activities would be good for the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 08, 2007
my child is in the second year at this school, and along with many other students, do not know who the principal is. administration and guidance counselors absolutely do not want parental involvement at this school. extremely poor communication.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
while iwas reading about this school in the summer i was nervous. but the teachers deans and principal care alot about us. some students cause trouble but thet have security who stop them before anything escalates. i recomend it for every child.

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2007
The communication between parents and the school is rated at 1.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
I luv Van cant no otha school be like Van........M.V.B. Allllll dayyyyyy!!!!!:)

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September 22, 2007
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June 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2007
I agree with one of the parents comment that Saturday classes are need for students who needs. It also there should be a regents study program on the weekends for students. The NYC Educational program is not set up to help the children of the city.

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April 19, 2007
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March 21, 2007
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December 14, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 10, 2006
As a freshman at Martin Vna Buren Hight School thus far i have been treated with the upmost respect and have been learning the a great deal of things.Coming from St. Catherine of Sienna another school of great learning I have expanded my intullectual virison so far i cant even father what i will know by the time i graduate, I would highly reccomend Van to anyone who has the slighest in terest this school is great!

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
I attended Van Buren from 02-06 and i believe that it was the best 4 years of my life. Dont get me wrong, i went through a few troubles, but minus all of that....going to van was one of the greatest decisions i've ever made. i was in the scholars institute all 4 years and in my senior year, i was the president of not only the scholars institute, but also of the Arista Society. I loved that van has a good student-faculty bond that no other school has. There are a lot of programs and clubs and sports that anyone could participate in. Van also has a good guidance dept. They helped me a lot, especially wen it came to the time i had to apply to colleges. The most important thing i wanna stress is that van is a very safe school. I survived! ~Jency George~

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February 04, 2006
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November 16, 2005
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November 16, 2005
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November 16, 2005
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October 25, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 19, 2005
This school has ridiculous hours. It's just horrible.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2005
This school is so huge....My daughter that is goin there is amazed that she can have a school that she has a whole lot of programs to choose from..Like handball soccer and others..And the princeble takes care of the student and keeps the school starigth.

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July 22, 2005
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June 03, 2005
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March 30, 2005
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October 19, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 17, 2004
This school was my daughters choice, and I believe it was a good one. She has proven to us that she doesn't have to be in a pleasant environment to learn and do well. Most parents base their decisions about this school because the majority of the students are minors, and you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. There are many teams and activities that the students can join and this is the only public high school in Queens that doesn't have metal detectors, I think that means that someone is doing something right.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2004
This school is definetly not a great school. There's absoulutley no extracurricular activities for kids to stay out of trouble. The principle is never anywhere to be seen. Teachers are not qualifed to teach and handle a class. I hope by 2005 things will get better. And there's absoulutly no security.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
I think that this is the worst high school choice! The school has lost its academic excellence a long time ago. They have numerous extra curricular activities but they are of no use since the clubs are losing their membership involvement each year. Some teachers in this school are horrible. They cannot teach. Students are disrespecting as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2004
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- submitted by a teacher
May 28, 2004
My daughter graduated with honors from Martin Van Buren in June 2003. She had a positive experience there. I was active in the school and believe that contributed to her success. She was also very active in the school as a member of the basketball team and student government for four years. Van Buren has a very good student organization which provides many extracurricular activities. She was also challenged academically by given the opportunity to take college level courses. The current principal has been there since February 2002 and is very committed to the students. There has to be a joint effort between the administration / faculty and the parents. The principal is attempting to facilitate this. There are also many staff members (not just teachers) who are also dedicated to the students. I recommend the school, but stress that parents must be involved!

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April 24, 2004
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August 11, 2003
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Martin Van Buren High School
230-17 Hillside Avenue, Queens, NY  11427
(718) 776-4728
Last modified Martin Van Buren High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Martin Van Buren High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 72 reviews. Top