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149-11 Melbourne Avenue
Queens, NY 11367

(718) 575-5580
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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

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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?

- submitted by a community member
June 09, 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.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 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
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
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
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
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
March 30, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 07, 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
no rating October 31, 2009
It's hard, and you'll have to sacrifice a whole lot for it, but it's a maturing experience.

- submitted by a community member
no rating 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
no rating 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
October 22, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating October 07, 2009
It is wonderful learning enviroment for the best and the brightest students in NYC!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 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
October 07, 2009
It has many different high quality programs to offer. The teachers are very involved and caring.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 01, 2009
It's the creme de la creme of NYC public high schools. A student who attends this school is blessed with wonderful faculty and staff, and a rigorous coursework in both the humanities and the sciences. The students have a great sense of pride for their school and community, and participate regularly in extracurricular and community events. A student who graduates this school comes out a well-rounded, intelligent, proud, and disciplined young man or woman who will certainly 'not leave our city any less, but rather greater and better than we found it.'

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2009
Free lunch and awesome friends :D Plus, it's also clean and very friendly! :D

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2009
Townsend Harris is definitely one of the best if not the best in New York. The teachers and faculty are great and so are the students. The rigorous academic program will mold you into a very well rounded students. And you will never have to worry about getting beat up!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
It's such a priviliege to go here. The students and staff are incredible! The students that attend Towsend Harris High School are SO prepared for college and beyond!

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2009
Everyone knows each other!!! The teachers actually know you! And we have a great P.E. program and great sports teams!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2009
Townsend Harris is a great school. Even though it requires a lot of hard work and dedication, it's all worth it, since i know I'm getting a great education here. The teachers and students are all amazing, and I know I made the right choice coming here. :)

- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2009
Townsend Harris is an amazing High School. My niece is now in her sophmore year and both she and I have seen her true academic and physical abilities thanks to THHS. At first, I thought it was too over the top - pushing the kids too hard. But THHS proved me wrong. If I had to write a motto for THHS, it would be 'never say never', because although you are pushed to the max, you are able to witness just how much you can accomplish. I don't believe these young adults would ever push themselves as hard as THHS does, and because of this they will grow up and not be afraid to try and realize their wildest dreams. I thank God for this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
The work is challenging but when you understand things you feel quite accomplished. The teachers and students are all very kind and helpful. They make you feel as if you are home. Basically you spend so much time at Townsend because of the amazing extra curriculum activities that it becomes your second home.

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2009
We totally rock, no one else can even compare. We stick by each other and have a ton of school spirit. Go hawks!

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2009
Most of the people are very nice and the teachers are great. We learn a lot and the school work isnt that much if you do not procrastinate

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
Great administrators with tons of extra curriculars!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
It's a hard school, I'm not going to lie. But I love it. It's home, somehow.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
one gets such a good education! it really prepared you for college!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
Great teachers, great people, great 4 years of my life.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
great education and great teachers

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
We have the best teachers and students. All our teachers are dedicated and passionate about their subjects. None ever seem reluctant to stay behind and help a student who doesn't understand. Of course, though, the quality of the students also matters greatly. Townsend Harris works the way it does because of the how trustworthy, intelligent, caring, hardworking, and devoted the students are. Together, we come together to create a sanctuary filled with learning and mutual respect.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
The aptmosphere is amazing, the teachers are dedicated, and the school is extremely safe.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
This school is amazing. All the student are unbelievably polite (they hold doors for you and don't laugh if you trip in the halls or on the stairs). The teachers make the greatest effort to help you with all your subjects. They will make time for you. If you ever go their office just to work on some homework they all flock to help you out. It's a very friendly school. I don't know any other school that is so amicable and easy to learn in. My problem is that they take physical education too hard (my sore body! i don't want to run miles!) and that the grades aren't exactly very easy. If I were in any other school i would pass with flying honors and even become validictorian or something. But it's good that it's challenging since it makes you stretch as a person.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
THHS is the best college prep you can get...but what makes the school especially great is the people you'll meet along the way.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
It's a great place to learn about the humanities.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
Because THHS is sinply the best. We are a small school with tremendous teachers and students. All students get along, there are no fights or bullying, and best of all, it prepares every student for college. Besides the statistics are faboulous. THHS is simply the best

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
This school is the best. A very tight school and it is like a family. Go HAWKS!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Townsend Harris is the best school ever because it has a great academic program with tons of electives and even college classes at Queens College in senior year! Every student is intelligent so no wasting time to quiet down rowdy kids, etc. The gym may be hard at times but is very benefiting to all of the students here! Most teachers are awesome. All in all, Townsend Harris HS is the best high school ever!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
i love thhs because the people are great, the teachers are nice, and we have the best school spirit :D

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 21, 2009
My school is one of the top schools in the country. It also has a great physical education program that keeps us fit and healthy. We are challenged accademically so that we can fullfill our true potential. We have the best teachers and the greatest school spirit!!! Go Townsend!!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
Not only is the curriculum both challenging and intriguing, but the environment is extra encouraging (from teachers and peers.) Class sizes are rather small, and allow for a personal connection and understanding with teachers. Throughout the year spirit is highly encouraged in a wide range of social events from highly attended dances, to entertaining plays, to much anticipated concerts. Students here are above average--the majority are multi talented in music, arts, athletics, etc. Service is also stressed, within the school, as well as in our own communities. The standards are high and the work is difficult, but the reward of a high class education is worth it. As a student, I love this school and never regret ever choosing it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
It's a great learning environment. The school is small so you get to practically know everyone in your grade. You get a lot of attention from the teachers. What's not to like?

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Townsend Harris a a really great school. Students have great opportunities. In their senior year they are allowed to take college courses. Students get to bond each other and with their teachers because of the small class sizes.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
Townsend Harris High School is a relatively small school, so students in a graduating class all know each other, which creates a very homely, familiar environment filled with sleep-deprived, hard-working students who are all in it together. As a result of the small student population, class size is not usually very large, which enables your opinion to be acknowledged and heard in your class. Townsend Harris High School, of course, has it's extracurricular clubs and teams as well. Gym, particularly Freshmen Gym, is known to be quite strenuous, and will get you to be fit from running 1.5 to 5 miles or doing various full-body exercises. This school also strays from the norm of being a Specialized High School. You do not have to score particularly well on the Specialized High Schools Exam. Simply get exceptionally high grades in Middle School in the high 90s, pass those state exams in the 90th percentile, and you're basically considered. Also interesting is the fact that Townsend Harris High School is a humanities school, unlike most other esteemed schools, which are focussed on mathematics and sciences.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend has a great community of students and teachers. Everyone is up for new activities and events.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend Harris prepares you for college and the teachers are always willing to help the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love my school because it is a safe, calm, and productive place to learn. The teachers are amazing and the staff is awesome. Even the security guards make the school what it is-a paradise for those who want to learn!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
The family atmosphere makes me love to come in every day and spend time with everyone there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend Harris is like a family. We all help each other out when challenges approach us.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
You'll learn a lot of skills that'll carry you beyond college. I love Townsend Harris!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
THHS is awesome. Everyone is friendly and love to work as a team. :D

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend Harris is the best school ever! We are the safest school in the city. The teachers and staff are incredibly knowledgeable and really enjoy teaching. The goal of Townsend Harris is to prepare its students for life mentally, physically, and socially. In freshman year and sophomore year, students are required to take AP world history. The students also take an extra 'year' of english in the form of Writing Process for one semester and Linguistics for the 2nd semester in freshman year. Although it is a humanities school, Townsend Harris excels in science education as well. We have won the Intel School of Distinction Award for Science Excellence for 6 years. We also placed first in Science Olympiad in 2009, beating all science driven specialized high schools including Stuyvesant. In terms of foreign language, all townsend harris students are required to take a classical language (either Latin or Classic Greek) in sophomore and junior year. The school also has a very challenging physical education curriculum, especially for the incoming freshman. The school places a lot of stress on its students, so the students must learn how to work under pressure and manage their time to pull through. We all know how difficult it can be, and often help each other out, which is what makes us all a family. In addition to all of this, we must also complete 40 hours of community service every year. In senior year, we also get to take courses at Queens College in order to recieve college credit even in high school. However, throughout the school year, there are many events to keep the students' minds off work. All in all, its an incredible school and deserves the credit it rarely recieves.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Everyone at Townsend Harris is amazing. We are hard-working and we care about our school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
The staff is so loving and intelligent and with a single conversation with one of the teachers you can sense how learned they are. The environment is safe and welcoming and the students care for each other like family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend Harris is a great school because it manages to challenge it's students and prepare them for the future while still offering a wide variety of interesting extracurricular activities and maintaining an enjoyable environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
It's a really close environment where everyone knows one another. We have great teachers and challenging courses, plus our school helps us become well-rounded individuals.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
our students actually care about the school!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend Harris Highschool is one of the most prestigious and challenging highschools in New York, located in a safe and peaceful yet culturally enriched environment. The school consistently encourages students to challenge themselves, allowing them to prepare for and decide the futures ahead of them. At Townsend Harris, students are always one step ahead of the standardized education requirements. That is why only the most talented, diverse and determined students are accepted into the school each year. Harrisites are truly the leaders of tomorrow.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
It is a lot of work, however the friends you meet and the experiences you have here last forever.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
I think Townsend Harris is a great school because it's a safe learning environment. However, it's not somewhere that you merely go to school, work, go home, and study. The staff encourages extracurricular activities because they understand that each student's high school experience should be memorable, not as a blur of endless workload, but as a place where they met amazing people who soon became friends. Although the budget cuts have threatened the clubs of the school, the administration has worked its way around that and compromised its entire schedule for the benefit of the students. However, it also pushes its students to do better than they ever have before. Townsend Harris is a very good school!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend Harris has the most open-minded students and teachers in all of New York City. We have also grown up and learned in the most ethnically diverse county (Queens County) in the world.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
We have the best staff who teach some of the most prestigious students in America.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
I love Townsend Harris High School because the faculty is amazing. They are extremely professional and definitely expertise in their field of study. However, they somehow manage to develop unique bonds with students that help them progress throughout their high school experience. I also love the the students of THHS, they are undoubtedly the most intelligent, sophisticated, creative, friendly, diligent, supportive, caring, well-mannered, diverse students of NYC. The THHS community IS the cream of the crop and that's enough said.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
Townsend Harris is a safe environment and has many dedicated, hard working faculty members who do their best to ensure that the students are able to learn to the best of their ability.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
The people you meet here are like none other: the teachers are engaging and in love with their subjects, and the student body is so friendly and diverse that it is impossible to be without a niche. Though there is a great deal of work, it is more than balanced by the benefits that you can find at no other school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
The smartest bunch of kids attend my school, and contrary to popular belief, we know how to party. Great school spirit.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend prepares you not only to get into one of the top colleges, but to succeed in life. The kids that go there are well rounded and great people to know. It's not like any other NYC school!

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
THHS is truly one of a kind. Everyone (literally everyone, from the janitors to the students) pitches in to help create a lovely learning environment.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend Harris has an excellent learning environment. It is very clean and everybody knows each other.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
We're a small school with great staff and overall friendly atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
The teachers greatly challenge the students to succeed. The workload may be overwhelming at times, but it prepares the students very adequately for college and for future endeavors.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
The teachers know what they're doing and care about the students.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
It prepares you for college.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
Students have a chance to learn in a comforting, safe environment. Teachers and students also get along really well and form a tight bond with each other in a relatively short time.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
My son goes to this school and is learning a lot more than I would expect him to. He knows a whole lot more than my friends' kids and that makes me proud. He's also become very mature and has made some great friends.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
The senior bridge year program is great! The school has a great learning environment and all of the extra curricular just add to its amazing-ness!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
I love Townsend Harris High School because the students are friendly and teachers are easy to approach. The work can be hard at times, but when we take regetns and SATS, we see higher grades than other students.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
In Townsend Harris, I realized how great it felt to work and learn with people who share the same passion about it. And the cool thing is, its not just one thing we're interested in. We love music, art, history, politics, science, all the while improving our own community. We're all interested in so many things, from anime club to science olympiad to advanced placement latin and even our own election simulation. Townsend Harris is hands down the best school to be in when you're passionate about learning and your community.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Because the teachers are cool, but still strict in a way that you learn a lot of things in a way that isn't fun necessarily, but not nearly as boring as other schools. Because the hallways don't remind me of prisons. Because of the amazing durability of students functioning on severe lack of sleep.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend is like a family where there are great people both students and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
The teachers are fantastic, the students become your best friends, the alumni are there for you more than they are for their colleges, and - let's face it - between college classes and AP's, you go to college almost a sophomore.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend has one of the most diverse student populations as well as one of the nicest. Everyone gets along and works together. We never have to worry about school violence.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
I love the staff and all the students, which have become great friends.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
The teachers at Townsend are amazing! They will spend as much time as possible with students and prepare us for the SATs, college and life. :)

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Townsend Harris High School is seriosuyl the best high school ever. To tell yo uthe truth, i hated going to this school freshman year, but i slowly got used to it and the teachers and students, and now i'm in total love witht his school . It changed my whole life. I was just a girl coming from a regular junior high school, but because of townsend harris high school, i changed my working habits and noticed i had a really smart side to myself that id dint know about it. I realized if i tried hard enough, and studied hard, i would do good. The work was relaly hard for me but im slowly getting used to it. It really changed my perspective on life and how i treat others.Townsend Harris high School has one of the sweetest and nicest people ever. Especially the students. No freshman fridays and not even one fight . Ive never seen a fight these 3 years ive been here. All the clubs and acitvites are always fun . They aklways make it seem exciting and fun.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
Easily the best Public High School in NYC. Graduated last year and I am the most prepared student for college at college now. I already know how to manage my time well, and I'm better prepared for the work and especially college writing than my other fellow college students. Go Towsend! Go Hawks!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
whats not to love, friendly environment and good education

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Despite torturing us with homework and long reports, it all pays off in the end. I would know since I'm in college right now using those skills that I've learned at THHS.

- submitted by a student
May 24, 2009
i go to townsend harris, and overall i think it's a great school with a lot of benefits for the long run. the workload is hard to keep up with, but once you learn to manage your time, it gets easier. freshman gym is pretty bad too, but i got used to that as well. if you could make it in thhs, you could make it anywhere.

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2009
I am currently a Freshman at THHS, and I am getting my taste of the Townsend experience. Sure, the classes are hard and gym can be a bit tiring, but in ten years I will be grateful. I came into Townsend Harris with a 99 average, and it has dropped to an 89.7, just three tenths of a point away from the honor roll, but no matter. I know this will be a great experience, and I definitely knew what I was getting myself into when I heard that had an 'all-honors and some AP' curriculum and four miles of running in a class period. This school has really good teachers and some of the nicest students you will ever meet, and yes there will be those 'outliers,' but there always are, that is just inevitable.

- submitted by a student
April 18, 2009
There are a lot of great things about this school-- The teachers and staff, the classes, the extra curriculars, and the motivated students all contribute to a pleasant atmosphere. Class discussions are always lively and intelligent. Although the work is very challenging, most teachers here truly care about their students and are more than willing to give extra help. Even though TH is a humanities centered school, it has a strong science program (the sci-oly is often top in the city, a handful of kids are intel semifinalists every year, etc...) The work is hard because it's supposed to prepare you for college and possibly grad school. As far as high schools go, the kids here aren't that clique-ish. It's a friendly environment. I'm an upperclassman, and I have to say that 5 hours of hw a day is a MYTH!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 13, 2009
I was accepted into Townsend Harris with a 98 average. During my freshman year my average dropped down to a 84. The teachers are tough and they teach us at a college level. Everyone had AP courses and they are tough, but manageable. During my Sophomore and Junior year I was used to the way the teachers taught. At Townsend I have seen that students were given an oppurtunity to travel the world. They were given a chance to go to France, Switzerland and Germany or Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil or Japan or Peru or Italy and Greece. It was mandatory that you learn one modern language [French, Spanish, and Japanese] and one classical language [Greek, Latin, and Hebrew]. The students there are really nice unlike most schools. Physical Education was tough we we had to run on the track. The most they made us run was 4 miles.

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2008
This school is reallly hard. I went there with a 98 average and now my average is an 82. Like 5 hours of homework a day. I love sports but i never have time with all the work given

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2008
As a freshman at this school, I really do enjoy it. The students in this high school are so nice and welcoming, unlike other brutal ones. The academics are a challenge. I'm doing pretty well in this school, but it is a lot of work. The faculty and classmates do help me out when I'm unsure about things, so I move through it all the time. It's really a good experience.

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
I love this school. It has good teaching and also it has many stars.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2006
This school is wonderful. I am currently a freshman. Everybody is very nice to you. Don't listen to the rumors about having 6 hours of homework. Yes, you do have homework like every other high school, but its not 6 hours. Lets say 2 hours total + studying. You have lockers, and elevators. Some of the sports are track, soccer, basketball, fencing, swimming, tennis, and much more. It's the best school in NY because 100% of kids go to college. This will be the best high school experience ever.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
i sent my very bright son to townsend harris with the highest hopes. I have been gravely disappointed. The school could be so much more! Instead of an atmosphere of creativity and learning it is a glorified catholic school! The students are riddled with rules and demerits and for 4 demerits for infractions like chewing gum or forgetting to get a note signed they are prevented from being admitted to a national honor society. The chancellor needs to take a look at the wasted opportunity here and change all the administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
i am a senior in this school and while looking back at the past three years i must say that this school is quite dismal. Some of the teachers are simply ridiculous! I felt as if they wanted us students to fail. Anyways, the point i'm trying to make is that THHS is not all its cracked up to be. Teachers need to learn to repect their students and furthermore the administration needs a real makeover. The guidance suite is a joke. I went to my guidance counselor junior year to talk about the schools i planned to apply to and i see her chatting away on aim and playing a game of cards.

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2006
competitive climate, but has been worth it overall.

- submitted by a former student
March 19, 2006
As an alum of this school, I am extremely proud to be a product of this premier institution. I have never loved to learn so much the way I was given education in this school, only because the student-teacher relationships work so well. Because of its small atmosphere, students are able to gain two to three really beneficial relationships with their teachers. Teachers as well as parents are active in their involvement to have this school on the top. All classes are honor classes and although AP classes were limited during my years, the APs were well taught by the teachers. Sports were always a big thing at school and extracurricular activities were readily available to cater to a student's need. I can only say great things about this school. I am proud to be an alum.

- submitted by a former student
February 04, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 14, 2005
I attended this school a few years ago and found it to be some of the best and worst years of my life. I recieved a great education within a lovely environment but at the same time was a little too sheltered by THHS. I feel asthough the school expected the same characteristics of each students, and those who demostrated different qualities were ostrasized and not understood by the faculty. I value the education that I recieved and the people that I encountered, but I was also hurt by the lack of care demonstrated by the teachers and faculty by not being a 'favorite' student.

- submitted by a former student
September 07, 2005
Townsend Harris has the coldest heart in the world. I think this is a very overrated school.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
Townsend Harris a very cold heart. I think that this is a very over rated school.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
this is a great school...its perfect for humanities and just overall a very good school

- submitted by a student
July 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
The quality of academic programs should be based on the quality of the teachers teaching the course. The teachers know how to assign the work, but have no idea how to teach it. The teachers get their work from computer websites and take forever to return grades. The ENTIRE staff thinks they are better than everyone else because they work at THHS and you're child is always wrong no matter what! They demand respect but make no attempt to return it. This is the most over-rated school in the city!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
i believe Townsend Harris is an excellent school and for any parent who believes their child needs more challenges, apply here because the school keeps the kids' focused on the present and their future

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 29, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 09, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
February 25, 2005
If you are self-motivated and have high ambitions, go to this school. As a former student and present graduate school student, I loved my H.S. experience. Best and most challenging years of my life!

- submitted by a former student
December 22, 2004
I graduated from TH in 1999, went on to college and graduate school, and thought both of those experiences were a joke. I worked my butt off at TH, and I enjoyed it. If you aren't a passionate student, you shouldn't go to THHS, and that's it. I'm tired of students, parents, and alumni complaining about all the work they did there or how strict it was or how tough the gym classes were. If you want to waste your time, go to another establishment. THHS is not a joke; it is a well-known, highly respected school. My time there prepared me for college, work, and life in general. It solidified my talents and skills. And I still had plenty of time to be a teen. My social life did not suffer. There's no reason why kids need to be out every night anyway. THHS changed my life for the better.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2004
Townsend Harris once was held in high regards as one of New York City's finest high schools. However, in my personal opinion, its prestige is rapidly decreasing. As a student myself, as well as the sibling of a graduate, I have been able to detect a notable difference in the overall quality of the school. Perhaps recent changes and transitions in the administration have contributed to the lowering of some standards once maintained at THHS. Although the education received at this institution is valuable, the school fails to provide students with a sense of accomplishment despite the dedication of each student to a workload that requires a vast amount of time and effort. The burden placed on students by THHS' emphasis on excess homework and schoolwork is devastating. Not only does one's social life suffer, but we are challenged mentally to the extent that many regret their decision to attend Townsend.

- submitted by a student
June 19, 2004
I'm a current junior at Townsend Harris and next year as a senior I will be taking courses at Queens College. This is one of the most significant advantages of this school. However, one of the other aspects that make this an excellent is its faculty and ofcourse the student body. Not only are the teachers true expertise in their field but they enjoy teaching and many students return to the school to teach because of the strict but friendly atmosphere. The teachers encourage students to perform way beyond the average and the results are also phenomenal. The student body at THHS is unique to the school in that making friends is very easy and having a relatively small class adds to the student-teacher interaction. It is a great school and one should consider themselves lucky to have been accepted to the school.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2004
Townsend Harris is not only excellent, but it demands excellence from its students. Most students from this school have been accepted to top tier colleges. My three years in this school has prepared me tremendously for the load of work waiting for me in college. Furthermore, most teachers are extremely qualified and the school's small size provides a more intimate relationship between students and teachers. The workload in Townsend Harris is greater than a normal high school, but its enriching programs and friendly community makes up for it.

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2004
I think the school is even good and prepares the students for prestigious colleges. Many of its graduates have been accpeted to Ivy League schools. As a frehsman in this school, I feel really blessed to be in it. But this school is not for those that are lazy because huge amounts of homework are given on a daily basis.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2004
My daughter is a student here and I sometimes wish she had gone elsewhere. It's not a bad school and I know she is safe there and is learning but at what price. The school is not all it is cracked up to be. In more than one instance, the faculty has proven to be less than stellar. Insane deadlines, blatant incompetence in one case, bizarre grading . . . The administration is very stern - too much so for my taste. There has been a lot of turnover of the faculty (1/3rd or more in two years) and that is of concern. The college guidance office is rumored to be quite poor. I would say that most of daughter's friends are not happy here. Rigorous is one thing, emotionally battering is another. The stress level is insane. There has to be a better balance but in this school system, what are you supposed to do? Go to a school with 3500 kids and no seats or opt for academic boot camp? Not an easy choice.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I am Nina Mozes, a senior at the Townsend Harris High School. Townsend Harris is not for the faint of heart. The workload is demanding and the expectations are high. To quote our past principle: 'We do not demand excellence, we expect it.' Although not every student at our school meets excellent expectations, the concentration of academically and extracurricularly motivated students is definitely higher than that of a regular high school. Despite the fact that I have sometimes felt like I was at a disadvantage because of our lack of AP classes and other resources, I still feel that Townsend Harris has opened doors to many more opportunities. For example, this year I have the opportunity to take a college class at Queens College at no extra charge. I will also be prepared for college because of our unique Humanities Seminar. Although I admit that I feel no reluctance to graduate, I confess that Townsend Harris has fully prepared me for college and the professional world. Email: NEMozes@aol.com

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
my two sons graduated from this great school,one is in R.P.I. and the other is in Cornell University, thanks to the teaching and careing of the staff of T.H.H.S. they both ajusted very well to the life in college .This school is the perfect exaple of a preparatory school, 100% of the class of 2003 were college bound.Is not a school for everyone, but if your child does well ( 90 and above) in Jr h.s.with out any extra help(tutoring)he or she will do well in Townsend. My both sons did well in school and they had a very active social life. as a parent I am very happy that my children had the great opportunity to attend such a high caring school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
i am a 1993 graduate of THHS. my overall experience was great. i must agree however that many students, as you will find in all schools, spend a lot of time in the books- it is important to create a balance for your child so that they leave high school with a well rounded education- wherever they go- this is a school where the kids study hard because they want to do well, because they are challenged to excel-but excelling must include becoming a well rounded individual that has tried their hand at everything the school has to offer- which is a great deal! i was blessed to be chosen to attend this school- it was a wonderful experience- i did not have to deal w violence that my friends at other high schools had to deal with- among other things- i found a positive environment where i was able to grow as a person- i now have my own successful business & work as a freelance photographer. i am a published poet & an artist.- my scholastic experience taught me to be confident in the things that i do.

- submitted by a former student
August 25, 2003
I have two kids. One attends Townsend Harris and the other St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows. Both are very good schools, top notch no doubt. However St. Francis Prep has a lot more variety when it comes to courses and extra-curricular activities. I hate when it gets overshadowed because it is a private school. NY schools are NY schools. Townsend Harris may stand out because of it's name and public school ranking, but St. Francis Prep would be up to par with it or maybe even pass it.

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
I am a current sophomore at Townsend Harris, and from what I have experienced so far, the school is nothing amazing. Granted, the education is top rate, but the atmosphere is too square. By this I mean that there is no variety in the interests of the students. Without naming names and trying not to insult anyone, I can say that talking to many of the students is equivalent to talking to a wall. Many of the students are interested in one thing and one thing only and that is to study, study, study. As a 15, soon to be 16, year old, I know this is not healthy. A teenager needs to have outlets, a life outside of books and papers. Don't get me wrong, Townsend is a good school - the teachers are pretty good, the workload is not unbearable, and the sports teams are great, which is of utmost importance to me. The only thing I can say is that the people in it need to lighten up. You are only in high school once. Enjoy it. Anyone reading this who has a child who is in Townsend or is planning to attend Townsend, the only advice I have for you is not to take it too seriously. Do your studying, get good grades, but try to enjoy your teenage years while doing it. You're only this age once. Anyone who wants more information from a student's point of view, feel free to email me at NYGal12918@aol.com

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2003
This school is one of the top public schools in New York. If your child is very bright, gets excellent grades but feels that they need to be challenged, this Is the school for them! It has everything that will mold one's child into a leader of tomrrow. This school will not only challenge your child academically but physically as well! As we all know our children are the future so why not enroll them in a school that will help them along the way?

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Townsend Harris High School
149-11 Melbourne Avenue, Queens, NY  11367
(718) 575-5580
Last modified Townsend Harris High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Townsend Harris High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 140 reviews. Top