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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Academy of American Studies is a highly rated, public school located in Long Island City, NY. It has 1,002 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.

Academy of American Studies Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1180
365 responses
Average ACT
26
21 responses
AP Enrollment
18%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$77,901
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,788
National
$949
Median Home Value
$812,519
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 119 responses
  • Spirit Week
    20%
  • Pep Rally
    16%
  • Halloween Costume Parade
    13%
  • First Day of School Assembly
    10%
  • Twin Day
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    8%
  • Pajama Day
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,002
Free or Reduced Lunch
62%
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,654
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.5%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
72%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.47 responses
34%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.47 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.47 responses
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It's a very friendly environment. The school doesn't help prepare you for college and isn't best with faculty. It's very dirty and the facilities are horrible. The teachers don't get respected enough. The sports teams are very good for a small school. The school wastes way too much money on Opera when no one likes the program. The kids are very different, half the school cares about their grades and the other half are drop outs. A lot of the kids go to the back staircase and smoke their vapes which is disgusting. Don't recommend the school at all!
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After attending Academy of American Studies for four years, I have improved not only as a student, but also as a person. However, I gave this school a rating of "average" because it isn't as challenging as I expected. The Social Studies department does a great job at teaching the curriculum and making sure students are well prepared for not only regents exams, but college as well. However, the math and science department are a struggle. Some teachers confuse themselves teaching the class which ends up confusing everyone else. The school is way too uptight about certain rules and policies- for example, they lock the bathrooms for long periods of times to apparently prevent people from vaping in the bathrooms. However, students who have to use the bathroom now have to wait around 20 minutes to do so, which also creates long lines for bathrooms! Teachers have favorites and its very obvious but overall a decent school in new york city, especially when it comes to safety.
Academy is probably one of the most average schools in queens, really nothing too special about it. The teachers are nice but some are just terrible at teaching. There really isn't an in-between, and they like to choose favorites. Academics wise, the school offers the typical classes, many of which are poorly staffed. Again, nothing special, not too easy or too hard. There are a few activities and clubs but they are usually really small and don't have much student involvement. The resources needed are usually not given. Its a pretty safe school, but the building is shared with another highschool where stabbings and fights happen more then they should. Food is disgusting, but that's kinda expected.