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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Forest Hills High School is a highly rated, public school located in Forest Hills, NY. It has 3,891 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 96% of students are at least proficient in math and 97% in reading.
Address
67-01 110th St
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Telephone
(718) 263-2006
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Forest Hills High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
97%
Percent Proficient - Math
96%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1170
885 responses
Average ACT
26
79 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$75,599
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,646
National
$949
Median Home Value
$430,627
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.84 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.84 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 223 responses
Report
  • Music shows/performances
    23%
  • Club events
    19%
  • Senior events
    17%
  • Community service
    15%
  • Student Government Events
    11%
  • A basketball game
    8%
  • No real fun events
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,891
Free or Reduced Lunch
66%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.96 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.96 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.96 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,654
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.9%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.130 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.130 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.130 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.135 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.135 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.135 responses
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Forest Hills is pretty alright. When you have good teachers and the right support, it can be a very fulfilling school. The school is really diverse, likely to do with the large population but there’s a lack of school spirit due to this as well. There’s also two different bell schedules depending on what year you’re in. Food is what you’d expect for free NYC public school lunch. The programs in the arts have a floor dedicated to them. Sometimes it is difficult to find information regarding college trips or other opportunities if you’re not on top of it. The honors program grants an opportunity of applying for a hospital internship in your senior year. I’ve had good opportunities within the honors program (the AP of science who aids it is amazing), but am giving 3 stars as I know that not everyone lives the same experience.
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Forest Hills High school is an excellent school that educates over 4,000 students annually. Regardless of the lack of funding, and the disproportional student to faculty ratio, Forest Hills High School manages to educate, and support all of their students efficiently on a daily basis. The faculty of the school do an excellent job managing all of the and work hard to fulfill their duties. The students also do a remarkable job pertaining to their education, excelling in core, challenging (ex: AP and honors classes), and contemporary classes (ex: riding and writing, African dancing). Unfortunately, there is a lack of guidance as only basic information is presented in hallway bulletin boards, but do not provide detailed information. Regardless, students still excel in extracurricular activities. Despite lack of funding,and athletic spaces, sports teams, research, performing arts, and law programs are one of the best in the city, thanks to the hard work of the students and faculty.
Forest Hills High School is one of, if not the most, crowded schools in New York, accounting for almost 4,000 students. With that in mind, the administration does a great job handling its high student population. Many of the teachers are reasonable, kind, and push their students to do their best. The high school maintains several specialized programs such as the Carl Sagan Math/Science Honors Academy, Law and Humanities, and the Academy of International Music/Performing Arts and Drama Academy to keep students engaged and bring clarity to their future career choices. With their new principal, Ben Sherman, this diverse curriculum has only expanded with the introduction of Japanese foreign language classes and new art courses such as Mixed Media and Cinema. Despite the budget cuts from the new principal, with the number of deans being cut in half, Forest Hils High School continues to flourish.