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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Francis Lewis High School is a highly rated, public school located in Fresh Meadows, NY. It has 4,227 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 98% of students are at least proficient in math and 96% in reading.
Address
58-20 Utopia Pky
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Telephone
(718) 281-8200

Francis Lewis High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
96%
Percent Proficient - Math
98%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1220
590 responses
Average ACT
28
69 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$59,758
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,401
National
$949
Median Home Value
$462,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.82 responses
Poll
87%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.82 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 293 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    17%
  • Pep rally
    14%
  • Sing!
    13%
  • Talent Shows
    13%
  • International Festival
    13%
  • Winter Assembly
    11%
  • School Play
    10%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
4,227
Free or Reduced Lunch
73%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.95 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.95 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.95 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,654
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.4%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.116 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.116 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.116 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.115 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.115 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.115 responses
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I have been attending Francis Lewis High School for the past four years, this year being my senior year. Overall, my experience here is pretty great -- I had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and that truly broadened my horizon of the world. We may be a crowded school with over 4,500 students, but the sheer diversity and plethora of people from all backgrounds continuously stun me everyday!

The faculty are amazing and very supportive, many of them guided me through the college applications process and served as my support system. Many are also very passionate about what they teach and engage students well on even the most boring of units.

There isn't much school spirit which is sort of explainable... the large number of students makes it difficult to rally students to events and such. Regardless, the extracurriculars and clubs offered ensure that students are busy during after school hours immersing in their interests.
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Francis Lewis High School is the best public high school! They have so many different programs that offer things such leadership, and experience to the outside world. While many people say it is crowded and hectic, it creates an atmosphere of freedom of expression and togetherness. It allows for people to make new friends and to have different friends. As you transition from year to year, you meet new people and even as a senior you may meet people you have never seen before. It allows for a diverse community that is welcomed and respected. As for the teachers, in my experience, they have always been welcoming and really know how to teach. While there are some cons to a big school with a lot of staff, the pros such as diversity, the number of clubs and activities and programs, allow students to grow and prosper.
I really enjoyed my time in Francis Lewis High School. There are several extra-curricular activities I could join to become more involved and make new friends. FLHS has an amazing Junior Reserve Officer's Training (JROTC) program, which teaches you a variety of skills you will use in the real world. There are a variety of electives you could choose from, which is beneficial in finding what you're interested in the future. The academics in this school is above average (compared to other non-specialized high schools) with good teachers. Some teachers aren't good at teaching, but extra help is always available. There is a tutoring center, and ARISTA members are available to help you in any subject. Once you come out of your shell and find your group of friends, this is an amazing school to be a part of.