A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Townsend Harris High School is an elite, public school located in Flushing, NY. It has 1,132 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.
Address
149-11 Melbourne Ave
Flushing, NY 11367
Telephone
(718) 575-5580

Townsend Harris High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1370
453 responses
Average ACT
31
124 responses
AP Enrollment
92%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.59 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.59 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 168 responses
Report
  • Festival of Nations
    27%
  • Founder's Day
    21%
  • SING!
    21%
  • Winter Carnival
    9%
  • Sports Awards
    7%
  • The School Play
    5%
  • Senior Mixer
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,132
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.60 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.60 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.60 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.7%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.76 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.76 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.76 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.86 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.86 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.86 responses
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On a personal level I feel like Townsend wasn't a very good fit for me. In general, however, this school offers an excellent academic environment for all students. There are supportive faculty here for both academic and personal needs - feel free to seek out people if you're feeling troubled for any reason! For those that enjoy the humanities, we are pretty much known for being a humanities school. There's two years of ancient language studies and a year of college-level humanities seminars. For those more interested in science and math - don't be put off by the 'humanities' label - we compete every year in national-level STEM related events such as Science Olympiad and FIRST Robotics. All in all a very excellent school.
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Teens will be teens, but overall the kids were pretty mature and amazing compared many students at other schools. Gym can be tricky since you can be blessed with an easy coach or a not so easy one (my freshman year was chock full of 1 to 2 mile runs). 1100 people for a school isn't bad and I'm happy it isn't 3,000 people. Most teachers are very knowledgable and actually know what they are talking about. We've got many (too many) AP classes but that's nice because CREDITS! All students have to take AP word history in 9th and 10th grade and now for junior year, you need to take at least one AP. Many clubs, sports teams, and SING and FON are the performances of the year
Though sometimes challenging to keep up with the schoolwork, my experience at Townsend Harris has been phenomenal. I've met some of my closest friends at Townsend, all of whom, though extremely talented, have never been hyper-competitive. The environment overall is very mellow, as teachers challenge students to think critically and pursue their own questions, all while taking the time to warmly talk about school events and getting involved in student life. Though student-teacher relationships are personal and genuine, sometimes the lack of communication between the faculty and school administration creates discrepancies. However, both students and faculty know how to cooperate professionally in order to make the changes they want to see.