Queens High School for the Sciences

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (commonly called QHSSYC or QHSS) is a New York City public magnet, specialized high school operated by the New York City Department of Education specializing in mathematics and science. It admits students based only on their scores on the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (commonly referred to as the SHSAT). The school was founded in 2002[3] along with the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and the High School of American Studies at Lehman College. QHSSYC is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST).[4]

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
94-50 159th Street

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United States
Coordinates40°41′56″N 73°47′49″W / 40.699°N 73.797°W / 40.699; -73.797Coordinates: 40°41′56″N 73°47′49″W / 40.699°N 73.797°W / 40.699; -73.797
Other nameQHSS or QHSSYC
School typePublic, selective school
Established2002; 19 years ago (2002)
OversightNYC Department of Education
School number687
CEEB code332549
PrincipalAna De Jesús
Teaching staff27.01 (FTE) (2018–19)[1]
Number of students475 (2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio17.59:1 (2018–19)[1]
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PublicationVeritas (literary magazine)
NewspaperThe Cardinal[2]

In 2012, the U.S. News & World Report ranked QHSSYC as the 52nd best "Gold Medal" high school in the United States,[5] and the 8th best "Gold Medal" high school in New York.[6] In 2015, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College was named 3rd in the state and 25th overall in the country for best high schools statewide and nationally.[7] The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education. In 2010, according to the Department of Education annual school reports, QHSSYC had one of the highest graduation rates, test scores, and attendance statistics in New York City, and was assigned the highest possible grade of 'A'.[8]


The school collaborates with York College in an agreement that allows the high school students to use college facilities such as the library, cafeteria, and gymnasium. It is housed on the second floor of the college's science building.[8]

Queens High School for the Sciences places an emphasis on the sciences and mathematics as part of its college-preparatory curriculum. The curriculum is centered about the Regents and Advanced Placement exams; the school generates some of the highest test scores in the country.[5] As a New York City Department of Education high school, QHSSYC requires 44 credits to graduate with a New York State Regents diploma. Requirements for the Advanced Regents Diploma are set by New York State.

Some students participate in mentorships and internships to develop research projects presented in various fairs and symposiums throughout the US, including the International Science and Engineering Fair.[9]


In June 2006, founding principal Brian Jetter retired, and Jie Zhang took his place.[8] In June 2011, Principal Jie Zhang was transferred to Stuyvesant High School, and Dr. David Marmor took her place. Dr. Marmor left after the 2012–13 school year and the position was then held by Lenneen Gibson as Principal until October 2016, where she was then temporarily replaced by B.D. Anthony. The principal is now Ana De Jesus, who became principal in November 2016.


The New York City Subway's Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue (E, J, Z) station is located nearby, as well as New York City Bus's Q42, Q84, Q65, Q25, Q34, Q83, Q112, Q110, Q111, Q30, Q31, Q6, Q9, Q8, Q41 routes.[10] Students residing a certain distance from the school are provided full-fare student MetroCards for public transportation on their first day of school.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Search for Public Schools - QUEENS HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE SCIENCES AT YORK COLLEGE (360010005297)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "School Profile". Queens High School for the Sciences at York College. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  3. ^ Shakarian, Katrina. "The History of New York City's Special High Schools". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "NCSSSMST". Archived from the original on August 14, 2007.
  5. ^ a b "ueens High School for the Sciences at York College Overview". USNews. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "New York High Schools". USNews. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "Queens High School for the Sciences at York College in JAMAICA, NY - Best High Schools - US News". Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Insideschools.org: Your independent guide to NYC public schools". Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  9. ^ "Intel ISEF 2019 Special Awards Winners Announced".
  10. ^ "Brooklyn Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  11. ^ "Student MetroCards". Office of Pupil Transportation. Retrieved September 12, 2016.

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