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Bayside High School New York City
Bayside High School
32-24 Corporal Kennedy Street, Bayside, NY 11361-1061
Bayside High School is one of the highest performing schools in the New York City Department of Education. Bayside students are admitted into six newly updated programs: Digital Art & Design, Music Performance & Production, Environmental Engineering & Technology, Humanities & Non-Profit Management, Computer Programming & Web Design, and Sports Medicine & Management. These programs offer students the opportunity to earn college credits, participate in industry internships and learn more about careers in the field.
The school has a 98.6% four-year graduation rate; the highest of any large open-admissions high school in the NYC DOE. The school has pioneered Whole Child Guidance practices and is further improving curriculum through the additions of internships and of numerous college-accredited courses. Bayside High School has received positive recognition for "closing the achievement gap" for minority students, English Language Learners (ELL) and students with Special Needs.
As of the 2018-19 school year, the school has an enrollment of 3,017 students and 164 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 18:1. There were 1,909 students (63% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 365 (12% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Bayside opened its doors on March 16, 1936, taking in 2,300 students from Flushing High School. In 1978 the Bayside High School music program, then under department chairman Sidney Lovett and teacher John Benza, was among the first secondary schools in the nation to purchase and teach Music Synthesis on a synthesizer, the Roland System 100.
^Hartocollis, Anemona. "COPING; From the Subway to the Stars", The New York Times, February 9, 2003. Accessed February 14, 2008. "There are exceptions, like the daughter of former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, Ellen Baker, a physician-astronaut who was on the Bayside High School swim team and rode the shuttle Columbia in 1992."