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Townsend Harris High School

Townsend Harris High School is a coeducational public school for students in grades 9 through 12.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Urban


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Townsend Harris High School says

Townsend Harris is an academically selective high school that is recognized nationally as a model of secondary education. The student body is comprised of approximately 1100 culturally diverse individuals who have demonstrated evidence of high academic motivation and achievement. Our program emphasizes mastery in the Humanities, math and science, with an emphasis on Classics, and requires of our students the leadership skills, discipline and work ethic expected by the most demanding colleges and careers.

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All classes are Honors, Advanced Placement or college-level; advanced elective courses are offered in all subjects, including Social Science and Science Research programs. Our Humanities-focused curriculum includes two additional 9th grade English classes: Writing Process and Linguistics. All seniors take 12 tuition-free college credits at Queens College, including two electives and a Humanities Seminar co-taught by a professor from the college and a teacher from our school. We offer Concert Band, Chamber Music, Jazz Ensemble and Music Theory. Juniors may take College Now Classes at Queens College.

Program Overview

A humanities-based approach to excellence in all subject areas, achieved through extensive literature and writing courses, advanced courses and electives in English, Social Studies, Modern and Classical Languages, Math, Science, Social Science and Science Research, and a required Queens College Humanities Seminar.

Program Specialization: Humanities and Interdisciplinary

Available Seats in Freshmen Class: 270

Admission Method: Screened

Entrance Requirements: Review of Attendance & Punctuality

Required Grades

  • Math: 90-100
  • Science: 90-100
  • Social Studies: 90-100
  • English: 90-100


Buses: Q17, Q20A, Q25, Q58, Q64, Q88

Trains: E, F to Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike; 7 to Main Street-Flushing



Public schools are supported through local, state, and federal funding, and do not charge tuition to students who attend them.



Admission Priorities

  • Open to New York City residents

Important Dates

Regular Application Deadline: December 2



99% of students graduate from Townsend Harris High School

Test Scores

28 Average score for the ACT Composite

1910 Average score for the SAT Composite

Test Section Average Score
SAT Math 651
SAT Verbal 621
SAT Writing 638

NYC Report Card

Overall Score
College and Career Readiness


Townsend Harris High School received a Gold award from US News in 2013.

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History
  • Greek (ancient)
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 1,140
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 315
10 286
11 270
12 269

Townsend Harris High School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Townsend Harris High School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 22 : 1
Gender 29% Male / 71% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

45% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Townsend Harris High School.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 25%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 13%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 56%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

There were 3 incidents of bullying last year at Townsend Harris High School, which equals 0.0027 incidents per student.


American Classic League Honor Awards Society, Archon Student Service Honor Society, Arista National Honor Society, Art Shows, Brain Bee, The Classic School Newspaper, Consultative Council, Crimson and Gold yearbook, Fed Challenge, Festival of Nations, Freshman Grade Leaders, Japanese Honor Society, The Journal of Science Research, Junior Grade Leaders, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Moot Court; Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, New York City Science & Engineering Fair and Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, NYC & NYS History Day, NYS Science Honor Society, Quantum Cat Literary/science magazine, The Phoenix Literary/art magazine, School Musical, School Play, Science Olympiad Team, Senior Council, SING, Sophomore Grade Leaders, Spring Concert, Student Government; More than 40 clubs including: Amnesty International, Anime, Arabic, Chess, Cinephiles, Creative Writers' Workshop, Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), Drama, Educate to Elevate, Fashion, Free the Children, Glamour Gals, Glee Club, Jewish Culture, Key Club, Knitting, Latin Dance, Muslim Student Association, Photography, Red Cross, SAGES, Scrabble, Seekers, Society for the Preservation of the Earth
  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dance Club
  • Dance Team
  • Drama Club
  • Honor Society
  • Math Team
  • Mock Trial
  • Photography Club
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Indoor Track
  • Outdoor Track
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Indoor Track
  • Outdoor Track
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
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