21-21 Crescent Street
Astoria, NY, 11105
(718) 721-7200
Catholic, Co-Ed

Principal: Maria N. Johnson
Admissions Director: (718) 721-7200 ext. 699
Students: 720
Teachers: 48
Average Class Size: 26
Top 5 or Most Unique Extracurricular Activities: Art, Baseball, Basketball, Catholic Worker, Cheerleading, Chess Club, Coding, Dance, Drama, Golf, Environmental Awareness, Glee Club, Jazz Rock Band, Junior Ladies of Charity, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Model UN, National Honor Society, Photography, Red Cross, Redstorm News, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Soccer, Softball, Speech & Debate, Student Council, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Young Investors and many more.
Open House: Saturday, October 16, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. by appointment
Percentage of Seniors Attending College: 100
Top 2021 Seniors Attending: Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, CUNY, Dartmouth College, Drexel University, FIT, Fordham University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Howard University, Hofstra, Iona College, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Northeastern, Pace University, Penn State University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Queens College, Rensselaer RPI, St. John’s University, Stony Brook University, SUNY, Syracuse University, Vassar College, Wesleyan University
College Credit Courses: Advanced Placement Courses in Biology, Calculus, English Language and Composition, English Literature, European History, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, United States History, World History
Admissions Requirements: TACHS Test
School Motto: That they may have life more abundantly.
What makes St. John’s Prep a Top High School? St. John’s Preparatory School is dedicated to promoting academic excellence and to instilling the principles and values of the Catholic faith in a positive, supportive environment. Through an advanced, challenging curriculum, St. John’s Prep focuses on the growth of the individual student.
Students from St. John’s Prep may attend St. John’s University during their senior year through a unique SJP/SJU Baccalaureate Program. They can also take college courses through the College Advancement Program with St. John’s University.
The Campus Life Retreat Program beginning in freshman year helps students learn more about themselves, each other and recognize God in others.
The Performing arts and multi-media program engages students as writers, actors, dancers, designers, directors, musicians, singers and technicians. It fosters creativity, improves confidence and allows them to embrace their self-expression.
Advanced science and technology courses, programs and activities provide a strong foundation for future careers and innovative thinking.


119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 268-4667
Independent, Co-ed, K-12

Head of School: Carla Jantos MacMullen
Head of Middle/Upper School: Tiffany D. Trotter
Head of Lower School: Karin Bernstein
Admissions Director: Soraya Diaz Tamayo (718) 268-4667, admissions@kewforest.org
Students: 225
Teachers: 45-plus
Average Class Size: 8
Top 5 or Most Unique Extracurricular Activities: Model United Nations (UN), Mock Trial, Athletics, Community Service, Student-run Clubs
Unique Academic Programs: Fully in-person for the 2021-22 school year, Project-Based Learning, and advanced coursework through AP classes at the School and One Schoolhouse.
Open House Dates: Virtual on October 7 for Lower School and October 28 for Middle & Upper School. On campus on November 13 for Lower School and December 4 for Middle & Upper School
Notable Alumni and/or Programs: Kew-Forest has a robust Class Ambassador program, in which alumni help to promote the mission of the school by strengthening communication among classmates and bridging the relationship between alumni and the School.
Notable graduates of The Kew-Forest School include:
• David Arabov (‘08), Entrepreneur; Former CEO & Co-Founder, Elite Daily
• Hank Azaria (‘81), Emmy award-winning actor, comedian & producer
• Alessandra Galloni (‘91), Global Managing Editor, Reuters
• James Gray (‘87), Film director & screenwriter
• Bonnie Hammer (‘67), Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group
• Casey Heeg (‘69), Mission Architect, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• Catherine W. Skinner (‘48), Senior Research Scientist, Yale University
Top 2021 Seniors Attending: MIT, Northeastern University, Williams College
Most 2021 Seniors Attending: Boston University, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Trinity College
College Credit Courses: Yes – Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered in Biology, Calculus BC, English Language and Composition, Modern World History, Physics 2, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Studio Art, US Government and Politics, and US History
Admissions Requirements: Kew-Forest is always looking for students who will contribute to the vibrant and collaborative environment in its classrooms. To assess suitability, they ask applicants to submit their academic records, as well as to present themselves by way of an interview and a student statement.
Scholarships/Financial Aid Availability & Requirements: Kew-Forest offers need-based tuition assistance to qualified families based on a review of the financial aid application submitted through FAST. Tuition assistance decisions are made separately from admissions decisions.
Percentage of Students on Academic Aid: For the 2021-22 school year, over $1 million in need-based tuition assistance was awarded to 50 percent of high school students.
School Motto: Ad Summum (To the Top)
What makes Kew-Forest a Top High School? The Kew-Forest School nurtures lifelong learners from around the world. Its educators inspire young people to think boldly and find their voices. Its students support each other and explore thoughtfully as they shape the future.
What makes your school stand out as a top institution (i.e., % of students going to college, ratio of college advisors, % of students playing sports, faith-based activities, ETC.).
• The strength of its students: Nearly all AP students earned scores of 4 or 5 over the last two school years despite pandemic-related disruptions to their education.
• The strength of its faculty: Faculty eagerly seek professional growth opportunities to further deepen and refine in-person teaching and learning.
• Close faculty-student connections: A low student:teacher ratio allows faculty to get to know students individually.
• Globally minded and culturally competent graduates: Alumni consistently report feeling well prepared for life beyond Kew-Forest.

End overcrowding

Dear Editor,
As a graduate of Forest Hills High School (Class of 1957), I was shocked to learn that 4,000 students now attend my alma mater. That’s nearly four times the number when I went there, and many of them live far from Forest Hills.
Parents complain that students don’t have enough room for the social distancing required by COVID-19 protocols.
The reason for overcrowding at FHHS and other high schools is a change in admission policy that occurred under former mayor Mike Bloomberg. Students were enrolled in the high school closest to their home for more than a century.
That changed in 2004, when the Department of Education introduced a school choice program requiring all 8th graders to submit a list of 12 high schools they
wish to attend, no matter where they lived.
The DOE would match student preferences with each school’s attendance capacity. The intent was noble, but the results are a nightmare.
Schools with a high rate of college admissions, like FHHS, are flooded with students, while under-performing schools lose students and funding, which is based on enrollment. Thus they have fewer resources to improve.
The DOE must restore the zone-based system of high school enrollment except for the eight specialized high schools that require a rigorous admissions test.
This will create a fairer balance of enrollment at all high schools and a better education for all of our city’s students.
Richard Reif
Kew Gardens Hills

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