Francis Lewis High School
|Francis Lewis High School|
|Fresh Meadows, New York, USA|
|Established||1960 - first graduating class 1963|
|Principal||Dr. David Marmor|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Number of students||Approx. 4200|
|Color(s)||Red, Black , and White|
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Francis Lewis High School (FLHS) is a public high school located in Fresh Meadows, Queens. It offers a number of special programs upon admission: Jacob K. Javits Law Institute (for law studies), the University Scholars Program (a highly selective program which gives its students an accelerated humanities program with a requirement of two foreign languages), and a Math and Science Research Program (advanced studies of math, science and statistics). In 1994, the US Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program was established in the school. The school has approximately a 91% attendance rate and 85.5% graduation rate.
In keeping with the school's diversity, Francis Lewis offers a plethora of foreign languages: Hebrew, French, AP French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Latin, Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, Spanish, Arabic, AP Spanish, AP Spanish literature, AP Japanese, and AP Chinese.
In 1978, Francis Lewis High School was the first public high school to achieve certification to the International Baccalaureate which supplemented the AP (Advanced Placement) courses by offering college credit for work done during high school (based on the final test score). Students may choose the full program to get a full years' college credit, or simply courses of interest (for credit towards single college courses such as math or humanities).
There are a few honors programs at Francis Lewis. They include: Math and Science Research, The University Scholars Program, The Jacob Javits Institute for Law, and the Gateway Honors Program. The Science Research Program has garnered various Siemens Competition and Intel Science Talent Search finalists.
In 1994, the US Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program was established in the school by Retired First Sergeant Richard Gogarty. It is the largest in the nation, with more than 800 cadets of the 1,725 high school chapters in the country. There are six JROTC teams, Academic, Choir, Drum Corps, Honor Guard, Raiders, and Drill Team. Three teams compete: Academic, Drill Team (Unarmed- Patriot Pride, Armed- Patriot Guard) and Raiders (female- Patriot Strength, male- Patriot Force). The Patriot Guard were national champions in 2007, 2009-2011, and placed second in 2012. The Patriot Pride came in second in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and first place in the 2013 National Championships in Daytona, Florida. Discouraged by their defeat at Army Nationals in Kentucky a month before the Nationals in Florida, they worked harder than ever and brought back home the national title when they swept the floor in Daytona, Florida. The female Raiders have been national championships for four consecutive years.  The male Raiders' most recent first place title was in 2011, having come in third in the 2012 Nationals. The Academic team has placed as finalists in the JROTC Leadership Academic Bowl in 2011, 2012, and 2013. They have also won their Academic Bowl first place almost every year. The battalion is an honor unit with distinction, and is considered one of the best and well-known US Army JROTC units in the nation.
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