John Adams High School (Queens)

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John Adams High School


TypePublic high school
School boardNew York City Public Schools
School district27
School numberQ480
PrincipalDaniel Scanlon
Faculty169.7 FTEs[1]
Enrollment2,622 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15.5:1[1]
Color(s)Blue and white
Team nameSpartans
NewspaperThe Campus
YearbookThe Clipper

John Adams High School (H.S. 480; often referred to locally as John Adams) is a public high school in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, New York City. Planning for the school began in 1927[2] and classes commenced in September 1930.[3] At around the same time the city built several other high schools from the same plans, including Samuel J. Tilden High School, {{Far Rockaway High School (Queens), Abraham Lincoln High School, Bayside High School, and Grover Cleveland High School.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,622 students and 169.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.5:1. There were 2,061 students (78.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 251 (9.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1][4]


John Adams has three floors and a basement. The basement contains the cafeteria, locker rooms, weight-training room, a swimming pool, numerous classrooms, and a Northwell-LIJ School Based Health Center that opened in 2015. The campus of John Adams is roughly six by three city blocks, with baseball, tennis, track, and football fields behind the school. The school also has three gymnasiums. There is also a library, an auditorium, a Virtual Enterprise Room which is a simulated business class, and several computer and science labs throughout all three floors.



  • Grade levels: 9 to 12
  • Ethnicity:
  • Gender %: 52.8 Male, 47.2 Female
  • Attendance: 79.9%
  • Graduation rate: 53.6%.
  • 6-year graduation rate: 67.2% as of 2009-2010.
  • College enrollment: 42.8%
  • Current School Grade: John Adams recently received a [D] from the Board of Education. - 2009-2010.[7]

Special programs[edit]

  • The school offers specialized programs in vision care as well as medical and dental technology.
  • Taking single sessions of math and English also frees up more time for students to enjoy electives and Advanced Placement courses.
  • The school offers College Now, a program run by CUNY offering accredited college courses on site at the high school.
  • The school has "collaborative team teaching" (CTT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special- and general education students. (Laura Zingmond, October 2005)
  • All incoming freshman may take classes the summer before and after the 9th grade, which means that they can start the 10th grade with as many as 19 of the 44 credits required for graduation.
  • For older students who are at risk of dropping out, there is the PM program—an afternoon session designed to deliver instruction of core subjects in a single classroom environment.
  • The school offers day and nighttime GED (General Equivalency Diploma) programs and vocational training. Vocational training is handled off-site.
  • The school offers special ed for those with learning challenges.

Notable people[edit]


Former teachers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for John Adams High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "17 Buildings Voted by Education Board" (PDF). New York Times. 10 February 1927. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ "City Speeds Work On 51 New Schools" (PDF). New York Times. 6 August 1930. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "High School Directory Entry: John Adams High School". New York City Department of Education. 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  5. ^ "2016 New York City High School Directory" (PDF). New York City Department of Education. 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
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  7. ^ "School Progress Report"
  8. ^ Lloyd, Michael G. (2012). Bull of Heaven: The Mythic Life of Eddie Buczynski and the Rise of the New York Pagan. Hubbarston, MAS.: Asphodel Press. pp. 9–11. ISBN 978-1938197048.
  9. ^ Steve Cangialosi, Sports Anchor/Reporter (profile) – NY1 News.

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Coordinates: 40°40′44″N 73°50′13″W / 40.67889°N 73.83694°W / 40.67889; -73.83694