While school overcrowding is a very present issue for many of us, not much is presently being done to handle it. This school year, four new schools opened in all of Queens to handle overcrowding. Right now, there are several new school projects on the horizon that we thought you should know about. Most of these schools won’t open for several years. Hopefully, these projects will help our kids get the environment they need in order to learn.
According to his latest newsletter, Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and several other council members have paired up with the Department of Education to build several schools in Western Queens. The newest project is a new school in Woodside, which would relieve the overcrowding at PS 11 which is at 117% capacity. This new school will offer 440 seats to the children of District 30, one of the most crowded districts in the city. The new school which is slated to open in September 2015, will be located at 57 Street and 39 Avenue.
Also in District 30, two schools in Long Island City are already under construction. IS/HS 404, a sixth through twelfth grade school, in Hunters Point is slated to open in September 2013. That school will serve 1,071 students and include special education services. The school will be located at 150 51 Avenue at 27 Street and is slated to have air conditioning, smart boards, and a terrace on the roof. The last school in the newsletter, PS/IS 312, will be opening in Long Island City in September 2013. This school will serve Pre-K through eighth grade and adding 650 seats. The school will be located at 46-08 5 street. The Department of Education already plans to relocate students from LIC’s overbooked and under-resourced PS 78 to this new school.
Jackson Heights’ new Intermediate school, IS 297, is set to be open in September 2013. The 423 seater will sit at the site of a former mansion. This is another new one for district 30, which will open at 74-03 34 Avenue.
A new high school is set to open in Elmhurst. HS 585, also known as Maspeth High School, will open this September. The new school for district 24 will contain 1,119 seats. This school will look to alleviate the overcrowding in the city’s most overcrowded district. The school is currently temporarily co-located with a number of other schools in Forest Hills but would be moving into its own building to 54-40 74th Street. PS 313, in Sunnyside, will be opening in September 2014 with 432 seats. The K through 5 school will be opening at 42 Street between 47 avenue and Queens Boulevard.
Corona is the most overcrowded area in District 24. PS 287 will be located between 110 and 111 Street on Northern Boulevard. Construction is underway on the Corona, which will open in September 2013. The Pre-K through 5th school is the first of several in Corona. Also, anticipated is another school in Corona, PS 315. Slated to open in September 2014, the new 1,100-seater would be located at 96-18 43 Avenue. On the same block, IS 311 is set to open at 97-11 44 Avenue in 2015 with 785 seats. Also in Corona, PS/IS 298 will open at 50-51 98 Street, also in 2015.
There are several other schools slated to open throughout the borough. Ozone Park will see a new school, PS 316, in September 2014. Construction is already underway at the new school, which will open at 90 street and 101 Avenue with 416 seats for district 27.
A new school is slated to open in Jamaica. PS/IS 314 will serve students in Pre-K through eighth grades. The school at 88-08 164 Street will add about 757 seats for district 28.
Also, counted in the tally of new schools, are the seven Queens schools that were picked for turnaround last month (See our article about turnaround here ). These schools will be starting fresh in September with a mostly new staff and a new name. The new names for the schools were revealed earlier this month. See the names of all the turnaround schools here and below.
|Original Name||New Name|
|August Martin High School||School of Opportunities at the August Martin Campus|
|Flushing High School||Rupert B. Thomas Academy at the Flushing Campus|
|John Adams High School||Future Leaders High School at the John Adams Campus|
|Long Island City High school||Global Scholars Academies of Long Island City|
|Newtown High School||College and Career Academies High School at Newtown Campus|
|Richmond Hill High School||21st Century School of Richmond School|
|William Cullen Bryant High School||Academy of Humanities and Applied Science at the William Cullen Bryant Campus|
There seem to be several other school projects brewing. See this page to get an idea of where the Department of Education sees the most need for new schools.