Flushing HS put students in online courses to meet graduation rate

Flushing HS allegedly enrolled failing students in online courses to increase its graduation rate.
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Flushing High School allegedly enrolled 150 students in online courses to meet its 60 percent graduation rate goal, according to a published report.

Students at Flushing HS at 35-01 Union St., one of 94 schools in the city Department of Education’s School Renewal Program for struggling schools, were allegedly enrolled in Apex Learning online courses, the New York Post reported.

Flushing HS and Apex Learning could not be reached for comment.

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), who once taught at Flushing HS, said she was unaware of the allegations but that if they are true, she is “horrified,” stating that the school is contracting out students’ education and preventing them from learning.

“First thing, in fairness, we have to verify the facts and I will be sending a letter to the Department of Education asking for an investigation into this practice because if it was done at Flushing High School, I have a feeling it may have been done elsewhere and that calls into question students’ records,” Stavisky said.

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) said he reached out to the school’s principal to set up a meeting and find out what he can do to support the school. He said his concerns rest on what caused the students to fail.

“I’ve advocated for additional drop-out prevention funding for Flushing High School because the real issue we should be addressing is how we allowed these children to fail in the first place,” Koo said in a statement. “There are systemic faults in our school system that place undue pressure on the individual without taking into account their educational foundation.”

The DOE said the high school’s graduation rate has yet to be finalized, but that based on preliminary graduation numbers, it does not expect to see a significant increase in the June graduation rate compared to its internal projects from the spring.

“Just this past year at Flushing High School we’ve replaced the principal, overhauled curriculum, held bi-weekly teacher training sessions and built smaller student learning communities,” Jason Fink, DOE’s deputy press secretary, said. “Flushing High School has been struggling for a long time with no structure or support in place to turn around—now, we are making the tough decisions that will improve student outcomes.”

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Posted 12:00 am, July 27, 2015
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hugh from queens says:
Put more of the community kids into flushing high school instead of busing them all to francis Lewis. Maybe if more asians kids went to the school like they should be then maybe the school wouldn't be doing so badly.
July 27, 2015, 5:03 am
maybe it is not the teachers from Queens says:
Maybe the class size, teachers, curriculum etc are not the problem. Are students dropping out because they are unable to attend because they are pregnant, drop out to work to support a poor family, etc. That is not a failure of the schools. Do the students who fail belong in this school or should they be in special ed because of learning disabilities. I went to a second rate school with mostly average teachers but most kids graduated so I just think the problem goes deeper than the school itself.
July 27, 2015, 11:14 am
Terence Smith from Queens says:
I go to this school and its frustrating how teachers[most] use a 5 question hw review to teach then give you the same hw and repeat next day. The school is GHETTO as well as the neighborhood. There is way too many students cutting school, too many fights and teachers especially the principle doesn't care. Sometimes I want to drop out of school instead I go to the library to educate myself on being a lawyer or a doctor something that would take me away from the streets.

If you are reading this just keep in mind that this school isn't just "Failing" its infested with gangs of violence who just come to school to sell drugs and harass any student who walks across the hallway or staircase. ohh and I forgot many of the teachers barely come to school to teach they even tell students when they going to take the day off all of this under Farinas BIG nose.
Aug. 18, 2015, 11:22 pm
Daniel castro from still in the 10 grade supposed to be graduated... says:
This school is really bad. A lot of people say well if you avoid bad influences you'll be okay, well that's a lie I go to this school and deal with a very cold noncaring environment a fair amount teachers don't care, many students don't care about school as it is so how am I supposed to care when teachers don't teach just let every student for themselves. I regret attending this school I'm probably not even going to make it to college for failing multiple classes
to pass they'll have to try 3 times harder than in any other high school there is, also deal with the dangerous gang environment there still is here in Flushing Highschool.
Oct. 20, 2015, 5:11 pm
anonymous from anonymous says:
Some teachers get paid money from students to pass them... oops I snitched now I hope I don't get stitches :(
May 9, 2016, 3:30 pm

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