The academic program at Queens High School of Teaching places an emphasis on every aspect of student growth and development, while meeting state requirements. Suitable class sizes and exceptional, qualified teachers allow us to offer a comfortable and inclusive educational environment, while ensuring each student receives the individualized attention and support they need.
Our Small Learning Communities
QHST is composed of three Small Learning Communities (SLCs), each with a dedicated team of teachers and support staff, and lead by an SLC Assistant Principal. Each SLC is composed of an average of 400 students. Our SLC model takes a "medium sized" school of an average of 1,200 students and create smaller units, through which we can better personalize the learning for all students, and form deeper and more meaningful relationships between all stakeholders. The relationships create improved communication and collaboration between professionals, students, and families, which yields high levels of support for all, leading to improved student outcomes.
By the end of high school, students are required to pass certain courses and exams in various subject areas, including English, math, social studies, and science. Students must earn 44 credits in total, distributed across specific subject areas, and pass specific exams in order to graduate.
In New York State, students can earn three types of diplomas: a local diploma, a Regents diploma, or an Advanced Regents diploma. All students should be encouraged to meet the requirements for the most rigorous diploma option possible. If a parent believes that their child is not on track to graduate, they should speak to the student’s guidance counselor immediately.
In English Language Arts (ELA), students learn to become active readers and writers. Teachers use a balance of elaborate fiction and non-fiction texts in the classroom and teach reading, writing, vocabulary, and discussion with an emphasis on using details and evidence from the text.
Students learn mathematics best when they have opportunities to “do math”. Students must work on challenging problems, share their thinking with others, and use their thinking to build and deepen understanding. This process will provide our students with the skills needed to go to college or enter the workforce better prepared.
All students are curious about the world in which they live, which makes them natural scientists. Science helps them make sense of the world around them. It provides opportunities for students to investigate this world and explain how and why things happen. They use problem-solving skills to find solutions to a variety of real-world problems.
The goal of social studies is to make sure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college, a career, and a future as a productive adult. Students use rich content, themes, and big ideas to learn history, geography, economics, civics, citizenship, and government. They also use essential skills to “think like historians.”
Also known as Languages Other Than English (LOTE), is a required academic subject for students in 9th grade. Students who have completed three years of high-school-level coursework in World Languages may be eligible to take the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Comprehensive exam.
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We are pleased to announce we are offer Music Compostion and Audio Production for all Juniors of the Queens HS of Teaching. Students will learn the art of appreciating various types of music and critically listen for Texture, Timbre, Rhythm, Melody, Harmony and Lyrical Analysis.
Physical education (PE) is a required academic subject that teaches students how to be physically active. In PE, students learn to work as a team, develop healthy personal fitness habits, and set fitness goals now and throughout their lives.
Health education is a required academic subject for students in all grades. In this class, students learn how to take care of their minds, their bodies, and their relationships with others. The concepts and skills are focused to be healthy in life.
Students are able to experience practical teaching internships with teaching professionals at one of three tree campus or surrounding schools and attend weekly teaching seminars. Students who successfully participate in the TI program will graduate with Honors designation in teaching.
The College Board's Advanced Placement Courses is an extensive program that offers high school students the chance to participate in what College Board describes as college-level classes. It also plays a large part in the college admissions process, showing students' intellectual capacity and genuine interest in learning. The program allows many students to gain college credit for high performance on the AP exams.
The College Board's Pre-AP courses deliver grade-level appropriate instruction through focused course frameworks, instructional resources, learning checkpoints, and collaborative educator workshops. They are designed to support all students across varying levels of abilities through focus. They are not honors or advanced courses. The Program grants educators and their students the space and time for deep engagement with content.
College Now is a program which gives our students an opportunity to earn college credit while beeing a high school student. Taught by college professors, students take courses either on the campuses of Queens college or Queensborough Community College. This is a free program for all eligible QHST student.