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.
In English Language Arts (ELA) students learn to become effective readers and writers. Teachers use a balance of complex 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 important skills to “think like historians.”
Also knowned 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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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.
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program 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.
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.
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.