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Queens High School Cracks Top 10 On Best School List

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A Queens high school is getting high marks, cracking the top 10 on the coveted U.S. News & World Report list of the 100 best high schools.

Newcomers High School in Long Island City ranked number six in the nation.

The public high school, which has been around for 15 years, specializes in introducing immigrants to American culture, accepting students who have arrived in the country in the past year.

While the learning curve means only 43 percent of the students graduate in four years, 90 percent ultimately do go on to a four-year college.

Students said they are excited about the rankings, and consider themselves fortunate.

"It's really helpful," said one student. "The teachers are amazing, they teach you so well. I'm really happy with this school; it's perfect."

"I feel grateful because we, as immigrants who came form other countries, feel grateful about the knowledge we gain from our teachers," said another.

"Assimilating to a new culture, it's really hard, so I think it's really good because we gain what we want to," said a third.

Newcomers Principal Orlando Sarmiento, who like his students is an immigrant, said he is exceptionally proud of his students. Sarmiento came to the United States 26 years ago from Colombia and did not speak English.

"It's a celebration and recognition of the hard work and quality of instruction that we provide immigrant students,” Sarmiento said.
The principal says the learning does not just go on inside the school building, but they use the city and its many resources to bolster student's educations."

"We take the students to the Metropolitan Museum, we take them to see Broadway shows, we take them on walking tours and to explore the cultural and historical richness of New York City and expose them to all of that,” said Sarmiento.

In addition to the U.S. News and World Report recognition, Newcomers High also scored well on its latest progress report card from the city Department of Education, with an overall grade of A, which included top marks for Environment, that is, how the students, teachers and parents feel about the school.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia took top honors for the third-straight year.

The High School of American Studies at Lehman College in the Bronx ranked 19th and Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan was 31st.

Stuyvesant and Bronx Science also got overall A’s from the DOE, but both got B's on the Environment grade.

New York had 53 schools recognized for doing an outstanding job preparing students for college, second only to California.

U.S. News ranked nearly 22,000 schools around the country.

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