Townsend Harris High School (25Q525)

149-11 Melbourne Avenue, Queens, NY 11367, Queens
Phone: 718-575-5580
Hours: 8:00am - 3:02pm
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Bus: Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q64, Q88, QM4, QM44
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Townsend Harris is an academically selective high school that is recognized nationally as a model of secondary education. The culturally diverse student body comprises approximately 1,300 individuals who have demonstrated evidence of high academic motivation and achievement. Our program emphasizes mastery in the humanities, mathematics, science, and classics, and requires of our students the leadership skills, discipline, and work ethic expected by the most demanding colleges and careers. Diversity in Admissions (DIA): Priority to applicants eligible for free or reduced price lunch for 50% of seats

Academic Highlights: All students study two years of Classical Greek or Latin in addition to a modern language (Spanish, French, Japanese)., Seniors take 12 tuition-free college credits at Queens College including 2 electives and 2 semesters of Humanities Seminar., We offer Beginning Strings, Chamber Strings, Strings Ensemble, Symphonic Strings, Intro to Modern Band, Advanced Modern Band, Music Production, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Theater Tech, Vocal Training, Chorus, Piano, Graphic Arts, Media Arts, AP Classes, Studio Art, Communication with a Camera, Yearbook Design and Film Production., All courses are honors, Advanced Placement, or college-level. Our humanities-focused curriculum includes a freshman Writing Process course and we offer advanced research courses.

Other Features: 10th Grade Seats Available, College Trips, Community School, Community Service Expected, Online Grading System, Orientation, Program(s) with 3+ GE Applicants Per Seat, Program(s) with 3+ SWD Applicants Per Seat, Student Parent Orientation, Summer Orientation

School Features:

  • Offers 10th Grade Seats
  • School whose primary location is co-located with another school
  • Diversity in Admissions (DIA): Priority to applicants eligible for free or reduced price lunch for 50% of seats

AP Courses, Languages & Sports
AP Courses
Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language and Culture, AP Japanese Language and Culture, AP Macroeconomics, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Research, AP Seminar, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Statistics, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Calculus (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)
Languages Offered
French, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Spanish
Diploma Endorsements
Math, Science
Boys PSAL Sports
Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL Sports
Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
No Buddy Left Behind, Student Union, Senate, Freshman Grade Leaders, Sophomore Grade Leaders, Junior Grade Leaders, Senior Council, Amnesty International, Art Club, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Get Your Life Together (GYLT), Habitat for Humanity, Jewish Club, Junior State of America (JSA), Mock Trial/Moot Court Team, ModIT, Neuroscience Club, SING, Festival of Nations, Tech Crew, Trivia and Knowledge Club, UNICEF, Zumba Club, Black Excellence Club, Chess Club, The Classic, The Creative Writer's Association, Glamour Gals and Gallants, Latin Dance Club, Math Team, Mock Trial/Moot Court, Muslim Student Association, Philosophy, Red Cross Club, Robotics (Steel Hawks), Young America's Foundation (YAF), Save Planet Earth (SPE), Big Sib, Little Sib, Drama Club, The Geo Dudes, Hawkappella, Model United Nations, rhyTHm KPop Dance, Science Olympiad, Student Wellness Team, THHS Film Society, Yoga in Action!, American Sign Language, (E)STE(E)M, Expression, Fiber Arts Club, Girl Up, Health Professionals Society, Entrepreneurs, Latin League, Key Club, Life After Loss, Period Poverty Awareness, The Phoenix, Table Tennis Club, Anime Club, Book Club, Seekers, Uplift, Arts for Generations, Chinese Immersion Club, Makeup Club, La Herencia Hispana, Caribbean Club, School play, Archon Honor Society, Arista Honor Society, NYS Science Honor Society, Equity & Access Student Team
Intensive Academic Humanities(Q37J)
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Intensive Academic Humanities A humanities-based approach to excellence in all subjects, achieved through extensive literature & writing courses, advanced courses in all subjects including, modern & classical languages, computer science, research, & a required Queens College Humanities Seminar. Special Education THHS offers an inclusive program for eligible students with disabilities. IEP supports for qualified students in a rigorous academic environment where all courses are AP & honors level.

Students are admitted based on a school-based assessment, and in some cases also their course grades.
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents
DIA Admissions:
  • Applicants eligible for free or reduced price lunch will be considered first for 50% of seats.
  • For the remaining 50% of seats, all students will be considered.
Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
Total Students Across All Grades
    Grade 12 Students
    Grade 11 Students
    Grade 10 Students
    Grade 9 Students
Graduation %
College %
Intensive Academic Humanities (Q37J)
GE Applicants / Seats:
DIA Seats:
Non-DIA Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

5,715 / 243 (23.52)
191 / 47 (4.06)
Offers - Waitlist
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 16% responded
Academic Rigor 
Academic Engagement 
Bully Prevention 
Mental Support 
Post-School Support 
Teacher Responses - 70% responded
Academic Rigor 
School Satisfaction 
Student Behavior 
Student Support 
School Leadership 
Instructional Clarity 
Instructional Development 
Post-School Support 
Family Responses - 28% responded
Teacher Support 
School Community 
School Leadership 
Post-School Support 

Note: Yellow bars indicate city-wide averages for the associated category

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Academic Summary & Data (2022-23)
Academic Proficiency
4-Year Grad. %
Avg. CC Regents Score
Avg. Non-CC Regents Score
College Aptitude
CCPC Index
Avg. ACT English Score
Avg. ACT Math Score
Avg. ACT Reading Score
Avg. ACT Science Score
Avg. SAT Math Score
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
2-Year College 1.60%
4-Year College 89.10%
Other Postsecondary 0.30%
Unknown 9.00%

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School Demographics (2022-23)
Student Population:
Male 41.50%
Female 58.40%
Other 0.10%
English Language Learners:
Students with IEPs:
Economic Need Index:
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 56.90%
Black 6.00%
Hispanic 15.80%
White 15.90%
Other 5.40%
Teacher Ethnicity:
Asian 10.30%
Black 6.90%
Hispanic 14.90%
White 62.10%
Other 5.80%