John Adams High School (27Q480)

101-01 Rockaway Boulevard, Queens, NY 11417, Queens
Phone: 718-322-0500
Hours: 8:15am - 2:29pm
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Subway: A to 104th St-Oxford Av
Bus: Q11, Q112, Q21, Q37, Q41, Q52-SBS, Q53-SBS, Q7, Q8, QM15
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John Adams High School is proud to offer several nationally renowned programs. John Adams believes for students to perform successfully, they need both a rigorous academic curriculum and safe environment. John Adams High School offers a world renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) program, screened STEM, Future Educator and Pre-med programs. Our students have the opportunity to participate in thirty-one sports teams, over twenty Advanced Placement (AP) and College Now classes We have credit-based early college partnerships with St. Johns University, SUNY Farmingdale, CUNY York college CUNY Brooklyn and CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. John Adams has invested in state of the art career based classrooms in all small learning communities. The school has a new court room for the law academy, Zspace lab and medical training facility for premed, new graphic design art room, Virtual/Augmented reality hardware & software for our STEM/Premed Academy. John Adams also offers the Culinary Arts, Hydroponics, Airforce JROTC, Robotics, life guard certification, Mock Trial and Virtual Enterprise. Come to our open houses to see it for yourself!

Academic Highlights: Partners include: SUNY FARMINGDALE, CUNY YORK COLLEGE, BMCC, BROOKLYN COLLEGE, SCHOOL OF LAW AND LABOR STUDIES, ST. JOHNS UNIVERSITY ,AIRFORCE JROTC AND DJI DRONE PROGRAM, CTE program(s): Entrepreneurship, International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, FutureReadyNYC: Teaching & Training (P-12 Teacher)

Other Features: 10th Grade Seats Available, Career and Technical Education (CTE), College Trips, Community School, Community Service Expected, Dress Code, Extended Day, Extended Year, FutureReadyNYC School, Health Center, Internship Expected, Internships Available, Multi-Session School, Online Grading System, Orientation, Program(s) with 1 GE Applicant Per Seat, Program(s) with 2 SWD Applicants Per Seat, Saturday Programs, Student Parent Orientation, Summer Bridge, Summer Internships, Summer Orientation, Weekend Programs

English Language Learner Programs: Transitional Bilingual Education: Bengali, Spanish

School Features:

  • Offers 10th Grade Seats
  • School whose primary location is co-located with another school

AP Courses, Languages & Sports
AP Courses
Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History, Arts (College Course [Credited]), Biology (College Course [Credited]), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Econ/Gov (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), IB Biology HL, IB English HL, IB History SL, IB Mathematics HL, IB Spanish HL, Math (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Science (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)
Languages Offered
Bengali, French, Spanish
ELL Programs
Transitional Bilingual Education: Bengali, Spanish
Diploma Endorsements
Math, CTE, Science, NYS Seal of Biliteracy
Boys PSAL Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball
Girls PSAL Sports
Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
Co-ed PSAL Sports
Other Sports
Badminton, Bowling, Cheerleading, Dance, Fitness Club, Handball, Soccer, Swimming
St.Johns Liberty Partnership Tutoring, Emerge video game club, GSA, Library Club, Northwell Health Clinic Art Group, Global Kids, Student Government and Prom committee, Mural Club, Weight Room, Drama Club/Musical Production, Science Olympiad, Equity Club, Guitar Club, Moot Court Mock Trial, Debate Club, National Honor Society, Gardening/Recycling Club, Robotics, Yearbook, Spardance , Creative writing
STEM and International Baccalaureate Academy(Q10A)
Computer Science & Technology, Science & Math

The STEM Academy is a SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEER & MATHEMATICS based Small Learning Community, in which students engage in rigorous programs of study for preparedness in life, college and career. The mission of the STEM-IB Program is to develop well-informed and highly motivated students who are ready to engage their local and global communities. Our students learn from teachers who are passionate about their careers, their expertise and their students' future. The STEM Academy builds opportunities for immersive instruction in Computer Maintenance and Repair, Information Technology Fundamentals, Robotics, Virtual Reality and Computer Science. These courses culminate in the ability to earn industry credits and opportunities to exercise their skills in real world experiences/internships. Additionally, our students are also encouraged to get a running start for college by taking International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, SUNY Farmingdale and CUNY College Now courses. These courses will allow you to learn college readiness skills and earn upwards of 45 college credits (3 full-time college semesters). With these outstanding college level opportunities, students who specifically engage in the IB coursework will participate in a writing based college program that teaches students key life/college skills, exposure to conversations of the global community, and the internationally recognized IB Diploma

Students are admitted based on their course grades
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents
Justice, Law, and International Studies Academy(Q10B)
Humanities & Interdisciplinary, Law & Government

The Justice, Law, and International Studies Academy offers a comprehensive look at the United States Legal System on a Federal and Local level through an 8-course CTE-style curriculum provided by the Justice Resource Center of NYC. The curriculum includes: Intro to Law, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Mock Trial, Constitutional Law, Legal Research, and Financial Literacy. The program also offers a variety of opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in the legal world including: Moot Court and Mock Trial competition teams, internships with various law firms around the city, visits to Federal Court proceedings, plus after school programs and classroom visits from the Queens District Attorney’s Office. In addition to the curriculum and opportunities, the Justice, Law, and International Studies Academy now offers a 4 course, 12 credit College Now Program from the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies taught at John Adams High School by actual college professors, joining the school-wide effort to push the college preparatory initiative for all students.

Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all academic levels. Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories based on a composite of their academic data. One-third of offers are made to students in each category.
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents
Pre-Med Academy and International Baccalaureate Academy(Q10C)
Health Professions, Science & Math

The PRE-MED Academy is a dynamic academic community in which students explore the various opportunities within the world of health and medicine. The 4 year course load provided to our PRE-MED students equips them with knowledge, skills, and competencies to be successful in a premedical program at a university. PRE-MED students have the ability to be tracked as an IB (international baccalaureate) student where they can earn up to 30 college credits OR they can be tracked as a Medical Assisting Student where they will prepare to take a medical assisting licensing exam. Alongside the PRE-MED electives; Healthcare CORE, First Aid/CPR, Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Medical Assisting, and Medical Assisting 1 and 2, the PRE-MED students also have the ability to take AP, College Now, and other college accredited courses. Both Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology are college accredited via our partnership with both SUNY Farmingdale and St. John's University

Students are admitted based on their course grades
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents
Media and Fine Arts Academy(Q10D)
Film/Video, Performing Arts/Visual Art & Design

The Media and Fine Arts Academy is a learning community that prepares students for careers in communications, visual and performing arts with a blend of music production, video production studio art, media, graphic design and professional photography. Students will be exposed to rigorous curricula designed to expand their minds and challenge them to design the school yearbook, participate in specialty classes, and participate in dual enrollment programs for college credit through our partnership with SUNY Farmingdale and CUNY York College. The Media and Fine Arts academy specializes in providing an arts education while also challenging their students with a college level curriculum. All Media students can enroll in various prestigious programs such as IB, Advanced Placement and additional college credit bearing classes through. The Media Academy continuously exposes our students to extracurricular activities and projects like the John Adams Fashion show, the theater arts program, photo shoots, paint nights, and musicals. The students in the graphic arts program have an opportunity to obtain the Adobe certified associate certification. Our program has revamped all specialty classes to include state of the art art rooms, technology, cameras, and lighting, and musical instruments so that our students experience top of the line equipment fully funded by John Adams High School.

Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all academic levels. Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories based on a composite of their academic data. One-third of offers are made to students in each category.
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents
Business and Finance Academy(Q10E)

The Business and Finance Academy is a learning community that will allow students to develop professional skills, values and attitudes, while exploring their interests and talents. Through our curriculum, students will learn the ins and outs of starting and running a business, and will be prepared to pursue careers in marketing, finance, human resources, sports management, IT, retail, sales, communications & more. Students have the opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom through job shadowing, travel opportunities, business competitions, mentoring by corporate partners, and internships that will bridge the gap between the classroom and the professional world. Our Social Media Marketing/Sports, Fashion and Entertainment Marketing, Personal Finance & Investing, and Virtual Enterprise courses allow our business students to earn college credit from our partnership with both Farmingdale and St. John’s University. Students also have the opportunity to take AP courses & other college accredited courses. Business students who complete our NYS/ NYC approved 3-year CTE Business sequence will receive a seal on their diploma at graduation indicating that they have the skills, work experience, and specific industry certifications necessary to succeed in the competitive economy, giving them a head start in their careers and/or college.

Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all academic levels. Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories based on a composite of their academic data. One-third of offers are made to students in each category.
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents
Future Educators and Leadership Academy (FELA)(Q10G)

The Future Educators and Leadership Academy (FELA) is one of the three screened Small Learning Communities offered at John Adams High School. During their time at John Adams High School, FELA focuses on preparing students to pursue career paths in education and leadership. FELA is a Future ready program focusing on careers and skills for the 21st century employee. Our rigorous program helps students develop traits important to these specific career tracks by emphasizing hands-on teaching, character building, and communication skills through the lens of elective courses, in-house leadership and teaching opportunities, citywide internship opportunities, and Summer Youth Employment. We are also partnered with Brooklyn College to gain college credits via dual credited classes.

Students are admitted based on their course grades
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents

Students who live within this school's zone are guaranteed an offer to this program, if they do not receive an offer to a higher choice. To see your child’s zoned school, go to your student's profile in MySchools and scroll down to "Zoned School”.
  • (Group 1) Guaranteed offer to students who live in the zoned area
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
Total Students Across All Grades
    Grade 12 Students
    Grade 11 Students
    Grade 10 Students
    Grade 9 Students
Graduation %
College %
Business and Finance Academy (Q10E)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

53 / 85 (0.62)
5 / 17 (0.29)
Offers - Waitlist
Future Educators and Leadership Academy (FELA) (Q10G)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

20 / 25 (0.80)
6 / 5 (1.20)
Offers - Waitlist
Justice, Law, and International Studies Academy (Q10B)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

93 / 85 (1.09)
31 / 17 (1.82)
Offers - Waitlist
Media and Fine Arts Academy (Q10D)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

56 / 85 (0.66)
21 / 17 (1.24)
Offers - Waitlist
Pre-Med Academy and International Baccalaureate Academy (Q10C)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

62 / 85 (0.73)
4 / 17 (0.24)
Offers - Waitlist
STEM and International Baccalaureate Academy (Q10A)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

36 / 57 (0.63)
13 / 11 (1.18)
Offers - Waitlist
Zoned (Q10Z)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

0 / 0 (0.00)
0 / 0 (0.00)
Offers - Waitlist
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 52% responded
Academic Rigor 
Academic Engagement 
Bully Prevention 
Mental Support 
Post-School Support 
Teacher Responses - 58% responded
Academic Rigor 
School Satisfaction 
Student Behavior 
Student Support 
School Leadership 
Instructional Clarity 
Instructional Development 
Post-School Support 
Family Responses - 15% 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. SAT Math Score
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
2-Year College 19.10%
4-Year College 32.50%
Vocational Program 0.20%
Unknown 48.20%

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School Demographics (2022-23)
Student Population:
Male 52.00%
Female 48.00%
English Language Learners:
Students with IEPs:
Economic Need Index:
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 30.20%
Black 23.50%
Hispanic 37.80%
White 4.00%
Other 4.50%
Teacher Ethnicity:
Asian 17.50%
Black 7.00%
Hispanic 19.30%
White 48.00%
Other 8.20%