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School Profile

Newcomers High School 2022-2023


CEEB code: 332893
Main office:  (718) 937-6005
Counseling office:  (718) 937-6005 x 3193

Principal: Elizabeth Messmann
College Counselor: Juliana Solinger


Newcomers High School is a four-year public high school located in District 30 in Queens that serves English Language Learners.  The school enrolls about 950 students in grades 9-12.  Newcomers is internationally recognized for the exceptional quality of teaching, learning, and support services for English Language Learners offered at the school. The outstanding educational program provides a pathway for newly arrived students to pursue their academic dreams. 


Newcomers High School was designed to create a welcoming, affirming and supportive learning environment for immigrant Multilingual learners and their families. We strive to sustain rigorous, equitable and meaningful learning opportunities to ensure all our students are empowered to lead with empathy in our local and global communities. We aim to know our students well and provide them what they need to advance their goals and dreams while appreciating the richness of knowledge and experience they each bring with them to our community.


Newcomers HS is a high school where the linguistic and cultural identities of our Multilingual Learners and their families will be honored, elevated and affirmed. Our school will be a community resource where social emotional and academic supports are provided to ensure that all our students are able to optimize their potential, on their journey to college, career and civic readiness, while being empowered to recognize their role in our shared community.​

Student Demographics

  • Asian: 18%
  • Black: 2%
  • Hispanic or Latinx: 72%
  • Native American: 2%
  • White: 5%
  • English language learners: 82%
  • Students with disabilities: 3%
  • Female: 45%

DOE Programs and State Designation

NYSED "Good Standing"; AP for All; College Access for All; Community School; Computer Science for All; Dual Language or Transitional Bilingual Program.  Partnership with CommonPoint Queens.  Newcomers High School is accredited by the New York City Department of Education 


Newcomers academic program is tailored to students' needs and interests. All students who recently immigrated to the United States are enrolled in an intensive English language support program. These students take various content courses in their native language and are enrolled in the Transitional Bilingual Program. Elective courses are offered in Theatre, Acting and Art. The following AP courses are offered:  AP Calculus, AP English Language, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Chemistry, AP Biology (new offering in 2022-2023), AP Computer Science, and AP Psychology (new offering in 2022-2023).  Students also take College Now courses through a partnership with LaGuardia Community College.  

Grading Scale

AP classes are weighted 1.1, except AP World Language.  

Extracurricular Activities

Chorus, Concerts, GSA, Hip-Hop Dance, International Food Festival, Multicultural Show, New Student Orientation, Peer Learning Program, SAT Preparation, Stage Production, Student Government, Theater, Tutoring in the After-School and Saturday Program, Yearbook Program, My Sister's Keeper, My Brother’s Keeper, Environmental Club

PSAL Sports

Boys: Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls: Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Cheerleading

Co-Ed: Cricket

Graduation Requirements

44-credits are required for graduation.  Students must earn 8 credits in English, 8 credits in Social Studies, 6 credits in Science (including labs), 6 credits in Math, 2 credits in the Arts, 2 credits in a Second Language, 5 credits in Health and Physical Education, and 7 elective credits.  Additionally, students must pass at least five Regents exams with a 65 or higher.  These exams include:  English, Math, Global History, United States History, and Science.  

Class of 2022

There are 190 students who are currently in the 12th grade class.  The grades listed below are based on this class’ overall GPA from the beginning of their senior year.

Overall GPA

Number of Students

















70 or below



Average SAT: 815/1600

Post High School Placement 

  • 45% of graduates enrolled in 2 year CUNYs
  • 25% of graduates enrolled in 4 year CUNYs
  • 5% of graduates enrolled in SUNYs
  • 1% of graduates enrolled in 4 year private colleges
  • 22% of graduates selected work or vocational instruction 

Colleges Attended by Newcomers High School Graduates

New York University

SUNY Plattsburgh

Vanderbilt University 

SUNY Binghamton 

SUNY Albany

SUNY Plattsburgh

Manhattan College

Mercy College

CUNY Hunter College

CUNY City College

CUNY John Jay 

CUNY Queens College

Vaughn College 

SUNY Buffalo State

CUNY Baruch College

CUNY York 

Contact Information

Juliana Solinger
School Counselor 
718-937-6005 ext 3193