Forest Hills’ Queens Community House has been selected by the city’s Department of Education to be a locally based organization partner for a new borough transfer high school.
The school, VOYAGES South, will open in September at Springfield Gardens’ August Martin High School campus, located at 156-10 Baisley Blvd., and serve approximately 150 students.
It will be modeled after Queens Community House’s VOYAGES Preparatory School in Elmhurst. The nonprofit also operates the Young Adult Borough Center at Jamaica’s John Adams High School.
“Being selected by the DOE to operate a third Learning to Work program is a testament to the quality of service we are providing to our young people,” said Irma Rodriguez, Queens Community House’s executive director. “These are wonderful collaborations that promote high school graduation among young people who have not found success in larger school settings.”
Rodriguez said the school would offer individualized attention from teachers, paid internship opportunities and a small school setting.
Learning to Work schools provide in-depth job readiness, academic support and career exploration.
In order to be considered for admission to one of the transfer high schools, a student must be at least 16 years old, have attended a city high school for at least one year and be under-credited.
The Queens Community House is located at 108-25 62nd Drive in Forest Hills.