College Readiness Without the Stress

The Kew-Forest Upper School provides rigorous college preparatory academics with co-curricular programs in a supportive atmosphere. Teachers, administrators, parents and students cooperate so that every child is inspired to achieve. Our program is traditional and progressive with a curriculum that emphasizes the fundamentals of English, mathematics, science, world languages and history, as well as 21st century skills in technology and creative innovation. Classic liberal arts courses like Development of Civilizations are offered alongside exciting electives such as Media and Gaming, Psychology and The Mathematics of Business. Juniors and seniors take a range of challenging Advanced Placement courses in subjects including: biology, chemistry, physics, calculus, statistics, world history, U.S. History, English Language, literature, and world languages.
Teachers work closely across grade levels to ensure that core ideas are reinforced each year, and that new levels of work are introduced in age-appropriate ways. As students progress through the Upper School they move from a more structured environment into one that emphasizes independence, self-motivation, and original thought. This sequence culminates in the “Senior Project,” a final independent study that provides a capstone to the Kew-Forest School education. Students also learn to take their thinking skills beyond the classroom through a range of extracurricular activities such as community service projects, student-run publications, award-winning Model U.N. and Mock Trial teams, as well as championship athletics.
Everyone Speaks
The Kew-Forest Upper School is a place where every student is valued. Small class sizes mean that each student is encouraged and expected to participate. Students learn by doing as they work together on group activities and round table discussions while teachers circulate to offer guidance and mentorship. The low student/teacher ratio means that teachers get to know the students and their work extremely well allowing them to provide detailed feedback to meet individual needs.
In addition to their classroom teacher/advisor, Upper School students are supported by a Faculty Advisor, School Counselor, College Counselor, Director of Learning Skills, Director of Student Life, and Head of Upper School.
Experiencing the World
The Kew-Forest Upper School provides students with the opportunity to learn about the world, not only through a program that emphasizes global knowledge, but also through daily interactions with peers from many nations and cultures. The diversity of the student body is celebrated and integrated into the curriculum, with coursework in world literature, international relations, foreign languages and multiple years of world history. Class discussions draw upon the unique cultures and experiences of each student to create a dynamic tapestry.

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  • Advanced Placement Courses

    The Kew-Forest School offers many Advanced Placement (AP) courses in disciplines such as English, U.S. History, Calculus, Science, World History, and Latin. 
    Because they are considered the equivalent of college-level courses, AP classes are fast paced and require students to master large amounts of information. Students who enroll in AP courses are expected to cooperate fully with their teachers and adhere to all course requirements. In addition, in May, participating students are required to take the College Board’s AP exams. These tests are evaluated outside of the school by college professors and AP teachers. Students who score at a certain level receive college credit at most institutions. The AP exam score stands alone and separate from the grade the student earns in the AP course.
    Enrollment in an AP course is based on a student’s request, the teacher’s recommendation, the student’s academic record, standardized testing information, and an overall review by the Division Head and the College Counselor. Scheduling constraints play a role as well.
  • Field Trips & Outdoor Education

    Our "Learning Outside the Classroom" program is an important aspect of the Kew-Forest Upper School experience. Students leave Kew-Forest to visit museums, historical sites, and other educational venues within New York City that relate to their classroom studies. There, they engage in a variety of hands-on learning experiences that enable them to build a stronger sense of themselves, their classmates, and the world around them. Kew-Forest also schedules overnight trips and day excursions outside of New York for team building, character education, sports competitions, and curriculum enhancement. 
  • Graduation Requirements

    Upper School Graduation Requirements

    In order to graduate, students in grades 9-12 must earn passing grades (60 or higher) in the following courses. These graduation requirements are designed to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for many colleges. Please note that Kew-Forest courses meet or exceed requirements for New York State Regents designation, therefore Kew-Forest students, along with most New York State independent school students, are exempt from taking Regents exams.

    SUBJECT                                       YEARS (1 year=2 semesters)
    English                                          4 years
    History                                          4 years (not incl. social studies courses)
    Science                                         3 years (including at least 2 lab courses)
    Mathematics                                3 years
    World Languages                        3 years
    Visual and Performing Arts         2 years
    Physical Education or Sport       4 years (of PE and/or team play)

    In addition:

    • All seniors must complete a minimum of three school-sponsored community service activities in order to graduate.
    • All students must achieve an appropriate level of computer literacy in order to graduate.
    • Seniors must pass all required courses in order to graduate.

Contact Information

If you have any additional questions, please contact:

Tiffany D. Trotter
Head of Middle and Upper School
718-268-4667, ext. 152

College Acceptances (Last Four Years)

Kew-Forest graduates have been accepted to many colleges and universities over the last four years, including:

Amherst College
Barnard College
Binghamton University
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Cornell University
Drexel Institute of Technology
Duke University
Emory University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
Hofstra University
Howard University
Iona College
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Manhattanville College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
Molloy College
Morehouse College
Mount Holyoke College
New York Institute of Technology
New York University
Northeastern University
Pennsylvania State University
St. John’s University
Stony Brook University
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Syracuse University
Temple University
The University of Chicago
Tufts University
University of Connecticut
University of Hartford
University of Massachusetts
University of Pennsylvania
University of San Francisco
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College

The Kew-Forest School

119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 268-4667
The oldest independent school in the borough of Queens, The Kew-Forest School is an independent co-educational, college preparatory school for students in Preschool through Grade 12.