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With roughly 700 students (when it should be around 500 or less), Academy of American studies is one of the smallest high schools in Queens, New York City. It is a small building meant for a small body of students but now shares another building with Newcomers High school. While it was once a top history high-school, after the retirement and departure of Miss Ellen Sherman, the school headed on a downward slope toward failure. The new principal William Bassell, former principal of Long Island City High school assigned mandatory trips to the opera as well as cutting back on Seniors ability to go out to eat for lunch. This history school has many respectable and intelligent English/History teachers that are balanced off by the horrid Science/Math teachers (aside from Mr.Deng). Rumors and gossip easily spreads around the entire school as it is a small student body and it is often tradition to "boo" down all incoming freshman during the first day of school every year. Due to Bassell over accepting students every year, students have been forced into double (once single) lunch periods cramping seniors with freshman and forcing auditorium gym classes due to the regular gym being full with another class.
Freshman: "wow i got into academy of american studies, i feel excited since it was a selective school!"
Academy Senior: "Don't fall for the bullshit. They were once good but they now suck. Average people, shit-talkers and nice people. Drama gets around real fast and even teachers will know. Be prepared to fight for lunch seats, gym lockers, walk through stuffed hallways, auditorium gym periods because of the over acceptance of students in a small school meant to fit much much less. Also the new principal sux"
by ExAcademySenior February 27, 2014
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Now with over 1,000 students, this school was once a good college prep school, now turned into a fallen apart waste of money. Students should expect nothing but disappointment if attending there now. Things took a turn for the worst a few years ago when the school ran out of regular printer paper and handed out assignments on green colored paper. That's how broke it became. The good teachers are starting to leave one by one, and the current principal is making the school more like LIC high school (and that is NOT a good thing).

While the school does get students into colleges, they do a mediocre job at best. But the biggest issue is the overcrowding has led to several problems such as: oversized gym classes, health in the AUDITORIUM where nobody can hear shit, no pep rallies due to the auditorium reaching maximum capacity, and a lack of desks for the cramped classes, leaving students to sit on the floor or share the already tiny desk space with others.

WHAT KIND OF BITCH ASS SHIT IS THAT? Seriously, this school might have been good five years ago, but it's gone off the deep end. Staff pick favorites and let some get away with harassment and bullying, the faculty have censored students opinions, and the teachers are given jobs they don't want to do just so the school can save that $$$ and not hire anyone else.

One little plus, I hear they added Physics back. I guess that's a good step...
Parent: You're a graduate of Academy of American Studies? I was thinking about sending my kid there.
Alumnus: Nah are you crazy? That run down shit hole just keeps getting worse year by year. They'll just throw your student into the overcrowded population and make him/her suffer.
Parent: Hmmm, maybe i'll consider another school.
Alumnus: Damn right you better
by DemonicSatan666 October 03, 2016
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Where the vast majority of teachers are annoying assholes and the freshmen get dumber every year, yet we're made to seem special because we got into this "selective" "college prep" school that's somewhere between a shitty Townsend Harris and a glorified LIC High School.
However, I can't really complain because it's better than a lot of the terrible schools I could've gone to if I hadn't gotten in.
Signed,
An Academy of American Studies sophomore
by QueenZ122699 September 13, 2016
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