High School Profile

Our school district

The Queensbury Union Free School District was established as a New York State public school system in 1948, with eleven students comprising the first graduating class in 1953. Approximately 3,200 students are now enrolled in grades K-12. The district maintains a strong emphasis on professional development focusing on core competencies, current advancements in curriculum and instruction. Teams continue to work toward improvements and responsiveness in the areas of technology, literacy, math and course offerings that challenge and engage all students. The district offers students many clubs, events and extracurricular activities. The district is committed to students becoming lifelong learners and contributing citizens.

Our high school

Queensbury High School has an enrollment of 1,180 pupils. The high school runs on a 4×4 block schedule. Classes meet for 81 minutes every other day with the exception of science, which meets 3 days out of a 4-day rotation. All students earn 22 credits and meet all state testing benchmarks to graduate from Queensbury. Students are required to carry a minimum of 5.5 credits per year, including physical education. Approximately 48% of QHS graduates continue their education at a four-year college or university, with an additional 21% electing to attend two-year colleges or technical schools. The remaining 31% seek employment, enter military service or have received vocational training through the Southern Adirondack Educational Center.

Our community

Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, 50 miles north of the capital city of Albany, Queensbury High School serves a suburban community of approximately 30,000 adjacent to the city of Glens Falls. The scenic beauty of this area has fostered a strong tourism trade in the neighboring communities of Lake George and Saratoga Springs. The Glens Falls – Queensbury area has developed as the center of many cultural activities, sports, indoor and outdoor recreation, retail, trade and industry between Albany and Montreal. Education has received such strong support from the inception of the Queensbury Union Free School District that many supervisory, management and professional personnel moving to the Glens Falls area have chosen to live in Queensbury.

Advanced placement enrollment and average score

World History

  • 42 students
  • 88% of scores 3+

US History*/**

  • 28 students
  • 82% of scores 3+

Chemistry*

  • 21 students
  • 54% of scores 3+

Calculus AB

  • 21 students
  • 38% of scores 3+

Calculus BC

  • 6 students
  • 67% of scores 3+

Spanish Language and Culture

  • 2 students
  • 100% of scores 3+

Microeconomics*

  • 32 students
  • 75% of scores 3+

Government & Politics

  • 15 students
  • 40% of scores 3+

French Language and Culture

  • 1 student
  • 100% of scores 3+

Physics**

  • 1 student
  • 100% of scores 3+

*Denotes IB/AP co-taught course at QHS
**Challenged an AP Exam without course

International Baccalaureate enrollment and average score

English HL

  • 49 students
  • 100% of scores 4+

English SL

  • 17 students
  • 82% of scores 4+

Spanish SL

  • 14 students
  • 100% of scores 4+

History of America HL

  • 29 students
  • 100% of scores 4+

Biology HL

  • 10 students
  • 60% of scores 4+

Biology SL

  • 29 students
  • 41% of scores 4+

Chemistry HL

  • 15 students
  • 80% of scores 4+

Physics SL

  • 8 students
  • 100% of scores 4+

Furth. Maths HL

  • 1 student
  • 100% of scores 4+

Math Studies SL

  • 9 students
  • 56% of scores 4+

Mathematics HL

  • 4 students
  • 50% of scores 4+

Mathematics SL

  • 22 students
  • 68% of scores 4+

Music SL

  • 5 students
  • 100% of scores 4+

Visual Arts HL

  • 8 students
  • 63% of scores 4+

Psychology HL

  • 19 students
  • 95% of scores 4+

Economics SL

  • 13 students
  • 92% of scores 4+

Class of 2020 diploma type and credential statistics

Advanced designation

  • 115 graduates
  • 41% of class

Advanced designation with honors

  • 56 graduates
  • 20% of class

Regents

  • 88 graduates
  • 32% of class

Regents with honors

  • 2 graduates
  • less than 1% of class

Local

  • 13 graduates
  • 5% of class

CDOS/SACC

  • 3 graduates
  • 1% of class

Class of 2020 SAT and ACT mean scores

Mean SAT

  • Evidence-based reading/writing: 581
  • Math: 566
  • Writing: 29

Mean ACT

  • English Comp.: 26
  • Math: 23
  • Reading: 25
  • Science: 24
  • Composite: 24

Mean subject

  • Bio: 650
  • Eng. Lit: 643
  • Chemistry: 714
  • Math I: 545
  • Math II: 683
  • US History 620

Understanding our transcript

Queensbury High School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP), Advanced Placement, Honors, and Regents level courses as well as several regional partnership programs. There are many course offerings to meet the needs and interests of all students, including a variety of courses in technology, music, and the fine arts. All full-year science classes have a laboratory period. The school year is 40 weeks/180 days long.

COVID-19 grading procedures

Official Rank and GPA will be generated for the Class of 2021 by calculating their previous 6 semesters and high school credit bearing courses from 8th grade, along with the first quarter of their senior year. Please note that in the 2019-2020 school year, final course grades were calculated by the average quarter 1 – quarter 3 plus a “S” for satisfactory or “U” for unsatisfactory in the fourth quarter. An “E” for a Common Core/Regents Exam grade is given for the June 2020 test administration exemption.

Grading system and class rank

Courses are not weighted by level of difficulty in determining class rank. A one-semester course receives only half the value of a full-year course or one course credit in determining the final average. The class rank is determined on six semesters for college admissions purposes.

QHS scale

  • A: 90-100
  • B: 80-89
  • C: 70-79
  • D: 65-69
  • F: 64 and below

Grading

A+

  • 97-100%
  • 4.0 on a 4.0 scale

A

  • 93-96%
  • 4.0 on a 4.0 scale

A-

  • 90-92%
  • 3.7 on a 4.0 scale

B+

  • 87-89%
  • 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

B

  • 83-86%
  • 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

B-

  • 80-82%
  • 2.7 on a 4.0 scale

C+

  • 77-79%
  • 2.3 on a 4.0 scale

C

  • 73-76%
  • 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

C-

  • 70-72%
  • 1.7 on a 4.0 scale

D+

  • 67-69%
  • 1.3 on a 4.0 scale

D

  • 65-66%
  • 1.0 on a 4.0 scale

F

  • 64% and below

Anyone transferring into QUFSD, or converting a GPA to a 4.0 scale, QHS uses the college board conversion table above.

International Baccalaureate courses

  • IB English Language & Literature, HL
  • IB Economics, SL
  • IB History of Americas, HL
  • IB Biology, SL
  • IB Biology, HL
  • IB Chemistry, HL
  • IB Physics , SL
  • IB Mathematics, SL
  • IB Mathematics, HL
  • IB Spanish, SL
  • IB French, SL
  • IB Visual Arts, HL
  • IB Music, SL, HL
  • IB Theatre, HL
  • IB Psychology, HL

Students may elect to enroll in the full diploma programme as a potential IB Diploma Candidate, or may take individual courses. Students are required to complete the examinations and IB requirements. Scores are not listed on the transcript.

Advanced placement courses

  • AP World History
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Government & Politics
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Spanish
  • AP French

Students who sit for the course are required to sit for the examination. Scores are not listed on the transcript.

Honors courses

  • English 9, 10
  • Biology (Middle School)
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Advanced Regents Chemistry

Regional partnerships

Partnered with SUNY Adirondack

  • Career Academy IT Networking
  • Career Academy Electrical Technology
  • Career Academy New Media
  • Career Academy Business & Entrepreneurship
  • SUNY Physics
  • SUNY Athletic Training & Health Careers
  • SUNY English Courses
  • SUNY Internship

Partnership with BOCES

  • New Visions Health Careers

Partnered with the University at Albany

  • SUNY Spanish Intermediate I & II
  • SUNY French Intermediate I & II

Partnered with RIT

  • PLTW DDP/IED Design & Drawing Prod.
  • PLTW (POE) Principles of Engineering
  • PLTW (CIM) Computer Integrated Man.
  • PLTW Civil Engineering & Architecture
  • PLTW Engineering Design and Development

Clubs and activities

  • Academic Quiz Bowl
  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Big Brother/Big Sister
  • Botany Club
  • Captain’s Club
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Chemistry Club
  • Class Meetings
  • Cooking Club
  • Debate Club
  • French Club
  • Game Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Key Club
  • Literary Art Magazine Club
  • Literary Society Book Club
  • Madrigals
  • Media Production Club
  • Mock Trial Club
  • Mountain Biking Club
  • National Art Society
  • National Honor Society
  • National Coalition Building Institute
  • Multicultural Club
  • Musical Production
  • Peer Leaders
  • Prom Committee
  • Vex Robotics Club
  • Rocket Club
  • Senior Mentors
  • Ski Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Spartan Scoop School Newspaper
  • Spectrum
  • Student Senate
  • Teen Advocacy Group
  • X-Factor
  • Yearbook Committee
  • Youth & Government
  • Zoology Club

Interscholastic sports/athletics

Boys

  • Football V, JV, F
  • Soccer V, JV
  • Cross Country V
  • Basketball V, JV, F
  • Wrestling V, JV
  • Swimming & Diving V
  • Alpine Skiing V
  • Nordic Skiing V
  • Baseball V, JV
  • Track & Field V
  • Tennis V
  • Lacrosse V, JV
  • Ice Hockey V

Girls

  • Field Hockey V, JV
  • Cross Country V
  • Volleyball V, JV
  • Swimming & Diving V
  • Tennis V
  • Basketball V, JV, F
  • Alpine Skiing V
  • Nordic Skiing V
  • Softball V, JV
  • Track & Field V
  • Soccer V, JV
  • Lacrosse V, JV

Co-ed

  • Varsity Golf
  • Football Cheerleading V, JV
  • Basketball Cheerleading V, JV

Class of 2020 attending colleges

  • Barnard College 
  • Beacon College 
  • Binghamton University 
  • Boston College 
  • Boston University 
  • Brown University  
  • Castleton University 
  • Cazenovia College 
  • Champlain College 
  • Clarkson University 
  • Clemson University 
  • Coastal Carolina University 
  • Concordia University 
  • Cornell University 
  • Dartmouth 
  • Drexel University 
  • Eastern Kentucky University 
  • Elmira College 
  • Emerson College 
  • Emmanuel College 
  • Fashion Institute of Technology 
  • Florida Atlantic University 
  • Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship 
  • Hartwick College 
  • Hudson Valley Community College 
  • Ithaca College 
  • Johnson & Wales University 
  • Junior Ice Hockey Program  
  • Le Moyne College 
  • Lewis & Clark College 
  • Manhattanville College 
  • Marist College 
  • Mercy College 
  • Middle Tennessee State
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Mount St. Mary College
  • Nazareth College
  • North Country Community College
  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Siena College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • St. Lawrence University
  • State University of New York at Albany
  • Suffolk County Community College
  • SUNY Adirondack
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • SUNY College of Env. Science & Forestry
  • SUNY Delhi
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • SUNY Purchase
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • The College of Saint Rose
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Scranton 
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Towson University
  • Trinity College
  • Universal Technical Institute of PA
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Miami
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Vermont
  • Utica College
  • Vassar College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Wheaton College