School Details

Martin Van Buren High School

230-17 Hillside Ave, Queens Village, NY 11427
(718) 776-4728

(out of 10)

Public Grades 8-12 & ungraded 2367 students 23 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


Regents Exams (RE)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English language arts, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics and several foreign languages. The results for English language arts, math, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics, global history and geography, and US history and government are displayed in GreatSchools profiles. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • New York City Geographic District #26 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Martin Van Buren High School is a public high school in New York. The principal of Martin Van Buren High School is MR. SAM SOCHET, who can be contacted at 2,367 children attend Martin Van Buren High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 10% of the Martin Van Buren High School students have "limited English proficiency." 45% of the 2,367 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Martin Van Buren High School is 23:1. Queens High School Of Teaching Liberal Arts And Sc is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 56% 16%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 20%
Asian/Pacific Islander 24% 49%
Asian 23% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 0.2%
Hispanic 15% 15%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 52%
Limited English proficiency 10% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son attended this school. They do not have control over the students. They are loud and rude. The faculty was not able to control them. I think they were scare of the students. They have about 20 security guards around the premises. After classes there are cop cars patrolling the perimeter of the school. I attended a concert at the school and the kids did not sit quietly to listen to the music. They were yelling talking etc. The faculty did not do anything. My son did not go to the lunchroom because of the students. It is not a good school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a former student. I graduated in 1964 I know the days of the dinosaurs. All this about early or late session and other things do not answer the question about the students. The school was a few years old when I attended and it was a great place of pride we were well behaved if there were gangs they were not very visible nor any problem. Parents and kids cared about school the community and the world. Our generation had fear and respect for our teachers and would never think of doing some of the things we hear about today. What a pity that some students are disruptive and feel the right to ruin the education of others. I am the teacher and I only want the best for every student there but they are not entitled nor have the right to disrupt the teaching I work so hard at. I am in my 36th year and still love this profession but I know the students have indeed changed because they feel they are entitled to do whatever they please. Van Buren in my days was a school where kids were involved in the Peace Corps Teacher Corps Civil Rights marches right there next to Dr. king protesting Viet Nam and other social ills.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is my first year attending this school and when i first got accepted to this school i was scared. Everyone said it was bad and many kids were bullied. This school is not bad the teachers are excellent and their are many people who can help enjoy your experience here. The school signed a contract with a hospital for a pre-med program. The school is good but there are those students who just dont want to work. I currently have all honors classes and the time here is not that bad. My experience here is starting to become better and better. The new Principal is trying his best to make the school better. He has already done a great job. Soon this school will be the best and people will want to come here with no hesitation! This is a good school if you want to learn all schools are good to learn but now the school is offering a wide range of programs including pre-med engineering psychology and law. Overall as a student and with no hesitation i would say the school is good.

  • (2 years ago)

    this is the best school ever to me but if u never been there u cant say anything about it. I really love this school and has good classes and teachers some kids may be bad and don't care but its good. when I have kids and they want to go here then I will let them because this is a good school and like I said if you never been here to see how good it is then DONT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT K .!.!

  • (3 years ago)

    Horrible is all I can say. Please shut this school down nyc schools. That is all I will say.

  • (3 years ago)

    All those people who have never been inside the school once and are commenting badly about it i strongly suggest that you should come to this school and see for yourself how good it is. as far as students leaving at 9 is concerned it is because they have early schedule and we start real early. we have an excellent faculty and students but like every other school their are some kids who just do not care about anything else but themselves. i am not claiming that it is the best school in the world but it is definitely not the worst! )

  • (4 years ago)

    From what i see this school is horrible; I take the bus by the school and there are students leaving at 9 in the morning. The students are rowdy disruptive violent and even smoke on the bus. They definitely mess up the neighborhood. The school looks like a beautiful facility with an amazing field; too bad its not put to use. I had a few friends go to the school in the past and they regret attending the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Despite the fact that there are some caring adults who work in this school who care about students I strongly urge parents to avoid sending their child here. It earned an F in school safety/environment according to last year s school quality review and here is why There are many students who wander all over the hallways whose main purpose is to hang out with their friends and see how far they can get away with not attending class and still pass their courses. Some hallways are very bad with students literally running in and out of classrooms. A significant number of students walk too slowly and arrive 5-10 minutes late to class. Fights occur daily because of bad attitudes towards one another. There are NO motivational speakers invited to the school who may serve as role models. The hallways smell like pot every day now because the security officers are unable to catch students in the act of their illegal activity. There are always at least 3-5 students in every class who talk BACK to the teacher (!) WHEN THEY CANNOT USE THEIR CELL PHONE IN CLASS nor talk with their friends during instruction time (and then wonder why they failed the class and complain about it afterwards).

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Martin Van Buren High School because of its enriched diversity programs that elevate students to their highest potential of achievement and also the computerized equipment that s provided for the students to enable them to be on the cutting edge of technology! Wow!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    It is the students- we have so many talented and kind and generous students. They make my day!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Ummmmmm no. Parents should be involved to an home. They should make sure their child is completing assignments and studying. BUT you should not run the school. School officials should have the power. The big problem we have with US schools is the fact that there is no discipline in the classroom. We are babying and smothering these kids....and a lot of that has to do with parent involvement in the school with regards to power. Yes parents should be on the school board and PTA...they should have a say where funds go I agree with that....but as far as running the school?? Let's not confuse who has the real power here and that is with the administration. It's a shame to see how powerless the teacher has come in the classroom because of fear of the parent. Homeschool your kid then and you will have all the power.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is awesome. It has many pros such as security wise the school has over 80 deans. The schcool has 3 elite programs leaders organization for gym scholars for kids with high academics and the sudent organization

  • (6 years ago)

    I believe school should not be rated on how good food or services they give..unless u r being treated like a street dog.... I go to this school and strongly believe this is a great school......students of this school are ignorant.....they just want to pass and nothing else...teachers work very hard but all in vain because of lazy kids..all far as teams are concerned ... they have started Robotics team...a great team to be in...many other sports team...from wat i have heard we dont have football team because of less resources....those ignorant and lazy kids don't do well in school...their parents don't care ; they mess up their regents and school reputation...because of few bad people whole school suffers as they don't get funding...

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a good school the teacher interact with you and if you need extra help youll get it. The only things that are wrong with the school is we don't get to add or change classes. Also the school has no football team. I herd they might get one but like in 2011 which is when i leave the school and go to college.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is'nt bad or good because there isnt any clicks or popularity compitions. Your free to be who you want and on top of that there are great teachers there that teach you life lessons which I find very useful. Its a great environment to be around! and your never treated like an out cast

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a great school. Schools are not bad or good is how you make it and this is a good school. I know people that goes to great colleges that went to this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    the school has really bad teachers; they just cant teach. students are fine but teachers dont think any student can learn and have no hope for them and therefore do not even care wether or not they pass the regents or not

  • (6 years ago)

    So I'm a freshman now at MVB. It's only the second week now. And I basically believe that this is a great school. We don't have a football team but we have like 9 other available sports to engage in. The teachers are of all different ages but they are all really enthusiastic about their subjects and it just makes you want to be as well. The only problem that I see here is the amount of kids here without discipline who yell non-sensically in the hallways but it is not so much to disturb class. There are a lot of kids here so there's always people around to make friends with in every class. It's pretty good is what I'm saying and that's saying a lot seeing as I came into the school year dreading the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son finished his freshmen years and he did will in academics and on track&field because I stay on top of his classes. Parents need to become involve and continue to think that schools are responsible for raising their children. I agree that more leadership is needed better communicate between teachers counselors and family also needed. Yes Van needs less schoool security guards and more mentoring programs. My family have lived in Queens Village for many years and Van has been one of the top Queens HS. Again parents need to get more involve and school officials won't have all the power.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has just completed his first year at van. There seems to be a huge lack of communication. There is absolutely no school spirit no school culture most of the teachers are very old school so its hard for them to connect with todays populaion. They are most concern with political numbers than the children needs. The administration is years behind in everything. They have a huge football field with no team. The most nerve racking thing is the fact that they have an early session and a late session in which if your child is on the late session he wouldnt get home until about 7 00 pm. I have already submitted a school transfer .

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