“It’s important to have an open house for parents to see the physical building and take them through the curriculum,” said Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir, principal of Maspeth High School, 54-40 74th Street. “Also, it is very important that kids and parents see what their kids are going to be taking and we want them to know what we’re offering.”
Mutakabbir said that with many high schools specializing in different fields, parents and students should take into account what school will work with the educational direction of the student.
“You want to make sure that the kids are really interested in the coursework,” he said. “We want to make sure that this is the right fit for them. We’re not trying to convince them the school is right for them if it isn’t.”
Teachers and current students will take attendees on a tour of various classrooms, where they will be able to ask questions during the roughly 90-minute event.
The school is new and has not yet had a graduating class, so parents could worry about the success teachers will have regarding getting their children into college.
However, Mutakabbir said parents should request “any data that we have,” including how many students are passing state exams on a mastery level and are on track to graduate.
The open house will give students the opportunity to learn about the 30 clubs at the school, as well as the sports teams.
Mutakabbir anticipates 2,000 people will attend the open house, and believes most will be from the neighborhood. About 90 percent of the current student body is made up of local residents from District 24.
“The word is getting around we are a successful, hardworking and motivated teaching staff,” he said. “[But] it’s okay for a parent or a student to sit in the audience and say this isn’t for me. We want kids that are really interested in our curriculum.”