Principal's Message

Dear Robert F. Kennedy Community,

I am excited and truly honored to be named the Principal of Robert F. Kennedy High School and become a member of this vibrant school community. I look forward to working with all members of our school community to carry on the mission of providing a strong education foundation that will enable our students to be lifelong learners as well as prepare them to be successful in life. Working together, I am confident that we will be able to provide our students with a truly challenging and enriching high school experience. A rich array of extra-curricular activities will further enhance the quality of what we are able to offer them.

I would also like to take this opportunity to provide you with insights into my prior service within the New York City Department of Education. Prior to coming to Robert F. Kennedy, I served for four years as the Principal of Townsend Harris at Queens College. For the past six years, I have been mentoring Assistant Principals who aspire to become Principals. I spent nine years at Thomas Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Queens, five as a Principal and four as the Assistant Principal of Social Studies. Prior to that, I served seven years at Forest Hills High School as the Assistant Principal of Administration and as a teacher. I believe that having more than twenty years in our school system with various leadership positions has provided me with invaluable experience and preparation to succeed in the role of Principal at Robert F. Kennedy High School and together we can bring our school to the next level of success.


Anthony Barbetta, Principal 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide all students with a high quality, comprehensive, and personalized education by incorporating the use of technology and research-based teaching styles into our academic program. Through our community service program, we aim to involve our students in the community around them and encourage them to become civic-minded people who are eager to support their community. As a small learning community, we hope to create a guidance program that fosters open and honest communication between students, their teachers, and their parents. Creating this communication “triad” helps us, as a school community, provide the best possible education for our students. 

Our College Head-Start program enables highly motivated students to earn 10-15 college credits a year in the 11th and the 12th grade while fulfilling their High School graduation requirements through our partnerships with SUNY Albany, SUNY Farmingdale, CUNY College Now Program, as well as College Board Advanced Placement courses. 

In an effort to minimize the barriers between High School and College, students are supported through our academically challenging curriculum, our free S.A.T. preparation program, our college application and essays writing advisors and our college visits. 

Students at R.F.K. are also required to complete 50 hours of community service/internship to optimize their chance of getting admitted to the college of their choice. 

Cellphone Policy

Dear Parents, 

In an effort to continue to insure student safety at RFK and further align our school policy on electronic devices with NY State and NYC regulations, we will continue to implement the procedure of students turning in their electronics upon arrival into the school building.  As was done in June during State Regents Exams, students will surrender all electronics (i.e., cell phones, I-pods, ear buds, headphones, MP3 players and any other communications devices) when they enter each morning through the cafeteria.  At the conclusion of their programmed day students can return to the cafeteria to check-out their electronic devices as they exit the building.. Any student found in possession of a cell phone or other electronic device during the school day will, in accordance with Chancellor's Regulation A-412, have it confiscated by administration, and be returned to the parent at the student's suspension conference.

All students have no been issued an RFK electronic devices card with their picture on it.  Upon entering the building the devices must be turned off and placed in the provided zip-lock bag along with the new electronic device card.  Students can show their regular school ID to the staff member when picking up their devices.

Our goal is for all students to be actively engaged in their education during school hours.  Distractions and incidents caused by electronic devices takes away from that purpose. With everyone's cooperation we can help ensure that RFK remains a safe learning environment.

Thank you in advance for your support of this vital initiative.

Triborough Bridge named after RFK

Now that the Triborough Bridge has been renamed after former New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy, some city schools are teaching lessons about his life.

His daughter, Kerry Kennedy, pictured left, made the announcement at the RFK Community High School in Flushing, Queens.  
Read more @ NY1.com



Available Bus stops near RFK HS: Q25, Q34 and Q46

Robert F. Kennedy Community High School