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Garden School

Private | PK-12 | 280 students

We offer a rigorous and enriched program in a welcoming and diverse community.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $245,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,350.

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Posted June 16, 2014

We are long time Garden School parents who now have been able to see the magic that goes on here. Not every second of every day but much of the time and the end result for so many of the students we have known for years, it that they are young people that you would really want to know. They are engaging, energetic, full of ideas, caring and often highly intelligent, free thinkers. V. happy with what we see and this is a long perspective lens on all good and less good that Garden School has to offer. Compared to other independent schools in NYC, it's affordable and if you look closer at the many specific offerings it is a savings for those who do a lot of enrichment activities for their children. There are students going for a prep level instruction as well as students who need more TLC in a classroom and there is no stigma either way. This school is a true asset to Jackson Heights and we have heard students thanking their parents for placing them in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

staff is kindly and awesome. my daughter will go to Prek this September. I wish they will have a dual language class for prek also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2013

I went to Garden School from 1961 until my family moved in 1972. From Garden I was enrolled into Locust Valley High School. Where I was so far ahead of the other students I never picked up a book and got my diploma 2 years later.


Posted February 13, 2013

Daughter has been attending for 3 years and it works for us. We like the fact that she has Chinese instruction, music, PE, gym, and many after school options at such a young age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

Garden School says it's a small school doing great things. I agree. Great is subjective, but to me it means graduating students with a solid academic foundation, a strong sense of community and the confidence to think and act critically and independently. These values are not sexy or trendy. They just build responsible young men and women.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

Having had my son at Garden School over 10 years I would recommend to any new parents to think long term with your child's education and not react so quickly if they have a dissappointment or the teachers or administration are not doing what you want them to do. They know what they are doing. I've trusted them (even though there were times when I questioned things) and now really see the results of their methods and experience as my son is an amazing teenager now and will soon be getting ready for college. He'll be leaving his Garden home as an independent thinker, caring and considerate person, and someone who understands the meaning of committment, long term friendships and trust, and has a great love of learning. This and more he learned by our Garden School family who has nurtured him, disciplined him and most importantly understood and challenged him to be a better citizen who cares about the world around him. Kids love consistency and thrive in a loving, accepting and challenging environment. This has been our world at Garden and we are forever grateful to them for it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2012

Teachers(most) and administration don't show care or concern. There are bullies all over the place. Administration likes you if you agree 100% with them. Students who transfer out are ridiculed and made to feel terrible. What's even worse is that they withhold official recordsif they catch wind that a child is leaving. When we left we had to practically beg for records!!!!! this place coould be so much better-but buyer beware!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2012

We are looking forward to having our child at Garden School for a third year in a row. The school has a very carefully thought-out curriculum: it retains traditional elements where they make sense, and incorporates new idease based on research and common sense. I am constantly amazed at the systematically reinforced intellectual foundation that my child is building -- especially considering that the school also wisely allots plenty of time to gym, recess, lunch, music, art, science, projects and school-spirit activities. The school is immune to the fads that beset our public schools and even some independents. Every day you see the school's values of courtesy, kindness and respect played out not only among students and teachers but also with parents and visitors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

It's a great school. The academics are sound, the teachers are attentive. Because of the smaller classes, the teachers truly can be effective; the classes get a little bigger after 5th grade, but still they're a great size. Our daughter is happy and really learning, year after year. In addition to strong core classes, attention is paid to the aspects that so often get cut at public schools: art, gym 3-5 times per week, music. I see the older kids graduate and go off to good universities, and I hear back about how well they are doing. For a small school there is a respectable amount of extracurricular activity -- sports, clubs, etc. The social aspect, despite the occasional posting here by an apparently bitter former parent, is not problematic. I am not a pushover, and I know that discipline is important; I do see it addressed here when necessary, as at any school. Overall, I'm positively impressed by what this small school does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2012

Pervasive bullying abounds in this school. Tests from 6th grade onwards on almost a daily basis so there is no freedom from endless testing. School is not very clean. Administration takes responsibility for very little. They like to present the idea that they are efficient however look closely. This school has very small classes but guess why?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

Couldn't be happier with the school. Am a long time parent and have seen the ups and downs of this school and am pleased with so much that is accomplished educationally, socially, physically and creatively at Garden School. I am comparing our experience to what I see in friends children's schools and other choices in the community and thank our stars that this school exists here in Jackson Heights. Students are given opportunities to shine in this smaller school environment in any number of talents they may have- some of which their own parents did not know they possessed! And as for the homework, middle school is difficult for many students (and their parents) as it's when the real need to work on your studies comes into play. There is a reward though and parents of students long term here at GS see the gain from the middle school pain, even as they feel for those currently involved. I would send 25 children here if I had them and could afford it. This school is the kind of option that every family should have in terms of education in the US. If I had a time machine and could redo my own schooling, I would choose Garden School in a heartbeat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2011

Our son just started second grade at GS and so far the school has exceeded our expectations. It is such a nurturing and welcoming atmosphere. His teacher is very patient and supportive. The children are really engaged at this school due to the small class size and receive individual attention when they need it. I like that he is being exposed to sign language, Mandarin and the arts. This is what a well rounded education should look like. I am only sorry we did not enroll him earlier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

I am a recent alumnus of Garden School(2010). I could not have been happier with my education. I was very well prepared for college and made the Dean's list my first semester. The small classes are a definite advantage, because the teachers make sure you learn. Out of my graduating class of 28, 2 students went to Ivy League schools, 2 were accepted into CUNY Honors (4 years of free education), and other very strong schools like Penn State, Marist, and St.Johns. Because the class sizes are so small you develop very strong relationships with the whole high school. I have thanked my mother many times since graduation for allowing me to go to Garden.


Posted April 6, 2011

The Garden School has both advantages and disadvantages. There are some excellent teachers, while others are quite lacking. Classes are small, but if the teacher in a given discipline is lacking, class size is effectively pointless. On the high school level there is a dearth of AP classes, and within the AP classes given, students are not performing well on the exams. While it is true that the college counselor is well-connected, the question is, will your child be able to handle a challenging college curriculum and environment once ensconced at said college? I encourage all parents to seriously look at the curriculum in the upper school, especially the high school years. The environment is far less challenging and intellectually stimulating in comparison to the elite public high schools. Another caveat, while Garden boasts about the excellent colleges the seniors get accepted to....this is really not quite true. Some students get accepted to competitive institutions, but most do not. The college counselor may be able to work her connections for the small senior class each year, but shouldn't education be about so much more?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

As new parents to Garden school this year, we could not be more happy with how things have turned out. The kindergarten experience for our child has been exceptional and his teacher and assistant are outstanding, dedicated, and experienced. The class sizes are small, so there is lots of individual attention. It is a warm and nurturing environment. We cannot say enough about how positive our experience has been.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

We have researched schools across Queens and had not found a better school. Our children have been at Garden for several years now. At a very young age Garden's kids are exposed to all facets of education. They learn to become mature youngersters. Our children have become well rounded individuals. From our observation and experience Garden has responsible, respectful, well-mannered, intellegent children througout the school. Our children are very happy to be at Garden. We see Garden as our second home. The Staff and Faculty care very much for their student's well-being and that is definitely a unique quality that we have not experienced anywhere else. The PTA and parent-body seem to be involved and understand the end goal, which is getting a great education for their child. The after school programs are also terrific. It is well organized and it's conveniently located in the school. We could not see our kids anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2011

My child attended Garden School for 7 years. She was very well prepared for college and life in general. Garden School taught her to think independently and motivated her to achieve. The classes are small and the teachers are dedicated. Students, parents and staff have free access to the administration, who know every child by name. We found it to be a very safe and caring place, that felt like a big family. She has achieved her goals and two more degrees, and credits Garden with preparing her for this educational journey.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2011

As a former student of Garden School for 6th grade to 12th grade .I appreciate the education , which prepared for University education .Classes were small and teachers knew their subjects they taught


Posted March 19, 2011

My daughter attended Garden form K-12. She was one of many "lifers" in her graduating class. She received a well rounded education from an outstanding faculty with an emphasis on academics, particularly writing and was taught to think on her own and take on responsibility. Students at Garden are encourage to express their opinions, and engage in intellectual dialog and by so doing, are well prepared for college. Our College Counselor is well connected within the field and gives one on one attention to all students. Garden is a community made up of students, parents, alums, faculty and administration, all working together for the greater good of the school. We feel that our daughter received an excellent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

I couldn't be happier with my child's progress in the upper school. She is taking Latin, is involved in the writing project and volunteers in various clubs and extra-curricular activities. While getting off to a slow start when she first came, she has thrived from the personal attention she has received and the friendly and nurturing environment. I highly recommend Garden School.
—Submitted by a parent


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College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 99% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation CUNY
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Italian
Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 2:40 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Richard Marotta
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Open House every Wednesday, 9AM
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (718) 565-1169

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Debate
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Robotics club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • With small class sizes and within an active, diverse and welcoming school community our caring and professional faculty partner with parents in order to provide an educational approach that promotes each individual's strengths, supports areas of concern, develops confidence of character and the critical social-emotional skills necessary to be successful in college and beyond. Our students graduate into colleges of their choice and as capable, well-rounded and responsible citizens of the world.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$16000 - $17000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
CUNY
College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
SAT/ACT prep classes
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 99%
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33-16 79th St
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Phone: (718) 335-6363

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