Garden School

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Garden School is a co-ed, nursery to grade 12, fully-accredited, independent college prep school in Jackson Heights, Queens.
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Garden School is a co-ed, nursery to grade 12, fully-accredited, independent college prep school in Jackson Heights, Queens.
Garden's fully-enclosed, well-equipped campus is situated on a quiet street in New York's most diverse borough.
Small by design, we provide 315 students with a strong and highly enriched academic experience that offers a realistic option for New York families.
Garden students thrive in small class sizes because they receive a greater degree of individual attention which helps them realize their academic potential.
We recognize students for who they are, and cultivate their unique identity to better awaken intellectual curiosity and inspire independent thinking.
The key advantage of a Garden School education: higher academic standards combined with an environment conducive to scholastic excellence.
Our student body reflects our surroundings and encourages a healthy and positive cultural exchange.
Garden School's athletic program gives students a chance to participate in sports in ways that are accessible and supportive.
Our goal from the earliest grades through high school is to develop lifelong learners who excel in academics and individuals who enhance Garden School and the college they later attend. All students have their own strengths, weaknesses, talents, and dreams. The college search seeks to find the best match for our graduates, places where they can thrive and learn.
Private, door-to-door bus transportation using our own buses and drivers, a lunch program and tuition assistance are available.Weekly Open Houses are scheduled every Wednesday at 9 AM. No RSVP is necessary and your child is welcome. Private tours are scheduled at your convenience.
  • Garden School was founded in 1923 to meet the need for a high-quality, independent school in Queens.
  • This mission remains unchanged as the faculty and administration work to offer the student body the best possible education in an atmosphere where both individual goals and those of the community are respected and nurtured.
  • At Garden School we focus on helping our students develop the skills they need to thrive in school and in life.
  • All children are uniquely talented and have their own learning styles, so we combine time-tested teaching methods with creative approaches to reach out to all of our learners.
  • Garden School offers a one-year English Language Academy (ELA) program for international students.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1923

Student Body

Total Students281 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
60%
State avg.: 29%
Students by GradeGarden School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
65%
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses7 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP French, AP Modern European History, AP Spanish, AP US History, Political Philosophy (H),
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Must be presentable, not distracting, and free of inappropriate artwork, logos, text, etc. )

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$17,940
% on Financial Aid
15%
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,000
Admissions DirectorJim Gaines (7-11) and William Vogel (N-6)
Endowment Size$1.1 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
SoccerSoftball,
TennisVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
chess club, community service, homework club, literary magazine, math club, math team, robotics team, student council, theater, tutoring, yearbook club

Arts and Music Programs:
art studio, dance class, drama, fine arts, music lessons, performing arts, piano lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
bowling, gymnastics, intramural sports, karate, sports, swimming, volleyball

School Notes

  • Garden School is a co-ed, nursery to grade 12, fully-accredited, independent college prep school in Jackson Heights, Queens.
  • Small by design, we provide 315  students with a strong and highly enriched academic experience that offers a realistic option for New York families.
  • Garden students thrive in small class sizes because they receive a greater degree of individual attention which helps them realize their academic potential. That`s the key advantage of a Garden School education: higher academic standards combined with an environment conducive to scholastic excellence.
  • Garden's fully-enclosed, well-equipped campus is situated on a quiet street in New York's most diverse borough. Our student body reflects our surroundings and encourages a healthy and positive cultural exchange. We recognize students for who they are, and cultivate their unique identity to better awaken intellectual curiosity and inspire independent thinking.
  • Our reading specialist, art, music, chess and world languages classes, interscholastic sports program, 7 AP courses, robotics and debate clubs, afterschool program and comprehensive college counseling contribute to a Garden student's success.
  • Private bus transportation, a lunch program and tuition assistance are available. Tours are scheduled at your convenience. Weekly Open Houses are scheduled every Wednesday at 9 AM. 
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