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Garden School Photo #1 - Garden School is a co-ed, nursery to grade 12, fully-accredited, independent college prep school in Jackson Heights, Queens.
Garden School Photo #2 - Garden's fully-enclosed, well-equipped campus is situated on a quiet street in New York's most diverse borough.
Garden School Photo #3 - 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 School Photo #4 - Garden students thrive in small class sizes because they receive a greater degree of individual attention which helps them realize their academic potential.
Garden School Photo #5 - We recognize students for who they are, and cultivate their unique identity to better awaken intellectual curiosity and inspire independent thinking.
Garden School Photo #6 - The key advantage of a Garden School education: higher academic standards combined with an environment conducive to scholastic excellence.
Garden School Photo #7 - Our student body reflects our surroundings and encourages a healthy and positive cultural exchange.
Garden School Photo #8 - Garden School's athletic program gives students a chance to participate in sports in ways that are accessible and supportive.
Garden School Photo #9 - 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.
Garden School Photo #10 - 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.

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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
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students296 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed

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
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$18,660
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,000
Admissions DirectorJim Gaines (7-12) 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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  • Jackson Heights
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    0.3 miles
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    (718)457-0429
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  • Forest Hills
    Grades: NS-12 | 245 students
    4.1 miles
    11917 Union Tpke
    Forest Hills, NY 11375
    (718)223-4667
    4.1 NS-12
    245
  • East Elmhurst
    Grades: PK-5 | 194 students
    1.5 miles
    3220 108th St
    East Elmhurst, NY 11369
    (718)565-2170
    1.5 PK-5
    194
  • Forest Hills
    Grades: PK-6 | 161 students
    3.4 miles
    6704 Austin St
    Forest Hills, NY 11375
    (718)275-0173
    3.4 PK-6
    161
  • Fresh Meadows
    Grades: K-8 | 140 students
    6 miles
    19310 Peck Ave
    Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
    (718)357-4747
    6 K-8
    140

School Reviews

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Garden School is the best investment you can make in your child's education and development. The teachers are knowledgeable, genuine and caring. There are an array of after school activities, sports, and clubs. The education curriculum prepares you for advanced studies and most children move on to achieve advanced degrees. However, the main point to stress in this review is individual attention! The bonds, friendships and mentor-ship that is formed within the school between students, teachers and leadership is with you for years to come. There is a true sense of community here. Here are two examples of the caring environment (there are countless):1. In 11th grade, I needed extra tutoring/help with French...the headmaster of the school, assisted me extra help french lessons on his lunch break to ensure I did well in the class. This is unheard off in most schools today.2. After graduation, in my 1st year of college, I came back to Garden to get assistance with Calculus and Statistics. My high school math teacher took the time to assist after school hours. Needless to say, I did very well in those subjects. Looking forward to both of my kids attending the school in the near future.THE SCHOOL, TEACHERS and LEADERSHIP ARE IRREPLACEABLE!
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