Garden School

Garden School Photo #1 - 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 #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 - Our student body reflects our surroundings and encourages a healthy and positive cultural exchange.
Garden School Photo #4 - 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 Photo #5 - Garden School was founded in 1923 to meet the need for a high-quality, individualized, and independent school in Jackson Heights, Queens. We believe every child has potential and where we believe it is a school`s job to spark, acknowledge, and promote the passions and interests of children.
Garden School Photo #6 - Garden School's athletic program gives students a chance to participate in sports in ways that are accessible and supportive.
Garden School Photo #7 - The key advantage of a Garden School education: higher academic standards combined with an environment conducive to scholastic excellence.
Garden School Photo #8 - 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 #9 - Small by design, we provide 300 students with a strong and highly enriched academic experience that offers a realistic option for New York families.
Garden School Photo #10 - We recognize students for who they are, and cultivate their unique identity to better awaken intellectual curiosity and inspire independent thinking.
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 Students215 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Garden School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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 DeadlineJan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost$21,150
Tuition Notes$21,350 (11th grade), $21,550 (12th grade)
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,000
Admissions DirectorKat Sullivan
Endowment Size$1.1 million


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


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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    Grades: PK-10 | 575 students
    0.3 miles
    81-10 35th Avenue
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    (718) 457-0429
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    4.1 miles
    11917 Union Tpke
    Forest Hills, NY 11375
    (718) 223-4667
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  • East Elmhurst
    Grades: PK-5 | 194 students
    1.5 miles
    3220 108th St
    East Elmhurst, NY 11369
    (718) 565-2170
    1.5 PK-5
  • Forest Hills
    Grades: PK-6 | 144 students
    3.4 miles
    6704 Austin St
    Forest Hills, NY 11375
    (718) 275-0173
    3.4 PK-6
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    Grades: PK-8 | 127 students
    6 miles
    19310 Peck Ave
    Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
    (718) 357-4747
    6 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (16 reviews)
I've sent both of my kids to Garden School, with one attending Garden right now. I also was on faculty at Garden School twenty years ago. It's an exceptional place. Leadership there is strong and visionary. Faculty is first-rate. The small class sizes contribute to remarkable empathy and camaraderie across grades. Garden also features the strongest debate program in NYC, consisting placing above other schools (Dalton, etc.), along with championship sports teams, including girls volleyball and others. The school really is something wonderful.
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We started exploring private education when our child was in 6th grade. After many school visits across Queens and Manhattan and a plethora of applications and exams later, it was clear what our first choice was going to be. From the first time we walked into Garden, we all knew this was the right fit for our family. But most importantly, our son knew it was the right fit for him. Some say, "Garden School is Queens best kept secret" and we would have to agree. I guess the cat is out of the bag. Others say, "Garden might be small but oh SO mighty!" This is also true. So what is it about Garden that we all fell in love with?Let's start with our son. While in 6th grade in public school, he had an opportunity to shadow the Garden 7th grade for a day to see what school would be like for next year. This experience clearly solidified his feelings about the school. In the morning at drop off, he was extremely shy and nervous, as he had always felt like an outlier in educational spaces. At that time, he was a very bright, self-conscious multiracial child who had a hard time making friends. When I came to pick him up after school, he wasn't in the office to meet me. I quickly learned he was in one of the classrooms across the school hanging out with others. As I walked into the classroom, I saw him huddled with his peers, laughing and shouting about. He saw me and had a huge smile on his face. The whole way home he spoke about all the new friends he made and how much fun he had in all the classes he participated in. Most importantly, he said it was the first time he felt he could truly be himself. It felt like family. After several other school visits and shadow days, these same feelings never arose. There was something about Garden that was different. Garden School is grounded in community. I don`t just mean it is housed within the Jackson Heights community. I mean the values and behaviors of the school are rooted in down-to-earth practices and policies centered around students and families. The school is accessible, not only financially but socially. It is encouraged and modeled for students, parents, teachers, and administrators to collectively work together for overall success. Education is elevated and valued as a top priority BUT not at the expense of diminishing students love of learning through competition, stressful study habits, and elitist behaviors. Garden School`s leadership is open to feedback and innovative in their response to change. Garden`s diverse population aligns much more closely to New York City`s demographic, where a cross-section of race and class are present in and out of the classroom. Are there areas for growth? Of course! Does Garden offer everything other schools twice their cost and size offer? No, not yet! For our family, that is perfectly okay because what Garden does provide is a culture, community, and quality of education that cannot be replicated through bigger buildings, enlarged admin staff, more sports teams, or the number of shows produced each year. Today, our son is now in the second half of his 8th grade year. Since joining Garden in 7th grade, he has done exceptionally well academically and socially but has had some challenges along the way. However, these challenges have been met with honest and caring conversations with his teachers and staff. They ALL have gone above and beyond to support us in this journey. We are continuously impressed at how engaged and committed his teachers are in supporting his growth, not only as a scholar but as a well-rounded young man. It is not uncommon for our son to regularly tell us how much he LOVES school and can`t imagine being anywhere else. As parents of a smart, unique, and justice-minded child, we are confident Garden is building the foundation he needs to be successful in anything he tackles moving forward. We are excited to see how he continues to flourish throughout his high school years to come.
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As a junior at Garden School, I've realized Garden is like no other school when it comes to community. Since it is a small school by design, with a 6:1 student-teacher ratio, it allows me to delve deep into my subjects and work with my teachers one on one when I need it. I have attended Garden since the third grade and going to school quickly became something I looked forward to, as Garden is my second family. Garden fosters community and gives us many opportunities to bond with students across all grades. Therefore, no student is ever left out. I'm glad I made the decision to stay at Garden for high school. I feel prepared for the college process and am glad I had a chance to take advantage of Garden's rigorous AP classes and in-school SAT prep. The Garden School experience is one of a kind.
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This is my third year at Garden School, and I am very appreciative of the three years that Garden has spent with me. This is a local and small school, but it is for sure, a warm family. I first arrived here as an international student from China. I would never describe myself as a communicative person before I came here. So I imagined that my first year at a new school would probably be hard and lonely. However, just within my first month at Garden, almost every single person, teacher and student, knows my name and greets me every day like they've been known me forever. I just want to show that Garden is definitely a place that cheers its students up and makes them feel safe and warm.
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Garden School provides its students with the proper education and gives them the resources that will lead them to a bright future. We are very lucky that we are able to do in person learning even when public schools are currently closed. Because we have this option, it gives students more opportunities to have a well rounded education. Garden School is also taking the appropriate measures to keep its students safe and healthy especially during these times. If you are looking for a good school that will provide a stable education, with teachers that will prepare you for college, Garden is the place for you.
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I`ve been attending Garden School since the age of two. Over the years I have realized how unique my education has been and how it has helped me achieve more than I ever thought I could. Going to a smaller school is so beneficial, it gives us a better sense of community and comfort within the school.
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My daughter started at Garden School in first grade and is now is ninth grade. She has received a top-notch education, and her dedicated and caring teachers have nurtured her talents and provided support for her when she needed it. She has been able to try new things by joining the many clubs that Garden has to offer. Garden School has been a home away from home for my daughter and she loves going to school. During this challenging year, with so many schools closed due to the covid pandemic, Garden School has been open and has implemented safety and cleaning procedures that have kept its students safe and in school to receive the best education without interruption. Our family is happy and grateful that we have chosen Garden School for our daughter.
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I've been in Garden since I was two years old. It has been a place where I will have memories I will cherish forever. I believe that Garden has done an excellent job at shaping me into a well-rounded versed individual, and I am fully confident that I will be well prepared to thrive in the real world.
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Garden school is one of the better schools I have been to in my lifetime; The class size is small, something that is unexpectedly convenient for learning. With smaller classes, teachers are able to give each student individual attention and assistance with schoolwork, and the small classes are also convenient for social distance during these dangerous times. Teachers are genuine, and they really care about the mental health of their students while pushing you to get the most out of your education. Sports and recreational activities are a big part of garden, especially sports like basketball and volleyball. With such a small amount of students, the Garden community is small and tight-knit, something that's hard to find in many schools.
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Garden is an amazing school. The faculty and teachers really care about their students. The students are very close and the school is like a family. The education given here is great. The sports teams have recently been winning championships as well. The education is top notch.
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I`m so glad I found a school that motivates and keeps my child involved. My daughter has been going to the school for about three years and is an eighth grader this year. The school has handled reopening during the COVID-19 school year extremely well. They provide covid tests sometimes even multiple times a month and have made sure to keep the school clean and have sanitizing stations. My daughter was a part of the school's volleyball team last year and they won the championship! She was ecstatic. The school is truly her comfort zone and they give her a rigorous yet manageable workload that pushes her to be the best student she could be. An interesting part of the school is that they have a tradition of taking the children to a different country. I sent my child to Senegal last year knowing that she was in good hands and was able to learn about different cultures. She was also excited to go to Nantucket with her friends in the spring, which is another trip the school provides yearly. Teachers are friendly and love the environment.
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Garden School is a hidden gem in Western Queens. My two children each started at Garden in the 5th grade in 2018 and 2020 and have both had absolutely wonderful experiences. The environment is nurturing, collegial, and academic. The small teacher to student ratio enables individualized teaching and a highly effective learning environment. Students frequently interact with students from other grades, which deepens the sense of community and awareness. The teachers draw on their years of experience while also bringing new approaches and cultivate a supportive learning environment. Garden's successful and quick pivot to remote learning in the spring of 2020 was impressive. Their thoughtful and well-managed pandemic protocols over the fall of 2020 with an expanded remote learning option allowed the school to conduct full in-person learning while keeping everyone safe. I highly recommend Garden School for families looking for a down-to-earth and high-quality education.
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Garden School is a wonderful community based learning experience. Classrooms are small and lots of individualized attention is given to students. After hours allows students to receive extra support if they need it, and there are also so many clubs or foundation courses that students can enjoy as part of free time social experiences. The debate club is one of the focal points of the school, and the two teachers are wonderful role models. There are so many staff members that support students in one way or another. Administration is knowledgeable and easy to talk to with availability at all odd hours.
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I am extremely happy with the quality education my daughter has been getting at The Garden School, and their handling of the COVID-19 situation has been first class.
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Good school I'm in it and it is the best
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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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