Community

Our School   While students learn to work independently, they also learn to function as part of the Queens Paideia community. The wide age range of QPS’s students (5–17) encourages teamwork and mixed-age projects, and innumerable opportunities to learn how to get along with others. As one example, older students can experience the satisfaction of assisting or teaching younger ones, at the same time providing them with role models.

Some activities, like group meetings and project presentations, bring all of our students together in substantive ways. Music, movement, art, science, and myriad group activities further enrich their relationships. Students quickly become integrated into small, tight-knit social groups and form support systems in which every student feels safe.

Community

Our Neighborhood   At QPS, community refers not only to those inside the school walls but also to the surrounding community. Our staff and students work collaboratively with local artists, craftspeople, professionals, business owners, musicians, cultural leaders, and other contributors to the life and vitality of the community. Connections like these increase a child’s awareness of the world and how we can play an active part in it.

Our City   The borough of Queens offers a unique environment in which to learn because it is home to people from virtually every country on earth, to people involved in every type of enterprise and artistic endeavor, and to institutions that are open to sharing their knowledge and resources with the children of their community. Queens Paideia School broadens its students’ view of the world by tapping into the people and places of greater New York City.

Our World   The way we treat our family, friends, and those around us becomes a key ingredient of our worldview. Queens Paideia’s approach helps our students make this connection every day, whether in resolving conflicts among ourselves while learning about the challenges that pit nations against each other, or in understanding the ripple effects of our daily choices in food, transportation, and ethics.