Queens Paideia School is an independent K-8 school that implements widely accepted tenets of educational theory and current research pertaining to how children learn best. Because of our 6:1 student-teacher ratio, we are able to focus on students’ academic and personal development, resulting in competent and confident learners.
Queens Paideia was founded in 2009 by a group of educators and parents who shared the concern that traditional classrooms, with their high student-teacher ratios and limited methodology, cannot accommodate the needs or consider the true potential of most children. QPS offers a viable alternative for parents who seek academic rigor, emphasis on the “whole child,” and greater involvement in their children’s education. QPS is subsidized by the Mechner Foundation as a long-term demonstration of providing personalized learning for children with diverse abilities.

Quick Facts

Age Range

K through 8th grade.


QPS schedules 180 school days (on avg.), with paced breaks throughout the year that mirror those of the public schools. Our calendar can be viewed here.


QPS continuously acquires resources to support our students’ learning, including a developing library of fiction and nonfiction titles. Students have ready access to laptops and tablets for research and for online materials and programs.

After-school options

Ther are enrichment courses offered most afternoons, ending at 5 p.m., through LIC School of Ballet, neighborhood artists, and QPS’s own programming.


$10,000, plus families typically contribute $10,000 to the Mechner Foundation to support its work in educational innovation, including QPS

There is a $150 activity fee for field trips and special programs.

School Hours

M-Th  9:00-3:30

Fri  9:00-1:30

Teacher-Student Ratio

1:6 on average


QPS is located in the Long Island City Art Center. We have several collaborative learning centers, student project stations, and studios for art and movement education. Our facilities are FIOS wired.


Parents/guardians arrange for their children’s arrival and departure from school. QPS is easy to get to by subway (E, G, M, and 7) or bus (Q39, 67, 69), and there is nearby street parking.


Students bring their own lunch. There is also a mid-morning break every day for which students are welcome to bring a snack.