Award Year: 2013

PS 221 The North Hills School

57-40 Marathon Parkway
Little Neck, NY, 11362-2036

(718) 423-8825

Patricia Bullard, Principal at time of Nomination

NYC District 26

School Website


Our mission is to provide a nurturing learning environment in which students are challenged to reach their academic potential and develop their unique talents.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 20%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 65%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

P.S. 221 is a New York City public elementary school focused on academic excellence and character development. A rigorous curriculum based on the Common Core Learning Standards, quality teaching, and a nurturing learning environment support high student achievement. Teaching the values of good citizenship is integrated into all areas of school life.

The curriculum is enriched and differentiated through the staff’s embrace of new teaching strategies and tools including the school-wide Thinking Maps initiative leading to increased student comprehension levels, and an improvement in writing. Within the classrooms, children are reading, writing, problem solving, exchanging ideas, doing hands-on experiments, using computers, participating in readers’ theater, creating art and music, dancing and playing as they actively engage in diverse learning experiences.

The importance of responsibility and compassion is taught through programs and activities. A peace building program focuses on respectful, helpful and positive behaviors and recognizes students for exemplary acts of kindness. Community service projects involve students in helping those less fortunate and sharing their talents with others.

Parents participate in culminating reading and writing celebrations and classroom activities. An active PTA holds meetings to keep parents informed of school events and supports the student body through programming activities both during and after school hours. The strong home-school connection is upheld through the use of monthly grade newsletters, meetings, workshops, and special events. As the school community represents many nationalities, cultures, and religions, multiculturalism is celebrated through annual festivals and fairs at which students, staff and parents share customs, traditions, food and games from their countries of origin throughout the world.

The school motto “We are Many, We are One” denotes P.S. 221’s unity and commitment.