Award Year: 2013

PS 066 Queens Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

85-11 102nd Street
Richmond Hill, NY, 11418-1147

(718) 849-0184

Phyllis Leinwand, Principal at time of Nomination

NYC District 27

School Website


Our goal is to educate and support students toward mastering the common core standards in order to reach their full potential as productive members of society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 7%
  • Hispanic: 63%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Native American: 2%
  • ELL: 22%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

P.S. 66 is a small neighborhood Title I school in a diverse socio-economic area dedicated to achieving high standards of academic excellence in all subject areas. P.S. 66 opened its doors 114 years ago in the Richmond Hill community of Queens, New York. Our students encompass a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds resulting in a sense of tolerance and respect that resonates throughout the building.

We utilize a common core standards-based balanced literacy approach to reading and writing, and a standards-based math program. Computer technology is an important aspect of our curriculum. Our classrooms are outfitted with computer carts as well as desktops. Each room has state-of-the-art Smartboards and document cameras. Although our children are educated in a 19th Century building, they are prepared to succeed in a 21st Century world. We educate, nurture, and inspire our students to look to the future with optimism and a desire to achieve.

We envision our school as a community of learners where all members—students, staff and parents,—are actively engaged in the educational process. Staff and parents, as equal partners, are focused on empowering all students with the academic skills and rich civic and social experiences that will enable them to further their educational goals and become active, responsible, and positive members of society. All standards are intended to bring students to high levels of performance to meet the rigors and demands of life.

The entire staff is concerned with the welfare of our students. We foster the work ethic and encourage, support, and celebrate individuality. Our children are instilled with a sense of spirit and a confidence that says, “Yes, I can excel!”