Award Year: 2016

P.S. 242 Leonard P. Stavisky Early Childhood School

29-66 137th Street
Flushing, NY, 11354-2044

(718) 445-2902

Ms. Patricia Costa, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Community School District 25

School Website


P.S. 242, The Leonard P. Stavisky Early Childhood School, is dedicated to providing a nurturing environment in which every child can succeed at high levels and develop confidence and a positive self-image. All staff, parents and students work together through a balanced literacy program and standards-based instruction to maximize student learning and well being. Our vision is that parents, teachers, administrators, staff, and community members will use their skills and resources to cultivate a vibrant community of lifelong learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 5%
  • Hispanic: 15%
  • Asian: 74%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 28%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Language and Literacy Learning is fun in grade one at P.S. 242!

Language and Literacy Learning is fun in grade one at P.S. 242!

P.S. 242 is a unique and inviting early childhood school where diversity is celebrated and students excel. Our hard working staff is dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, and intellectually stimulating environment where every child, including English Language Learners, and students with disabilities, will achieve high academic standards while developing confidence and strong social skills. Administration, teachers, and parents work together to implement highly effective instructional programs that emphasize engagement and communication. Our community is international, with almost 70% of our students coming from homes where English is spoken as a second language. Adding to our diversity, 17% of our students have Individualized Education Plans. Our commitment to collaborative teaching and differentiated instruction supports students of all ability levels in every classroom. ESL and Intervention teachers work in classrooms to meet the individual needs of every student. Our engaging arts and writing curriculum supports student creativity and personal expression. We collaborate with Young Audiences, Studio in a School, and Korea Taekwondo to provide a rich arts curriculum where music, dance, and visual artists work with students and teachers in classroom residencies. Monthly cultural performances and trips add richness and diversity to the curriculum. Our collaboration with Teachers College Reading and Writing Project drives a powerful English Language Arts curriculum, supported by expert professional development for all teachers. Our commitment as a community of educators is to support all students and adults in developing the skills to think critically, communicate effectively, and become active, thoughtful, and successful citizens of the world.