Award Year: 2017

Garden City High School

170 Rockaway Avenue
Garden City, NY, 11530-1499

(516) 478-2006

Ms. Nanine McLaughlin, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Garden City Union Free School District

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The mission of Garden City High School is to provide a physically safe and emotionally secure environment, where students are challenged to strive for personal excellence through educational, athletic, creative and extra-curricular pursuits. Our goals and responsibility is to help each student develop an enthusiasm for learning, a respect for self and others, and the skills to become a creative independent thinker and problem solver.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 4%
Garden City High School Commencement Exercises

Garden City High School Commencement Exercises

Garden City High School empowers its students by challenging them scholastically, supporting their interests and encouraging them to achieve. There is a collaborative relationship among administrators, faculty and students that ensures responsiveness to all voices. Our mission, "Inspiring Minds, Empowering Achievement and Building Community" is the philosophical and pedagogical focus of our efforts. Garden City students receive accelerated instruction in almost 30 college-level core subjects, as well as art, music, athletics and business. The continued reflection of the faculty on best practices enables us to prepare our students to be forward thinking, adaptive, creative and innovative. Through their active participation in project- and community-based learning, they create literary video interpretations, apply engineering principles to map prosthetics, question political guest speakers, develop real-world statistical models, utilize technology to evaluate sources, support local charities, engage in community forums, and participate in 50 extracurricular clubs. Garden City High School's tradition of excellence challenges and inspires students to maximize their potential; in fact, our sense of community is a point of pride that ensures future success. By educating our students' minds, bodies and spirits, they are prepared to become compassionate, mindful and contributing members of society.