Award Year: 2020

PS 94 David D Porter Elementary School

41-77 Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck , NY, 11363-1738

(718) 423-8491

Ms. Laura Avakians, Principal at time of Nomination

New York City Geographic District #26

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Our mission is to foster collaboration among parents, students, and staff to enrich the learning experience of each child through high expectations, academic rigor, and a thinking curriculum. In an atmosphere rich with cultural diversity, we provide a differentiated program of instruction that sets high standards while celebrating individuality and encouraging creativity.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 15%
  • Hispanic: 16%
  • Asian: 63%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
PS 94Q, David D. Porter School

PS 94Q, David D. Porter School

The David D. Porter School is an elementary school with about 320 students from prekindergarten through grade 5 located in the Little Neck neighborhood of Queens, NY. The school population is comprised of 4% Black, 20% Hispanic, 17% White, and 56% Asian students.

PS 94 offers a variety of enrichment/extracurricular activities such as, Suzuki violin, Glee Club, Art/OT Club, STEM Club, Student Council, Lego Robotics, Chorus, Musical Theater residence, Running Club, Recycling Squad, Bricks4Kidz, Coding classes, after school residencies and more. We have also established collaborations/partnerships with community organizations, such as, North Shore Animal League, March of Dimes Walk-a-thon, American Heart Association, SNAP, Queens College, Alley Pond Environmental Center, New York Road Runners, and RoboMindTech.

During the last six years, the school leader and staff have put a strong process in place to regularly evaluate and adjust curricular and instructional practices in response to student learning needs and the expectations of the Next Generation Learning Standards (NGLS). Our core belief is that every student can learn, just not in the same way or the same day. We pride in knowing our students well, therefore we ensure our lessons are modified when they need to be, they are differentiated and offer student choice. During all content subjects our students are engaged in accountable talk, discourse and collaborative projects. In order to elevate critical thinking for our learners, computer science for all curriculum has been embedded in all subject areas. Additionally, we will continue to engage students in social emotional lessons using the Sanford Harmony curriculum, CASEL principles and the Mood Meter from prekindergarten to fifth grade.