Award Year: 2021

Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74

61-15 Oceania Street
Bayside, NY, 11361-2139

(718) 631-6800

Mr. Brandon Contarsy, Principal at time of Nomination

New York City Geographic District #26

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Together Everyone Achieves More. TEAM 74's approach to problem solving fosters a learning environment that allows students to soar, from good, to great, and BEYOND.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 15%
  • Hispanic: 13%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 65%
  • Two or more races: 3%
TEAM 74 on the steps of the US Capitol

TEAM 74 on the steps of the US Capitol

The Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School is a large comprehensive middle school serving 1,100 students in Queens, New York. At the core of the school's identity is the belief that Together Everyone Achieves More. From the first day of 6th grade, students are introduced to the idea that they are teammates; through respect, trust, and collaboration they form the foundation of what it means to be part of TEAM 74.

TEAM 74 believes that students learn best through intellectual engagement in a safe and respectful learning environment. This lives through the collaborative construction of a curriculum centered in student experience. Teachers engage students with a curriculum that serves both as mirrors for students' individual development as well as windows into the lives of others.

Our students are passionate, motivated to make a difference, and we leverage their world as the canvas for them to create. TEAM 74 is proud to be the only middle school within the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) that offers seven different disciplines as major course sequences: Studio Art, Graphic Art, Dance, Chorus, Band, Theatre, and Moving Image. Students self-select their preferred art form in sixth grade. Aligned to the NYCDOE Blueprint for the Arts, all majors provide students with a three-year scope and sequence that allows them to develop a deep understanding and passion as they prepare for high school and BEYOND.