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The Gordon Parks School for Inquisitive Minds

Grades: Pre-K, K-8
233-15 Merrick Boulevard
Queens NY 11422
Phone: 718-341-8280

Our Insights

What’s Special

Art, music, dance and technology

The Downside

Children would benefit from more class discussions

The Gordon Parks School, open to children from across District 29, is a small school with solid academics that sees the arts as key to developing the whole child. Students from pre-k to 8th grade may take visual art, music and dance, and the school has a teacher for each of those disciplines. 

Along with arts, Gordon Parks stresses technology, with students as young as kindergarten using tablets. The school has expanded its elementary school science and technology initiative into the middle grades, with instruction on coding and engineering fundamentals along with math and science. This, the school says in its Comprehensive Educational Plan, has enabled more 8th graders to take and pass the algebra Regents. Middle school students may also take Spanish and earn high school credit for that.

Located in a dramatic vertical building on a corner of busy, commercial Merrick Boulevard near the Belt Parkway, PS/IS 270 opened as an elementary school in 2003. Following some parent lobbying, the school expanded to serve middle school kids as well. Chayvonne Harper has been principal since 2012 when she replaced founding principal Eleanor Andrews. 

Gordon Parks has an after school program open to all grades. Among other activities, it offers dance and a program where students learn about filmmaking, photography, fashion design, acting, audio production and scenery creation.

Eighth graders go on a trip to Washington, DC, and the school holds special events such as a science fair and a cultural festival in Alley Pond Park. [photo from school website]

A downside: Children would benefit from more class discussions and less listening to the teacher talk, according to the Quality Review

On the positive side, the school’s yearly plan says all students at Gordon Parks are known by at least four adults in the building, and guidance counselors are available to help struggling students. 

ADMISSIONS: Open to District 29 students only. In middle school, priority goes to students who attend elementary school at Gordon Parks. (Gail Robinson, web reports and school data, September 2017)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Hillcrest High School, Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences, and John Bowne High School

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Springfield Gardens (District 29)
Buses: Q5, Q84, X63


Chayvonne Harper
Parent Coordinator
Nia Laury

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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