Mission and Vision Statement
Community School District 24 represents 55 schools serving students in grades pre-K-12 that are geographically located in the Ridgewood, Maspeth, Glendale, Middle Village, Elmhurst, Corona, Woodside and of Long Island City and Sunnyside section(s)/community(s) of the borough of Queens, New York. The District is comprised of 26 elementary schools; 7 middle/intermediate; 6 K-8 schools; 1 secondary school; 15 high schools; and 0 K-12 school. Additionally, there are 2 charter schools in the district. The District serves a population of approximately 58,603 students from culturally diverse backgrounds, and the District’s community is home to many new immigrants from Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
District 24’s vision is anchored in an individualized approach to meeting the needs of all District 24 stakeholders. We pride ourselves in the fidelity of our work, supporting all for the good of the students and the high expectations we set forth for ourselves and one another. We find the joy in our work and demonstrating how we add value to the system, every day. Our mission will be the impact of our efforts revealed through our teamwork, celebration of differences, strong collaboration, and respect for one another. This mission empowers us to stand stronger…together.
In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we will be emphasizing student and parent supports through culturally responsive education so that all stakeholders have a voice and feel empowered through engagement and in their individual and group learning.
Approximately 16% of the students have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and receive the full continuum of special education services including Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classes and other models of integrated inclusion classes, instruction in self-contained classes, and related services such as speech and language, counseling, and adaptive physical education. Additionally, 22.3% of the students are English language learners (ELLs), with Spanish as the dominant language among the vast majority. 4.77 % (2015-16) of students in the District are Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE).
Approximately 67% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Approximately 6.80% of students are in temporary housing (STH). Of the 55 schools in the district, 45 are Title I eligible, 45 schools are implementing Title I School Wide Programs (SWP), and no schools are designated as Title I Targeted Assistance Schools (TAS). Additional information regarding these designations can be found on the New York State Education Department website.
Approximately 95.98% (2015-16) of teachers in District 24 are deemed to be highly qualified in their area of assignment in core subject areas. The percentage of teachers holding a Masters Degree plus 30 hours or a Doctorate is 51%. The percentage of teachers in the district rated effective/highly effective is 96.71%.