Education in Long Island City is getting a much-needed expansion.
The Growing Up Green Charter School, located at 39-27 28th St., will officially be a middle school by 2015.
In September, the facility will welcome 6th graders in a new building, and the following year, will grow to include the 8th grade, bringing a brand new middle school to the area and District 30.
“[I am] very, very excited,” said Matthew Greenberg, principal of the Growing Up Green Charter School. “I think that District 30 needs an additional solid middle school that will give parents additional choices for their children.”
The school, which is slated to open in September, will be located close to the 28th Street location, but a building is yet to be determined, said Greenberg. It is expected to accommodate about 90 students in the upcoming 6th grade class, and a total of about 270 students by 2015.
“As more and more New Yorkers come to western Queens to raise their families, having enough classroom seats to provide a good education is essential,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “Our schools are already stretched too thin, which is why I am pleased with the addition of a middle school at a successful institution like Growing Up Green, and why I will continue fighting to guarantee educational resources in western Queens keep up with development.”
Growing Up Green Charter School is an independent public charter school for K-5, founded in 2009, which focuses on empowering students “to be conscious, contributing members of their community through a rigorous curriculum and engaging in green culture.”
“For five years Growing Up Green has made meaningful contributions to western Queens. Their curriculum has continued to engage countless students making them active members in our community’s efforts to protect our environment,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. With the addition of a new middle school Growing Up Green will be able to expand the positive impact it has on our neighborhoods and educate even more youth about the importance of contributing to their communities.”
There will be two open houses for those interested in applying to the new middle school. The first will be held on Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m. at the charter school, and the second will be on March 22 at Long Island City Library, at 37-44 21st St. Applications are available here.