Mission & Core Values Inclusion, Inquiry, Responsibility

Our Mission

Through the inclusion of diverse student identities, inquiry-based learning, and data-driven decision-making, The 30th Avenue School (Q300) will graduate students who collaborate with others to ask meaningful questions, to solve complex problems, and to engage responsibly with their communities and beyond. By exploring who they are and who they want to be, students engage in the active process of making knowledge and better understanding the world around them in ways that drive a sense of responsibility and action.

principalWelcome to the 30th Avenue School—one of NYCs public K-8 schools for gifted and talented students.  Ever since our school’s inception in 2014, we have demonstrated a commitment to inquiry-based learning, the cultivation of personal and collective responsibility, and a deep respect for each person’s distinctiveness.

   Our students arrive to our building from a wide span of the city’s geography.  As part of my very first encounters with students and their parents, I quickly realized that families have opted to travel great lengths, both in terms of time and distance, to give their students a “300” education.  Moreover, our student body reflects the ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, and religious diversity of one of the most vibrant cities history has known.  The 30th Avenue School’s commitment to our broad student body is evidenced through our rigorous curriculum, enrichment activities, social-emotional programming, and the variety of community building experiences that we offer.

   We also have the good fortune of employing an extremely gifted and distinguished faculty.  All of our teachers have been selected for their own academic successes, commitment to our core values, and their ability to exercise creativity in order to foster critical thinking and overall growth in our students.  These professional attributes and efforts continue to be generously supported by our parent organization, which is involved in an ongoing effort to ensure that our students benefit from one of the most unique public education opportunities available.    

   Like many of your children, I am new to our school.  However, I am very excited for the journey ahead.  I know that all of us, collectively and individually, will grow a great deal over time.  My goal for each and every child as well as for the entire school, in very broad yet simple terms, is to remember what it’s like to “love to learn.”

   Once again, welcome to Q300.  I look forward to meeting each and every one of you as the year advances.

Vasilios Biniaris

Elementary Campus
28-37 29th Street, 4th Floor
Astoria, NY 11102
718.626.8502 (main) 718.626.8508(fax)
Middle School Campus
31-51 21st Street, 5th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11106
718.726.0960 (main) 718.726.0949 (fax)