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Welcome to OWNCS

OWN Charter Schools are excellent places for young people to learn. Since our doors first opened, we have worked tirelessly to meet our goal of providing our diverse student body with an excellent education based on active inquiry, experiential learning, and social justice. We prepare our students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners. I am so proud of the success and progress we have made so far, and no one is more aware than I of how integral the support and encouragement of the OWNCs community has been in helping us grow and improve each and every year.

I urge you to visit our schools during the Admissions Open Houses. You can see the mission and philosophy brought to life. The elementary and middle school faculty use activities that guide children toward knowledge through imaginative exploration and the mastery of skills.

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OWNCS is a non-sectarian, tuition-free, public charter school. OWNCS does not discriminate against any student in the admissions process or the provision of educational programs on any unlawful basis, including on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

OWNCS is proud of all we have accomplished with our students, parents, and community since our school first opened in 2002. Together, we have established a culture of learning and academic success of which we can be proud.

  • Best,
  • Brian Ferguson
  • Chief Executive Officer

Executive Leadership Team

Anita Angrum

Omar Claxton

Mark Crusante

Brian Ferguson

Richard Lee

Eilen Lepetit

TIffany McAfee

Maria Mikanda

Karrine Montaque

Veronica Polanco

Douglas Ricketts

Stephanie Shilling

  • OWN 1 ES Assistant Principal / Director of Student Support Services
  • sshilling@owncs.org
  • (718) 392-3405 x207

Board of Trustees

Kalimah Ayele

Jeanette Betancourt

Richard Bogle

Melissa Chin

Olubunmi Emigli

Liz Fernandez

Maura Fitzgerald

Education Corp. Administration

Ibrahim Abdul-Aziz

Joseph Alcruz

Omar Claxton

Brandon Crawford

Mark Crusante

Fabio Cuellar

Javid Entizar

Brian Ferguson

Sherab Gyaltsen

Misha Jannatunnasa

Dilshad Khan

Joey Le

Richard Lee

Terrence McLean

Karrine Montaque

Jayme Pabon

Mihwa Park

Gina Patino

Lucille Ranchor

Susanne Sharkey

Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools

Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools educate students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners.

Contact Us Today!

OWN 1 (Astoria)

  • Elementary School (Grades K-5)
  • 36-12 35th Avenue

  • Astoria, NY 11106
  • Phone: (718) 392-3405
  • FAX: (718) 392-2840

OWN 1 (Long Island City)

  • Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • 38-27 30th Street

    Long Island City, NY 11101

  • Phone: (718) 274-2902
  • FAX: (718) 274-7146

OWN 2 (Howard Beach)

  • Elementary School (Grades K-5)
  • 135-25 79th Street
  • Howard Beach, NY 11414
  • Phone: (347) 390-3290

    FAX: (347) 644-5070

OWN 3 (Corona)

  • Elementary School (Grades K-5)
  • 108-68 Roosevelt Ave
  • Corona, NY 11368
  • Phone: (347) 639-1300