Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools (OWNCS) opened the doors of its first school on September 30, 2002 and turned a new page in the history of public education in New York City. The school was an outgrowth of the Astoria Parents Network, a group of parents concerned about overcrowding in the public schools and discouraged by lack of opportunities for meaningful parent involvement in the local schools.
The schools provide a rigorous liberal arts education within an environment of cultural diversity, preparing students to meet the challenges of high school. Technology is an integral part of the program.
The founders of our school were interested in child-centered models of instruction based on cooperative, active learning and parent involvement. The school adopted a comprehensive social-studies model, integrating the study of history, geography, literature, social sciences, science, math, art, music, technology and Spanish. At OWNCS, the parent, teacher, and student relationship is key to the academic success of all students.
OWNCS (Astoria) is located in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the United States. We celebrate this by integrating the cultural richness of our community with the lessons of the classroom and the governance of the school. All members of the OWN community - students, teachers, and administration - are expected to reflect on the nature and quality of their work and interactions, and to strive to reach their full potential as learners and as citizens.