About The Queens Campus
Established in Lake Success in 1947 by families who worked for or were associated with the United Nations, UNIS was founded to provide an international education, while preserving its students' diverse cultural heritages. The Lake Success school moved to Parkway Village and then, in 1982, to its current location on Croydon Road. Queens is the largest borough of New York City and the second most populated. It is also notable for being the most ethnically diverse urban area in the entire world, representing over 100 nations and speaking 138 different languages. This diversity allows the Queens campus to align the international curriculum with the mission of the United Nations and prepare students to meet the rigor of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).
The Queens campus has one class at each grade level, from Junior A (kindergarten) through Middle 4 (grade 8). The suburban setting and small size contributes to the strong sense of community that is a hallmark of the campus. A rigorous academic program prepares students to go on to the UNIS Tutorial House for the IBDP program or to one of the highly competitive NYC high schools. Its small size and pastoral location, coupled with the UNIS curriculum, makes it an excellent environment to educate students to shape a better world.
Philosophy of the Queens Campus
The UNIS mission is at the core of all we do in Queens as we strive to inspire our students to become, in the words of the school’s mission statement, “an active force in shaping a better world: peaceful, compassionate and sustainable.” We develop an understanding in our students of what it means to be a global citizen. UNIS is committed to multiculturalism, diversity, academic excellence, the creative arts, and the development of our students into independent, responsible, active participants in the world. In order to fulfill our mission, our program is comprehensive and recognizes that education encompasses more than just academics. We educate not only minds, but also hearts. We educate students with a range of talents--artists, musicians, athletes, scientists, mathematicians, writers--and we want those talents to blossom. We educate students to be leaders and leaders need to have vision and purpose, but also compassion. .As an international school we have built a program that prepares our students to take their place as local and global citizens and to understand that we all have a responsibility to contribute to the various communities to which we belong.
At UNIS Queens we believe that all students can succeed and see each student as both an individual and a member of the UNIS community. Learning is accompanied by joy, curiosity, enthusiasm, and engagement.
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” These timeless words from Nelson Mandela encapsulate a UNIS education. Our commitment to the mission of the United Nations is the foundation of a program of instruction like no other. Whether locally or globally, in the public sector or in private industry, in the arts or the sciences, UNIS students are prepared and empowered to shape a better world.”
Barbara Kennedy Queens Principal Our Principal
Small Size: Students are known to all the faculty and staff, and to one another. Multiple cross-grade activities take place throughout the year.
Environmental Center: Students learn about, maintain, and plant in the outdoor garden area, where vegetables and flowers are grown.
Fine Arts: The school promotes a strong commitment to art and music education.
Outdoor Classroom: The outdoor classroom allows for classes to study and work together outside.
Latin: Grades 7 and 8 take a course that allows students to understand the connections between Latin, English, French, & Spanish.
Morning Mindful Moment: Middle School students have 5 minutes every morning to center themselves before beginning the day.
Community Events: Including UN Day, Winter Concert, May Day, & many more!
“ In UNIS-Queens, you have a great education, you make good friends, and you learn a lot of things."
“The best thing about UNIS Queens is that each teacher can focus on one person if need be because the class sizes are small. This helps each student work their hardest.”
“UNIS-Queens is the community feels like a family. Let say like if you go to a new school and it was UNIS-Queens, the transition wouldn’t be that hard because it feels like just one family, nobody is mean. The kids are my siblings.”
"One of the best things about Unis Queens is that we are with the same people from kindergarten. You become very close with everyone and you always feel comfortable. The teachers are also great and you know if you are having trouble with something you can always ask for help. "
"The teachers are really kind. I like that our classes aren’t so big because the teachers are able to help you (but they don’t hand you the answers!) and it’s easier to know everyone."