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Our Mission

The mission of PS/MS 43Q is to create a community of lifelong learners where high rates of literacy are achieved through active student participation in an array of academic, scientific, artistic and technological activities. We strive to educate the mind, body and spirit of each student. We foster a belief in one's self and an acceptance of others. Through high expectations and standards-driven instruction our students will become responsible and contributing members of a rapidly changing world. We are dedicated to sharing our school facility with the community organizations whose purpose is to benefit children and their families. Through parent involvement and a commitment to education, we believe every student can reach high standards of excellence.

Special Programs

Dolphin Program for high performing students in grades 1, 2 & 3; Advanced Regents Program for high performing students in Grades 6, 7 &8; Small group instruction in reading & math for at-risk students throughout the grades; Reading Recovery for students in Grade1; literacy blocks throughout the grades; Music & Art Program throughout the grades.

A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is our study skills and college prep program.  See College & Careers for details.

Extracurricular Activities

Tutorial in Reading & Math; Visual Art Talent Program; Chorus; Band; Quilting; Field Day; Dance Festival; Unified Games; Games for the Physically Challenged; Beacon Program; Sports Program; Saturday Institute Test Sophistication Program (Grades 3 - 8).

Our Community

Partnerships include: The Basic School Network at James Madison University; Rockaway Artists Alliance; Queens District Attorney's Office; Mark DeGarmo Dance Company; Queens Library, Costco; and North Fork Bank.

After-School Programs  -  Far Rockaway Beacon Community School

The Far Rockaway Beacon Community School @ PS43MS strives to provide youth, adults and the community at large with a safe, drug free, positive and structured growth enhancing environment during the time when school is not in session.  Our Beacon Program works to create an intergenerational environment that fosters and develops positive attitudes towards family, friendship, community service and achievement.  Our program recognizes the importance of strengthening Far Rockaway Community School as a cornerstone of stability and opportunity within the neighborhoods of Community Board.

Should you have any questions please contact us

Andrew Dillon            Beacon Director
Patty Quinde              OST/Elementary Director
Derick Allen               Program Coordinator

Main Number            718-471-7875
email:                        andrewdillon@childcenterny.org


Monday-Thursday             2:00-9:00pm
Friday                                2:00-10:00pm
Saturday                            9:00am-5:00pm
  • “The Responsive Classroom” is an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes social, emotional and academic growth in a strong and safe school community.
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