Our Mission

The Kew-Forest School is an intimate Preschool through Grade 12 learning community that is small by design, inclusive, and globally representative. Kew-Forest provides a safe, nurturing, and intellectually vigorous environment that inspires every student to explore and expand creative interests, to apply courageous and innovative thinking, and to become an ethical contributor to ever-widening communities. Kew-Forest students develop the skills necessary for pursuing higher education and for acquiring the essential competencies of a responsible citizen.

Guiding Principles

The Kew-Forest School’s students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni form a strong and caring community with a shared commitment to: 

  • Encouraging each student to achieve excellence in academic pursuits and fulfillment of individual potential;
  • Fostering an environment that celebrates personal integrity, diversity, and respect;
  • Providing teachers, tools, and a learning atmosphere that spark the joy of discovery in academics, the arts, athletics, and community service, within the context of a rigorous, liberal arts curriculum;
  • Investing in and utilizing the latest technology in ways that for students enhance learning and preparation for college, and for the school in general, provide greater efficiency and savings;
  • Encouraging intelligent, responsible citizenship and leadership through meaningful service to the life of the school and to the broader community;
  • Attracting and retaining outstanding teachers who inspire a passion for learning, demonstrate excellence in their subject areas, and serve as exemplary role models for students;
  • Honoring The Kew-Forest School’s history and traditions in order to ensure a lifelong connection to the school community and to the school’s Mission, Guiding Principles, and goals.
The Kew-Forest School opened its doors to students for the first time on September 25, 1918. Since then, its Mission and Guiding Principles have led thousands of students toward successful careers and fulfilling lives.

The Kew-Forest School

119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 268-4667
The oldest independent school in the borough of Queens, The Kew-Forest School is an independent co-educational, college preparatory school for students in Preschool through Grade 12.