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Who We Are

We are a Pre-K through 5 city school with a suburban feel located in a neighborhood of garden apartments and the Queens County Farm Museum, the only working historical farm in New York City. Our "little school with a big heart" is home to about 350 students and 100 staff members. Our school is known for its warm, inclusive atmosphere that distinguishes us from many city schools.  

Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year!

It is our pleasure to welcome everyone back for the 2023-2024 school year! We are all so very excited to have students back in our classrooms filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. It is our mission at PS 186 to make every child feel welcomed, connected and part of our Castlewood family. Additionally, we strive to challenge each student to grow in their own academic and social capabilities. We can say first hand that at Castlewood we have great teachers who thoughtfully plan out their lessons and classroom activities that will fully engage your child on this year’s journey to the next grade.

Our School's Mission

In order to support all students, Castlewood will bolster instruction in all classrooms and ensure that every student acquires, and every parent/guardian understands, advanced literacy skills by creating equitable learning opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse students.  We will provide a welcoming and affirming environment by increasing our family events, having high expectations, rigorous instruction, inclusive curricula, and assessments through ongoing professional learning and support as well as creating a supportive social emotional environment.

School News

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Office of Food & Nutrition Services Survey

They want your feedback. The Office of Food and Nutrition Services wants to provide you with the best food service program possible. You may also translate the survey by clicking on the dropdown in the top right corner of the page.

Thank you in advance for wanting to make a difference!
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Thank you Teachers!

Thank you for the hours you spend planning and prepping, the attention you give to the students and details of each day, the individual needs you tend to, and all the knowledge you pass on!
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The little school with the big heart