Welcome to the

Martin De Porres Elementary/JHS



The Martin de Porres School was founded in 1972 where our first home was in the Astoria Housing Projects in Queens. Due to the growth of the program, a larger facility was needed. Consequently. MDP moved to Springfield Gardens in 1977. In September 2012, the Elementary/JHS relocated to Elmont where we provide educational programs for nearly 180 students (male and female)  in grades two to eight.


The Elementary/Junior High School is led by Principal John Galassi. John is an exceptional leader whose commitment to his students is unparalleled. John directs a program that along with academics has a highly structured and supportive behavioral management program. Assisting John are Assistant Principals Carmela Casas and Alice Premus.


Besides the administrators, the MDP Elementary/Junior High School has a dedicated staff of experienced and enthusiastic teachers, assistant teachers, social workers, guidance counselors and occupational/physical therapists. They provide every student with the opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest. For 42 years, MDP Elementary/Junior High School has helped students to thrive and ultimately graduate and attend high school, either at Martin De Porres or returning to a public school.


Every day at the MDP Elementary/Jr. High School is exciting! The Curriculum is geared to maximize academic development. The theme based curriculum offers new and continual subject matter to continually expand our student's minds. Our Dance program, band and chorus are unparalleled. Cultural and recreational experiences are ongoing. Trips to museums, theater, and historical sites are ongoing and aimed at integrating what is learned in the classroom to the outside world. And we can not forget our annual fishing trip which is part of the summer program. As can be seen, academics are the foundation of MDP but we create so many other opportunities for learning in our focus on developing the "whole" child.


621 Elmont Rd

Buidling A

Elmont, NY 11003

Phone: 1(516) 616-0671

Fax: 1(516) 616-0674