About Us

Community Church started  Pre-K classes in 1974. It was an early sign that this community of faith would touch the lives of thousands of children in Jackson Heights. In 1985, a Summer School program started for Chinese students and quickly became known as a school that helped good students stay a step ahead during the summer.

And in 1997, Afterschool Achievement Club started to help parents and students complete homework successfully.

In 2002, Community Church decided to incorporate the school separately. The new agency still has the same desire – to get students in Jackson Heights prepared early for college.

Our Mission

To complement public education, so that students in New York City, regardless of home language, have access to quality, public higher education.

82nd Street Academics Values

  • Add value
  • Empower students
  • Protect the journey to college

Our Ends Policies

  • Students build emotional health, confidence and personal responsibility.
  • Students form cross cultural relationships, appreciate the benefits of diversity, and are empowered to define themselves in the face of injustice
  • Students in school age programs build skills so that autonomous academic development is possible in high school and university.

Dr. Ronald Tompkins, Executive Director

Dr. Ron Tompkins has a personal commitment to the mission of 82nd Street Academics. Half of his family has Khmer or Vietnamese as their first language. He himself found a way out of poverty through education. Dr. Ron holds the Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy from SUNY Buffalo and the MBA from SUNY IT Utica.

Dr. Ron’s work is chief keeper of the flame. He works on plans to develop 82nd Street Academics and make it better. The current plan is to expand to four student centers such as those in Jackson Heights and Jamaica. He meets with local school and community leaders so that 82nd Street is part of the larger good story of New York City. His chief joy is parent events such as Principal’s Night, Gifted and Talented Night, and Legacy Honors Night and its always a delight to be recognized and welcomed by students.

Looking to the Future

SAT Preparation Program; Programs for College Preparation for all grades, PreK to 12th grade; New Campus


Board Members

Dr. Ronald Tompkins – Executive Director of 82nd Street Academics
Ms. Cathy Cao, Executive Vice President of Finance, Kandi Technologies
Mr. Carlos Cortes, Retired
Ms. Selina Man
Ms. Susan Metcalf, Teacher, The Spence School
Ms. Louise Mulvihill, Canadian Consulate Official
Mr. Mark Willis, ParQuest Consulting President

82nd Street Academics is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. Consistent with Federal & State laws, 82nd Street Academics does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, disability, or gender. Admission is on first-come-first-served basis only.