Our History

Our school was founded by Pat and Marshall Martin in 1972 as Jonathan's Place and named for their son. In 1981, the name was changed to P.S.1 Elementary, for Private School, under the directorship of Punky Beasley Thomas and Karen Lieneke. The name changed again in 1998 to Community School #1 Elementary to reflect the community based nature of our curriculum. Rebecca Liberty was the school's director from 1998 - 2007. CS#1 is currently under the leadership of Linda Powers. Over the years the school, students and teachers have won numerous and varied awards. Our teachers are experienced professionals with solid reputations in the educational community. References are available upon request.