Staten Island public schools are managed by the New York City Department of Education, the largest public school system in the country. There are also a wide variety of private institutions that provide excellent, unique educational paths for grade-school students. Staten Island Academy is the only independent private (non-public, non-religious) grade school on the island. For those seeking to further their education, The College of Staten Island offers Associate's and Bachelor's degrees as well as post-graduate level study from Master's to the Doctoral level. Students can also choose to study at the Wagner College, a coeducational private liberal arts college or at St. John's University, a private, coeducational Roman Catholic university.
Economy and Job Market
With its roaring economy in nearby Manhattan, Staten Island's residents do pretty well. The economy generated within the island itself is also relatively strong. For the past ten years the SIEDC has been in place in order to serve the business community of Staten Island. The SIEDC works to enhance the thriving Staten Island economy by encouraging the development of commercial and industrial property and projects in an environmentally friendly manner. They also promote both public and private investment.
Attractions and Points of Interest
Residents can always find a source of entertainment in the historic Richmond Town, a Colonial Williamsburg-like living history restoration complete with colonial buildings, a general store, and America's oldest elementary school. The awe-inspiring Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art features the largest collection of Tibetan art outside of Tibet. The building is a work of art in itself and is one of the only two Himalayan-style monastery buildings in the Western world, and the only one in the United States. There is also a rarely authentic Chinese Scholar's Garden at the Staten Island Botanical Garden. Families can take their children to the Staten Island Zoo with its huge collection of reptiles, an aquarium, tropical forest, children's farm, and African savannah.
Parks and Recreation
There are plenty of extensive parks provide recreational activities for residents. The Gateway National Recreation Area, part of the National Park Service, is a wonderful resource. The Great Kills Park and Beach features a beautiful swimming beach, fishing venues, nature trails, and a marina. Miller Field, a once active airfield, is now a park that includes two post-World War I military aircraft hangers, picnic areas, 64 acres of athletic fields, a community garden and a white oak forest. Bird lovers will be excited to explore the 220-acre Blue Heron Park, home to the blue heron bird, hiking trails, and picnic areas.