Upcoming Events

  • Literacy Workshop/ Title 1 PAC elections.

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  • Parent's Curriculum Breakfast (Grades K-2)

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  • SLT Meeting

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  • Middle School Fair

    Location: Joan of Arc Building 

    154 West 93rd St. 

    New York, NY 10025 


    Time: 5:30-7:30pm 

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  • Title 1 Parent Advisory Council Elections.

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Principal's Message

Welcome to Young Diplomats Magnet Academy! We are so excited to have you be a part of our YDMA family.  It is my pleasure to welcome all of you for a successful year at YDMA.  We are excited to have our hallways filled with the energy and enthusiasm of learning. 

This school year we are introducing the Italian Dual Language Program, and are so excited to see our students immersed in this program and learning another language, as well as a different culture!  Research shows that children benefit from learning a second language, and it also welcomes diversity in the classroom.  This school year we are opening up two new classrooms, a Pre-Kindergarten Dual Language class and a Kindergarten Dual Language class. The teachers will follow the two-way model, where one full day will be in Italian, one full day in English and another day will be a half a day in Italian and the other half will be done in English.  From grades, first through fifth they will also receive Italian instruction.  Our school has been working closely with the Italian Consulate of New York and our Manhattan Borough office to better support our new We are so grateful to have been able to open this program and we are so excited to see all of our new and upcoming students. Please be sure to come in and register as we still have seats available.



From the Parent Coordinator

As we gear up for another exciting school year, I'm excited to assure you that my purpose here at P.S. 242 is to serve as a helpful source to our families.   Coming into the 2019-2020 school year; I encourage all parents to communicate creative ideas and concerns that many of us have regarding your child’s education. My role in partnership with the principal is to facilitate support networks and workshops of interest for you.

Parent Involvement

Our students’ progress continues to be successful when parents are involved. Each child that walks through the halls of YDMA are supported by a team of educators dedicated to inspire their minds. We strive to provide every student, with the tools needed to have a positive and enriching future. For a successful school year, active parents are key to strengthening the school’s progress, our families and your child’s education.

 Parent Workshops

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs…To help support and assist parents in balancing family life, a monthly calendar and newsletter will be given out with all upcoming events that are scheduled for the month. We ask that all parents come to the workshops.


If there’s a workshop that might interest your or you have concerns that you need assistance in. Please feel free to contact me. I’m available to assist from Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:00pm. You can also reach me by phone (212)678-2908 ext. 111 or by email cortega2@schools.nyc.gov

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Our school leadership team meets every third Wednesday of the month at 4:30pm.  

I hope to see you all there.