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    PS/MS 188 is located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  We are an A school serving over 400 children Kindergarten – Grade 8, who typically live in the neighborhood surrounding the school.  Our faculty is committed to helping each of our children reach her/his full academic potential.  We implement a rigorous academic program within a fully inclusive environment, with the over-arching goal of closing the achievement gap.    Believing in a strength-based and multiple-intelligences approach, we implement Renzulli’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model (National Research Center for Gifted & Talented at UConn), and have been designated as an SEM training site for NYC educators (teachers, principals, superintendents).   We have been recognized by Chancellor Klein in his Principal’s Weekly as having exemplary technology and arts programs (October ’07).  Our students engage in a wide-variety of innovative activities from Lego Robotics and game design to architectural modeling and 3D Printing.

    Believing in the “full service community school model” we have developed an extensive network of collaborators enabling us to provide far-reaching services to our children and families:  Ryan-Nena Health Center (on-site medical clinic/served by nurse practitioner); The Jewish Board (on-site mental health screening and individual, small group, and family); NYC Department of Health (on-site dental screenings); Borough of Manhattan Community College (on-site adult ESL program); Third Street Music School (articulated K-8 music program culminating with specialization in violin, chorus or percussion); LEAP (arts-infused ELA instruction); Arts Connection (arts-infused ESL  instruction); Bard High School Early College (Early College Saturday Academy “high school prep” program for Grades 5-8); NYU America Reads and Reading Partners (classroom tutors).   We have also developed an ongoing partnership with NY Cares and connections with Time Warner and SS&K.

    Serving as a learning hub for our families, we operate a 21st Century Community Learning Center program for our middle school students and families, and an Extended Learning Time program through TASC (The After School Corporation) funding.  Both programs are implemented in partnership with The Educational Alliance.  Out-of-school time programming is offered to every student PreK-Grade 8, Monday- Friday 3:30-6:00pm, and on Saturdays with support from NY Cares (9am – 1pm).   In addition, we’ve introduced an evening  “Scholars Lab” for our Middle School students (Monday-Thursdays, 6pm-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm) Located in our Internet Café,  this informal learning program is attracting our students, providing them with a quiet place to study, and  opportunities for homework support and tutoring by certified teachers.

 Sustained and strategic professional development has been critical to our continuing success:  in literacy through on-site Teachers College Readers & Writers Workshop consultants and on-site workshops with Sally Reiss (SEM Reading);  on-site staff development with AUSSIE consultants and Rachel McAlaren; Schools Attuned training and on-site workshops with Claire Wurtzel (former Director of NYCDOE School’s Attuned Initiative).    In addition to these initiatives, staff takes full advantage of NYCDOE and other staff development opportunities off-site (i.e., TC Leadership, Arts Liaison Workshops, to name a few.

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