We provide a rigorous academic program for grades PreK – 5 to prepare students for success in middle school, high school, and beyond. We use a hands-on, inquiry-based approach called Project-Based Learning (PBL). Each 6- to 8-week unit incorporates reading and English/language arts, science, social studies, and math in the context of engaging, real-world ideas. The units are tied to New York State learning standards and to our magnet theme of innovation, exploration & engineering, with a strong focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Every unit ends with a student-directed final project, allowing students to develop critical thinking, communication, creativity, collaboration, and leadership skills along with mastering academics.
Beyond the PBL units, students also have dedicated periods devoted to phonics, guided reading, and math each day. Students have 2 periods of physical education and 2 periods of art instruction each week. Art is also integrated into the core curriculum.
We provide ample support to help all students succeed with our project-based curriculum, including students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), English Language Learners (ELLs), and other students with special needs. Our teachers work to understand each student’s individual needs and learning style and provide supports to help every child master the grade-level standards.
We offer both inclusion classrooms and individualized instruction for students in our Special Education (SPED) program, depending on their needs. In addition, we offer students:
- In-school academic support for students struggling in reading or math using a Response to Intervention (RTI) model
- After-school homework help
- A sensory room for students with sensory processing difficulties
In The Classroom
Our SEL team leads our very active Student Government. Our Student Government has even made the trip up to Albany to see our government in action.
We have been awarded a 21st Century Grant for afters school. Our after-school program is run by After-School All-Stars. Please contact Ms. Calena Johnson, After-School Director, with any questions regarding after-school. firstname.lastname@example.org or call (929) 452 - 9940 or (718) 528 - 2238 ext. 3510.
We are committed to providing a safe, supportive learning environment for all students and nurturing positive peer relationships. We have partnered with Cloud9World for Character Education and Social-Emotional Learning. In addition, we use a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model with a point system to promote positive behaviors. Students earn points that they can redeem to participate in fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activities.
Cloud9World: Cloud9World is an integrated social-emotional and literacy-based program that utilizes character strengths to teach social-emotional skills. The program is about the acquisition and strengthening of character and the capacity to make wise choices for a well-rounded life and a thriving society. Character traits include: Acceptance, Citizenship, Cooperation, Empathy, Forgiveness, Hope, Humbleness, Inclusion, Integrity, Leadership, Patience, Respect, Self-Control, and Unity
Our school supports the whole child and whole family—and that includes physical health! In addition to regular physical education classes, students participate in the “Move-to-Improve” program, which infuses movement throughout the school day. We also offer:
- After-school sports programs
- Champs & BOKS Early Morning Fitness program
- Healthy, plant-based snacks
- A yoga program open to families - Coming soon!
- Vision screening through the DOH Student Vision Screening Program
- Dental screening through the Smile Dental Screening for Students Program
- Participation in the “Family Health Challenge” through CIERU
We have partnered with local and national organizations to enrich our students’ learning experiences. These partners support our programs, enable our students to participate in fun and meaningful field trips, and provide additional experiences related to our “Innovation, Exploration & Engineering” theme.
- Cultural After-School Adventures (CASA)
- Family Health Challenge (CIERU)
- Tutor Hub
- Sylvan Learning Center