Featured Schools

Here we celebrate our school’s awards, accomplishments, and strides in education.


This amazing group of scholars/ocean activists and their science teacher were selected to represent PS/IS 288 @ the Blue Vision Summitt in Washington DC as part of our participation in the Billion Oyster Project.

Blue Vision is the foremost gathering for oceans activism and organizing in the country.





Danielle Bocchino (fifth-grade teacher, P.S. 215 Morris H. Weiss, Brooklyn)
Mrs. Bocchino has taught at P.S. 215 for 14 years and holds her students to rigorous standards, rewarding them with “conversation coupons” when they use accountable talk. Mrs. Bocchino stresses the importance of student independence because, she believes, “It is important to let them do the work.” At the beginning of this year, just 17 percent of her students were meeting fifth grade math standards; by mid-year, 86 percent were meeting the standards including 34 percent who were exceeding them.



Congratulation to P.S. 216 their Edible School Yard was featured in Country Gardens


Congratulations to P.S. 212

Beauty InThe Morning created by Isabelle Ramirez has been selected from over 1,000 entries to be included in the P.S. Art 2017 exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the tenth year The Metropolitan Museum of Art has had a P.S. Art exhibition installed at the Museum and it’s quite impressive.

P.S. Art celebrates the visual arts in New York City’s public schools and showcases the tremendous talent of students from every neighborhood across the city.  Isabelle Ramirez, as well as her art teacher, Josephine Stanfa, are to be commended for the exemplary work submitted for this competition.

P.S. Art will be on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from June to October and then will move on to the Tweed Courthouse where it will be on display during the fall semester.

Congratulations to Bay Academy

The Bay Academy Dreamz Team consists of 6 students from the Science Talent Program.  Dr. Cubbin their teacher assigned the Verizon App Challenge to his students as a STEM related project.  The app challenge is a nationwide contest in which middle and high school students are challenged to develop concepts for mobile apps that solve a problem in their community. The challenge is an activity that teaches collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and entrepreneurship, as well as STEM skills and coding. It builds on students’ excitement about technology and aims to equip them with skills they need to succeed in the jobs of the future. The Dreamz Team created their concept to solve the problem of Insomnia.  They collected data on Insomnia and how it affects teenagers.  Their submission consisted of an essay on the app concept as well as a three-minute video.

The Dreamz Team won the Best in State Award and Best in Region Award.  The school received 5K each student was awarded a t-shirt, trophy and tablet.  The team moved to the next phase of the competition. The Fan Favorite Award is chosen by popular vote. The team’s video submission was posted on the app challenge website, and the public was invited to vote for their favorite. With over 12,300 votes, The Dreamz Team won the Fan Favorite Award.  The program will receive 15K and in-person and virtual training and support from  MIT to assist the team in building and publishing their app. Travel expenses will be provided to each member of the team and each member’s accompanying parent/legal guardian to attend the national TSA conference in Orlando, Florida.





Congratulations to P.S. 97

PS 97 has been granted a school building extension that will include new art and music rooms, new gym, a new cafeteria, and other new opportunities for their students and faculty. Congratulations to PS 97.



New York State Education  Commissioner Identifies 220 High Achieving and High Progress Schools as Reward Schools.

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia identified 220 high achieving and high progress schools as Reward Schools.  110 of the schools identified  are New York City public schools, 3 of the Reward Schools are in District 21. Reward Schools are schools that either have high academic achievement or have madethe most progress in the State and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups.
Congratulations to:

I.S. 98

P.S. 215

I.S. 239

The Showcase Schools program is designed to recognize, celebrate, and share promising practices across New York City Department of Education schools. Showcase Schools promote collaboration by hosting three visits throughout the school year,in which any interested NYC DOE educator may attend


The PS 253 and PS 216 community is proud to have been chosen as a Showcase School Sharing Promising Practices for the 2016-2017 school year. The school works incollaboration with staff, parents, and students to achieve high academic standards for all students. 

P.S. 216, the Arturo Toscanini School, is partnered with Edible School Yard and together with the support of local politicians and private donors from the community the school is home to a fully operational garden and state of the art outdoor kitchen. Every student experiences an empowering, inspiring education in the hands-on garden and kitchen classes that are integrated into the daily school curriculum.

P.S. 253, the Magnet School of Multicultural Humanities. The learning focus area of the showcase is "cultivating student led learning through metacognition."  At PS 253, student independence and growth when reading and writing are fostered through a school-wide focus using meta-cognitive strategies to analyze and 
modify patterns of thinking based on self-refection and peer feedback. 

Congratulations to:


District 21’s Showcase Schools

P.S. 216, P.S. 253