PS8, also known as The Robert Fulton School: The Magnet School for Exploration, Research and Design, opened in 1846 at 65 Middagh Street, between Hicks and Henry Streets (now marked with a brass plaque). As the population of Brooklyn boomed in the late nineteenth century, the school outgrew its building and construction began on the current red-brick building, which opened in 1906. Previously, the address was the residence of John A. Roebling, chief engineer and principal designer of the Brooklyn Bridge. Recent growth in student enrollment once again necessitated a larger facility, so in 2009 construction began on an addition to the 1906 building; the addition opened for the 2011-12 school year. In 2012, PS8 was approved to expand to include a middle school located at Westinghouse High School on Johnson Street in downtown Brooklyn (less than a ten minute walk from the rest of the school.) PS8 grew gradually until it became a full K to 8 school in the 2014-15 school year. Like the community it serves, PS8 is both historic and modern.
PS8 is a learning community dedicated to creativity, academic excellence and intellectual curiosity, with the aim of developing life-long learners and engaged citizens. We are committed to the intellectual, artistic, moral, emotional, social and physical development of each child.
Our Core Values
- Our Community is Child-Centered
We strive to ensure that all decisions put the interests of children first.
- Our Community Embraces Diversity and Individuality
We value diversity of culture, experience, and perspective.
- Our Community is Inclusive
Believing that all people bring unique abilities and talents, we work to ensure that all members – including students, staff and families – feel a sense of belonging and find ways to participate in our community.
- Our Community Prepares Students for Citizenship
We strive to develop students’ understanding of the responsibilities of citizenship – both in and out of school –and work to give them the skills they need to become active members in a democratic society.
- Our Community Works as an Effective Team
Staff, families and the larger community collaborate to achieve our mission.
- Our Community Takes Responsibility
We search for answers, make no excuses, and ask the hard questions.
- Our Community Acts with Integrity and Respect
Ethical and honest behavior is part of everything we do. We believe how we achieve results is as important as the results we achieve.
- Our Community Strives for Excellence
We seek continuous improvement through reflection, innovation and thoughtful risk-taking.