Lower School Curriculum
The lower school curriculum includes courses in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. Teachers at PS 8’s lower school meet regularly in subject-specific “vertical teams” composed of a representative from each grade, to discuss and evaluate the curricula across grades and determine whether changes are needed. Significant changes are approved by the School Leadership Team, a group composed of teachers and parents that meets bi-weekly. For more information about our lower school’s grade level curriculum, download our grade-specific curriculum guides: kindergarten; first grade; second grade; third grade; fourth grade; fifth grade.
PS 8 highly values the arts as a strong complement to what is taught inside the traditional classroom. Children generally attend weekly or bi-weekly classes in dance, drama, music, and art, as well as physical education and library classes. These classes are taught by specialist teachers.
Middle School Curriculum
PS 8’s middle school is a place where children are cared for and inspired to think critically, be creative, and solve problems. They are challenged to reach their greatest potential through a rigorous, well-rounded program of study that includes three years of advisory, physical education, the arts, technology, and learning a foreign language, in addition to a core curriculum of math, science, history and literature. Throughout their time with us, all middle school students participate in our special Solving the Problems of Our Planet Program, two-week interdisciplinary, in-depth explorations that engage students to use their creativity, the resources of New York City, and their community to understand and solve our planet’s most pressing problems.
Middle school is an exciting transitional time for children, and at our middle school we strive to facilitate this time by listening to the voices of children and families and coming together as a tight-knit community. Our students will graduate with a deep understanding of their world and a sense of their own power to make a difference.
The curriculum at our middle school is much more than a body of knowledge or set of skills. A commitment to inspire young people to love learning for its own sake lies at the center of our curriculum. To honor that commitment, our young adolescents engage in solving real world problems. We encourage them to explore their world and harness their creativity. They read deeply and widely and are invited to write for real audiences and genuine purposes. Students read, write, and present across the curriculum. Our students will discover that learning is what unlocks the tremendous power and potential inside each one of them.