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 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 diverse learning community dedicated to creativity, intellectual curiosity, and student voice and agency, with the aim of developing life-long learners and engaged citizens. We are committed to the intellectual, artistic, social, emotional, ethical, and physical development of each child.
Our middle school is a point of entry for a significant number of new students. All are challenged to reach their greatest potential through a culturally responsive program of study that includes three years of advisory and a curriculum that values the arts, foreign language, and physical education in addition to math, English Language Arts, social studies and science. We also offer the opportunity for 8th graders to take several Regents exams. Our Explorations give students several two-week interdisciplinary opportunities to deeply study one essential question and use the resources of New York City and their community to create and present culminating projects. Our middle school plans to grow to hold about 330 students—four classes on each grade—by the 2018-19 school year. This size allows us to foster and maintain a strong sense of community and provide a nurturing environment for our students, while also supporting a wide range of programs and activities to meet the needs of all learners.