PS 8 follows the New York State Core Curriculum with some modifications to better facilitate learning. The curriculum is thematic and organizes content by grade level around key concepts such as identity, culture, change and civic structure. Teachers revisit these concepts often. In kindergarten through second grade, teachers instill in the students a sense of awareness about self, family, neighborhoods and communities small and large. In third through fifth grades, teachers introduce the students to the diversity of world communities, the historic development of New York State, and the similarities and differences among the nations of the Western Hemisphere.
Teachers integrate social studies with other subject areas and enrichment activities whenever possible. For example, PS 8 has a partnership with the Guggenheim Museum, which allows students in the third and fourth grades to create arts projects related to topics such as life in Central America or Africa. Learn more about these programs.