Each of our schools has a unique story. Explore below to learn more. 

Just as no two students are alike, each school is different in its own way.

Each story from our schools provides a highlight of that particular program, staff member, or event. 

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“It’s essential that we invest in the whole child, and through the Community School model, we are bringing additional social emotional supports, mental health services, and deepening family ties” - Chancellor Fariña.
NYC Community Schools Initiative Wins the 2017 Award for Excellence

two young girls studying in class together

The NYC Community Schools Initiative is led by the NYC Department of Education and calls for all public agencies and community based groups that interact with young people and their families to organize themselves around the city’s 150 community schools. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina have taken active roles in ensuring that community schools are a major education priority supported by an Advisory Board of key stakeholders such as the United Federation of Teachers, community organizing groups, foundations, businesses, health providers, and others. As a result, NYC community schools have seen a 7.2% reduction in chronic absenteeism, a 1.8% increase in math, and a 5.7% increase in English language in the past year. 

Read NYC Community Schools Initiative's Award Profile.

P.S./M.S. 188 The Island School is located on Manhattan's Lower East Side and serves 451 students, most of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and live in public housing or homeless shelters. P.S./M.S. 188 partners focus on trauma-informed practices and provide case management, legal services, employment services, and financial and nutrition classes. New York State Standardized English Language Arts/Math test results are meeting state standards scoring a Level 3 over a three-year period. In 2016 the NYC Department of Education recognized this achievement with a rating of excellent in both "Growth on Tests" and "Closing the Achievement Gap".

Read The Island School's Award Profile. 

Watch the success story of P.S. 188