OUR MISSION STATEMENT

 

- INDEPENDENCE every child counts

A curriculum built on rigorous standards that take different learning styles into account.

P.S. 3 provides children with a vibrant learning environment that nurtures their intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth. Children learn through hands-on involvement with subjects and materials that are connected to the world around them. Teachers and staff members at P.S. 3 actively encourage children to take initiative, be resourceful, and show independence and discernment in their classroom work. At P.S. 3, children collaborate and communicate with fellow students of all ages. Our mission at P.S. 3 is to encourage all children to become confident and self-motivated lifelong learners, as well as to inspire them to become compassionate human beings.

 

- INNOVATION in the classroom

An integrated arts curriculum fosters creative thinking, scientific curiosity and a love of learning.

At P.S. 3, the integrated arts curriculum teaches children to examine their world from a broader perspective, deepening their academic curiosity and love of learning. Teachers meet regularly to exchange ideas on the best learning tools and practices. By maintaining a responsive educational model, teachers are able to provide instruction and support that corresponds to students' individual learning styles. The teachers at P.S. 3 place a high value on academic standards, while honoring the diverse approaches, backgrounds, and contexts that students require to learn and grow successfully.

 

- COMMUNITY matters

Demonstrating democracy in action: children, parents, teachers, administration and the community-at-large create the values of the school together.

Respect for the individuality of each child and for the well being of the community are central to the school's teaching philosophy. The concept of community is a central message that we share with the children of P.S. 3. Our daily collaboration as parents, teachers and administrators serves as an example to the students, who learn the power of working together as a group with shared goals. As well, children learn to value the unique insights and contributions of each member of our community. Our school considers bias-free learning and respect for others as the foundation for a meaningful education. Finally, children at P.S. 3 develop the capacity to embrace a greater understanding of the world, to celebrate difference and to strive to be of service to local and global communities.