To ensure that all students are ready for success, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts (ELA). PS75 uses the Common Core State Standards for ELA and math. Our goal is to expose and develop the skills needed to help students gain the college and career readiness they will need in the future.
Literacy: PS75 classes dedicate a minimum of 90 minutes every day to reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Early exposure to the writing process helps all our students to become authors, proud to publish their work. Balanced reading of both works of fiction and nonfiction support the Common Core Curriculum. Grades K-2 use Core Knowledge for ELA and Fundations as the phonics program. Grades 3-5 use Expeditionary Learning, a NY State based Social Studies Curriculum. All grades use the Teachers College Writing Program. The Dual Language program uses the Senderos Spanish reading curriculum. Boy’s Read for boys who need to boost their ELA skills and Reading Buddies support our reading program.
Math: We use the Go Math curriculum. Our teachers work to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills for all students at an early age.
Social Studies: Each grade explores a social studies theme, which is integrated into the literacy curriculum. Study of the neighborhood and city, for example, includes walking tours and interviews with local shopkeepers. Symphony Space provides a part of the social studies curriculum for grades 3-5 and includes attending performances at Symphony Space and in-school demonstrations by visiting artists. Immigration studies feature oral histories and other rich, hands-on activities.
Science: Our curriculum is geared towards enabling children to ask scientific questions and PS75 expanded its inquiry-based, hands-on exploration of the life, physical and earth sciences. We have two science teachers in two dedicated science labs: one focused on grades K-2 and another for 3-5.
The Arts: Arts are a vital part of PS75 and are presented as an integral part of the students’ core curriculum. Our art and music teachers develop hands-on classroom projects and interactive programs with outside arts organizations and artists in residence that integrate the arts into the children’s social studies and literacy education. The art curriculum at PS75 allows art skills to be built on each year. Students study other artists’ techniques in order to make critical decisions on which techniques to incorporate into their own artwork.
All students receive music instruction weekly. Keyboards, strings and band instruction are available for all students after school. Children in the upper grades have the opportunity to participate in the chorus through a satellite program of the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City.
Gym: Our school has 2 full-time physical education teachers, a large gym and two separate outdoor playgrounds that offer safe, age-appropriate equipment and athletic activities to all our children. Classroom teachers have been trained in the “Move to Improve” program. This program recognizes that movement is good for the mind, and teachers are encouraged to give their children “movement breaks” throughout the day in the classroom.