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Who Is Horace Mann?

 Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859) is an American education reformer, and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1827 to 1833. He served in the Massachusetts Senate from 1834 to 1837. In 1848, after serving as Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education since its creation, he was elected to the US House of Representatives. Mann was a brother-in-law to author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Arguing that universal public education was the best way to turn the nation's unruly children into disciplined, judicious republican citizens, Mann won widespread approval from modernizers, especially in his Whig Party, for building public schools. Most states adopted one version or another of the system he established in Massachusetts, especially the program for "normal schools" to train professional teachers.  Mann has been credited by many educational historians as the "Father of the Common School Movement.

Most historians treat Mann as the most important and beneficial leader of education reform in the antebellum period.

P.S. 90 Mission Statement

All students will have an equal opportunity to become lifelong learners and responsible, productive and caring members of our multi-ethnic and culturally diverse family and tolerant of each other’s differences through the team effort of home, school and community.
Special Programs

At P.S. 90 we have the following special programs: an after school OST program for homework help as well as dance, martial arts and sportsmanship; tutoring, an in class technology program; Richmond Hill High School students volunteer to tutor our students; the NYC Volunteer Program; Learning Leaders; Saturday ESL Programs for immigrant students and their families.

Extracurricular Activities

For extracurricular activities the children engage in the following: a lunch art club; service clubs; peer mediation; an after school academic enrichment program.

Our Community

Our active partnerships include Columbia University and York College. Further we welcome Junior Achievement, the Forest Park Rangers, Library Power, the NYS Mentoring Project, NYC Volunteers, Learning Leaders, Girl Scouts, Trump Pavilon and the Richmond Hill Block Association.

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