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Our Mission

P.S. 16 is a school community dedicated to a belief that all students can meet standards of excellence -- all students can reach their dreams. Our mission is to provide standards-driven instruction through meaningful learning experiences, so that our students acquire literacy skills and become critical thinkers. We acknowledge the importance of community involvement and values in today's society. Our programs strengthen the home/school partnership connection so that our students develop the social skills necessary to succeed in the world community. It is our belief that the teamwork and collaborative efforts on the part of all members and the school community, and our focus on literacy, technology and the arts will help create a community of life long learners and prepare our students for the demands of the twenty-first century.

Extracurricular Activities

Our student leaders are involved with a number of school and community based project through our Reaching Out Committee
  • Penny Harvest and Roundtabke
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • AAA Student Safety Program
  • Peer Mediation
  • Holiday Baskets of Cheer for School Families
  • Student Mentoring
Our students have been recognized in competition:
  • 2008 New York City Spanish Spelling Bee Contest
  • Citywide Art Exhibition
  • Automobile Club of New York
  • Music Magazine Art Contest
  • Anthology of Poetry
  • Dancing Classrooms - Bronze Medal
  • Traffic Safety

Our Community

We have partnerships with I.S. 227, Louis Armstrong's Reading Buddies Program, Learning Leaders (formerly the NYC School Volunteer Program), Queens Museum of Art, NYC Opera, Hunter College, the Music and the Brain Project, NYC Ballet and the NY Foundation for Architecture.

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