P.S. 316 is a dynamic community school that emphasizes learning through the development of the whole child.  Our students represent a diverse community of learner, and our programs emphasize the need to differentiate our curriculum to meet the needs of students.

Classroom Models Offered:

  • General Education Classes
  • Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT)
  • Gifted and Talented (G&T)
  • Dual Language (English/Spanish)

International Baccalaureate

P.S. 316 is an official International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school.  The IB program emphasizes project-based inquiry in a global context, enabling students to understand the complexities of the world so they can contribute to a more just and peaceful world.  

The common-core and NYS standard aligned curriculum is integrated through an exploration of overarching themes that emphasize self-awareness, empathy, engagement, and courage.

IB Website

English Language Arts

At P.S. 316, our students begin by learning to read and write and end by reading and writing to learn.  

Our curriculum incorporates:

  • Ready Gen
  • Teachers College Writing Program
  • Junior Great Books


We believe math is best learned by integrating hands-on manipulatives, interactive computer programs, and traditional curriculum.  We supplement GOMATH! with innovative programs such as ST Math and Waterford.


Students learn about the scientific method, the natural world, and computer-based technology.  In addition to the NYS Scope and Sequence for Pre-K through 5th grade, we feature:

  • FOSS Science (K-5th grade)
  • District Science Fair Participation
  • Science Laboratory Classroom with Live animals
  • Weekly computer science classes
  • Gardening

The Arts

P.S. 316, the arts are not an afterthought.  Our curriculum incorporates visual arts, music, theater, dance and poetry in their classrooms everyday and in specialized cluster classes.

Music:  All students attend weekly music class that uses the Music & the Brain program that links early music instruction and cognitive ability.  Students learn to play keyboard, sing, read, and compose music while exploring a variety of multicultural songs.

Theater: All students attend a weekly drama class that focuses on role playing, empathy, communication, public speaking, games, and imaginary play.  Students write poetry, plays, and submit to young writers festivals.  Every grade performs at least one musical or play each year.  Drama Site

Visual Arts:  All students attend a weekly art class that explores great works of art via Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).  Students work to incorporate elements of the art tradition into their own original compositions.


P.S. 316 believes in keep up with the century upon us.  We invest in computers school-wide for the students.  In addition, we have a technology teacher who run a computer lab for students to research, code, and design.