Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure that children leave PS 316 with a set of moral and social- emotional values that make the world a better place. We will do this by encouraging students to be inquisitive, knowledgeable, thoughtful, communicative, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taking, balanced and reflective. This is accomplished through concept and standards-based inquiry that incorporate all subject areas. Our students are taught in an environment that shows an appreciation and respect for all cultures and diversity in our school, our community, and the world.


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)
  • ASD Nest Classes, supported by NYU

International Baccalaureate


  1. PS316 is an official International Baccalaureate (IB) 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.

    This 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


Our International Baccalaureate Curriculum
Each grade develops a curriculum that fits under the International Baccalaureate transdisciplinary themes:
Who We Are, How We Express Ourselves, Where We Are In Place and Time, Sharing the Planet, How the World Works, and How We Organize Ourselves.

Students work in these concept based units of inquiry, incorporating all elements of reading, writing, social studies, and science necessary for the grade. Students engage in project based learning which promotes taking action in the school, at home, in the community and around the world.

English Language Arts (ELA)
Our students begin by learning to read and write and end by reading and writing to learn. Our curriculum incorporates Teachers College Writing Program and 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 natural world and scientific method. In addition to following the NYSScope and Sequence for Pre-K-5th grades, we feature a science laboratory classroom, a school-wide science fair, hands-on gardening and food science, and regular computer classes.

The Arts
At PS 316, the arts are not an afterthought. Our curriculum incorporates visual arts, music, theater, dance, and poetry in their classrooms every day and in specialized cluster classes.

All students attend regular music classes that uses the Music & The Brain program that links early music instruction and cognitive ability. Students learn to play keyboards, sing, and read music while exploring a variety of multicultural children's songs.

All students attend regular drama classes that focuses on role playing, empathy, communication, and public speaking through games and imaginative play. Every grade performs at least one musical or play each year.

The Visual Arts
All students attend regular art classes 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.

After School and Extracurricular Activities

After school at PS 316 is a time for children to make new friends, develop new talents and interests, and extend their learning.

After School Child Care

Extracurricular Activities 

  • Violin, Cello, Drums, Steel Drums, Ukulele, Guitar, & Chorus (year-long)

  • Power Play for Girls (year-long)

  • Basketball & Soccer (half-year)

  • Yoga, Zumba, Keizer Fitness, & Dance

  • Coding, C8 Science, Science Lab,

  • Gardening, Math Games, Chess, Reading Club, Art Club, & Sports Club


Partners & Programs

We are proud to partner with these groups.
  • International Baccalaureate Program
  • Cool Culture - Family Museum Pass
  • Community Word Poetry Project
  • Swim For Life
  • Alvin Ailey Dance Residency
  • OnePlanetEducation
  • CUNYStudentShakespeareFestival