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Our Vision & Values

What We Stand For

Our school motto: We will take care of ourselves and each other.

The PS 20 Vision is for all of us to deepen our understanding of the following four ideas (we call them ‘seeds’) and help them to grow every day: Wellness, Cultural Intelligence, Clarity and Precision, and Innovation

Together we will:

Be Well
Making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life,
Be Culturally Intelligent
Learning from multiple perspectives and growing in our understanding of others
Be Clear and Precise
Thinking and communicating accurately, and supporting our thinking with evidence
Be Innovative
Inciting curiosity, collaborative problem solving, and independent thinking.
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We Are Committed to Growing Strong, Diverse, and Empathic Global Citizens

PS 20 Anna Silver Elementary is a Pre K-5th elementary school located in the Lower East Side in District 1.

It is an un-zoned school and is one of only a handful of schools offering dual-language programs in both Mandarin and Spanish.

We have a strongly diverse community of families that reflect the social, economic, and cultural diversity that is NY. We are currently a Title I school.

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Enrichment Partners

We bring experts from all over the city to PS 20 to share their passion for the arts, music, food-making, theater, and a host of other disciplines. 

Anja Dance Company – New York’s premier Indian dance company.
Turtle Bay Music School – Providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all New Yorkers who seek them.
Wellness in the Schools – Visiting chefs teach kids to cook and eat healthily.

School Food

At PS20, we serve the K-8 Breakfast Menu, and the K-8 Alternative Lunch Menu (healthier versions of the main menu). Both meals are free for all students.

No pork is served at PS 20, so when there is a pork item on the menu, we replace it with a turkey alternative.

The menus are posted on the NYC DOE’s School Food site.

Arrival and Dismissal Times

7:45-8:15 Breakfast (all students)
8:00 Open – Yard (3rd-5th graders), Cafeteria (K-2nd), Auditorium (Pre K)
8:20 Instruction begins
2:40 Dismissal for all grades

School Wellness Council

A School Wellness Council (SWC) is an advisory group concerned with the health and well being of students, staff, and the school community. School Wellness Councils are a great way for parents/guardians and parent associations to participate in implementing City and school wellness policies by either serving on the SWC or volunteering with its programs and subcommittees.

Our PS 20 Wellness Council is an award-winning team of parents, staff, and students.

Garden Committee

Our Wellness Council is starting a Garden Subcommittee! We will be continuing the quest for our rooftop garden and maintaining our tower gardens! We hope to see an assortment of student selected vegetables in the next 3 months – arugula, gourmet lettuce, sweet basil, bib lettuce, sweet bell peppers, rainbow Swiss chard and red cherry tomatoes.

Green Team

Our Wellness Council has a green team! The Green Team is a student-led group that helps support our school’s sustainability and recycling efforts! They also work with local environmental outreach groups to educate the students, parents, and community about recycling and sustainability.

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Teachers & Staff

Our teachers bring a diverse breadth of skills, talents, and passions to the school; from art & music to science & technology; from PE & dance to gardening and the environment. They are the children’s strongest advocates.

dual language programs

After School programs

Languages Spoken

Year School Was Founded

Get In Touch

Location: ​166 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Telephone: (212) 254-9577

Email: YMO2@schools.nyc.gov

School Hours: M-F: 8:20am - 2:40pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education to provide equal educational opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), or weight and to maintain an environment free of harassment on the basis of any of these grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.



Privacy Policy

We do not collect personally identifiable information for commercial or marketing purposes, and we do not sell the personally identifiable information we collect. The personally identifiable information we collect is stored in a secure environment.