Our ProgramsAcademics & Enrichment
A Strong Foundation
We have selected curricular programs that are researched-based and aligned to the common core standards. Students know what to expect and how to engage in learning during a minilesson, partner work, conferences, small group work, and whole-class instruction.
The Dual Language program at PS20 is a program empowering students to become a global citizen by developing high linguistic proficiency, academic performance and cultural awareness. Some of the goals of the Dual Language Program are:
- To equip students with listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in both English and partner languages (Mandarin/Spanish)
- To improve academic performance in all content areas
- To increase awareness of students’ own culture and appreciate the culture(s) of others.
PS20 Anna Silver offers Spanish Dual Language and Mandarin Chinese Dual Language programs. PS20 is the only elementary school in District 1 to offer both Spanish/English and Mandarin/English curricula, and one of only nine Manhattan schools to participate in the Department of Education’s Citywide Dual Language Initiative. Our teaching staff includes 13 instructors who are certified to teach Dual Language programs. Our Spanish program began in 2015, and our Mandarin program began in 2010.
Reading & Writing
Integrated Co-Teaching Program (ICT)
Integrated Co-Teaching is a program that offers the same challenging and enriching academic programming offered in the general education classroom and the same class size. The difference is the composition of students and added benefit of an additional special education teacher. This model, offered across New York City public schools, is designed for a student population that is composed of general education students (60% of the class) and children with Individualized Education Plans (40% of the class). This two teacher model enables teachers to further differentiate instruction and develop students social-emotional skills, modeling teamwork for our students. Teachers in this program receive additional training from an ICT coach to meet the needs of their diverse learners.
Context of Learning (Math in the City): The City College School of Education prepares knowledgeable, reflective and caring educators who are qualified and committed to teaching and leading diverse communities. Implicit in the work of the center is the belief that context, representation, and discourse are critical to learning. Teachers who participate in our workshops are immersed in mathematics themselves and are guided to develop dispositions that will allow them to transform their own students into lifelong young mathematicians.
Amplify Science blends hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers.
Each unit of Amplify Science engages students in a relevant, real-world problem where they investigate scientific phenomena, engage in collaboration and discussion, and develop models or explanations in order to arrive at solutions.
Amplify Science includes hands-on activities, print materials, and powerful digital tools to support online and offline teaching and learning. Highly adaptable and user-friendly, the program gives schools and individual teachers flexibility based on their technology resources and preferences.
An effective social studies program allows students to make sense of the world in which they live, make connections between major ideas and their own lives, and see themselves as active members of a global community. While knowledge of content is very important, it is equally important to engage our students in historical thinking. This program challenges students to think like historians and encourages them to raise questions, think critically, consider many perspectives, and gather evidence in support of their interpretations through the practice of chronological processing, decision-making, and historical research and analysis. These real-world skills will serve students well as participating citizens of a democracy.
PASSPORT TO SOCIAL STUDIES (NYC DOE LINK)
Beyond The Core
A breadth of experience is key to successful development. We believe that the more interesting and varied the exposure, the higher the ceiling for growth and expansion of future ambitions.
These clubs are designed to provide challenging, fun and hands-on activities available to all students from K to 5. They run from 1:50 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. every Thursday on a 10-week cycle, with a cumulative showcase during our Enrichment Family Friday. Some of the enrichment clubs are Solar Racers, Knitting, Photography, Chess, Community Service, Cooking, Theater, Scrapbook Fun, Zumba, Lego Building, Harry Potter.
Health & Wellness
This program encompasses a wide range of areas that are interesting and important in ensuring our kids make good choices toward a healthy life:
- Nutrition & Food Education
- Environmental Awareness & Recycling
- Afterschool Sports & Fitness
- Plants & Gardening
A well-rounded and complete education involves the complete mind: the analytical and the creative. At PS20, we believe that specialty programs play a strong part in allowing a child to explore and express their whole self and is a strong complement to the core curriculum.
Students attend weekly classes in Art, Library, Music, Physical Education, Science and Technology. These classes are taught by specialist teachers.
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Year School Was Founded
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Location: 166 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
Telephone: (212) 254-9577
School Hours: M-F: 8:20am - 2:40pm
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