Curriculum & Partnerships

PS/MS 200's Instructional Focus


Our instructional focus is on the impact of formative assessment practices.

  • Students will set targeted learning goals and monitor their progress
  • Teachers will give frequent feedback to students and guide students' next steps
  • School leaders will facilitate professional learning opportunities to support this work

Curriculum Enrichment

  • BizWorld: Through this partnership, students will be able to develop real-world, 21st century skills, which gives them the opportunity to start their own business.
  • Con Edison Sustainable Energy Program: A program designed for 5th grade students that promotes the use of clean, recyclable energy.
  • Engineering is Elementary: STEM program in which students engage in news events that deal with engineering issues, such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They become active participants in class discussions and build confidence because they have background information that they know they are applying correctly.
  • Exemplars: Exemplars publishes hands-on, standards-based assessment and instruction material that focuses on authentic learning in the areas of Math, Science and Writing. Our material engages students and includes rubrics and anchor papers. Students are encouraged to communicate their thinking.
  • Global Scholars - The Global Cities Program: Global Cities is a New York City based non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing communication among global cities and cultivating the next generation of global citizens. The program facilitates collaborative exchanges on innovative urban policies worldwide with special attention to the subjects of education and technology, while providing internet-based global awareness for middle school students.
  • Paideia: Paideia is active learning—engaging students through thought-provoking Socratic seminars, growth of intellectual skills, and mastery of information. Paideia has been shown to significantly improve student achievement and increase engagement and motivation.
  • Snappet: Snappet is a tablet-based math support system in which children can work on more personal goals that fit their own level, preferences, and talents. Through the above, and by making the teaching materials adaptive, children are able to learn core subjects such as languages and mathematics much more effectively.
  • STEMSports Basketball Program: Students will learn about the science behind one of their favorite sports!

Partnerships & Residencies

  • Alley Pond Environmental Center: A partnership for our early elementary students that educates children about the wonders of our natural environment. This program encourages students to think “out of the box” using open-ended questions and hands-on learning.
  • Beautiful Me: Beautiful Me is an educational, self-esteem program designed to educate females by promoting appreciation for their genuine qualities, accurate self awareness, and the satisfaction gained by helping others.
  • Bricks 4 Kidz: A program designed to teach the fundamentals of S.T.E.M. education, built around our proprietary model plans, created by engineers and architects.
  • Columbia Center for Technology & School Change: Trains teachers in creating an innovating learning environment for students through meaningful technology integration.
  • Margaret Tietz Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center: Students will spend time with the elderly residents here and learn about what it means to be a contributing citizen in the community.
  • Marquis Studios: Nonprofit art organization offering a full spectrum of residencies that encourage student exploration of visual arts, theater, music, dance, architecture, circus arts and puppetry. The goal is to develop a passion for creative learning in each and every child allowing students to reach their full potential.
  • Milestales: A publishing, media and education firm that helps students write socially conscious and culturally aware books and media. They provide workshops and training sessions on a number of topics including cultural diversity, social and emotional learning, culturally empowering education, approaches to learning, physical health and development, entrepreneurship, and more.
  • Nutrition & Fitness: Run by personal trainer Danielle Lovelace, this program helps students learn the science behind various food groups in order to create balanced, healthy meals as well as learn basic functional exercise movements to incorporate into their daily routine. This program directly supports the 5th, 6th, and 7th grade science and math curriculum and PBLs.
  • Reach the World: Through this partnership, an organization that connects classrooms to volunteer world travelers and students who are studying or exploring around the globe, Magnet students will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about foreign cultures and environments firsthand.
  • Salvadori: This STEM program uses the “built environment” as a teaching tool, with the belief that it holds the knowledge individuals need to be informed, active citizens. They implementing project-based, interdisciplinary, experiential education and provide professional development for teachers to equip them with the tools to implement PBL into their curriculum.
  • Studio in a School: Studio in a School fosters the creative and intellectual development of New York City youth through quality visual arts programs directed by arts professionals. The organization also collaborates with and develops the ability of those who provide or support arts programming and creative development for youth both in and outside of schools.
  • TAHP Roots: Middle School “visual literacy” photography program that teaches students to read images and recognize how media portrays different cultures. By taking photos of their community/school/family, they learn how to portray themselves in more positive ways. Our student programs this year - 1. Crafting photo-journals that tell stories based on the diversity of their community, and 2. Creating a project that talks about their school community, and compare/contrast with happenings in other parts of the world of students/children their same age - a visual global look at issues facing kids today.
  • Together in Dance: A residency program that aims to expand our arts program by connecting dance with Social Studies.