About Us


Welcome to PS 176, the Ovington School, a place dedicated to supporting children’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical development.

Our aim is to meet the educational expectations of our students, parents, staff and community. We believe that these high expectations should include the development of academic rigor, higher order thinking skills, problem solving abilities, self-discipline and civic responsibility. We expect our students to become life-long learners and productive citizens in a democratic society

The information in this parent handbook includes our core values and philosophy, which guide the staff in meeting the needs of our students. We have also included general program information, school policies, discipline code, health information, student support services and parent participation programs. Please visit our school website at www.PS176.org.

You will find your child’s class information, parent resources, teacher emails, notices, parent information and links to the NYC Department of Education website for testing and assessment reports.

We value you as our partner in your child’s education. When schools and families work together, children have the best opportunity to succeed. We hope that you will join our PTA, and volunteer in your child’s classroom for one or more days throughout the school year or volunteer one day at a school event. This is very important to us as a professional learning community.

Together we can create a joyful learning experience for all of our children. Along with your support, we value your input. If you have a question, comment or concern, you are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher or email your comments to our school website. I, too, am always available to assist you in any way that I can. Please know that your call or visit is always welcome. On behalf of our faculty, I am pleased to welcome you to PS 176, the Ovington School.

We are honored and humbled to share in your child’s educational experiences and look forward to a wonderful year working with you


Elizabeth Culkin