Award Year: 2013

PS 199 Jessie Isador Straus School

270 W. 70th Street
New York, NY, 10023-5006

(212) 799-1033

Katy Rosen, Principal at time of Nomination

NYC District 3

School Website


Our mission is to teach children to become lifelong learners, organize for effort, strive for high standards in academics and the arts, and embrace differences among us.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 68%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

PS 199, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, serves and meets the needs of over 800 general and special education students and their families in a K-5 elementary school, built 50 years ago as one of the first barrier-free schools in NYC. Experienced and dedicated administrators direct all aspects of the school community with special focus on developing an outstanding teaching staff, providing for the growth of all students, addressing the needs of learners with specific challenges, and maintaining ways to include families as an integral part of the educational process. An involved PTA and School Leadership Team support the goals of the school community, committed to the motto: “Work Hard - Be Kind.”

Classroom teachers, specialty teachers and support staff collaborate, seize the curriculum and use their expertise to achieve specific learning goals for their students and dive into hands-on inquiry and investigation across disciplines. The rich curriculum encompasses the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Everyday Math program and, rigorous science, physical education, art, music, movement, and library/technology programs, as well as opportunities to have an impact beyond the walls of the school. Professional partnerships with numerous arts organizations, including Lincoln Center Institute, National Dance Institute, New York Philharmonic, and Landmarks West, enrich the lives of the students.

PS 199 celebrates outstanding test scores, however, what drives the school community cannot be measured by tests or captured in data reports. Teachers instill the sound values inherent in the learning process and the joy that comes from that experience, empowering students to be proud, responsible and contributing members of a thriving community of learners who truly love their school.