Award Year: 2015

PS 5 The Huguenot School

348 Deisius Street
Staten Island, NY, 10312-4400

(718) 984-2233

Mrs. Lisa Arcuri, Principal at time of Nomination

School District 31R

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We are dedicated to providing our students with a quality instructional program in a nurturing environment which enables our students to surpass academic standards.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Mrs. Arcuri visiting a Kindergarten classroom during their publishing party.

Mrs. Arcuri visiting a Kindergarten classroom during their publishing party.

Public School 5, The Huguenot School, is a school community that prides itself on a culture of trust, collaboratio,n and high expectations. We provide students with varied and challenging academic programs and assessment techniques, enabling them to surpass academic standards.

Our motto, “Everyone Learns Every Day” is symbolic of our belief that schools are places where adults must learn as well as children. The education of each student is a cooperative effort among staff, students, parents, and the community. We know that children need to explore their creative side and develop a strong self-esteem. Therefore, parents and staff work collaboratively to provide our children with a stimulating environment which includes the One Can Count program, Theater Arts, Band, Ballroom Dancing, Hip Hop, Zumba, Art, Music, and Technology. Each year, Student Council members decide on enrichment classes for our School-Wide Enrichment Model.

Our curriculum is rigorous with emphasis on discussion and higher order thinking questions. In order to engage all students in high levels of learning, we build student’s expertise in providing peer feedback, creating logical arguments, and challenging each other’s ideas.

Professional development and frequent feedback are paramount in the development and care of highly effective pedagogy. Teachers engage in Instructional Rounds, differentiated professional development, and weekly data meetings to ensure that lesson planning is effective for individual students and progress is consistently monitored. The principal places a great emphasis on teacher teams and has a distributive leadership style that empowers staff members to become leaders and problem-solvers.