Award Year: 2015

Public School 277 The Gerritsen Beach School

2529 Gerritsen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11229-5999

(718) 743-6689

Mrs. Jeanne M. Fish, Principal at time of Nomination

School District 22

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We will provide an environment that instills confidence and self-esteem in our children as they develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. By creating a love of learning we will enable each child to achieve his fullest potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 76%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Fourth Grade students from Public School 277 examine marine life.

Fourth Grade students from Public School 277 examine marine life.

Public School 277 is a community school that is located in Gerritsen Beach Brooklyn, New York. There are 450 students in attendance in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Five, with the population being found within a small radius.

The location of this coastal community lends itself to a Marine Biology theme. Public School 277 participated in a Federal Magnet Grant which led to the creation of our Marine Biology Program. This program is designed to teach scientific concepts as well as respect for the natural environment of our community. Parents graciously donate their time and resources, which help to sustain the program.

The mission that sustains Public School 277 is the idea that each child is viewed as an individual with multiple intelligences; therefore we strive to educate the whole child. We use a variety of strategies to encourage and challenge all of our students to develop to their fullest potential intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Located within New York City, our students are exposed to many cultural experiences through enriching field trips. The children travel to museums and theaters, where they learn about diverse cultures and customs. Partnerships with private Arts organizations also help to enrich the educational program at Public School 277. In addition, teachers in all grades work with students to prepare and present a grade appropriate playlet that is performed for parents and fellow students.

We believe that these combined efforts result in students who are happy, healthy, and committed to lifelong learning.