Award Year: 2017

P.S. 195 Manhattan Beach School

131 Irwin Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11235-3019

(718) 648-9102

Ms. Bernadette Toomey, Principal at time of Nomination

New York City School District #22

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In partnership with our school and home, all students will learn to become critical, autonomous thinkers that are responsible, productive and caring contributors to society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 3%
  • ELL: 15%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 29%
PS 195 students are sketching the Brooklyn Bridge.

PS 195 students are sketching the Brooklyn Bridge.

PS 195's mission is to help students become responsible, productive, caring members of our culturally diverse community as they acquire a lifelong love for learning. In pursuit of this goal, we utilize a whole-child approach. This ensures that all student feel healthy, safe, and supported while being academically engaged and challenged. On an academic level, the instructional practice that has proven most valuable in contributing to academic achievement has the implementation of interdisciplinary units grounded in the social studies curriculum. This practice incorporates a balanced literacy approach which gradually releases the responsibility of learning from teacher to student. Students begin by learning about themselves and their community. They apply these foundational understanding to expand their knowledge of the state, country and the world. The curriculum is relevant to their lives and allows them to apply this knowledge to related content and current events.

Our school has learned the importance in recognizing and leveraging the strengths our students possess. The aspect of nurturing the academic, social, emotional and physical aspects of a child's development are paramount to developing the whole child. The art and dance program invite students to learn and appreciate diverse aspects of different art forms and cultures. The physical education program teaches children the importance of healthy minds, bodies and spirits by combining physical activities to raise money for charitable causes. Our STEM program challenges student thinking as they conduct investigations and our technology program creates independent learners prepared to contribute as productive citizens for the 21st century.