Award Year: 2018

P.S. 6 Lillie Devereaux Blake School

45 East 81st Street
New York, NY, 10028-0262

(212) 452-6650

Ms. Lauren Fontana, Principal at time of Nomination

NYC Geography District #2 - Manhattan

School Website


PS 6 is committed to seeing all students succeed as individuals: academically, socially, emotionally, and creatively. Our school values social/emotional education, an investigative-based academic curriculum, interdisciplinary teaching, and a highly motivated faculty serve as the foundation for identifying, developing, and promoting successful strategies that meet the individual educational and emotional needs of each PS 6 student.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 15%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 6%
Dedicated teachers playing Ultimate with  students during recess

Dedicated teachers playing Ultimate with students during recess

PS 6 is a PreK-5 Elementary School located a block east of Central Park and a "stone’s throw" from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cultural literacy is at our door and is a significant part of a child's educational experience. We are committed to our students' understanding that learning takes place both inside and outside our doors. It is equally important our students appreciate the rich diversity our city has to offer – our own school representing over 45 different cultures. Throughout the years at PS 6, children participate in a variety of programs building cultural knowledge and appreciation for the diverse world we live in.

PS 6 believes in challenging all students academically by providing assessment driven, responsive teaching. We also believe academic success goes hand in hand with social, emotional, and physical well-being. To support this work we adopted Responsive Classroom, an approach to positive discipline that "…focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning. The Responsive Classroom approach empowers educators to create safe, joyful, and engaging communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant."

There is a spirit of collaboration that runs through our school … students collaborating with each other, teachers working with other teachers within and across grades, and administration working with students and teachers. Successful education must also include a partnership between home and school – whether it is holding workshops for parents to explain initiatives, or inviting parents into the classroom as partners in learning, we know successful education of a child includes the collaboration of every member in the school community.