Award Year: 2019

P.S. 40 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Elementary School

320 E 20th Street
New York, NY, 10003-2898

(212) 475-5500

Ms. Susan Felder, Principal at time of Nomination

New York City Geographic District #2

School Website


PS 40 is a neighborhood school dedicated to the three inter-related concepts of academic excellence, social responsibility, and student self-esteem.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 62%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Asian: 12%
  • Two or more races: 10%
School Spirit in Action: PS 40 Students Jump for Joy

School Spirit in Action: PS 40 Students Jump for Joy

P.S. 40 is a community school that serves the Gramercy and Peter Cooper-Stuyvesant Town areas in New York City. The warm and welcoming staff work in partnership to promote academic excellence and enhance self-esteem among all students. We use a collaborative approach to learning, in which students participate in inquiry-based work within a clearly articulated, developmentally appropriate curricular framework. We encourage students to develop a love for reading, think critically, and become creative problem-solvers. Rigorous instruction in the core classroom subjects of reading, writing, math, science and social studies are complemented by dynamic programs in music, art, physical education, and technology.

P.S. 40 emphasizes social responsibility and offers our upper grade students leadership opportunities, including training in conflict resolution/peer mediation and participation in student government. The students' academic lives are rounded out through the inclusion of outside enrichment resources. These resources include: visiting authors, collaboration with arts institutions and social studies/historical resources, as well as field trips that complement the curriculum. Our supportive parent body is actively involved in enhancing the everyday academic and social-emotional lives of our students, from reading with children in kindergarten classrooms to celebrating children's writing at publishing parties. From the classroom to the rooftop playground, there is an opportunity for every child to shine.