Award Year: 2019

PS 59 Beekman Hill International School

231-249 E 56th Street
New York, NY, 10022-4424

(212) 888-7870

Ms. Adele Schroeter, Principal at time of Nomination

New York City Geographic District #2

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The mission of PS59, the Beekman Hill International School, is to inspire in all our children the joy of learning, while fostering empathy and a love and respect for themselves and all others. PS59's purpose is to motivate our students to become critical thinkers who are willing and able to express themselves in thoughtful and creative ways. By cultivating an inclusive school environment, PS59 supports the healthy development of students' academic, physical, personal, social, and emotional selves, assuring they are poised to become happy, productive, and socially conscious world citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 58%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 9%
Children create nameplates and self-portraits in annual identity studies.

Children create nameplates and self-portraits in annual identity studies.

Located in the heart of Midtown East in Manhattan, PS59 is a neighborhood school with families from around the globe. Our 620 students come from down the block, as well as Japan, Hungary, and dozens of other countries. All bring with them their rich languages, cultures, and traditions. Teachers, staff, and families all value how that diversity enriches our teaching and helps young learners become conscious of a wider world. Children develop a finely-tuned sense of social responsibility.

For both adults and students, our community is dedicated to perpetually outgrowing ourselves through an inquiry-based approach to learning. We strive to ensure our students develop a sense of agency and learn their voices are important in the classroom, the community, and the world. Students' choices matter, and we make sure they have choice in the books they read, the topics about which they write, the strategies they use to solve problems, and the questions they ask. We strive to make our curriculum more culturally responsive and representative of not just the students in front of us, but the world in which they will live.

No supportive school environment is complete without a full range of experiences in the arts, and attention to students' physical, social and emotional wellbeing. PS59 students paint and draw and build and explore. They play, dance, sing, and invent. Along the way, they also learn to resolve conflicts, recognize and regulate their emotions, and empathize with their peers. We work hard to maximize the capacity of our engaged and dedicated families, who partner with us in ensuring every child has access and opportunity to a supportive and inclusive school experience. In short, we aim to do everything we can to raise kind, inclusive and responsible citizens whose future leadership already makes us proud.