Award Year: 2020
PS101 ensures students meet or exceed all academic standards. We strive to help students become independent thinkers who are prepared for a continuously evolving world.
- Black/African American: 1%
- White: 30%
- Hispanic: 15%
- Asian: 53%
- Two or more races: 1%
P.S. 101 is located in South Brooklyn and serves 935 students in grades PK-5. English language learners account for 23% of the school's population, and 24% are students with disabilities. P.S. 101 is a well-developed school and well noted for instructional technology integration.
Last Spring, as NYC was gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, PS 101 The Verrazzano School, worked tirelessly in ensuring the safety and well-being of our students both academically and socially. One of the benefits we had is that due to being a model technology school with 1:1 laptop programs and robust technology use, the transition for our students into online learning was seamless. Students received asynchronous and synchronous instruction through our long-established Google Drive library of lessons. However, our greatest achievement was the unified commitment of our staff in ensuring our students would still receive the PS 101 experience at home.
Aside from our instructional technology being strong, we continued our celebrations and cultural awareness through School Spirit Days, Virtual Talent Show, the PS 101 Masked Singer Contest, and held virtual graduations for both kindergarten and 5th grade, including awards ceremonies, presentations, and student performances. Continuing the 101 experience, our staff created performance videos reminding students that they were missed and our students countered with a video celebrating teachers. To round out the school year, we saw our practice of honoring children socially, emotionally, and academically manifest itself into culminating assessments scores that are comparable to previous years in ELA and Math even while working remotely.