Award Year: 2020

PS 23- The Richmondtown School

30 Natick Street
Staten Island, NY, 10306-1617

(718) 351-1155

Mr. Paul J Proscia, Principal at time of Nomination

New York City Geographic District #31

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At P.S. 23, we cultivate a love for learning and leading! We believe in the power of collaboration and service and having a growth mindset. We care for one another and empower and inspire each other.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 15%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Two or more races: 1%
PS 23 Community Celebrates Becoming a Leadership Lighthouse School

PS 23 Community Celebrates Becoming a Leadership Lighthouse School

Public School 23 is located in the heart of the Historic Richmondtown Community in Staten Island, New York. Our dedicated staff has a shared vision that commits us to excellence in accelerating learning, partnering with the community, developing people, and advancing equitable practices and instruction. We educate all our children and staff to achieve their maximum potential. We develop the whole individual by providing opportunities to grow academically and develop effective leadership skills, engage in collaboration and service within the community, have growth-oriented thinking, care for one another, and empower each other. What sets us apart is our implementation of Franklin Covey's, Leader In Me, school improvement process in conjunction with our efforts to improve our instructional core. We have a strong blend of social-emotional learning and rigorous academic standards. We empower all students, staff, and community members to be self-reliant leaders who communicate clearly by infusing Dr. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The 7 Habits serves as a whole school community compass by guiding our community members' actions and thoughts. Our school has achieved significant measurable results in the areas of culture, academics, and leadership. In addition to being a Lighthouse School, we have been acknowledged by New York State as a Recognition School for significant academic achievement. What sets us apart is our laser focus on building students' social/emotional skills, academics, confidence, and giving them a voice through a variety of leadership lessons, and opportunities, all while focusing on the instructional core.