Award Year: 2021

PS 234 Independence School

292 Greenwich Street
New York, NY, 10007-1048

(212) 233-6034

Ms. Dana Rappaport, Principal at time of Nomination

New York City Geographic District # 2

School Website


Educate the whole child; develop students' thinking skills through rigorous, active experiences; build inclusive communities; embrace unique identities; and, promote risk-taking and a passion for learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 68%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Two or more races: 9%
First Grade Urban Farm Study

First Grade Urban Farm Study

PS 234 is a NYC public school in the heart of the Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan. As a social studies focused school, we believe that students learn best through posing deep questions and using primary sources to investigate, research and learn. We use the city as our classroom and engage in rigorous inquiry. Watch third graders build understanding for how the Brooklyn Bridge was built by conducting caisson experiments. Or our first graders understand Urban Farming by creating a vertical growing station. We believe that students learn best when there is not always one path to the right answer, and that growth occurs through taking risks, making mistakes, and finding joy in the process.

Our community has a deep commitment to nurturing the whole child as students grow through our school. We develop and embrace curricula that appreciate diversity, empathy, and responsibility for self and others. From the moment they walk through our doors, students learn to care for their community through building rules together and working collaboratively. Our Book of the Month project creates the opportunity for the whole school to engage in discussion about one featured picture book with themes related to respect, kindness, understanding, and an appreciation of individual differences.

We are proud of the work we do to prepare our students as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, artists, community builders, and citizens. This balanced program creates student independent thinkers who are ready to continue their educational journeys and engage with the world around them with confidence.