Our school, P.S. 116, is a community of learners in which all children are encouraged to achieve high academic standards and social success, to enjoy learning, to celebrate diversity, to develop analytical skills, and to model exemplary behavior. We empower our students to take responsibility for their own learning by recognizing that effort leads to academic success. Students are active participants; every child has a responsibility not just to perform a task, but to do it to the best of his or her ability. We emphasize the basic virtues of respect, compassion, perseverance, honesty, and commitment to character building. All members of P.S. 116's community work together to create a nurturing environment so students can take risks without anxiety, can think critically, can ask questions about their learning and their world, and can celebrate each other's successes.