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Mission Statement

It is the mission of P.S. 163 to provide an academic environment that engages and enriches our students through a rigorous and developmentally appropriate program of instruction. In this way, we promote the joy of learning and help the efforts of each student to meet or exceed the Chancellor’s Learning Standards.

At P.S. 163, our instructional program fosters creativity while respecting individual differences in learning styles. Our literacy and math programs develop in our students a core of important knowledge and promote critical reasoning as well as problem solving skills. P.S 163 provides instruction in content areas to examine ideas that shape our world. Our cluster programs offer a well-rounded exposure to the arts and technology.

The P.S. 163 approach is sensitive to the individual needs of children. Our school community fosters respect for cultural diversity by developing a sense of trust and open communication. The P.S. 163 staff views elementary school as a platform for future academic success. We encourage intellectual curiosity as a stimulus that can lead students to become successful, life-long learners.

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