Organization

Public School 85 Structure and Organization

 Our goal is to meet the needs of all students and families in the Public School 85 community. To this end, P.S. 85 is organized into small learning communities called Academies. Each of these four Academies are supervised by an assistant principal and serve children in kindergarten through fifth grade, including second language learners and students with special needs.

Each academy has developed a vision statement based on the distinct themes which are paired to the learning styles and modalities of the students assigned to each academy. Teachers have been assigned to these academies based on their demonstrated abilities and expressed interest in the instructional models. These themes are based on the multiple intelligences as defined by Howard Gardner.

Students assigned to the World Studies Academy have been identified by teachers as having strengths in inter-personal and intra-personal awareness. These students demonstrate sensitivity to community and social awareness. This program will also support non-English speaking students through activities aimed at cultural and multi-cultural awareness and understanding.

 Students assigned to the Arts Academy have been identified by teachers as having strengths in the Arts (musical, performance, visual). These students may demonstrate their creativity in a various forms.

 Students assigned to the Math and Science Academy have been identified by teachers as having strengths in logical sequential thinking and an interest in scientific explorations.

Students assigned to the Writing and Technology Academy have been identified by teachers as having strengths in the areas of verbal and written expression.