Our Mission and Vision

Vision and Mission of P.S. / M.S. 279

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." ~Joseph Chilton Pearce

Our school’s mission is to provide an equitable and quality education to each and every student under our care.

Equity in education means that we will continually seek out the best, most effective resources and methods to remain a successful educational institution that addresses the specific needs of each learner. We strive to provide all of our children with the skills and values needed to become critical thinkers, learners, and leaders. We seek to provide our entire school family with opportunities for personal and professional growth. We build strength through teamwork within our school and teaming with university and community partners.

A quality education for our students includes a meaningful understanding and respect for the diversity of our students’ heritages and our community at large. Through our shared efforts, we will nurture and empower the students, families and staff of P.S./M.S. 279 to actively apply their talents and knowledge in the world of today and tomorrow. Such a partnership of staff and community emphasizes the development of enriching, challenging, and academically stimulating learning experiences and in a variety of settings. Our students work in apprenticeship with an entire school community to develop their capabilities and independence to become full participants in creating a brilliant and successful future.


Vision statement of the Captain Manuel Rivera Jr. School:

    All students, staff members and stakeholders share in the leadership of this school. Leadership is a natural outcome of the education and experiences provided to all members of the P.S./M.S. 279 community. Our school is a leadership development institution, where opportunities to learn and lead result from team efforts, formal exchanges of knowledge and peer accountability. This vision aims to give our students and staff "full access" to their inherent intelligence, creativity, cultural heritage and personal power. Such "access" is nurtured through the collective efforts of staff and community to provide relevant academic and social instruction that is standards-driven, activity-based and outcome-focused.

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