The mission of the staff, parents, and students of P.S.396 is to create a structured learning environment that is child-centered, nurturing, risk free, and flexible in meeting the needs of all students. We embrace the opportunity to promote and enrich each child's learning and to develop partnerships with families to help each child achieve his/her full potential. We strive to provide meaningful lifelong learning experiences that will enable all students to meet high standards. We will provide our students with the skills and values needed to become critical thinkers, learners, and leaders. "BUILDING A FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN"