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P.S. 197 is an early childhood learning environment. At P.S. 197 we believe that by fostering an atmosphere of learning, our school can best meet the needs of young students. Our learning environment, therefore, consists of three elements: the leaning contexts of the students, the staff, and the parents. By allowing opportunity for these three elements to develop, we believe our school can achieve its maximum learning potential. P.S. 197 is a school that focuses on the N.Y.S. and N.Y.C. standards. Instruction is age and developmentally appropriate as we meet the social, emotional, and cognitive domains of early childhood development.

We approach academics through project-based learning, in which teaching and learning is one that balances the developmental needs and interests of young children. As such, our focus is not merely acquisition of skills, but rather the intellectual development of young children. We are an exciting and progressive school that subscribes to the philosophy of early childhood education that places the whole child as the center of our curriculum and instruction. Our approach to teaching and learning is based on emergent curriculum in which children and teachers actively engage in hands-on, relevant activities. P.S. 197 is a warm and nurturing young learners' environment.