Special Programs

  The Arts

At P.S. 197, the visual arts teacher is also a trained musician. While teaching in the art studio, she provides differentiated activities to enhance the diverse talents and to foster their creativity. When not in the art studio, she is bringing her musical expertise into the classroom environment where students have the opportunity to interact with instruments.

In addition to having a licensed visual arts teacher, P.S. 197 has had a long standing partnership with L.E.A.P (Learning through an Expanded Arts Program). Currently P.S. 197 has three L.E.A.P artists that provide hands-on, arts-based instruction in both visuals arts and music to enhance their experience in the various artistic cultures. 

The artwork displayed around the school is child created by past and present student artists. You will find various mediums of student art work on exhibit, such as, self portraits, paper mache sculptures and current art projects. Past students artwork has been recognized and honored at the 13th annual Interagency Early Childhood Professional Development Institution (January 2008).

Physical Education

At P.S. 197, there is a licensed physical education teacher who provides differentiated centers to develop the gross motor, fine motor and spatial orientation abilities of the very young learners.  

The games the students play while in physical education help to develop concepts such as playing together, sharing and taking turns as well as increasing their social skills and creating positive feelings about themselves, others and their community around them. 


 P.S. 197 has an interactive science lab. The science enrichment teacher has created a living environment for students to make observations and ask scientific questions. The environment supports hands-on, inquiry based discovery and learning. This stimulates classroom participation by allowing students to actually experience what they normally only read about.

In the science lab, students work individually, with partners and in centers. Visual aids are used to extend vocabulary and promote descriptive language. All learners are more engaged and become active participants in scientific investigation.  This approach to teaching supports visual and tactile learners.    

Some of the animals you may find in the science lab are:

  • Bearded dragon
  • Leopard gecko
  • Hermit crabs
  • Snails
  • Red eared slider turtle
  • Salt water and fresh water fish
  • Tadpoles
  • Butterflies
  • Various plants
  • Collection of things from nature found around NY state.