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PS 3 / The Bedford Village School is the oldest public school “. . . in continuing and contiguous existence . . .” in New York City.[1]  Since the early 1700s, if not before, there has been a schoolhouse in Bedford, a farming hamlet and crossroads settled by Dutch families three hundred and fifty years ago. Photos of earlier buildings include a one-room school, which the Brooklyn Public Library claimed (during its centennial celebration) as its home, the first public library in Brooklyn . The Bedford Village School continues to be the historic cornerstone of this Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

We are a PreKindergarten-Fifth grade School-Wide Projects and Comer School of committed stakeholders, progressive leadership and instruction, and community partnerships and support. Student academic achievement through project-based learning takes place in a standards-based core curriculum of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science integrated with Arts, Technology, and Physical/Health Education. We have an active School Leadership Team involved in school management and Comprehensive Educational Plan development.

Since 1990, we have been on the forefront of educational reform in New York City. The Board of Education’s Office of School Reform sponsored our initial reform efforts. Subsequently, we were awarded grants from the DeWitt-Wallace/Readers’ Digest Fund for Library/Media Center enhancement and the Annenberg Challenge for Arts Education for Arts development. Recently, we received New York City Council grants for the improvement of Science and Technology instruction. We now have a state-or-the-art Science lab.  We are involved with Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension program to foster Science education.

We are distinguished by our sustained commitment to the Arts. All students receive sequential skills instruction in the Visual Arts and Music. Our Music teacher, also directs our chorus, band and recorder ensemble. Education Through Music and the Orchestra of St. Luke's are our partners in Music Education. They provide services to our students and professional development to our teachers.  Assembly and Town Hall performances provide opportunities for all students to participate in Music, Dance and Theater education.

Classes visit The Morgan Library and Museum, the Brooklyn Museum,  the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Natural History, and various Science museums and historic sites.  They attend performances at various New York City concert halls for Orchestra of St. Luke’s concerts, and our annual Day of the African Child Dance Festival, in partnership with Forces of Nature Dance and Theater Company.  

With recent New York City Council and Brooklyn Borough President grants, our auditorium has been renovated with new light and sound systems.  This year we received a grant to implement a school wide environmental Science curriculum with the Rainforest Alliance.  Some teachers regularly receive grants from Donor’s Choose.  Our early childhood Science teacher received a grant to install a weather station on the building's roof.  He now streams live weather data through Mr. Cain's Science and Weather link on the school's website.

We have an active Parent-Teacher Association, which promotes home-school communications and relationships, parental involvement, and school development. Community-based Partnership With Children helps our CARE Team provide counseling, crisis-intervention, peer-mediation, and conflict resolution services. NYC’s Department of Health operates an in-school Health Clinic.

[1] The New York Times, April 11, 1947

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