Special Programs

District 29’s Gifted and Talented Program

PS 176 houses District 29’s Gifted and Talented program. Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way the NYC Department of Education supports the needs of exceptional students. G&T programs aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction,aligned to Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).

District G&T programs are offered within district elementary schools,beginning in kindergarten and ending in the school's terminal grade.

Saturday Success Academy

The Saturday Success Academy will address the specific areas of need in mathematics and/or ELA that students are struggling with and offer support to help our students improve their academic mastery in ELA and mathematics. 

Food Bank for New York City

Approximately 1.4 million New Yorkers— the majority of whom are women, children, seniors, the working poor and people with disabilities — rely on soup kitchens and food pantries. With the goal of ending food poverty throughout the five boroughs, the Food Bank For New York City provides a series of income support, nutrition and health education programs in addition to food distribution efforts that last year provided more than 74 million pounds of food to more than 1,000 food assistance programs every year.

Without the help of our partners and supporters like you, the work of the Food Bank would not be possible

Mighty Milers

Mighty Milers is a running program for kids of all fitness levels from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. It’s designed to get kids moving and prevent obesity and illness. Participation in Mighty Milers help kids build their self-esteem, and learn to make and reach personal goals.

Over the course of a program cycle, children in Mighty Milers strive to complete one to four “marathons of miles” (26.2-104.8 miles). They run or walk briskly upwards of a half-mile in supervised session two to five times a week.

Penny Harvest

The Common Cents Penny Harvest grew from one child’s desire to feed the homeless, and since 1991, children between the ages of four and 14 have been converting their natural compassion for others into action by collecting pennies and turning those pennies into grants for community organizations - $9.5 million in grants donated by children since 1991!

The Penny Harvest shows young people they have the ability to make the world a better place by introducing them to the power of philanthropy and service during their formative years.  As children help others, they develop their generosity and moral character, and they learn through practice the skills and responsibilities of democratic participation.

School Wide Reading Campaign

Each year students of grades pre-k to second are required to read at least 100 books and students of grades third to fifth are required to read at least 50 chapter books.

We are also partnering with Pizza Hut Book it. BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise,recognition and pizza.  The program is simple for the teacher to use,flexible because goals match reading ability, and fun because achieving a goal is a great reason to celebrate!  BOOK IT! was created in 1985 and currently reaches over 14 million students in 38,000 elementary schools annually.

Learning Leaders

The Learning Leaders is a program designed for parents that volunteer in our school. Learning Leaders is an outside organization that comes to our school and certifies parents to become Learning Leaders. The program trains the parents in ways to support students in reading and math. It teaches them strategies to assist students as well as staff members.

Cornell University Cooperative Extension- NYC

The Cornell University Cooperative Extension support parents in preparing nutritious and delicious recipes, and tastes new foods.The Cornell University Cooperative Extension is offered on Mondays for 9 weeks.The goal of this program is to train parents in healthy cooking habits to promote healthy living and wellness in their home life.

Crochet Club

As a part PS 176 giving back to the community starting Friday November 22nd, 2013 we will meet weekly at 9:00 am tor our service learning projects. Also as we learn to crochet we will be discussing the book of the month. For our first project, we will be making hats for Shannon Shares.

The Crochet club will meet from 9:00 to 11:00 every Monday and 9:00 to 10:30 on Saturday thereafter. We will also be making blankets for Border Babies at Queens General Hospital.

Early Childhood English Language Arts Enrichment

Lessons from the Engage NY website are delivered to students in grades Pre-K through 2 on a weekly basis. The use of these lessons is to prepare the students to meet the rigorous demands of the NYS Common Core Learning Standards. Some of the topics explored are fables, fairy tales, nursery rimes and biographies.

Star Student Program

This program is focused on promoting positive student behavior among our student body.  Rewards will be given to students that exhibit the Six Pillars of Character throughout the school day.  The six pillars are; Trustworthiness,Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.

Teachers and out of classroom staff members will choose one (1) or (2) student(s) from their class that have shown the most effort in being a star student.  Those chosen students will receive a reward for showing positive behavior. Each month, the students chosen throughout that month will be invited to participate in a star student trip to reward their positive behavior.


ARISTA is a variant name for National Honor Society (NHS) chapters in common use in New York City public schools. ARISTA originated in the early years of the 20th century.  Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership,service,and character. The NHS requires some sort of service to the community, school, or other organizations. The projects help students meet the required service hour total monthly.

Student of the Month

The Student of the Month Program is based on qualities such as character, leadership, and citizenship, not solely on academics. The student of the month must be a diligent student, complete his/her assignments on time; show a strong effort to learn subjects to the best of their ability; prepare for class; and, has good classroom participation. The student of the month demonstrates excellent behavior in and out of the classroom, is well mannered, and respectful to both peers and teachers. The student of the month displays excellent citizenship by working together with classmates in a cooperative attitude, and exhibiting good behavior.

Each month a student from each class is nominated as the Student of the Month and is recognized at the monthly PTA meeting.

Principal’s Honor Society

This is a new program that will be implemented for the 2014-2015 school year. There will be more information to follow once the program has begun. 

Target Reading Nights Grant

In an effort to promote reading to children, the Family Reading Nights Grant will provide families to read with their children and with structured support and guidance to strengthen effective literacy practices.

The grant will allow our school to provide 3 literacy-themed family reading nights for families and children in our school.

The Stock Market Game

In The Stock Market Games, students work together to create and manage a virtual investment portfolio of real world stocks. Each team is responsible for researching and evaluating potential investments. Team members must also effectively come together on cooperative decisions on whether to buy, sell or hold the stocks, funds, and bonds in the portfolio they have created.

St. Jude Math-A-Thon

For more than 35 years, the St. Jude Math-A-Thon, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been America’s largest education-based fundraiser.  100% of the money raised goes directly to pay for health care needs of their patients and to assist their families.  No child is ever turned away due to their family’s inability to pay.  To participate, kids in grades K-8 ask family and friends for pledges to solve math problems in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon Funbook, developed by Scholastic.

In addition to being a great service learning tool, the St. Jude Math-A-Thon Funbook curriculum meets Common Core State Standards for mathematics.  St. Jude has developed a downloadable overview of the Common Core State Standards the program meets.

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