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Philosophy

PS11 is a school where every child has the ability to reach his/her true potential within a diverse community of learners. As each student brings his/her unique strengths and challenges, our teachers strive to teach in a variety of ways to tap into those strengths.

We fully understand that "one size does not fit all." Keeping this in mind, our philosophy and culture support a standards-based education that is challenging and focused on the individual learner.

We believe that children need to understand the importance and consequences of their choices. We therefore carefully guide our students to become actively involved in their social growth, teaching them to be responsible for themselves and respectful of others.

As a diverse learning community, including Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT), English Language Learners (ELL), Special Education, and Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs, our mission is to provide each child with the opportunity to participate in a balanced literacy approach to reading, and a hands-on approach to math. We strongly believe in instruction that is assessment driven and requires children to be actively engaged in their own education.

We understand the importance of demonstrating, not demanding, what children need to do to become successful learners.