How many classes/sections are there per grade?

Historically, PS 183 has had 2 sections for Pre-K, 4 or 5 sections for Kindergarten, 4 sections for First Grade and 3 sections each, Second – Fifth Grade.

How many students are there in classrooms/sections?

Pre-K is capped at 18 students per section. Kindergarten is capped at 25 students per section, First – Fifth Grade is capped at 32 students per section.

How many teachers are there in classrooms?

Pre-K has one full-time licensed teacher and one Pre-K Paraprofessional per classroom. Kindergarten – Fifth Grade classrooms have one full-time licensed teacher per classroom. Additionally, PS 183 has one Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classroom in Kindergarten – Fifth Grade. ICT Classrooms have one full-time general education teacher and one full-time special education teacher.

Are there assistant teachers?

Through the generous support of our PTA, we have been able to provide teaching assistants in Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade classrooms. This is dependent each year on PTA funds.

What are school hours?

Pre-K – 8:15 am – 2:35 pm
Kindergarten – 8:20 am – 2:35 pm
1st – 5th Grade – 8:20 am – 2:40 pm

Are there assistant teachers?

Through the generous support of our PTA, we have been able to provide teaching assistants in Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade classrooms. This is dependent each year on PTA funds.

What is a typical school day schedule?

A typical school day consists of a Morning Meeting, which starts our school day and builds/sustains our classroom community. At 183, we use the RULER program, developed by Yale University, to help children build a language around their emotions and learn how to regulate and recognize the role these emotions play in their day. After Morning Meeting, children experience daily instruction in Reading, Writing, Math and Social Studies/Science. There’s also a lunch/recess break. In Kindergarten, play is part of the afternoon period for students in order to continue to build and foster social skill development.

Included in each day’s schedule is one special class. Each week, students have Art, Music, Physical Education, Technology and Science class.

Are there after-school programs at 183?

PS 183 does not run any after-school programs. There are Department of Education registered vendors that use our space to run after-school programming. In a typical year, Wingspan Arts, Yorkville Youth Athletic Association, Simply Sports, Chess NYC, Drama Kids, Acting Like a Kid, Iberian American Institute and ICan Mandarin have offerings at our school. You will have to check with the individual programs regarding available space, days at 183, hours and cost. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, P.S. 183 did run any on-site after school programs for the 2020-2021 school year. This could change next fall.

When will my child have lunch and recess –

Pre-K students have lunch in their classrooms at 10:30 am, followed by a rest period.
10:55 am – 11:50 am – Kindergarten & First Grade lunch and recess
11:55 am – 12:50 am – Second & Third Grade lunch and recess
12:55 am 1:50 am Fourth & Fifth Grade lunch and recess
During the lunch period, the younger grade stays inside to eat while the older grade goes to recess. Midway through the period they flip – the younger grade goes to recess while the older grade goes to the cafeteria to eat.

Do I have to send lunch with my child?

Families can choose to send lunch from home or eat school lunch. School lunch options are hot lunch or sandwiches such as cheese or peanut butter & jelly and are available to all students free of charge. Menus are posted on https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/school-meals

What curriculum does your school follow with regards to the core academic subjects – Reading, Writing, Math, Phonics, and Science?

At P.S. 183, our staff follow the workshop model for balanced literacy in reading and writing. This is a research based curriculum developed at Columbia University, Teachers College. We’ve been a partner school with this educational think-tank for over 10 years. During our Reading and Writing Workshop time, students gather together for a whole-class strategy lesson around improving their reading or writing. After the quick lesson, students go off to read books on their own level and write fiction and nonfiction stories about topics they choose. During this time, teachers work in small groups or 1-1 with students to target their specific needs. In addition to our daily reading and writing instruction, we also use the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum, this, in conjunction with our daily Phonics instruction, supports our youngest readers as they learn how to read and identify letters and sounds.

For Math, our school follows the TERC Investigations Curriculum. During math, students engage in group math games and problem solving exercises to develop an early understanding of counting, addition and subtraction, and geometry/shapes. Also emphasized is a deep understanding of place value, operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), and fractions.

In Science, teachers use the Amplify curriculum which helps students develop scientific understanding through real-life scenarios. For example, in Kindergarten, students learn the concepts of push and pull and force by studying and building their own pinball machines. In grades 1-5, our students expand their hands-on Science knowledge through our very own Hydroponics lab. Partnering with NY Sunworks, students study plant and flower growth and learn about sustainability topics in our lab under the teaching of our Science teacher.

Overall, our curriculum structure allows teachers the opportunity to support students at all academic levels and ranges, while at the same time keeping learners engaged in their academic subjects.

What services do you offer for Special Education students with an IEP?

At 183, we have full-time and part-time Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapists to deliver services at school for students with IEPs. We also have a full-time guidance counselor and a SETTS teacher who provides pull-out academic support services as well. In addition, on each grade, K-5, we have ICT classrooms. An ICT classroom is one that is staffed with a full-time general education teacher and a full-time special education teacher. The class is made up of 60% general education students and 40% students with IEPs. The classrooms follow the pace and rigor of our general education classrooms, but adapt assignments and curriculum to meet the needs of the students.

What services do you offer English Language Learners?

Students who are new to the English language and who qualify for services, receive academic support each week through both push-in and pull-out instruction by our full-time English Language Learner teacher. Each year, we also host an after school reading program in the winter to provide ENL students with additional literacy support. Our ENL and Art teacher host family events throughout the year that bring students and families together for community events and activities.

Does PS 183 have a PTA?

PS 183 has a vibrant and involved Parents Teachers Association and having a child at 183 automatically makes you a member of the PTA! Various fundraisers are held throughout the school year and funds raised support programs that enrich our students as well as our staff. Fundraisers include but are not limited to Family Giving Fund, Readathon, Family Fun Friday Halloween Party, Spring Benefit/Auction, Scholastic Book Fair and Boosterthon. Funds raised support Teaching Assistants in various grades, a recess program, chess instruction in our lower grades, and partnerships with various institutions such as National Dance Institute, Global Classroom, New York Historical Society, and New York City Ballet. The PTA also invests in Professional Development for teaching staff, ensuring that teachers are equipped with the latest tools to support students. PS 183’s PTA is governed by an Executive Board that works closely with administration to create a budget that determines how funds raised will be spent. Two seats on the Executive Board are held open for families that are new to 183. Nominations to fill those seats are taken in September and elections are held during the October meeting.