PS 118 Maurice Sendak Community School

Phone: (718) 840-5660
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Neighborhood: Park Slope
District: 15
Grade range: PK and 0K

What's special:

Pro-active parents & experienced leader for new school

The downside:

Too soon to tell

The InsideStats


Our review

PS 118, also called the Maurice Sendak Community School, is designed to ease overcrowding in nearby PS 321 and PS 107. In fall 2013 it will open in a former parochial school building, St. Thomas Aquinas, with two kindergarten classes and two pre-kindergarten classes and will grow to have 14 classrooms in a pre-K to 5 school.

Elizabeth Garroway, most recently an assistant principal at PS 321, is the interim acting principal. She envisions a school that will have a "multicultural approach" in keeping with her own international background. A graduate of Midwood High School, she has a master's degree in Spanish and anthropology and studied in Europe. She told she plans to "'infuse' the school with Spanish."

"My background is in language, culure and people, and what's important to me is to use that background in the work that I do," Garroway told [photo of the building's exterior by DNAinfo].

Garroway's ties with the popular and successful PS 321 will continue as she will be mentored by Liz Phillips, PS 321 principal. A few of the teachers may come from PS 321. Even before the school opened, parents began working with Garroway to plan and to fundraise. They started a website, Founding Families. On their agenda-- working to make 4th Avenue safer, upgrading the building's playground and starting a garden.

Admission: Neighborhood school. The school's zone was carved out of the western side of PS 321's zone, roughly comprising the area between Third and Fourth avenues and President and Sixth Street. See a map on the Founding Families website. Children from outside of the zone are also encourged to apply. See the Facebook page for more admissions information. (Pamela Wheaton, news reports, February 2013)

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