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P.S. 41 Greenwich Village

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
116 West 11 Street
Manhattan NY 10011
Phone: 212-675-2756

Our Insights

What’s Special

Active parents and warm community in a well-run building in Greenwich Village

The Downside

Limited music instruction

Nationally recognized for its writing program, PS 41 also has a thoughtful curriculum for science and social studies, a cohesive and experienced staff and a principal who is responsive to both parents and teachers. PS 41 serves the children of artists, bankers, lawyers and other professionals who raise more than half a million dollars a year for the PTA.

The strong synergy among the staff, and the administration's determination is inspiring. Visiting educators from around the world come for workshops on topics such as special education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). PS 41 has lovely facilities, standout teachers and a strong vision built on fostering student reflection and engagement in the world.

Families are active and welcome in the school. On one of our visits, kindergarten parents gathered for coffee in the cafeteria while Principal Kelly Shannon gave tips on how to best chaperone a class trip. Second-graders showed off the homemade books they had written, while parents read them and posted thoughtful comments. In the library, teachers and administrators from other cities gathered for a workshop on how to teach writing using methods developed at PS 41 in collaboration with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.

The school combines a warm and relaxed tone with serious academics. Children may sprawl on the rug or in a bean bag chair to read a book, and some teachers are called by their first names. But the classes are focused and attentive and the work seems to be challenging. While a 2nd-grader might write about why he loves LEGOs or how she spends a family holiday, by 5th grade children analyze the U.S. Constitution or discuss current events. The social studies curriculum begins with a study of the school community, continues with a neighborhood study and ends with a study of the United States. Other units focus on China, Mexico or restaurants.

Exploration and conceptual understanding are integral to PS 41's math and science programs. The school uses the Investigations curriculum for math, a program that teaches students many different ways to solve a problem. The science rooms offer hands-on experiments: Children might learn about erosion by running water through boxes of sand, or learn how sound travels through water and air.

Children also carry out science experiments on the green roof, which was 10 years in the making. Unlike some rooftop science centers, this is a true "green roof" covered almost entirely in patches of vegetation with solar panels. Herbs are donated to a nearby soup kitchen, and strategically selected native plants attract rare birds, like a red cardinal students recently spotted.

The lunchroom is calmer and less chaotic than a typical school cafeteria. The food is better, too. A chef from Gramercy Tavern comes (as part of the restaurant study) and shares recipes with the kitchen staff. The social studies curriculum informs the menu: blackberries when the kids are studying Native Americans, dumplings when they are studying China. Even the renovated playground is pleasant: There is a nature garden with plants and seats for quiet activities, and the school hires young people who are trained as summer day camp counselors to organize games during recess.Pre-k has its own lovely side yard with climbing equipment and room for more free play.

The arts are strong at PS 41, and all students have instruction in the art room in addition to an extra program for upper graders that combines poetry and visual expression. Art teacher Toni Serratelli spent 2015 in a teacher exchange program with the Whitney Museum of American Art, and PS 41 was selected as a Whitney Partnership School for the 2016-17 school year. The National Dance Institute offers dance lessons, and 5th-graders put on musicals like "Oliver!" each spring.

Music instructon is limited and some parents we spoke with said they wished an intrumental music program could be introduced to all grades. There is an introduction to violin starting in 2nd-grade.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The staff takes pride in identifying learning issues early and providing extra support for children with disabilities without stigma. The school has three speech therapists (whose work includes helping children with reading). It offers occupational therapy, physical therapy and ICT team-teaching classes.

ADMISSIONS: The school was once severely overcrowded, with persistent waitlists for kindergarten. The opening of a new school, The Sixth Avenue School, has eased the problem and waitlists are "manageable," the parent coordinator told us. (Aimee Sabo, May 2016)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats
3-K seats

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


West Village (District 2)
Trains: A Line, B Line, C Line, D Line, E Line to West 4th St-Washington Square; 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to 14th St-Union Square; 1 Line, 2 Line, 3 Line, F Line, L Line, M Line to 14th St
Buses: M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M2, M20, M5, M7, M8


Kelly Shannon
Parent Coordinator
Michele Farinet

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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