P.S. 116 Mary Lindley Murray

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
210 East 33 Street
Manhattan NY 10016
Phone: 212-685-4366

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong reading and writing, unusually thoughtful approach to homework

The Downside

Some large classes

PS 116 in Kips Bay places a high value on independence, choice and project-based learning for students. Acheivement is high in all areas, particularly in the area of reading and writing. Students live in a range of settings, from luxury apartments along Fifth and Park Avenues to low-income housing developments on East 28th Street. Proudly serving children in temporary shelters and the children of United Nations diplomats, PS 116 earned the highest possible marks on the city's most recent annual Quality Review.

Teachers strive to be sure every child is challenged and supported; during a math lesson, for example, some students will use easier methods to solve a problem than others. Relationships are tended thoughtfully here, both within and across classrooms. Working in small mixed-class groups, 5th-graders tackle daily "community challenges," such as using marshmallows and toothpicks to build the tallest structure possible, and different ages eat lunch together.

In 2015, staff and parents decided to eliminate traditional homework assignments and "rebrand" what students do after school. "PDF" (play time, down time, family time), as it's called, is flexible in that children may choose from a wide range of activities. Students design their own homework from a menu of choices. A younger child might play a game of chess with a parent, for example, or visit the park with a friend. An older child may write a poem about snow or measure the perimeter of a household object.

"My son was the kind of student who used to 'phone it in' when it came to homework," one 5th-grader's mother wrote in the Quality Review. "Now, he begins each week by mapping out his required activities, planning his schedule, and showing a true commitment to his own experiences."

One downside: Some classes are large.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There is an ICT team-teaching class on each grade. Many additional supports include a reading specialist for one-on-one assistance, speech therapy, occuptaional therapy, and the services of a social worker and school psychologist.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, June 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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?
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

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

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

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

Contact & Location


Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 6 Line to 33rd St; 4 Line, 5 Line, 7 Line, S Line to Grand Central - 42nd St
Buses: M101, M102, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23, M34A-SBS, M34-SBS, M4, M42, M9


Jane Hsu
Parent Coordinator
Victoria Ritter

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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