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PS 343 The Peck Slip School

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
1 Peck Slip
Manhattan NY 10038
Phone: 212-312-6260
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Vegetarian lunch, stunning building

The Downside

New school doesnt have a track record

The newest of the downtown schools, Peck Slip School, opened in 2012, has the luxury of space. They moved into their permanent building in 2015. It has large windows with stunning views of the Financial District; airy, well-equipped classrooms; and spotless, well-lit halls.

One room, adjacent to the cafeteria, is set aside for children to play in with large rubber blocks. Classrooms for pre-k through 1st grade are equipped with wooden blocks and LEGOs which help children understand shapes and sizes as they learn arithmetic. There is a lovely library but no textbooks: Children read exclusively from books you might read for fun.

Principal Maggie Siena, who started her teaching career at PS 234 and was the principal of PS 150, has significant experience with the progressive, project-based curriculum for which the downtown schools are known. Children might study birds, or the subways, with lessons that integrate reading, writing, history and science.

Third-graders study the Brooklyn Bridge, beginning by posing their own questions: Who thought of the idea of a bridge? How did they get it on the water? How many people died building it? Was it worth it? How does it stay up? They then study the history of the bridge, reading picture books but also contemporary accounts from magazines like Harpers Weekly. They learn about the frigid winter of 1866 when ferries couldnt cross the frozen East River. They take a ferry to Brooklyn, and they walk across the bridge to see the difference. They learn basic principles of engineering.

Children call the teachers, including the principal, by their first names. The school has an informal, joyful atmosphere. Routines are clear and children move from one activity to another without a lot of wasted time. Children are free to move around the classroom and stand and stretch.

The school prides itself on its vegetarian lunchroom. A typical meal: vegetarian chili, rice, corn and salad. Children go outside for recess on the rooftop playground on all but the most frigid days. (Pre-kindergartners go out twice a day). The physical education teacher supervises the games outside; children who have trouble socializing are invited to take part in structured recess, with grown-ups guiding the play.

The school, which began with a few classes in 2012 and was housed in the Department of Education headquarters while its new building was under construction, is adding a grade each year. Its too new to have a track record, but its off to a promising start.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT team-teaching classes. It has a full-time speech therapist and a part-time occupational therapist. Sometimes children receive these services right in their classroom; sometimes they are pulled out for individual attention.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. The school has its own pre-k for zoned children, but children from outside the zone may attend pre-kindergarten at the pre-k center, housed in the building but not formally affiliated with the school. (Clara Hemphill, October 2015)

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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 2018-19 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 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 2018 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 this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 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


Chinatown (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to Chambers St; 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line, A Line, C Line, J Line, Z Line to Fulton St-Broadway-Nassau; 6 Line to Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall; E Line to Park Place; R Line, W Line to City Hall
Buses: M103, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M5, M9


Margaret Siena
Parent Coordinator
Denise Haertel Greene

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with a Pre-K Center
Metal detectors?

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

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