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Partnership with Albert Einstein College and others
Some students miss at least a month of school
PS 89 is a large ethnically diverse pre-K to 8th grade school that has forged unique partnerships in the area, including one in which students study important people buried in Woodlawn Cemetery and the legacies they've left behind. In another partnership called Project Start, medical students from Albert Einstein volunteer in grades K, 1 and 2 and lead hands-on exploratory science activities. Einstein students also volunteer to help maintain the PS 89 Garden.
The school serves students from as far away as Yemen, Croatia and Kosovo who arrive year-round. Students who are behind in skills work in small groups or participate in tutoring after school or on Saturdays.
PS/MS 89 provides classes for English Language Learners (ELLs) as well as individual and small group support. The school created the Saturday ELL Explorations Program with this group in mind. In this program students participate in theatrical performances to express themselves and practice speaking English, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).
High-achievers may choose from among several high school-level Regents classes. Select students have access to the DREAM program to prepare for the Specialized High School Admissions exam.
After school clubs include debate, robotics, band, fashion, art and cooking. The school website has photos of all these activities and more.
The school is housed in a century-old brick building with a renovated library and science lab. The school has grown steadily and attendance has improved under the leadership of Ralph Martinez who took the helm in 2010. The atmosphere has also improved, but test scores have a ways to go and some children still miss at least a month of school.
ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2019)