P.S. 110 The Monitor
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Rich arts, French-English dual language program
Physical education inconsistent, no librarian
PS 110, housed in a stately brick building constructed in 1895, has a rich arts curriculum and a popular French-English dual-language program. Enrollment has steadily increased as this formerly Polish working-class neighborhood has become home to young professionals with school-aged children.
The number of native French speakers has been growing each year in the French-English dual language program. In 2016, nearly half were native speakers. In these classes, half the instruction is in French, half in English.
Depending on the grade, children study dance, musical theater, visual arts and Shakespeare. All children have lessons in Italian, computers, music and art. There are engaging science projects: 4th- and 5th-graders cultivate a hydroponic garden and raise trout that they eventually release in the Hudson River.
Children may choose topics such as Minecraft, World Wars I and II, geology, gardening, and endangered species to study in 8- to 10-week cycles as part of a program called Schoolwide Enrichment Model. "Enrichment clusters allow for real engagement and the more engaged kids are the more invested they are in their learning," said Principal Anna Cano Amato.
Cano Amato and Assistant Principal Dana Raciunas, who both specialize in literacy, have worked at the school for more than 20 years.
Fourth- and 5th-grade classes are divided into separate departments; the arrangement gives kids a smoother transition to middle school, where they have different teachers for different subjects.
The school has five pre-kindergarten classes equipped with blocks, dress-up corners and lots of books. These classes usually have room for children from outside the attendance zone.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes, which mix general and special needs children with two teachers.
ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Mahalia Watson, January 2015; updated August 2016)Read more