The Benjamin Franklin Magnet School for Civic Leadership in Health and Science (P.S./I.S. 157)
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The Benjamin Franklin Magnet School for Civic Leadership in Health and Science (P.S./I.S. 157) in Bedford-Stuyvesant is a neighborhood school serving grades Pre-K through 8. This school is in its own building.
There is a dual-language program available in Spanish which offers instruction in both English and the target language, and is designed to make children fluent in both. It requires a separate application process. Some seats in this program may be reserved for children who speak Spanish but English speaking children are welcome to apply. The Pre-K has lots of activities for children to explore art, nature, music, dramatic play and more, which are meant to develop a range of skills and promote a child's acceptance of diversity. Teachers ask children questions, invite back-and-forth conversation to develop language skills, and promote mutual respect and positive social interactions. Children are encouraged to communicate and learn language skills through books, puppets or blocks. The principal has been leading this school since 2016.
This school prioritizes children who live in the school zone, but anyone is welcome to apply. Type your address into our school search to see your zoned school. For more information about zoned school enrollment and advice on how to find a program, please visit our New to NYC page and see the "Zoned Schools and other options" section.
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