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P.S. 222 Fire Fighter Christopher A. Santora School
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Dual language program for very young students
No gym or auditorium
PS 222 is an early childhood school serving pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. It opened in 2002 and is named after a fire fighter who died on 9/11. Each year on that date children take a walk to honor the fire fighter, wearing red hats and t-shirts with his image [see photo from school website].
In addition to traditional classes, the school offers a dual-language program with instruction in Spanish and English on alternate days and begins in pre-kindergarten. All children receive lessons in music, theater and the visual arts. A resident artist works with classes as part of a program called Studio in a School.
The school has small "enrichment" classes, led by teachers based on their skills and passions. Children choose a theme from an array of choices. The faculty includes 14 classroom teachers, and other teachers who specialize in non-core subjects like drama, music and gym, as well as an English as a Second Language teacher, a speech teacher, a literacy coach and a special education teacher who works with children in their regular classrooms.
On the Learning Environment Survey, most teachers say order and discipline are maintained, yet 57 percent say there isn't a person or program to help students resolve conflicts.
There is no formal schoolyard, so a second-floor roof outfitted with climbing equipment doubles as a playground. The multi-purpose room serves as a gym, lunchroom, auditorium and special events venue.
Special education: The building is accessible to students who use wheelchairs. Students with special needs, including a handful from District 75, a citywide district for children with disabilities, are included in general education classes. There is a self-contained classroom for children with serious special needs.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. There is a waiting list for the pre-K program. After 2nd grade, students move on to other elementary schools in the area including PS 69, PS 212 and PS 149. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)Read more