P.S. 53 The Barbara Esselborn School
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P.S. 53 The Barbara Esselborn School in South Shore is a neighborhood school serving grades 3-K through 5. The school is in its own building.
Students at this school generally perform well on test scores, as compared to other schools in the city. This school offers gifted classes through the Gifted and Talented program, which require a separate admissions process explained here. In the Pre-K classes, teachers ask children questions, invite back-and-forth conversation to develop language skills, mutual respect and promote positive social interactions. Children are encouraged to communicate and learn language skills through books, puppets or blocks. They have lots of time to talk and ask questions. The principal has been leading this school since 2014.
This school prioritizes children who live in the school zone, but anyone is welcome to apply. To see if your address is zoned for this school please use our school search. 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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