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About Us

PS 15 is a small school in the East Village.  We have a committed and caring staff that works together to provide a rich education for our students.  Our students are known well by staff members and enjoy personalized attention. As a designated Community School, My Brother’s Keeper School, and Respect for All award school, we provide a warm, positive, and supportive school environment for all of our students and families.

What is our vision?

Our vision is to create a dynamic, academically rigorous neighborhood school, where all students’ gifts are recognized, cultivated, and valued. Students thrive in a creative, intellectually challenging, diverse and nurturing school culture.  Students and faculty inquire, explore and discover together, with delight in learning, in an atmosphere of respect and mutual trust.

What is our mission?

Our mission is to advance our students on their journey towards college and career readiness by fueling their drive to explore and learn about our world and connect to others. We strive to develop our students’ and our own inner resources of creativity and connection by:

  • Engaging in rigorous learning experiences. Guided by the Common Core Learning Standards and the School-wide Enrichment Model, we embrace intellectual challenges and develop an attitude of perseverance in problem-solving and academic growth.  Our learning is infused with music, art, and STEM so that students learn in many ways, with an ever-growing sense of independence. 
  • Providing a safe and trustworthy environment. We are guided by an understanding of social-emotional literacy in our relationships and in our teaching.  Within a reliable and consistent atmosphere, we develop an understanding of ourselves and our peers.  We communicate and work together openly, honestly, and productively. We honor the experience and perspective of each individual, and seek to be responsive to his or her points of view and needs.
  • Using precise and multi-faceted data. We continually assess our students’ and our own learning using a variety of assessment instruments in order to craft meaningful goals and plans for growth and achievement.
  • Recognizing all children as gifted, and nurturing their gifts. We provide exploratory and real-world experiences to pique student interest in a variety of topics. Giftedness is revealed as students become fascinated by a mode of learning or a topic that inspires creativity and commitment. Students choose to investigate topics, develop skills and create social action projects to make an impact on society.


Our faculty models collaboration and reflection through its practice. Families join with us as vital partners in growth. Together, we create a vibrant community where policies and practices are formed collaboratively and revisited continually to ensure that we are providing a dynamic, rigorous and motivating environment for all stakeholders in our school community.