PS 165

The Future Starts Here

Students are proactive and work hard to achieve their fullest

potential at PS 165.

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PS 165 offers a well-rounded, high-quality education

where all students are leaders.

  • Academic Programs

    • General Education, Integrated Co-Teaching, Dual Language Spanish, Gifted & Talented, Self-Contained 12:1:1.


  • Awarded Leader in Me Grant

    • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People integrates seamlessly into our curriculum. Students foster their leadership skills and take on leadership roles around the school including earning Leadership Awards, acting as Environmental Sustainability Coordinators, Tour Guides, and leading special events.​


  • Art & Ceramics Program

    • Our art program guides children in many styles of hands-on creation with various types of materials.

    • PS 165 is the only DOE elementary school with a ceramics program and onsite kiln.

    • Art Works: 3rd graders learn about visual arts and visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    • New Victory Theatre Partnership.


  • Music/Instrumental Program

    • K-5th grade students learn to play guitar and sing during their music special.

    • Students perform songs in at least three showcases a year.


  • Partnership with the New York Philharmonic

    • New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists teach students in 3rd – 5th grade how to play the recorder, read music and compose pieces.

    • 3-5th grade students attend a New York Philharmonic performance once a year.

    • Young Composers after school program enables select 4th and 5th graders to compose songs performed by New York Philharmonic musicians.


  • Computer Science for All

    • Brand new computers in the computer science lab where students learn coding.

    • Designated STEM lab where students engage in STEM activities.


  • Teacher Accomplishments

    • All of our teachers have one to two Masters Degrees.

    • All teachers are trained in Move to Improve to integrate movement into the classroom.


  • Teachers College Reading & Writing Project School

    • PS 165 has been a TC Project School for over 20 years.

    • Our teachers attend workshops at Columbia University Teachers College and work with Teachers College Staff Developers.

  • Onsite Literacy Coach

    • Professional development and instructional coaching consistently provided to teachers.


  • We are a Zero Waste School

    • Through our Zero Waste Initiative, students recycle and compost school-wide.

    • Students have been trained to be Sustainability Coordinators.


  • Spoons Across America Program

    • 1st and 2nd grade students learn about nutrition and the benefits of healthy eating.


  • Physical Education

    • Daily outdoor recess including organized games with trained E3 coaches, also indoors during inclement weather.

    • Daily 10 minute in-class “Brain Breaks” as well as purposeful movement incorporated throughout the day during lessons and transitions.

    • E3 Sports partnership during recess in all grades.


  • Field Trips

    • Classes utilize what New York City has to offer with inspired field trips throughout the year that compliment the curriculum. Examples include the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Math, and our partnership with the New Victory Theater.


  • Opportunities for Parents

    • Active PTA holds monthly meetings, fundraisers, plans community events, and runs an after school chess program.

    • Our Wellness Committee is a collaboration between administration, parents, and teachers.

    • Open Classroom provides monthly opportunities to visit and observe learning in action.

    • Monthly Connecting With the Principal meetings welcome parents to engage in conversation with our principal.


  • School Facilities

    • Large, clean, uncluttered classrooms with high ceilings; large indoor gym, two outdoor playgrounds, cafeteria, auditorium, library, computer science lab, STEM lab.


  • After School Programs

    • PS 165 hosts a free Young Audiences of New York After School Program where students can choose from Yoga, Pottery, Drumming, Theater, Dance, and Visual Arts.

    • Partnerships with the YMCA and Bank Street after school programs.


  • 2018 School Quality Review

    • Rated Well-Developed in Ensuring an Engaging, Rigorous, and Coherent Curricula.

    • PS 165 received all well-developed and proficient ratings.


  • PS 165 Partnerships

    • Cool Culture, Bio Bus, E3 Sports, Art Works, NY Philharmonic, Spoons Across America, Zero Waste, 21st Century, Art Works, Leader in Me, New Victory Theater.