P.S. 384 opened in September of 2018 as an elementary school for the children and families of Long Island City, Queens. We are a proud member of the District 30 family of schools. We will grow into a K-5 school, and move to a new building in the 2021-2022 school year.
Our school recognizes that students have an abundant access to information and must have experiences to connect their learning for responsible citizenship. Through STEM projects, transdisciplinary learning, and a growth mindset, students will be able to construct their knowledge and find their purpose for learning.
Performance & Process Outcomes
Through our work together, our students will demonstrate:
Critical Thinking Skills
Evidenced by the ability to identify problems, apply strategies, construct solutions, and support ideas with evidence
Creativity in Problem Solving
Demonstrated by the ability to choose strategies and tools, the use of voice, and evaluate outcomes
Connected Learning / Conceptual Understanding
Exhibited by the performance level of conceptual understanding on transdisciplinary projects and authentic learning opportunities
Ms. Britton, Founding Principal
Ms. Belluti, Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Bridge, First GradeTeacher/English as a New Language Coordinator
Ms. Botelho, Guidance Counselor
Ms. Cleveland, Secretary
Ms. DeGrazia, First Grade Teacher
Ms. Gerber, First Grade Teacher
Ms. Gonzalez, Second Grade Teacher
Ms. Kontrafouris, First Grade Teacher
Ms. Levine, Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Metzger, Second Grade Teacher
Ms. Morales, Paraprofessional
Ms. Neiss, Physical Education Teacher / Support Staff
Ms. Paola, Attendance Coordinator/School Aide
Mr. Starr, Physical Education Teacher
Ms. Wissman, Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Zhu, Kindergarten Teacher
At P.S. 384, we want our children to be avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers—and excited about books! We partner with Columbia University's Teachers College, as they have a commitment to purposeful, lifelong literacy. Through the workshop model, students engage in literacy instruction that provides models of effective reading and writing, discussion, inquiry, and independent work. Students will be exposed to enriching texts across genres, and have opportunities to choose books in their classroom library. Our balanced literacy model includes: shared reading, explicit phonics instruction, read aloud, shared writing, interactive writing, independent work, and mentor texts to teach into reading comprehension and author’s craft. Opportunities for choice and discussion will strengthen students’ critical thinking skills through literacy.
Children of all ages are curious, natural problem solvers. EiE, developed by the Boston Museum of Science, builds a strong base of problem solving and critical thinking that prepares children for success in school and in life. Age-appropriate design challenges tap into young learners’ cognitive, social, motor, and language skills. Through hands-on experiences, students are able to collaborate, be creative and innovative, and think critically. The Engineering Design Process – Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve – will engage students in persevering and problem solving while having fun!
In order to thrive, children need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies—cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control—and a set of academic competencies—academic mindset, perseverance, learning strategies, and academic behaviors.
At P.S. 384, we use the evidence-based Responsive Classroom approach to foster the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). Our team is empowered to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant in an environment that is developmentally responsive to their strengths and needs. The practices that live in our classrooms include: Morning Meeting, Establishing Routines, Energizers, Quiet Time, and Closing Circle.
NYC Kids RISE is a nonprofit organization working to expand economic opportunity and equity by providing families, schools, and communities with a way to work together to save for their children’s education. The Save For College Program is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college more achievable for your child. All students can participate in the Save for College Program, regardless of income level or immigration status.
enVision Math combines problem-based learning and visual learning to deepen students’ conceptual understanding.
Students must think critically about a real-world math problem, evaluate options, collaborate, model their thinking, and present solutions. This is followed by Visual Learning to solidify the underlying math concepts.