Proudly nestled in the Northeast Bronx among well-maintained one- and two-family homes, the P. S. 87 family reflects the hopes and dreams of its Caribbean immigrant community. Bordered by Mt. Vernon on the north and Yonkers on the west, P. S. 87 blends the calm of the suburbs with the excitement of the city, with all of New York City's cultural riches a bus ride away.
• To provide each student with an academically rigorous curriculum that provides opportunities for growth and instruction that develops the skills and strategies to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.
• To provide students with numerous and varied opportunities to develop a love of reading, mathematics, the arts, the study of science, and social studies.
• To provide opportunities to gain an understanding of themselves, their social and emotional growth and the complex world in which they live.
We are a vibrant community of first and second -generation immigrants eager to grasp all that this new home offers. The majority of our families hail from the English Speaking Caribbean. Also represented are families from other cultures such as Central America, Guyana, and Africa. Many of our parents and grandparents were educated on the island of Jamaica, bringing with them a rich traditional British education. This tradition nurtures a healthy respect for education and strong work ethic. Our parents are very responsive to and are supportive of the school's high expectations for academic excellence and good citizenship.
The administration and faculty of P. S. 87 devotes energies and resources to provide students with a quality education utilizing best practices, quality materials, as well as scientifically proven programs and methods. Our goal is to prepare our students to meet the challenges of a world that is constantly changing. Our expectation is a classroom where all students achieve high academic standards based on targeted, differentiated instruction. Students work in our technology and science labs and in our music room where they learn to play the keyboard beginning in kindergarten, recorders in third grade and violin, viola, cello and bass in fourth and fifth grade.
P.S. 87 implements a Common Core aligned curriculum in English Language Arts and Math. Teacher Teams meet weekly to review lessons and adjust when necessary to the curriculum based on student data. Struggling students are also provided with Academic Interventions during the school day and after school to support them in meeting standards. Our ELA and math curriculums are supported by our Social Studies and Science curriculums. Students also receive instruction in our designated science lab, music and art rooms and gymnasium. Our school wide Science Fair brings teachers and parents together each year as they conduct experiments using the scientific method. All teachers use SMART boards to deliver inter-disciplinary lessons while students have their own laptops that provide differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Teacher Teams use Google docs as a school wide collaboration tool for lesson and unit planning.