Academic Overview


PS116K is committed to ensuring that on a daily basis all the schools activities, programs, and classroom experiences aim to support its mission:

  • To cultivate, nourish and enhance student self Image as lifelong learners
  • Provide challenging opportunities and experiences in each classroom
  • Encourage creativity
  • To embrace and develop a strong sense of community awareness and civic responsibility
School Programs/Classes Academics Cluster Programs Support Services
  • Dual Language
  • ENL (English as a New Language)
  • General Education
  • ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching)
  • Self Contained
  • Harmony
  • Fundations
  • Balanced Literacy (Guided Reading)
  • Mathematics
  • ELA (English Language Arts)
  • Writing Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Science/Health
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Physical Education (Gym)
  • SETSS (Special Education Teacher Support Services)
  • ENL Pull Out & Push In Services
  • Speech
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Physical Therapy (PT)
  • Vision
  • Guidance and Counseling
Dual Language Classes

The PS 116K Dual Language Immersion Program is a rigorous academic program that develops high linguistic and academic proficiency in both English and Spanish.  Our students are engaged in a safe learning environment that values multiculturalism.  In our program, all content areas (Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, etc.) are taught in English and Spanish in a self-contained setting. 

For more information on the dual language program click dual language program.

Special Education Classes

At PS116K we offer ICT classes and self-contained classes.

Our ICT classes have two teachers a special education and a general education teacher.  The teachers work together to implement a diverse range of teaching styles to meet the academic needs of all students.  Our ICT classes are made up of general eduction and special education students who benefit from small student to teacher ratios and small group instruction.

Our Self-Contained Special Education Program is a small class setting with no more than 12 students for 1 special education certified teacher.  This classroom also has a paraprofessional who provides instructional support under the guidance of the teacher.  

Instructional Materials

Wilson Fundations 

Wilson Fundations is a systematic and explicit instruction phonics program that provides research-based materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting.  At PS 116K it is used in grade K-2.

Wonders / Maravillas (Dual Language Balanced Literacy Program)

Wonders and Maravillas provide Dual Language teachers the resources needed to support the development of literacy through a bilingual/bicultural curriculum and provide a context for all students to develop cognitively, linguistically, and academically through both languages.  The programs contain a wealth of authentic literature both in Spanish and English.  It gives all students access to rich text and rigorous instruction.


Estrellita is the Spanish Phonics reading program used at PS 116K  in grades K-2 to bridge the gap from non-reader to reader in Spanish. It provides children with the decoding skills necessary to “break the code.” Estrellita provides a strong foundation in the primary language. A child only learns to read once these skills transfer to the second language.

HMH Into Reading (General Education Balanced Literacy Program)

HMH Into Reading is use at PS 116K in its General Education, and Special Education Programs in grade K-5.  Into Reading offers a balanced approach to literacy instruction, supports teachers in developing a culture of learning and growth, and helps all learners believe in the power of "I can" be a lifelong learner.

Amplified Science

Amplify Science is used in all grades at PS 116K.  The program is in English and Spanish.  It is a highly engaging, phenomena-based program that integrates the latest practices in science teaching and learning, as well as interactive digital tools and hands-on activities, to teach students how to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers.

Passport to Social Studies

Passport to Social Studies is used in all grades at PS 116K.  The program is in English and Spanish.  Students use rich content, themes and big ideas to learn history, geography, economics, civics, citizenship and government. They also use important skills to “think like historians. ”Teachers also include literacy in the social studies classroom.

Kids at Hope

Thinking Maps