Admissions

P.S. 3 welcomes interested parents of children who will be entering PreK through 5th grade to visit our school. Please register for one of our tours, below. These tours are for adults only. Please note that our school has many stairs and we do not have an elevator; unfortunately, this means that we are not handicapped-accessible.

All children born in 2013 who live in New York City are eligible to apply to kindergarten for the 2018–19 school year. Most students attend their zoned school, as that is where they have the highest priority to attend. Your zoned school is determined by your home address.

Not sure if you are zoned for P.S. 3? Click here and enter your home address to get your school zone.

If you are not zoned for P.S. 3, you may still visit and include us on your application.

SCHOOL TOURS:

If you would like to learn more about PS3, please sign up to join us for one of our upcoming school tours (adults only) at 8:45 am Wednesdays on:

  • 8:45 a.m., October 25th, 2017–FULL!
  • 8:45 a.m., November 8th, 2017–FULL!
  • 8:45 a.m., November 29th, 2017–FULL!
  • 8:45 a.m., January 3rd, 2018–FULL!
  • 8:45 a.m., February 7th, 2018–FULL!

The tour lasts approximately one and a half hours and registration is required. Again, these tours are for parents only. Please note that our school has many stairs and we do not have an elevator, so unfortunately we are not handicapped-accessible.

DOE Elementary School Admissions Event:

In one night, make one plan for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented Admissions and learn how to apply to all three admissions processes. The District 2 event will be held on Wednesday, October 25, from 6-8 p.m. at M.S. 260 Clinton School (10 East 15th Street). RSVP here.

Kindergarten Application Timeline for 2018-19:

  • November 28, 2017: Applications available. Applications may be submitted by phone, online, or in person at a Family Welcome Center.
  • January 12, 2018: Applications due.
  • March 2018: Families will receive offer letters from the NYCDOE .
  • April 2018:  Deadline to preregister at schools.
  • April to October 2018: Families are automatically added to the waitlist of any school they rank higher than the school where they got an offer. Families who have moved or are new to New York City should contact their zoned school and other schools of interest to get on the waitlist.

Families can apply to kindergarten online, over the phone, or in person at a Family Welcome Center. For information about the admissions process, please review the 2018 Kindergarten Admissions Guidelines. For general information on the DOE Kindergarten admissions process, go to DOE site or contact the Office of Student Enrollment at 718-935-2009 or ES_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

Pre-K Application Timeline for 2018-19 school year:

  • mid-December 2018: PreK Directory available
  • February 5, 2018: Application process begins.
  • March 30, 2018: Application process ends.
  • May 2018: Families will receive offer letters from the NYCDOE .
  • June 2018:  Deadline to preregister at schools.

For general information on the DOE Pre-K admissions process, please click here. All children born in 2014 who live in New York City are eligible to apply to Pre-Kindergarten for the 2018–19 school year.

ABOUT PS3

Missed a tour? Find out more below! Click here to read a letter from our principal, Lisa Siegman. Click here to read our review on InsideSchools.org.  OUR MISSION STATEMENT:

P.S. 3 provides children with a learning environment that nurtures their intellectual, social, physical and ethical growth through hands-on involvement with materials and subjects that have meaning for their lives. Respect for the individuality of each child is central to the school’s teaching philosophy.  Teachers at P.S. 3 actively encourage children to take initiative, be resourceful, and show independence of judgment in their classroom work, with the intent that each child will become a confident, self-motivated and passionate learner.

OUR CORE VALUES:

INNOVATION IN THE CLASSROOM PS3’s integrated arts curriculum fosters creative thinking, scientific curiosity and a love of learning.

INDEPENDENCE – EVERY CHILD COUNTS PS3’s curriculum is built on high academic standards while taking into account the learning styles of our students.

COMMUNITY MATTERS We demonstrate democracy in action: parents, teachers, administration and the community at large collaborate to translate the values of the school into real world practice.

WHAT MAKES PS3 STAND OUT?

Our integrated arts curriculum helps each student thrive while using his/her individual learning style NY state’s Core Curriculum is mixed into our arts curriculum to create an extraordinary education that inspires a wide range of learners.

Mixed and straight-grade classrooms with outstanding teachers Mixed-grade classrooms give older children the opportunity to exhibit leadership qualities, while the younger children learn from the older ones. Straight-grade classrooms allow a more traditional educational approach for those families who prefer it.      

SAIR program (Science and Artist in Residence) Developed by parents, this program invites artists and scientists to conduct in-depth programs on a particular subject in the school. Past projects have explored areas of architecture, drama, biology and environmental studies.

PS3 ‘til 6 afterschool program Extensive creative and intellectual offerings ranging from drama and dance to robotics, as well as homework help and “occasional days” to accommodate parents who need extra coverage during the workweek.

Active parent community that easily collaborates with teachers and administration Community events have included the annual Antiquarian Book Fair, the Spring Fling and the Auction For the Arts.  These events are both school-driven and open to the Greenwich Village and West Village communities.

For more information, contact our Parent Coordinator, Carrie Reynolds.