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 parents only.

All children born in 2012 who live in New York City are eligible to apply to kindergarten for the 2017–18 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.

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 join us for one of our upcoming school tours at 8:45 am Wednesdays on:

October 26th, 2016–FULL!
November 30th, 2016–FULL!
January 4th, 2017–FULL!
February 8th, 2017FULL!
March 1st, 2017  Register

The tour lasts approximately one and a half hours and registration is required.

KINDERGARTEN APPLICATION TIMELINE:

November 30, 2016: Applications available.

January 13, 2017 Applications due.

Mid-March: Families will receive offer letters from the NYCDOE .

April 7:  Deadline to preregister at schools.

April to October: 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. Schools can continue to make waitlist offers until October 13, 2017.

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 2017 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:

January 17, 2017: Application process begins.

February 24, 2017: Application process ends.

Late April: Families will receive offer letters from the NYCDOE .

Early May:  Deadline to preregister at schools.

For general information on the DOE Pre-K admissions process, please click here.

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 joinPS3@ps3nyc.org.