PS 118, the Maurice Sendak Community School will open its doors to Pre-K and Kindergarten students in September 2013. Initially there will be two Kindergarten classes, accommodating up to 50 children in total, and two Pre-K classes, accommodating up to 36 children in total. The school will add a grade each year and ultimately include K-5, with two classes per grade. PS 118 will be located in the recently renovated Thomas Aquinas School building on 4th Avenue and 8th Street.
The proposed principal of the school, Elizabeth Garraway, is currently an assistant principal at the highly acclaimed PS 321 elementary school. She is working with PS 321 principal, Liz Phillips, in a formal mentoring program called Mentoring Excellence through the Department of Education’s Office of New Schools. For more about that program and more about our great new leader check out her bio here.
Ms. Phillips will continue to mentor Ms. Garraway over the course of the school’s first three years. Beth Handman, a PS 321 assistant principal and curriculum specialist will play a similar role at PS 118. She will train teachers and be an integral part of curriculum planning.
Families in the newly created PS 118 zone are eligible to apply to the new school, and Ms. Garraway encourages other interested families from outside the zone to apply as well. The new zone encompasses the area between President Street and Fifth Street and between Third Avenue and Fifth Avenue. (This area was previously zoned for PS 321.)