mission statement

P.S. 279
Mission Statement


       P.S. 279 is a place where students, teachers and parents work together to provide students with teaching and learning experiences that will transform them into masterful problem solvers and decision makers.



       Students make meaning of the world by connecting what they already know to new learning. The process by which they do this is wonderment. Through an innate sense of curiosity, children wonder about the world around them. Wonderment leads to inquiry. By inquiry, we mean the process of asking questions. Inquiry leads to the discovery process. Discovery is the process by which students find answers. Our work as educators is to lead them to discovery. We do this in a number of ways, including guiding them to discover the answers, versus giving them the answers outright in many cases. As such, educators at PS 279 embrace a vision that embraces wonderment through inquiry and discovery.