Frequently Asked Questions
Is PS10 a Magnet School?
PS10 was part of the Magnet School grant program starting in the 2000 school year. While we are no longer part of the program, its legacy lives on in our name (The Magnet School of Math, Science, and Design Technology) and in our special programs and facilities. We offer a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) enriched curriculum using project-based learning (PBL).
How do I enroll my child at PS10?
We are a zoned school and give priority to students within our zone. Students applying from outside the zone will be considered if space is available. Find your attendance zone and district.
For Kindergarten enrollment, follow the NYCDOE Kindergarten Enrollment Process. To enroll your child for grades 1-5, please contact Ms. Danny DePaz or Ms. Madeline Seide.
What is Project-Based Learning (PBL)?
Project-Based Learning, or PBL, is a hands-one, student-directed approach to teaching and learning. Students learn core academic subjects in the context of six- or eight-week themed units that connect learning to real-world ideas and problems. Students direct their own learning with guidance from teachers, using inquiry, research, and collaborative activities to engage deeply with ideas and content. At the end of each unit, students complete a culminating project that they choose and direct. PBL promotes deep engagement with grade-level curriculum while building critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and leadership skills.
Do you have support for my special needs child?
PS 10 is a barrier free and inclusive environment. All of our facilities and programs are wheelchair accessible. We offer comprehensive Special Education (SPED), academic intervention, and behavioral/social-emotional support services for students with a variety of needs. See our Special Education and Student Support Services page for more information.
Do students have recess?
At P.S. 10, we think that fresh air and moving freely are important to students. Free play fosters growth and development of minds and bodies. For these reasons, please prepare your student to go outside for recess either before or after lunch. Recess is about 25 minutes. Our children go outside for recess at all times of year (weather permitting) so it’s important that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. See our Recess Policy for more.
What is your homework policy?
We assign homework to reinforce learning from the school day, give children the opportunity to engage in critical thinking, and help develop good work habits. Homework is considered to be a shared responsibility between students, families, and teachers. The amount of homework assigned will be age appropriate, so it will vary by grade. If your child is not able to complete his or her homework within the maximum recommended time, please have them stop working on it and write a note to the teacher. If a pattern persists, please set up a meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss interventions. See our Homework Policy for more.
What are the school hours?
School is in session from 8:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Students should arrive at school at least five minutes before the 8:20 attendance bell. Supervision is available starting at 7:30 a.m. Children should be picked up promptly after school unless they are participating an after-school enrichment program or our PTA Extended Day program.
What should I do if my child is absent?
Attendance is extremely important. If your child is ill and unable to come to school, please send a note of explanation, even if you have not visited a doctor, as all absences must be documented. In the case of a prolonged absence, please check with your child’s teacher about the best way to retrieve and turn in assignments. Students are responsible for making up missed instruction.
What should I do if my child is late?
Getting to school on time is extremely important, as children arriving late are disruptive to the other children and to teachers trying to start the instruction for the day. If children arrive later than the times stated above, they must report to the main office to get a late pass.
How do you communicate with families?
Flyers typically go home in your child’s backpack every day. You will find information from your classroom teacher(s), the administration and the PTA in your child's yellow folder. We also communicate through this website and Konstella, our communications system. To join Konstella, please sign up here!