About Us

Located in the town of Arrochar, in the borough of Staten Island, our student population of 500 children is ethnically diverse, consisting of students with a recent growth in families from Albania, Russia, the Middle East, Asia and Mexico. Our school motto, "Public School 39: Bridging Leadership with Success" motivates academic achievement for the students, instills in them a sense of school pride and motivates them to become lifelong achievers and contributors to their community. On a daily basis, we reinforce with all the children the need to be kind to one another. Our staff consists of 2 administrators, 36 state certified teachers, 5 school aides, 2 secretaries, and 2 full-time ESL teachers. Our part-time Student Assessment Team, consists of a school psychologist, school social worker and guidance counselor who are here 3 days a week. We also have 2 full time speech teachers, an Occupational Therapist and a part-time Physical Therapy Teacher who provide related services to mandated children. We continue to implement the Common Core Learning Standards in literacy and math in grades K to 5, and are in the beginning stages of transitioning to the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards. Our school is immersed in the use of technology to improve instruction. Each classroom, the science lab and the library have been equipped with a Promethean Board. In addition, every teacher will receive training in their use and the Smart Board is used as part of their everyday teaching.

PS 39 Vision

“Public School 39: Bridging Leadership with Success” is a motivation for students, staff and families to work together towards academic achievement. We do this by instilling a sense of school pride and a desire to become lifelong learners, as well as contributors to their community. Kindness and acceptance are reinforced in our diverse community on a daily basis. We strive for leadership in order to build equity, excellence, and empathy.

PS 39 Mission

Public School 39’s mission is to embrace the needs of each child. We are a diverse group of learners whose members include children, families, school staff and the community. Cooperatively we strive to build a strong foundation for all. Our journey begins by creating a safe and caring environment promoting mutual respect. Our journey continues through rigorous instruction and blended learning that incorporates different learning styles. Through the workshop and inquiry models, students become partners with their teachers and take ownership of their learning.

PS 39 Instructional Focus 2020-21

IF administrators lead teachers in creating standards aligned Success Criteria, using assessment tools to monitor student progress, and providing explicit feedback with next steps, all while engaging students cognitively through a blended learning experience, THEN administrators, teachers and students, will be jointly accountable for student learning, resulting in each student’s proficiency of at least 65% across grade level standards.