Special Programs

We offer the following to our students through outside partnerships, afterschool specialists, and special programs facilitated by our staff.

5th graders document a Maker Challenge in the PS 130 Fablab

The “Fablab” Makerspace

Through a partnership with BEAM Center our teachers co-design and facilitate maker challenges for our students in grades 3-5 that create differentiated hands-on student-driven collaborative projects that enhance standard units of study. As part of this interdisciplinary project, students also work during their media literacy cluster to document the learning process using digital media. The video above — a collaboration between 5th graders and The Media Spot — showcases all of the above as a learning tool for teachers and students alike as they continue to develop Fablab experiences!

Watch a playlist of PS 130 Student Social Emotional Learning Videos

Social Emotional Learning

With leadership from our guidance department, we integrate Responsive Classroom student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline, as well as RULER an evidence-based approach for integrating social and emotional learning into schools, developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Additionally, our counselors facilitate practices such as the Peace Path (in the video above), Heart Math, meditation, mindfulness, movement breaks and yoga, and other research-based practices for social emotional health and learning.

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arts connection puppet worked by students

Arts Connection Music and Arts

This group connects artists with children, families and schools in creative partnerships for teaching and learning. Through the art of puppetry and music-making, students are encouraged to explore their own creativity.

students play chess

Chess in the Schools

A chess-master comes to teach students the strategic game of chess and interested students compete in chess competitions.

girls on the run

Girls on the Run

This is an interactive life-skills program that uses the power of running to change the way girls, ages 8-13, see themselves and their opportunities.


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