PS 321 is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood school. In our heterogeneously grouped classrooms, children of many different ethnic groups learn to become part of a classroom and school community that fosters not only tolerance, but also true respect for all people. We help children learn to think creatively and analytically. Our standards-based curriculum recognizes that all children can learn when they have clear expectations within rigorous classrooms. We recognize that children learn in a variety of ways, however, and that we need to be sensitive to differences in learning styles and to provide additional support to children who need it. In our school, children, teachers, administrators, parents, and support staff are part of a community of learners.
PS 321/The William Penn School
180 Seventh Avenue (between 1st and 2nd streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Elizabeth Phillips, Principal, Lphilli@schools.nyc.gov
PS 321 ANTIRACIST STATEMENT
PS 321 affirms our identity as an educational institution practicing antiracism. We condemn racism, discrimination, and bigotry in all forms. As Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We are striving to counteract racism, promote the dismantling of systems of oppression, and empower our community in working towards these goals. We recognize that racism is systemic and self-perpetuating. Therefore the work of consistently identifying, describing and dismantling it requires a sustained systematic approach to examining structures, policy, practice, attitudes, and outcomes. We will work to build the tools and skills that all members of our community—students, staff, and families—need to actively engage in conversations about privilege, racism, and bigotry. We will do this in age appropriate ways with our students. Our hope is to empower community members to enact change that leads to equitable outcomes for all, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color who have been historically marginalized.