ELA & Social Studies
Our curriculum gets students excited about learning through great books, compelling topics and ownership of their learning. While using a research-based and professionally developed curriculum, our teachers work hard to make interactive and engaging lessons for their unique group of students based off the curriculum map. Check out the Expeditionary Learning page to get a better understanding of the curriculum/topics each grade works with throughout the year!
The social studies team follows the NYC Scope and Sequence to ensure that students are learning the topics requried for each grade level, while working with the ELA team to tie in the history behind the novels they are studying. Students have social studies periods where they are able to learn through digital exploration and discussion of various topics.
Mathematics & Science
PS 89 places a huge emphasis on all subjects and works hard to ensure that students are always challenged. For this reason, PS 89 offers regents math for qualifying 8th grade students. Our math students follow a rigorous curriculum developed by the math team in each grade. Our teachers give immediate feedback on assessments and in class activities with cloud-based grading systems and data analysis tools. Students are challenged by participating in a Math Problem of the Month where they have to opportunity to earn PBIS incentives and class prizes for whole class submissions.
PS 89 offers students the opportunity to be in Regents Science class as well. The Science teachers at PS 89 meet regularly to plan engaging experiments, lessons, activities, and student showcases. Once a year, students create projects to compete in the science fair and display their learning to their peers!
Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI)
The Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) supports schools in developing literacy in young adolescents, ultimately preparing them for success in high school and college. The MSQI team partners with school-based staff to increase the overall percentage of eighth grade students who graduate reading on or above their grade level. There are 130 schools participating in MSQI in 2017-2018. Click here to learn more.