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PS 152M, Dyckman Valley School is an elementary school located in the Washington Heights/Inwood section of Manhattan in District Six. Our school has approximately 647 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth.

Our school mission is to prepare successful, literate, college-ready, life-long learners by providing rigorous instruction in a supportive and nurturing academic environment that is driven by high standards of learning to promote independent higher order thinkers and successful problem solvers who can compete in the digital world.

Our students use technology as part of their daily learning.  All our students participate in a computer-based program called Spatial Temporal Math (ST Math, also known as the "Ji-Ji" program) from the Mind Research Institute.  This unique program can be accessed by the student both at school and at home.  They also utilize the “Think Central” website from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company for extended learning activities in Literacy and Math.  The opportunity to access these programs from home strengthens home/school links across the entire community.  It also develops and strengthens the students digital and technology literacy.  Through the use of these programs students build on their basic skills while enhancing their logic and thinking abilities by participating in grade appropriate Common Core aligned activities on both Apple and PC platforms, thus preparing them for the digital world.  Additionally, students in grades PK through 2 participate in "The Waterford Program", a second computer-based program that focuses in on the academic areas of literacy, math, and science. Through the use of these programs students build on their basic skills while enhancing their logic and thinking abilities by participating in grade appropriate Common Core aligned activities on both Apple and PC platforms, thus preparing them for the digital world.

To enrich the rigorous academic program with the arts, the school has a full-time Visual Arts teacher.   The school enjoys activities that include music workshops from Carnegie Hall and the Midori Foundation and a dance program from American Ballroom Theatre aka Dancing Classrooms. In addition, students and families participate in a program that converts the school auditorium into an interactive “Drum Café” where approximately 300 drums are brought to the school for a hands-on music activity. Finally, students in the third, fourth and fifth grades participate in a chess club during and after school on Wednesdays to promote their thinking and logic skills.

A strong sense of community is fostered at the school through its strong links with parents and Community Based partners. Cycles of workshops such as Monday Math, Book of the Month, Health, Nutrition and Parenting are well attended. The Parents Association (PA) is active and holds a minimum of 1 meeting a month. The Children’s Aid Society, in partnership with the PA, offers a variety of adult courses to promote parental involvement and adult learning.

Other partners include the New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Babies Hospital which staffs an on-site School-Based Mental Health Clinic, a staff development and mentoring program from the Reading Reform Foundation where master teachers train staff members in the Orton Gillingham techniques of teaching reading, and the City Connects Program from Boston College.