PS 176X@181    Middle school
           800 BAYCHESTER AVENUE  BRONX, NY  10475       718 904-5767

PS 176X @ 181 is made up 6:1:1,  8:1:1,  12:1:1 and inclusion classes, all supported by a curriculum coach and robust academic and social programs. These programs provide students numerous opportunities to participate in the arts, technology, and social activities. Our middle school mission is to shape responsible, independent citizens of society, and develop functional life skills.

During the early Fall teachers use assessments, such as the Brigance and EdPerformance and SANDI, to assess students in order to identify skills and abilities. Student performance is measured throughout the year, and the results inform how instruction is individualized. Staff also use the information to evaluate curriculum programs and identify trends.

The academic curriculum is comprised of many core programs: Math In Focus, EQUALS Math Program, the Rigby Reading Program, Edmark, the RAPs Reading Programs, and the SRA supplemental reading program. All programs are leveled to match each student’s abilities. Students expand their potential through the Unique Curriculum, which focuses on developing social skills, academics, and functional activities of daily living.  We supplement these core programs with various others such as Razz Kids, Reading A-Z, National Geographic Kids and News2You. Finally, Curriculum Maps guide instruction as it relates and incorporates New York City Instructional Learning Standards and NYS Scope and Sequence.

Instruction is individualized by the many teaching strategies evident in each classroom: balanced literacy, leveled libraries, running records, and thinking maps. Many of our 6:1:1 classrooms use the principles of the TEACCH method, and deliver instruction using ABA discrete trials, while positively reinforcing preferred academic and behavioral outcomes.  Using technology, such as the Smart Boards and the iPads, students remain actively engaged and participating. The "Get Ready To Learn" Yoga Program addresses student sensory needs, teaches them to self-regulate their bodies, increases time on task, and helps them prepare for the day.

While we are all very busy with these wonderful academic programs, time for fun and the opportunity to generalize skills is equally valuable. Our students participate in a variety of clubs including: Ballet, Best Buddies, Bowling League, Elementary Read-Alouds, Girls Club, Heat Rock Band, Swimming, School Store, and the Unit Recycling Program. Of course, New York City offers amazing opportunities for field trips that reinforce the academics, and student enthusiasm for the Arts is obvious when they compete in the District 75 “Chance to Dance” competition.

Oh the many things we do...

Curriculum Support:

Kim Cioce, Sara Gaffney




Computers  JOAN GORDON,


Science Kathie Billota

Classes & teachers


    I Love using the smartboard