Mission and Instructional Focus


Mission Statement

 Our P.S. 204 family is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that supports student learning by building positive relationships and fostering high self esteem. We celebrate diversity with respect for all cultures and learning styles. We provide rigorous instruction that challenges and engages all students while encouraging risk-taking, questioning and collaboration. We strive to develop life-long learners who aim to be the best they can be.   


 Flow Chart to Success in Student Achievement


PS 204's Vision and Core Instructional Beliefs

As a school community, it is our core belief that students learn best when meaningful connections and 

relationships have been established among teachers, students, and peers


When all students feel safe, supported, and respected, we enable them to become risk-takers, 

high-level thinkers, and problem solvers by providing them with opportunities to participate in 

meaningful and rigorous learning tasks, productive discourse, and collaboration with peers.

We believe a student-centered approach to learning takes place when students’ strengths, 

needs, learning styles, and interests are understood and valued

Such an approach allows for all students to take ownership of their learning and

receive the support, scaffolds, and differentiation needed to increase their engagement and 

deepen their understanding. This will lead students on a path to meet the demands of the 

Next Generation Learning Standards and to achieve 21st Century success.


Schoolwide Instructional Goals for 2022-2023

  • Teachers will facilitate student-centered learning activities (students as lead learners) across subject areas
  • Students will answer high-level questions using protocols that foster equitable participation, collaboration and discourse (all voices heard)
  • Scaffolds and supports to differentiate learning will be evident in module/unit maps and classroom instruction

PS 204 Theory of Action