2006 Award Winners
Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards
Best of the Best – Collaboration and Teamwork
P.S. 161/Don Pedro Albizu Campos School

P.S. 161/Don Pedro Albizu Campos School
New York, New York

School Statistics
Total Enrollment: 936 students
Type of School: Urban public school
Location/Size of School: N/A
Receive Free/Reduced Lunch: 96%
Student-Teacher Ratio: 14:1

Parent involvement is a challenge in any elementary school, particularly in public schools in large urban districts like New York City, but P.S. 161/Don Pedro Albizu Campos School has tackled this challenge and won. Recognizing that “success is created by the work and love of a committed staff that knows that ‘eight-to-three’ just doesn’t get the job done,” says Principal Brown, the staff of P.S. 161 has committed to building a strong community of parents to support their students. From an active PTA that, despite economic hardships in the community, has been a successful fund-raising force, to computer training coursework for parents, P.S. 161 has embraced parents as an integral part of their students’ success. The school also boasts many innovative collaborative programs, including music instruction and parental volunteerism. P.S. 161 leads the district with a 94 percent attendance rate and is a demonstration school for the Lorraine Monroe Institute, created to help urban minority schools reach parity with the best in academia.