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P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont

P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont

District 14

Brooklyn, NY
Grades PK-5
Principal: Mary Scarlato

ENROLLMENT: 525

Asian
7%
Black/ African American
7%
Latino/Hispanic
37%
Multi-Racial
4%
White
45%
Students Meeting Low-income Criteria
68%
Students With Disabilities
16%
English Language Learners
5%

When entering P.S. 31 each morning, students are greeted with smiles and welcomed by name. P.S. 31 understands that to be truly successful, students, staff, and families must be equal partners in education. P.S. 31 encourages this dynamic by ensuring every member of the community has a voice and feels safe to show up as their authentic self every day.

One way this is achieved is by adopting restorative practices as a foundation of P.S. 31. Each classroom collaboratively creates its own “Community Agreements” on the first day of school to set the tone that every student belongs and has a voice. Students conduct monthly group circles with teachers to build community, discuss equity, attendance, culturally responsive teaching, discipline, and share ideas. Through restorative practices, P.S. 31 prioritizes not only rigorous instruction but also social-emotional learning, equity, and community building.

In the classroom, students are placed in flexible, tiered, differentiated groups while engaged in core subject areas, ensuring every child is met where they are with the promise of academic growth. Teachers often use the reciprocal teaching method, where students guide one another through a lesson. In math, students work together to collaboratively break down and solve word problems. The creation of exemplars and a focus on examples of mastery are evident in every classroom. Students embrace their learning goals and can clearly articulate what they should be learning.

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AWARDS

2009 Awarded Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Title

2023 Ranked #4 in New York Magnet Elementary Schools by “Best Elementary Schools: U.S. News”

2023 Ranked #9 in New York City Public Schools Elementary Schools by “Best Elementary Schools: U.S. News” 


2023 Ranked #11 in New York State Elementary Schools by “Best Elementary Schools: U.S. News” 


Ps 31 Samuel F Dupont placed in the top 5% of all schools in New York for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 5%, and reading proficiency is top 5%) for the 2020-21 school year. 


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