PS 166 is a Kindergarten - Grade 5 School. We do not currently have PreK or 3-K Classes.
Elementary Admissions Events
NYC families with children born in 2017, 2018, and 2019 are invited to join a virtual information session covering 3-K, pre-K, and kindergarten admissions. After the presentation, we will respond to their questions. During each online event, we will discuss:
- How to learn about schools and programs.
- How to navigate MySchools.nyc, the online school directory and application system.
- How to get ready now to apply later.
Please note | Information about accelerated learning for all through Brilliant NYC will be shared during separate public engagement events.
The content of each event is the same, but different interpretation services will be provided for different events, as follows:
- November 16, 2pm to 3pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Spanish, Bangla, Korean
- November 18, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Chinese (Mandarin), Urdu, Haitian Creole
- November 30, 2pm to 3pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Russian, Arabic, French
- December 9, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Spanish, Bangla, Korean
- December 14, 2pm to 3pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Chinese (Cantonese), Urdu, Haitian Creole
- January 10, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Russian, Arabic, French
- February 2, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin)
How to join:
· Each event will be hosted live online. Families can join us on Zoom at the event’s start time here: tinyurl.com/2022ESinfo
- Visit schools.nyc.gov/ESEvents 48 hours before the event to find the password and any other information you’ll need to join, as well as how to receive interpretation.
General Education / ICT
PS 166 has an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) class on every grade level. ICT classrooms include students with and without disabilities and have two teachers, a general education teacher and a special education teacher. The teachers work together throughout the day to adapt and modify instruction for special needs children and make sure that the entire class has access to the general education curriculum. Students with special needs may be in an ICT classroom all day or for a portion of the day. The number of students with disabilities in an ICT classroom does not exceed 40% of the total class register.
Parents of children with special needs applying to kindergarten must submit an application through MySchools.
2021-2022 School Year
If you have recently moved to our zone, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Include your name, address, child(ren)’s name, date(s) of birth, current grade(s) and school. We will contact you as to next steps.
PS 166 will present a virtual Open House for prospective kindergarten parents in January, 2022. Please check back later for the date of our Open House.
Gifted & Talented
As announced by the Mayor, the Department of Education will eliminate the Gifted & Talented (G&T) test and phase out the current G&T model. In its place, they will launch “Brilliant NYC,” a blueprint for accelerated learning for all elementary students in New York City.
- Starting with Kindergarten in September 2022, accelerated learning will be offered to 65,000 kindergarteners compared to 2,500 kindergarteners that the current G&T model serves.
- Students currently in G&T will remain in their programming so there is no disruption to their learning. Brilliant NYC will be phased in for grades one through three.
For questions about Brilliant NYC, email email@example.com.
While PS 166 currently has G&T classes, we do not yet know if there will be an admission system in place for upper grade G&T admission, should we have openings. As we receive information from the Office of Enrollment, it will be posted here.
To Register a child for school you need to submit:
- Proof of your child’s age (child’s birth certificate, passport, or record of baptism)
- Your child’s immunization records
- Your child’s latest report card/transcript (grades 1-5, if available)
- Two documents below verifying proof of address
- Lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence;
- A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by a utility company (e.g., National Grid or Con Edison); must be dated within the past 60 days;
- A bill for cable television services provided to the residence; must include the name of the parent and the address of the residence and be dated within the past 60 days;
- Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state, or local government agency, including the IRS, the City Housing Authority, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Human Resources Administration, or the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), or an ACS subcontractor, indicating the resident’s name and address; must be dated within the past 60 days;
- A current property tax bill for the residence;
- A water bill for the residence; must be dated within the past 90 days;
- Rent receipt which includes the address of residence; must be dated within the past 60 days;
- State, city, or other government issued identification (including an IDNYC card), which has not expired and includes the address of residence;
- Income tax form for the last calendar year;
- Official NYS Driver’s License or learner’s permit, which has not expired;
- Official payroll documentation from an employer issued within the past 60 days such as a paystub with home address, a form submitted for tax withholding purposes, or payroll receipt (a letter on the employer’s letterhead is not adequate); must include home address and be dated within the past 60 days;
- Voter registration documents, which include the name of the parent and the address of residence;
- Unexpired membership documents based upon residency (e.g., neighborhood residents’ association), which include the name of the parent and the address of residence;
- Evidence of custody of the child, including but not limited to judicial custody orders or guardianship papers; documents must have been issued within the past 60 days and include name of student and address of residence.
FAQs (updated November 2021)
We live in the catchment for PS 166. Do we need to apply?
Yes! In-catchment applicants for Kindergarten must submit an application through Myschools. Parents may rank multiple schools on one application. No applications are accepted at individual schools. Visit the DOE website www.schools.nyc.gov for more information.
Are we guaranteed a seat if we live in the catchment zone?
We hope to be able to offer seats to all in-catchment applicants but if there are more applicants than seats, some in-zone children could be wait listed.
What if we live out of the catchment zone? Out of district 3?
Parents can list any schools, in or out of their catchment zone on their application but priority is still given for zoned families.
Only children who were born in 2017 may apply for kindergarten for 2022-2023 school year. A child with a 2016 birthdate will be eligible for first grade.
About PS 166
How many children are in the school? Each class? How many classes in the school?
There are approximately 600 children in the school in the 21-22 year.
Kindergarten classes have 25 students; Grades 1-5 have between 18 and 30. (This year class sizes vary due to square footage of rooms in accordance with the 3 ft distance regulation,.)
Generally, we have: 5 kindergartens, four 1st grades; four 2nd grades; four 3rd grades; four 4th grades; and four 5th grades. This is subject to change.
We currently have two G&T classes on every grade and two General Ed classes, one of which is an ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching.)
Do you have any Special Education classes?
We have one ICT class (Integrated Co-Teaching) on every grade level, which is comprised of both general education and special education students (60/40) and 2 certified teachers (one gen-ed and one special ed).
How long is the school day?
Our school day is from 8:20 AM - 2:40 PM.
Are there teaching assistants?
Kindergarten and grade 1 classes have full day teaching assistants. Grades 2-5 have part time assistants who rotate among the classes. TAs also help supervise lunch and recess. The assistants are funded by PTA Annual Giving and fundraisers throughout the year. The TAs are hired and supervised by our administration.
Do you offer breakfast and lunch? How much does it cost?
We offer breakfast and lunch every day. On early dismissal days we offer a bagged grab-n-go lunch. Lunch is free for all DOE students regardless of family income. We follow the DOE alternative lunch menu for K-8. More about school food can be found at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/menus
Students have a 25 minute lunch and a 25 minute recess every day.
Who supervises the children during lunch and recess?
Lunch and recess are supervised by administrators, TAs and other school staff members. We also have recess coaches who engage the children in exercise and games during recess.
Do you have a library?
Yes. We are in the middle of a full library renovation. We expect it will be completed before fall of 2022.
What specials classes do students have each week?
Phys-ed, art, music, theater and library/technology.
What literacy program do you use?
We use the Teachers College Reading and Writing Program which encompasses balanced literacy with a focus on the Common Core Standards. Reading includes word study, phonics, spelling, decoding vocabulary, daily read-alouds, guided, shared and silent reading. There is writing in every subject area.
What math program do you use?
We use a standards based math program that includes many components. Students use Math Rotations and Number Talks, working in small groups at math centers. Students are assessed using ECAM (Early Childhood Assessments in Mathematics) a research-based, comprehensive interview assessment tool in K-2 and Screener Centers in 3-5.
Is there homework in kindergarten?
Teachers assign homework to students to both reinforce units of study and to deepen the level of understanding of classroom lessons. Homework promotes student responsibility, helps to foster independence and helps students to budget their time and organize their work.
Kindergarten teachers begin sending reading book baggies and abc sound cards (based on need) home in October. Spelling words will be shared in October but formal spelling homework and any and all written homework will begin in January. Students should read (or have parents read to them) 20 minutes nightly. Reading 20 minutes a day increases a child’s vocabulary by 1.8 million words a year.
Are any foreign languages taught at PS 166?
No, but some language classes are available in the Re-Create Arts and Athletics Afterschool Program.
What outside organizations do you work with?
Organizations we have partnered with recently include Metropolitan Opera, NY Historical Society, Child Mind Institute, Landmarks West, Wellness In The Schools (WITS) and more.
Do students go on field trips?
Pre-pandemic, students went on many field trips. At PS 166, teachers takes advantage of being in a city with so many cultural institutions and opportunities. Our students visit many museums such as the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Met, the NYC Fire Museum, the Tenement Museum and more and see performances at Symphony Space, the Met Opera, and the Swedish Cottage, just to name a few.
What is the interaction between programs?
We are one school with 2 programs –General Education (which includes ICT classes) and G&T. Teachers in both programs plan lessons together across the grade. Students visit other classrooms for publishing parties, science fairs, etc. In recess and lunch, students are grouped by grade. Performing Arts shows, assemblies, field trips and afterschool programs are also opportunities for all students to get to know other children outside of their classroom.
Where do the 5th graders move on to?
Fifth graders move on to many different schools. In recent years, the largest number of students went to MS 54, followed by West End Secondary and the Computer School. Some went to Anderson, Columbia Secondary School, Mott Hall II, Lafayette Academy and MSC, among others. A few move on to attend private schools.
Do you have an afterschool program?
Re-Create Arts and Athletics is our afterschool provider. They offer a wide variety of classes as well as supervised activity/homework help. Afterschool begins with a snack when school ends and runs until 5:40 PM. Students may attend from one class per week up to 10 classes per week. Please visit their website http://artsandathletics.org/ for more information.
Is there yellow bus service?
Transportation is available to students in accordance with the eligibility guidelines of the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) Please visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/transportation/bus-eligibility for more eligibility requirements.