Our School

Welcome to Wonderful 163!

schoolrr1PS 163 is a Pre-K through 5th grade elementary school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan made up of a diverse body of 630 students. We are located at 163 West 97th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues in a midcentury three-story building constructed in 1957. The building houses only PS 163, and our large, tree-lined playground, Happy Warrior, is a neighborhood favorite.

We offer four educational programs: Gifted & Talented, Dual Language English/Spanish, Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) and General Education.

At PS 163, our instructional program fosters creativity while respecting individual differences in learning styles. Our literacy and math programs use a hybrid approach of the new common core curriculum and best practices from older programs to give our students a core of important knowledge, promote critical reasoning and develop problem-solving skills. PS 163 provides instruction in content areas to examine ideas that shape our world. Our cluster programs offer a well-rounded exposure to the arts, science and technology. All students have weekly instruction in Art, Music, Science, Computers and Gym. Depending on grade level, they may also have Dance, Chess and elective programs as well. Our school has a robust parent-run library to which every student has access and is encouraged to check out books.

Our teachers are fantastic! They are committed to their students and our school. Cynthia Castro, a second grade teacher, received a coveted Blackboard Award this year and many others received nominations both this year and in the past. To see our latest school progress report, in which PS 163 received a “B” rating, and our students earned an “A” for their performance on the 2013 state tests in English and Math click here.

We are proud that our recycling, energy conservation and composting efforts have resulted in PS 163 being named the seventh greenest in the entire city and we are committed to improving our results to score in the top five overall.

To download the latest Quality Review Reports, click here.

For additional information, please contact our parent coordinator, Ana Crenovich at ps163pc@yahoo.com or (212) 678-2854.