Community Partners & Programs
Midori & Friends
Adventures in Sounds, Grades Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
Introduce students to music and sound by providing students with music and movement activities led by a trained music/movement instructor. Students learn tone, rhythm, instruments, and a general appreciation for music and cultures.
Instrumental Program, Grades 3 through 8
Students select an instrument to learn through small group instruction provided by a specialized music instructor. Students learn to read music, practice, and eventually play their chosen instrument during recitals and/or school functions. Midori and Friends also provide a series of free family community concerts that have featured artists including Midori, Wycliffe Gordon, Imani Winds, The Melody of Dragons featuring Chen Tao, and Alvin Atkinson.
Chess in Schools
Grade Pre-K through 5
Students in third and fourth grade receive classroom instruction once a week from a trained chess instructor through Chess in the Schools. Students learn the basic fundamentals and are able to play against their classmates in class. Some students are invited to join PS/IS 180's Chess Club, which meets once a week after-school to play each other and prepare for tournaments against other Chess Clubs in New York City. Chess Club has members from grades pre-k through fifth grade.
Studio in a School Art Program
Grades Pre-Kindergarten through 2
Studio in a School partners professional artists with educators, guiding students to develop their own creative visions through visual arts workshops. Studio encourages students to be creative: explore ideas, express feelings, and share observations. Resident artists work with students in their classrooms as well as train teachers in methods of integrating art in all curriculum areas.
The Mandarin Program at PS 180, organized by Manhattan Mandarin, is a fee-based program that is available to all students enrolled in the RTS program.
Students begin their Mandarin language journey through songs, games, repeated commands, worksheets, and activities
Mandarin Program runs for three cycles (8 – 10 weeks each cycle) during the school year and takes place once a week
Teacher’s College Reading & Writing Project
Grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8
Highly trained consultants work with new teachers and build on experienced teachers' pedagogical skills in all literacy areas. Our school is at Teacher’s College Lab site for training of new teachers and coaches and host visitors throughout the country