MIDDLE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT
WELCOME TO PS 347 MIDDLE SCHOOL
David Thacker Bowell, Principal, and Ms. Fisher, the Assistant Principal at PS 347 are SO excited that you are interested in our school!
How are we different than other Middle Schools?
We are a small school nestled in the heart of the Gramercy area in Manhattan. Our dynamic and caring teachers will get to know each of you as individuals, and will support you and challenge you to be your absolute best as you go forward on your journey towards high school and beyond. Within these walls you will experience your inner art talents, discover your dancing feet, exercise your athletic prowess, connect to your technological powers, research your ability to leap pages of exciting books, and master the magic of numbers and mathematical thinking!
We also are an American Sign Language school!
What????? You have to know sign language?
But it is here that you can begin to know it and use it by signing with members of our deaf community.
Little by little you will become more proficient in it, and find yourself wanting to learn more!
Please view our "Welcome to Sixth Grade" overview, and the introductory links from some of your 6th grade teachers.
Meet one of our students: Kimberly Gil
Meet some of our sixth grade teachers:
Math: Ms. Nussbaum and Ms. Kang
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If you need more information, please contact me at MFisher5@schools.nyc.gov, the Parent Coordinator,
Terry Acevedo at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or our Attendance and Busing Manager, Karri Smolensky at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
What subway lines can I take to get there?
L to 3rd Ave; 6, N, R to 23rd St; 4, 5, Q to 14th St-Union Square
What buses stop nearby?
BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM1, BxM10, BxM11, BxM18, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M5, M9, QM21, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X2, X27, X28, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9
Are AP courses available?
Yes. In the 8th grade, depending on student aptitude and interest, we offer AP courses in math and science in the HS that shares our building.
Is there advisory for Middle School?
Our 7th and 8th grade teachers lead Advisory with each class every week.
What is the passing rate of students who take AP courses?
75% of our 8th grade students who participated in AP courses in math and science (Algebra 1 and Living Environment) successfully passed the Regents the first time they took it
Is there an Arts Program?
We offer Visual Arts and Performance Arts (dance) with on staff arts teachers. Students who wish to apply to an Arts High School work on their portfolios throughout the course of middle school.
Is there an After School Program?
During the course of a normal school year (prior to pandemic) we offered afterschool from 3-6:30 PM through a grant. Manhattan Youth provides a variety of activities based on your interests, ranging from tutoring to art to various sports. Manhattan Youth collaborates with other schools to provide the opportunity for team sports.
Do you provide a bus?
We do not provide buses for students in middle school unless they are written into their IEPs.
How do you support sixth graders entering middle school?
Students entering the sixth grade will (for the first time) have different teachers for every subject area. We support students in this transition by having our ELA class and MATH class right across the hallway from each other. This way, students get the chance to experience changing classes, but are not overwhelmed by trying to find their way to their next class each time a period changes. Teachers will also escort students to each room, including science, art, dance and PE, which are located on different floors. During the pandemic, when middle school is back in the building, students will not travel from class to class. Teachers will come to the classroom and instruct students there.
Do you have any programs that support test preparation?
Every Spring, we have Saturday Academy. Students are selected to come to school on Saturdays for 6 weeks prior to the exam to work in small groups with their math teachers to prepare for the Math State Test.
Are Deaf students provided with an in-class interpreter?
All students who are deaf or HOH are provided with an ASL interpreter (as per their IEP) to support them in the classsroom.
What is a typical middle schoool schedule like?
Students are expected to be in homeroom and first class no later than 8:25 each day. Each class period is 45 minutes. All students have one lunch period, one special (dance, art, PE, or library) each day, and 5 core classes, including math, ELA, social studies and science. Students are dismissed at 2:45.
Are you a citywide program?
Yes, we students from every borough have the opportunity to apply.
Do you have to know ASL to be successful?
English is the language of instruction. All we require of students is that they have an interest in learning ASL and a respect for Deaf culture. All languages are respected and welcomed here. Some students choose 347 because they want to learn the language or have family members who use ASL to communicate. Many of our students have parents who are Deaf. Although they are hearing, they grew up using ASL in the household, and are fluent signers. Others learn ASL from each other once they are here, or by watching classroom interpreters, and asking questions. All of our classes will get some form of ASL instruction. Most incoming sixth grade students are new to ASL, but become suprisingly accomplished in the language, and use it to communicate to both hearing and newly acquired Deaf friends. A few of our graduates went on to major in ASL in college, and are on their way to becoming sign language interpreters.