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College and career readiness begins in elementary school and takes on increased importance in Middle School.  Providing academic rigor, along with passion-based learning, has been a key to our success in placing students into premier High Schools throughout New York City.

Discover PS/MS 188, The Island School

Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, PS/MS 188, The Island School, serves 450 Pre-K to 8th graders.  Our philosophy is one of passion-based learning, where students learn best when they are given choice as to the themes and tools they use to explore our world.

The New York City Department of Education has designated The Island School a Showcase School. Among other best practices, visitors can learn about our Community School Model wherein we are open from 8AM to 6PM and offer families health services, a robust afterschool enrichment program, and a nationally recognized Makerspace.


5, No after school
6, Chancellor’s Conference Day/Election Day (No Students)
7, Stella Adler performance of Romeo and Juliet, 1:30-2:30pm
9, No after school
12, Veteran's Day
14, Picture Day- PK-7th grade
18, NYS Science Practice, Grades 4-8
19, NYS Science Practice, Grades 4-8
21, No after school
22–23 Thanksgiving Break
28, No after school
28, Parent Teacher Conferences, Grades PK-8, 1:00-3:00 PM- & 4:30-7:30 PM
24- First Day of Winter Break, students return on January 2nd, 2019
4, Cap and Gown Measurement - 8th grade
18, No after school
21, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (School Closed)
29, Mock Test: ELA, Grades 3-8
30, Mock Test: ELA, Grades 3-8
31, Mock Test: ELA, Grades 3-8
4, No after school
5, Lunar New Year (No School)
6, Mock Test: Math, Grades 3-8
7, Mock Test: Math, Grades 3-8
8, Mock Test: Math, Grades 3-8
11, Picture Day- 8th Grade
12, Lincoln Day Holiday
15, No after school
15, Washington Day Holiday
18-22, Midwinter Recess
15, Washington Day Holiday
19, No after school
2, English Language Arts (ELA) Exam
3, English Language Arts (ELA) Exam
4, English Language Arts (ELA) Exam
8, NYSESLAT (Speaking), April 8th-May 17th
18, No after school
19-26, Spring Recess
1, Mathematics Exam
2, Mathematics Exam
3, Mathematics Exam
6, NYSESLAT (Listening, Reading and Writing), May 6th-May 17th
22-31, Science Exam, Part 1-- Performance, Grades 4 & 8 Only
24, No after school
27, Memorial Day (School Closed)
3, No after school
3, Science Exam, Part 2--Written, Grades 4 & 8 Only
4, Eid al-Fitr (schools closed)
6, No after school
6, Anniversary Day (No Students), Chancellor’s Conference Day for Staff
11, No after school
11, Clerical Day (No Students)
14, Great Adventure Road Trip- Principal's Choice
17, Moving Up Ceremony- Kindergarten
18, Graduation Ceremony
18, Senior Prom
19, Moving Up Ceremony- 5th grade
20, Moving Up Ceremony- Pre-K
21, Senior Trip
24, Field Trip to Chelsea Piers
26, Last Day of School