Community Initiatives

PS/MS 165 School Partnership


In the 2012-2013 academic year, Barnard launched a pilot program with a neighborhood school, Public School 165 (PS/MS 165), also called the Simon School.   Founded in 2009, the Simon School helps address a critical need in the neighborhood by providing neighborhood-based education for economically disadvantaged youth (80% of its students are on the free lunch program.


Barnard provides a variety of programs at the school with a focus on STEM activities including, critical thinking, speaking, writing, creativity, problem-solving, decision-making skills, and learning strategies.  Some of the programs include:


  • Barnard C.I.T.Y: Barnard College students provide after school tutoring in a variety of academic subjects for students in middle school. Tutoring sessions take place at PS/MS 165 on every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm-5:30 pm during Barnard’s academic year. 
  • Environmental Health @MS 165 School and Howard Hughes Medical Institute: This program provides in-school math and science enrichment that strengthen quantitative and analytical skills of participating students.   A bi-weekly math enrichment class uses public health and nutrition data drawn from national databases to reinforce grade appropriate math concepts.  This curriculum illustrates how the work of scientists addresses everyday concerns about health and nutrition and how scientific research can have a positive impact on students’ lives and the lives of their families.
  • Science and Math in the CityIn partnership with Barnard’s Education department, this program is designed to help current and future elementary school teachers develop effective, relevant teaching strategies that use the rich resources of NYC to spark the scientific imaginations of public school students.


Community Partnerships

As educators, Barnard embraces an educational philosophy that is as inclusive as it is rigorous.  In addition to its bedrock commitment to educating promising women, the College has historically reached out to other students who may be stymied by access and/or achievement gap issues, as well as stereotype.   Barnard participates in many community partnerships and initiatives, and has historically provided resources including funds, facilities, and time.  This includes annual contributions and organized volunteer opportunities to area organizations focused on education.