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:
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.