PS 321 (also known as the William Penn School) is an elementary school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. It houses 1,267 students (as of 2006–2007 school year) in Pre-K to 5th Grade. It is a member of New York City School District 15, Region 8.
PS 321 is one of 185 NYC public elementary schools to have been permitted to retain its curriculum (Empowerment Schools), while most other schools have been forced to adopt a standardized curriculum. PS 321 places a great emphasis on writing, hosting "Publishing Parties" for parents and encouraging revision.
Partially due to its high NYC standardized test scores, PS 321 has become a very popular school. It has become overcrowded, and in most cases will not admit students from outside its zoned area.
One reason the school has become so successful is because of its active parent-teacher association. It hosts bi-annual potluck dinners, as well a yearly carnivals and crafts fairs, which benefit a wide range of student programs, including art, music and technology classes.
Campus and location
The school is situated on a large plot of land roughly half a city block in size, at 180 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11215. It also borders on both 1st and 2nd Streets. On Seventh Avenue, the school has a small play space, with a jungle gym, used by the lower grades. Behind this is the large, 3-story school building. Behind the school is a large, open asphalt play yard, with a jungle gym in back. This large back yard contains a 1-story portable building which houses several classes.
- "Being a Grandmaster Is Tough When You Are Not Quite 15", The New York Times, July 29, 2007, retrieved March 1, 2009