Mission and Core Beliefs

"Where Education is an Art!" 

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Our Mission, Core Beliefs, and Values

PS 97, The Highlawn School, is dedicated to providing rigorous and well-rounded world class education to every child. Our students will be challenged through an arts and technology infused curriculum, which embraces our multicultural, multilingual community and allows our students to become world citizens and passionate leaders. At PS 97, active learning experiences develop students' natural curiosity, 21st century skills, and problem solving abilities. We strive to create an engaging learning environment characterized by high academic expectations and ensuring success for all students. All members of PS 97 learn from one another and support one another. We engage families as partners in education.  We celebrate the voices and cultures of our students, our families, our staff, and our community.


All students can learn.

Students and staff are leaders in the school community.

Every classroom is led by a highly qualified teacher. 

Families are our partners in education.


Students come first.

We work as an effective team.

We operate with integrity and respect.

We embrace change as an opportunity to grow and improve.

We take responsibility and hold ourselves accountable.

We celebrate, promote, and appreciate diversity.