P.S. 15

Lower East Side, Manhattan

Tucked deep into Alphabet City is a small school with big heart and even bigger dreams for its students. Even though it might only be blocks from your favorite dinner spot or concert venue, P.S. 15 faces some of the biggest challenges we have seen here at CFK. But their team is incredible, and they have overcome obstacles large and small to provide quality education to their students.

For more information, contact Executive Director Karen Epstein at kepstein@changeforkids.org.

Quick Facts 

Principal: Irene Sanchez

Lead Sponsor: Apollo Management

Student Population: 170

More than 46% of students are homeless

63% of children in the community are born into poverty

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

Choir: A choir program by Third Street Music School Settlement for students in the third through fifth grade that develops their performance skills in an environment that fosters teamwork, fun and music making

Early Childhood Music: Music fundamentals, plus skill-based vocal and instrumental instruction provided by Third Street Music School Settlement for all students in PreK through second grade

Museum Arts Residency: Arts instruction and access through our partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts for the entire kindergarten and first grades

Story Pirates: Workshops that introduce families to new, exciting ways to promote literacy at home

Leadership Support

School Manager: CFK staff member working on the ground at the school to develop and maintain relationships with the leadership team, parents, community members, program partners, and volunteers

Principal Network: Opportunities for collaboration and learning with other CFK partner school principals

Volunteer Support

Career Day: Introduces students to new educational and professional experiences so they can chart a path to their futures

Family Fun Nights: Organized around a theme, these evenings bring parents and children together to learn and have fun

School Beautification Day: Transforming the halls and classrooms by painting bright and engaging murals, organizing and cleaning teaching resources, and making the school an even more engaging place to learn

Collection Drives

School Supplies and Book Donations throughout the year

Food, Coat and Toy Donations in November and December