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 Director of Development Rahul Brahmbhatt rahul@changeforkids.org.

Quick Facts: 

Principal: Irene Sanchez

Lead Sponsor: Apollo Management

Student Population: 170

100% receive free or reduced-price lunch

P.S. 15 is the most socioeconomically needy school in NYC

70% of children in the community are born into poverty

60% of the student body turns over in any given year

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

Story Pirates: Creative writing for the entire second through fifth grades

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

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

Upper Elementary Music: A music program by Third Street Music School Settlement for all students in third through fifth grades that teaches note placement, rhythm, time signatures and other key skills

Chess: Students learn the basics of this powerful game

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

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

After-School Help: Weekly tutoring for students who need extra help with reading and writing

Build-a-Book Day: The school's youngest readers and their parents make their very own, personalized ABC books

Guest Reader: Volunteers read to PreK students every month

Math Club: Working with students after school who need extra support in math

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

Family Field Day: Fun games, dancing, and sports help kickstart healthy habits for our students and their families

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

Collection Drives

School Supplies and Book Donations throughout the year

Food, Coat and Toy Donations in November and December

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