P.S. 314

P.S. 314

West Farms, Bronx

Principal Scott Wolfson grew up in the Bronx and has worked in the Bronx schools for over 20 years. "When I arrived as principal in January 2014," he says, "the school was in crisis. As a phase-in school replacing a failing one, our children were overwhelmingly needy and behind in their academic, social, and emotional development." In the community around P.S. 314, 90% of children are born into poverty and the overwhelming majority of the 334 students at them receive free or reduced lunch. But in just over a year, Principal Wolfson and his team have set P.S. 314 back on the path to success. "In order to make P.S. 314 the successful Bronx school that I have always envisioned," says Principal Wolfson, "we need adequate resources for our students, professional development for our teachers, and systems and structures for our school community." Change for Kids is proud to help bring those resources to P.S. 314 and to be a part of its continued growth.

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

Quick Facts 

Principal: Scott Wolfson

Lead Sponsor: Open

Student Population: 334

90% of children in the community are born into poverty

28% of families in the community live on less than $15,000 a year

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

Parent Workshops: Held throughout the year to support parent engagement and education

Salvadori Center: STEM-based programming for students that shows the relevance of math and science using the buildings, bridges, landmarks, and parks in their local communities

Story Pirates: Creative writing and literacy support for students and their families in the first through third grade

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

Fordham Club: Fordham University students donate their time and skills to support P.S. 314 students

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