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Public School 48, P.O. Michael J. Buczek School

The 2009 Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award winner is P.S. 48, the Michael J. Buczek School, located in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan in NYC.

PS 48 is a school on the move! It is the academic home to 555 students from pre-K to grade five, with 47 percent of students receiving services as English Language Learners (ELL), and 87 percent qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Principal Tracy Walsh describes the instructional approach at PS 48 as one that relies on data-based and interdisciplinary decision-making and parent engagement. The staff at PS 48 is committed to integrating all students into the learning community, including those who are new speakers of English, bilingual learners, students with learning disabilities and those with cognitive and behavioral disorders. Push-in and pull-out programs are designed to address the specific needs of each child, and the school is an early (and successful) adopter of Wilson Reading as a core approach to supporting literacy development in grades 3-to-5.

Named after a 24 year-old-police office killed in the line of duty in October 1988, the school is a vibrant place, offering a range of after school and evening programs for students and their families. “Parents feel like they can trust what is happening in the school”, said Principal Walsh, “and an air of respect makes PS. 48 a special place for faculty and students alike."