About PS198M

P.S. 198M – Isidor and Ida Straus School

1700 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Phone: 212-289-3702
Fax: 212-410-1731

The Straus School was named as a tribute to Isidor & Ida Straus, respected New Yorkers and members of the family who owned R.H. Macy & Company.  Isidor was also a U.S. Congressman in 1894 who donated time and money for the good of New York. Additionally, the Straus family was immortalized in the movie Titanic.

Some important dates:

PS198M built – 1958

Inner courtyard renovated – 2009

Gymnasium completely redone – 2010

Auditorium audio, video and lighting system replaced – 2010

Auditiorium Renovated – 2015

Mission Statement

The staff and families of P.S. 198 are dedicated to creating a working partnership committed to providing students with the best education in a safe, nurturing and academically rigorous environment.  We believe that children learn in different ways, therefore we offer a variety of learning opportunities based on standards-driven instruction and on-going assessment designed to enable our students to realize their full potential.

As a community of learners, we strive to instill a strong work ethic in our students so that they can achieve academic excellence and become independent learners and critical thinkers.  Our commitment to educate students with special needs in the least restrictive environment and least intrusive manner possible is reflected in a Collaborative Team Teaching model.  We provide our Second Language Learners with rich language experiences designed to ensure individual successes.

Through a cooperative learning environment, students learn to develop respect for diversity, to be self-reflective and become contributing members of society.  Our staff is actively involved in defining and redefining what constitutes quality instruction.

School Hours

The official school hours are listed below. Please use the schedule below to ensure that your child arrives at school at the correct time.

Grade Days Time
PK Monday-Friday 8:00 am-2:10 pm
K Monday-Friday 8:00 am-2:15 pm
1-5  Monday-Friday 8:00 am-2:20 pm

Lunch and Recess Schedule

Grades K, 2, 3: 11:35am – 12:25pm
Grades 1, 4, 5: 12:35pm – 1:25pm