About Mary White Ovington
Where Learners Roar!
I.S. 30 was founded 16 years ago as an Outward Bound school and has seen numerous changes over its lifetime. In 2013, we became a K-8 school, PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington, with a brand new building and new programs. We are excited about our growing STEAM program–come join us.
Mary White Ovington (1865-1951) was born in Brooklyn. She was a social activist and pacifist who fought for women’s rights to vote, fair and affordable housing, and the end of racial segregation. Ovington was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
We are committed to nurturing our children in a K-8 community where family members and staff work to meet the needs of our children academically, socially, and emotionally. We strive to provide our students and teachers with a variety of opportunities to grow as individuals; to teach and learn by inspiring each other to be creative and productive. We aim to provide our children with a strong academic environment and the life skills needed to be problem solvers, leaders and innovators of their generation. We are dedicated to fostering and practicing Respect, Opportunity, Acceptance and Resilience (ROAR) in our classrooms and in our community.
Our K-8 Professional Learning Community Culture will provide our children with coherent and cohesive interdisciplinary curricula that include the Sciences and the Arts (STEAM) delivered through research-based teaching and learning practices. We believe the foundation for academic success is achievable through:
- Staff knowing the individual needs of our students,
- Staff providing each student with the resources s/he needs to grow and develop into active learners,
- Both students and parents being active participants who take ownership for learning, and
- The school community providing the resources and opportunity to ensure that each student is prepared for his/her next educational level.
At PS/IS 30, we ensure a safe and secure school environment dedicated to teaching Respect for ALL and developing strong, conscientious, caring, and resourceful students. The Positive Behavior Intervention Support program (PBIS), driven by our core values (ROAR), will embed in our students a sense of pride and respect for oneself, each other, and the community.
We believe that active parental involvement plays a major role in students’ achievement; our students do best when parents are involved. We believe that our students should be active members in our school and surrounding community by partnering with community-based organizations and participating in service learning to encourage development, responsibility, and accountability.