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Registration Opens for Dozens of New Pre-K Seats at P.S. 307

By Janet Upadhye | March 6, 2014 9:58am
 P.S. 307 is located on York Street near DUMBO in Vinegar Hill.
P.S. 307 is located on York Street near DUMBO in Vinegar Hill.
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VINEGAR HILL — Parents around the city will have a crack at dozens of new pre-K seats at P.S. 307 — with registration now open for six classes that more than quadruple the program's headcount for the upcoming school year.

The pre-K program, which was boosted from 24 to 108 seats thanks to a $1.8 million federal magnet grant, will focus on teaching reading skills along with Mandarin, math, science, nutrition and social studies.

There will also be a range of fun and creative activities, including visual and theater arts, music instruction and sand-and-water exploration at the 209 York St. school.

Pre-K classes, which are open to zoned and non-zoned students, also have a separate play yard with tricycles, according to DUMBO Parents.

Principal Roberta Davenport, who hails from the neighborhood, has transformed P.S. 307 from an ailing institution to a place the community is proud of over the last nine years.

The school boasts partnerships with the Noel Pointer Foundation, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Brooklyn Ballet, Music in the Brain, Mark Morris Dance Center and Bargemusic. It received a B grade for student performance last year.

Open houses will be held at the school on March 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and March 25 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The city's pre-K application period began on March 3 and runs through April 23. Decision letters will be sent out in early June.