• Congrats 196 on receiving the grant to become a Magnet School!

    PS 196K The Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School for Communication and Mixed Media Arts
  • We are a Leader in me School!

    The Leader in Me is a school wide program that fosters:

    Leadership         Responsibility
    Accountability     Problem Solving
    Adaptability        Communication
    Initiative             Self-Direction
    Creativity            Cross-Cultural Skills

    PS 196K The Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School for Communication and Mixed Media Arts
  • Congratulations P.S 196! We are now a PROSE school!

    The PROSE program enables schools who have a demonstrated record of effective school leadership, collaboration, and trust to implement innovative practices outside of existing rules.

    The PROSE program is designed to:
    Foster continuous innovation to challenge some of the basic rules and regulation under which they have historically operated in service of improved student outcomes.

    Foster collaboration within and across school communities.

    PS 196K The Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School for Communication and Mixed Media Arts

Welcome to Our Magnet School

As the Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School for Communication and  Mixed Media Arts, we place an emphasis on providing project-based learning opportunities for our students in all modern forms of communication.  We believe in providing students with  an appreciation of a wide variety of artistic experiences in order to develop the whole child.  Making use of Communication and various forms of Media, as well as Fine and Performance Arts, we infuse all of the strands of STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics- into our students' school day. Please read below to learn about many of our exciting Magnet opportunities!!! 

Please feel free to call 718-497-0139 for more information as well as  to arrange for a school tour at any time. We look forward to sharing our school with you!!



Magnet Program Video

Pre- K

Pre- Kindergarten Programs 

We are so excited to announce that our youngest students will have the ability to take part in our exciting programs as well as their centers-based Pre-K curriculum.  The students will be working with teaching artists from Marquis Studio each Friday. The artist will be instructing the students how to use different mediums to create collages. Also, Ms. Kate will be teaching our students how to use creative movements to move around and enjoy exercising their bodies. 



Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Welcome to K & 1 

Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be working this fall with Marquis Studio in order to learn about "Architecture in our Community."  The students will be working with the teaching artist on Fridays using different mediums to represent different buildings in our community.  Also, the students will be receiving Music classes from the Annenberg Foundation once a week.  Kindergarten and 1st graders will be working on project based units in the classroom to support the reading and the writing curriculum, with an emphasis on communication and technology through the use of multi-media presentations.



2nd & 3rd Grade

Welcome to 2nd and 3rd Grade 

Our 2nd and 3rd grade students are being provided with wonderful performing arts opportunities this year.  Students will meet with Ms. Kate, our theater arts instructor,  two times a week and learn many different aspects of performing arts and theater.  Beginning in December, third grade students will work with The Paley Media Center engaged in a special Media Arts class.  Music classes will be provided weekly by the Annenberg Foundation.  Project- based units will be conducted in the classroom throughout the school year, with an emphasis on communication and technology through multi-media presentations. 



4th & 5th Grade

Welcome to the 4th & 5th Grade 

Dancing! Dancing ! Dancing!   Our 4th graders will work with the Ademix company to design, film, and edit, ultimately creating two professional music videos that are Math and Science themed.  Our 5th graders have a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with Rosie's Theater Kids and are provided with a chance to win scholarships in the future.  We will continue developing our project- based units to support our reading, writing, science and social studies standards. We will work on creating exciting multi-media presentations that highlight student's efforts throughout the school year. 



How to Apply

As a Magnet School, P.S. 196 is open to in-zone and out-of-zone students from Pre-K through 5th Grade.


Registration for Pre-K is a centralized application process handled by the Department of Education (DOE). The application is available online at the DOE website generally from January to March. You may submit your application online. Click here to visit the NYC DOE Pre-K Enrollment site for up to date information.

Please visit the Department of Education (DOE) site on Kindergarten admissions, to see the official intake and registration process, timeline (generally from December to January), and list of required documents. You will also find the criteria which we must follow for enrollment priorities (zoning, siblings, etc).

1st through 5th grade:
Since we are a Magnet school, enrollment is open to all NYC children across the five boroughs. Priority for enrollment is given to children who reside within our school zone. To register students in Grades 1 to 5, families must complete a Magnet Application at the school site or click here to access the application.

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Contact Us

Rob Burstein- Magnet Director 718-497-0139

Roseann Randazzo-

Anthony Zalak-