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Frequently Asked Questions

Which grades are taught in PS 217?

P.S. 217 is a kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school. A small universal Pre-K program is also housed in the building. For information on how to register your child for Pre-K, please visit the NYC Department of Education website.

What school district is PS 217 a part of?
District 22

Who is eligible to attend PS 217?
Any family living within the school’s zone may register their elementary school-aged children at PS 217. To find out more about zoning, contact your borough enrollment office or check the Department of Education’s website.

Fighting_NinjasWhat are regular school hours?
The regular school day begins at 8:00am and ends at 2:20pm for kindergarten and 3pm for grades 1 to 5.

Does the school provide after-school daycare?

P.S. 217’s community partner, Flatbush Development Corporation, offers an after-school daycare program for a limited number of students. This program is housed in the school building, and begins immediately after school until 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Program Director Klein Dolcine at FDC at 718-859-3800.

How can I contact my child’s teacher?
Send a note in your child’s homework folder and the teacher will respond in a timely manner.

What do I need to bring with me when visiting the school?
Please remember to bring photo identification. For safety reasons, no adults will be allowed in the school without valid photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License, Non-Driver Photo ID, Passport, or another picture identification. School safety Officers are required to see your ID before you may enter the building.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school safe.

What if I have more questions?
You may contact the school by email, using this form, or calling the main number at (718) 434-6960.

Student Resources

Need help with your homework? Want to know what’s for lunch this week? Check out the links below!

HomeworkNYC offers live chat and whiteboard sessions with Dial-A-Teacher Online. Classroom teachers are available online Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on school days during most of the school year. They also answer homework questions by phone at 212-777-3380 from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The teachers on call speak many languages, including Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Russian, Slovak and Spanish.

In-person Homework Help
The local branch of the Brooklyn Public Library offers homework help every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 5 pm. The library is located at 1305 Cortelyou Road, on the corner of Argyle Road.

School Menus Online
Wondering what’s for lunch today? Visit the link below and click on “K-8 Lunch” to download the monthly lunch calendar. Breakfast menu is also available.


Parent Resources

New York Department of Education
Need the latest news from the DOE? SMS Text 877877 to get news blasts right on your phone.

ARIS Parent Link
Parents of 4th and 5th graders can view their children’s ELA, math, and science scores online through ARIS Parent Link. In order to use ARIS, you must have an email address, your child’s OSIS number, and a password.  If you don’t know your password, stop by room 108 and ask parent coordinator Ute van Sitteren for help. If you don’t have access to a computer or email, Ute can print out a copy of your child’s profile.

Instructional Supplements
Looking for additional age-appropriate material for a kid hungry to learn? The Department of Education offers extra instructional materials online.

The Common Core
Want to know more about the new Common Core standards the New York Public schools are using? The Department of Education has created an informational video and more.

PTA’s Parent Guide to Student Success
This site provides guidance about the Common Core Standards and explains what your child should be learning at every grade level.

Parent Road Map
The Council of Great City Schools has created this website to help parents understand what their children are learning.

Applications & Registration

Pre-K Registration
P.S. 217 houses a small pre-K program. Apply here.

Elementary School Registration
Visit the Department of Education’s website to find out what your zoned school is and what materials you’ll need to register your child for school.

Gifted & Talented Applications
P.S. 217 is not a part of the Department of Education’s official Gifted & Talented program. The school does have its own gifted learning program for kids in grades K through 5. Students who score 90 or above on the citywide Gifted & Talented test and who are recommended by their teachers will be placed in the class on a case-by-case basis.

Middle School Admissions

Please visit our Graduation Resources section for more information about middle school admissions.

Four_friendsRules & Regulations


Students are permitted to bring the following electronic items to school:
1) cell phones;
2) laptops, tablets, iPads and other similar computing devices (“computing devices”); and
3) portable music and entertainment systems, such as iPods, MP3 players, PSP, and Nintendo DS.

A. The use of cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems at school is subject to the restrictions below.

  1. Cell phones and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination.
  2. Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.
  3. Use of cell phones, computing devices, portable music and entertainment systems and other electronic devices during the administration of state standardized examinations is governed by State Education Department Rules.
  4. Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
  5. Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms.

B. Cell phones may be used as set forth below.

During the school day: Cell phones may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities the same rules apply.

C. Computing devices may be used as set forth below.

During the school day: Computing systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities the same rules apply.

D. Portable music and entertainment systems may be used as set forth below.

During the school day: Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities the same rules apply.

E. Confiscation and return of electronic items.

Procedures for the confiscation and return of electronic devices: In determining whether to confiscate an electronic device, we will consider the nature of the violation. Where appropriate, measures will be instituted in a progressive fashion. Such measures include, but are not limited to:

1st Offense – warning

2nd Offense – confiscation of item and return at end of school day

3rd Offense – confiscation of item and return following parent conference

4th Offense – confiscation of item and return following student entering into behavioral contract

5th Offense – revocation of privilege to bring item to school.


Please use the links below for the Department of Education’s rules and regulations.

Rules & Policies

Discipline Code

Graduation Resources

Middle School Admissions
The middle school application process can be tricky, but we are here to help! Come back to this site over the course of the school year for key dates and tips on the process. You can also reach out to P.S. 217’s parent coordinator, Ute van Sitteren. Her office is in room 109, and she can also be reached at 718-434-6960 ext 6 or by e-mail at

General Info
We recommend that parents and students begin visiting middle schools at the end of fourth grade. Fifth grade students will receive personalized Middle School Applications at the beginning of December. The deadline for families to return the completed applications is usually right before the December vacation.

We encourage all families to hand in their applications a few days early so that if there are any issues with students’ applications, we can help you address them before the deadline.
Another helpful resource for middle school applications is