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Facilities Plan: School-by-School

Pine Hills Elementary (formerly PS 16)
41 North Allen Street

Pine Hills Elementary -- formerly known as Public School 16 -- opened its doors as a brand new school in January 2007. The original building was demolished in July 2005 to make way for a brand new, state-of-the-art school. Visit the Pine Hills Photo Gallery to see pictures of the new school.

At 99 years of age, the original school was one of the oldest in the district that was still in use. While the school had strong parent and community support, PS 16 could not be renovated to meet current educational standards.

For example, the school was not handicapped accessible and had a small gym that was also used as the school's cafeteria and assembly area. The only toilets were located in the basement, meaning that children had to sometimes walk down several floors in order to use them. The original school was also overcrowded and had tiny classrooms that could not support technology.

New and state-of-the-art school  
The 55,000-square-foot, three-story school is divided into "neighborhoods" with room for students, as well as parents and the community. The new building will serve up to 450 students in grades K-5.

The outside of the school was designed to fit in with its surrounding neighborhood, while the inside is broken into smaller learning environments where children are grouped together by grade level. 

The new school includes:

  • 18 classrooms for grades K-5 (all kindergarten rooms with toilets)

  • 3 special education classrooms with support rooms for special services

  • 2 tutorial/enrichment rooms

  • 1 music room with practice area and space for storage

  • 1 art room with kiln and storage space

  • Library/media center

  • Computer classroom

  • Gymnasium

  • Cafeteria

  • Administrative support areas for principal, counseling, attendance, and special services

  • Nurse's suite with exam room, bed area, and toilet

  • Faculty work area

  • Parent/community room

Site work:

  • Children's play area

  • Off-street parking

  • A bus drop-off with curb recess for loading and unloading

Other features:

  • Computers and Internet access in every classroom

  • Air conditioning throughout the building

  • Full handicapped accessibility

  • Energy-efficient heating and ventilation systems

  • Building security and fire detection systems


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