P.S. 277 teaches Pre-K through fifth, and has about 540 students. Almost 90 percent are poor enough to receive free or reduced lunch.

Principal Cheryl Tyler is in her sixth year leading P.S. 277. She was previously a city teacher

In the "Inquiry Room," students spend time developing their essays by using art to visualize their ideas and drama to talk about feelings. Two teachers work closely with the 17 fifth graders.

Students put notes in their books whenever they notice something or have a question. They do this so the teacher can see their thought process.

Class sizes are kept small at P.S. 277, with less than 20 students in each room.

Each classroom has its own library with about 800-900 books, at different levels of difficulty so the teachers can guide the students and gradually challenge them more. Each classroom also has a computer, and there are extra laptops.

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