P.S. Science is a project of the Crossroads Community Outreach Foundation (CCOF). CCOF is dedicated to bridging schools and the larger civic, educational and cultural communities and creating programs in support of underserved children, youth and families and their education. CCOF created P.S. Science to captivate young minds and inspire a lifelong passion for science. This mobile, exploration-based weekly science program benefits first, second and third grade students in Title I schools where exposure to science is either non-existent or severely limited.
PS Science enables under-served children and their teachers to:
- See beauty, wonder, and infinite opportunity
- Do science through active exploration and collaboration
- Know the joy of discovery and the power of knowledge
In 2004, CCOF began the first stages of developing the P.S. Science program as a response to a recurring theme in public school education—the need for meaningful early elementary school science education. CCOF conceived of P.S. Science to fill this void by providing content and experience rich science instruction. The program is designed to enhance students’ science literacy with a focus on understanding content through process. P.S. Science serves first- through third-grade children at underserved schools by creating a foundation of relevant and compelling science experiences. CCOF first piloted P.S. Science in 2006.
P.S. Science currently serves more than 1,020 children living at or below the poverty line at William Green Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School and Saint Anne School, all Title I schools, and its newest site at St. Anastasia School in Westchester, which launched during the 2015-16 school year.
In the 2013-14 school year, all first-grade students at McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica participated in the program. In the following years the program expanded to grades two and three. McKinley Elementary has a population of 53 percent of socio-economically disadvantaged students. Approximately 35 percent of its students are Hispanic, 16 percent are African-American, 9 percent are Asian and 34 percent are white.
At William Green Elementary School in Lawndale, 86 percent of the student population is socio-economically disadvantaged. Approximately 78 percent of its students are Hispanic, 7 percent are African-American, 4 percent are Asian and 8 percent are white. Currently, all students in grades one, two and three benefit from P.S. Science on a weekly basis, and we have begun a pilot program serving all fourth and fifth grade students.
Saint Anne School in Santa Monica was the site of the four-year P.S. Science pilot. We are continuing to teach the P.S. Science program serving grades one through three.