Social-emotional Learning

At PS 84 we believe in the importance of developing skills that—while not measured by tests—round out students' education and impact their overall success, self-esteem, relationships, as well as civic and community engagement. 

Social-emotional learning provides children with the tools to understand and manage emotions, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and build responsible decision-making skills. 


Leader in Me

The Leader in Me program teaches leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.

Power Brain 

Power Brain Education is an innovative educational program designed to develop the full potential of the human brain through a combination of physical, emotional, and cognitive exercises. This program helps students regulate their emotions using calming techniques that emphasize self-regulation and meditation.


A program out of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, The Ruler instills empathy and gives students tools to understand and regulate their own emotions.

Restorative Justice

This program encourages students to work out their conflicts through guided peer mediation.


Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, PBIS' purpose is to improve the social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from under-represented groups.


Debate Team

Students in grades 6-8 can join the school debate team, "The Hornets", which is offered as an elective during the school day and holds practice twice a week as preparation for tournaments. Students learn research, logic, organization of ideas, manipulation of language, assessment of audience, self-esteem and engagement in world events. These skills not only build better students, but they also build stronger college candidates, better employees, and better citizens.

We work with the New York City Urban Debate League. Through this program, students will participate and compete in city tournaments. For more information contact Mr. Hodges, our debate coach.