About P.S. 86K

A Letter From Our Principal

Dear Students and members of the P.S. 86 Community,

Welcome to the PS 86 Irvington School website. We invite you to explore our school and all the wonderful academic, art, and social programs which we offer our students. As principal, my goal is to ensure that every student is provided with the highest quality education in a safe and supportive learning environment. Our staff is dedicated to the future of our students as we provide opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, think critically, and communicate effectively to solve problems and be motivated learners.

As we move into another school year with a focus on parent involvement, our Special Events Committee has many events planned for our students and their families. You will see pictures from these events posted on this website. We open our doors to provide opportunities for parents/guardians to participate in their child's school experience. It is my hope that each parent/guardian makes an effort to take us up on the many invitations we will send out this year. We pride ourselves on the culture that has been created in our school and the relationships that are formed between the students, parents, and staff.

We are extremely proud of the consistent improvement in our student data. Our students are currently performing at the highest level in our school’s history on a Common Core state assessment in both ELA and Math. Thank you for your continued support and we encourage you to keep reading to and with your children and take every opportunity to ask them questions and talk with them about anything and everything. Check their backpacks each day for assignments and notifications. Be sure they come to school on time every day, in school uniform, and ready to learn.

My staff and I thank you for your anticipated support. We look forward to seeing you at one of our many family events in the near future. Thank you again for entrusting your children to us every day. We are committed to working with you to ensure your child receives a high-quality education. As always, please feel free to contact me or my staff with any questions or concerns. I wish each of our students, parents, and staff members a productive and successful school year.

All the best,

Dr. Tina Moschella, Principal

Dr. Moschella, principal at her desk.

Parent Coordinator

Maria Mendez is the primary point person for parents in the school. Parents can contact her with concerns ranging from EpiPen procedures, school tours, kindergarten applications, field trips, excused absences, and all other questions about 86K. With 16 years of parent coordinator experience in this building, Ms. Mendez has in-depth knowledge of how P.S. 86 operates and stands ready to help all parents navigate the school.

Contact her by calling the school at (718) 574-0252 extension 2013 or by email to mmendez22@schools.nyc.gov.

Mission Statement

Our mission at P.S. 86 is to create within students the abilities and self-confidence essential to the development of high academic skills by using enrichment/intervention strategies along with multi-entry points for all learners across all subject areas.

We seek to provide a challenging curriculum with flexibility to meet the needs of each student by using informal and formal assessments throughout the year. We firmly believe that all students can and will learn. We encourage students to take full responsibility for their learning while enlisting the collaborative efforts of peers, parents, teachers, non-teaching staff, and community leaders. This joint effort will ensure excellent achievement for all.

P.S. 86 models itself as a school community where all students will meet or exceed the standards. The parents, staff and students will share in the process necessary to make students life-long learners and productive members of society.


Bushwick, historically the town in which Public School 86 is located, hired its first schoolmaster in 1662. Public School 86 was built about 230 years later and is located within the historic boundaries of the town of Bushwick near the present boundary line between Brooklyn and Queens. Bushwick is one of the earliest colonial settlements in New York, first occupied in the 1630s. One of the original six towns in Brooklyn, it remained a rural farming area until the mid-nineteenth century. The site of the center of the township, the village of Bushwick, is the present intersection of Bushwick Avenue, Old Woodpoint Road, Metropolitan Avenue, Maspeth Avenue, and Humboldt Street, which is northwest of Public School 86.

During the 1850s Bushwick began to lose its rural, agricultural landscape. large members of Germans immigrated to New York following the political upheavals in central Europe in 1848. Many settled in Bushwick and began the development of Bushwick's most famous local industry, brewing. The area boasted a number of features attractive to the brewing industry: an abundant water supply, soil suitable for aging cellars, and convenient water and rail transportation. Henry R. Stiles, the notable Brooklyn historian, wrote in 1870: “That quarter of Brooklyn, the Eastern District ... has been for some time the center of the beverage manufacturing interest in the Metropolitan District. Here are located some of the largest breweries in existence in the country. Surrounded by a population almost exclusively Germans. The second wave of development began after the construction of the elevated railroad along Myrtle Avenue in 1888, making the area an attractive alternative to congested downtown Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. The present architectural character of the neighborhood of Public School 86 dates from this second phase of development, a twenty-year period between 1890 and 1910. Public School 86 was built to serve the community that settled in the area during this second period of residential growth.

Public School 86 is important because it is the earliest of his extant public schools to draw upon the design of Boys' High School, and because Public School 86 itself became a successful prototype for later, much larger school buildings, in and around our neighborhood. At Boys' High School, the major elements of the main facade along Marcy Avenue are soaring end towers and a central section characterized by a monumental six-story high bay that breaks the cornice line and terminates in an expansive gable that embraces a full -story high round arch.

Comparison picture of P.S. 86K building from 1900s and today.