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PS1 Pluralistic School One

History & Traditions



PS1 Pluralistic School was founded in 1971 by Joel Pelcyger and Eleanor Coben in order to provide excellence in academics coupled with joyful learning and a sense of community. The school built an environment that encourages personal reflection and social interaction on a scale comprehensible to young children, and quickly acquired a reputation for producing capable and connected citizens. We choose to stay small so that all voices are heard and valued, accentuating both the individual as well as the connections that bring people together.

View our historical timeline by clicking HERE.

Today, Joel remains a respected leader in the field of elementary school education. His original and evolving vision is reflected in our most cherished values and traditions. Our award winning, sustainable campus has been developed as a model for urban elementary education… an ideal setting where learning and exploration flourishes.


From Make New Friends Day to the All-School Camping Trip to Moving Up Day, PS1’s calendar year is full of special events. Some new, many evolved over time, we look forward to these traditions year after year. Take a peek at the calendar, read more detailed descriptions about our main events and download a copy of our school magazine, The Periscope. It’s not the same as being there, but we think you’ll agree that PS1 families enjoy a sense of togetherness that is unlike any other.