The middle school at PS/IS 217 is a small community of diverse learners. We have one class on each grade level (6, 7, and 8), and our core content area teachers teach all three classes. Our special education teachers work with our content area teachers to support students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as well as students who may need extra help in accessing the middle school curriculum. Because of the small and intimate nature of our community, our teachers are able to follow our students throughout their middle school years, and form relationships that allow them to become attuned to each student’s individual academic and social-emotional needs.


Learn more about our teachers by clicking on their names.

Bitmoji of Mr. Buttermilch

Mr. Buttermilch

Social Studies

Ms. Carter

Special Education

Ms. Christian

English Language Arts

Ms. Hockstein

Special Education

Ms. Larsen



Our building is modern and fully accessible. Our amenities include a full-sized auditorium, a two-room library, two computer labs, a gymnasium, and a large school yard. Lockers are available for all middle school students. Our PS/IS 217 school community is incredibly diverse, representing over 100 countries from around the world, and to honor and showcase our diversity, we have flags from each represented country hanging in our hallways. See for yourself on our virtual tour.


Look at what we've been up to!

3 middle school girls with medals and holding a wrestling trophy5 girls wearing different cultural garments4 boys posing in front of the Liberty Bell8th grade class posing in front of Ben Franklin's statueStudents sitting at tables with computersStudents and teachers sitting at tables with computersStudents playing at the bowling alley10 students looking at an exhibit about televisions at the Museum of Moving ImageA student working with an architect and engineers on a project5 students looking at an art display at Art and Design HSA large group of middle schoolers wearing Hogwarts colors on a soccer fieldMiddle schoolers standing in a circle with different colored balloons attached to their feet

FRequently Asked Questions

For information about our enrichment programming, partnerships with NYC cultural and educational institutions, trips, clubs, social-emotional learning, and more, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

For additional information, contact Ms. Eldridge (

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