Principal's Message

As the Principal of PS 397, my job is to ensure that every child who enters the doors of PS 397 is safe and receives the best education possible; one that prepares them for the careers of tomorrow and one that allows them to be college and career ready. We have created a culture that is family oriented, nurturing and caring so that everyone feels a sense of belonging and that they have a voice. I believe in distributive leadership that lends itself to shared-decision making. Our parents and families play an integral role in the success of our school and this is the reason I have an open-door policy so that families can feel welcome and be assured that I am accessible and available when the need arises. 



Welcome to PS 397 Foster Laurie

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."                      - Margaret Mead


  • School Spirit Days
    • December 8th-Twin Day
    • Christmas Concert-TBA


  • Parents are welcomed to come and register their children for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Please bring 2 proof of address, child's birth certificate, immunization card and the child must be present.


  • Download the free classdojo app to connect with your child's teacher. 
  • School hours: 8:00 am-2:20pm Monday thru Friday

Afterschool Activties:

  •   Afterschool programs are held every Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-5pm.
  • Saturday Test Preparation-9-12noon.




Looking for a small school where your child will not only receive a quality education but will be cared for by a loving staff?

Look no further, PS 397 is the right place for your child. On the 2015 State ELA and Mathematics Test we doubled our test scores.We are happy to announce that on the 2017 ELA and Mathematics State Assessments our students at PS 397 made the greatest improvements in District 17. In addition to academics we offer a wide variety of activities. Such as chess, drumming, afro-caribbean dance and robotics. Everyone who enters our doors feel welcome and loved.