About Us:

A cozy neighborhood school in trendy East Williamsburg - PS 196K The Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School for Communication and Media Arts is a warm and friendly place where students receive a well-rounded education and individualized attention from their teachers. The school has the feel of a close-knit community where everyone works diligently to infuse learning with a sense of fun.  Through the magnet program, students have access to hands on project based learning experiences that include technology, the arts, cooking and more!


What's Happening?

Parent Artwork!

Our parents created beautiful flowers in our Spring Time Paint Studio Workshop led by Mrs. Avroch and Mrs. Calo!             

Things we do ..


  • Community Learning Schools Initiative
  • UFT PROSE School
  • Spanish Dual Language: Kindergarten through 3rd grade
  • NYU Lutheran dental clinic
  • Grand Street Settlement - OST
  • Health & Wellness sponsored by Pure Edge
  • New York Cares Early Mornings 
  • Saturday Academy- Lego Robotics and Sports Explorers
  • Rosie's Theater Kids
  • Annenburg Foundation 


  • Winter Wishes
  • Cookshop
  • Compass Learning Computer Program
  • Harcourt Journeys Curriculum
  • SSI
  • Aeropostale Block Room
  • Dental Room 

196 on the news ..

Our Mission

     The community of Public School 196 is committed to working towards the enhancement of our standards-driven instructional program, creating high levels of academic excellence for all of our students in each of the disciplines.

     We will continue to provide a safe environment that empowers all children, including English Language Learners and students with special needs, to experience greater success and confidence in themselves, allowing them to grow socially, emotionally, as well as academically into well-rounded productive citizens.

     Our students will attain these goals through the collaboration of school, home and community. Through creative and comprehensive strategies of instruction, our students of The Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School for Communication and Mixed Media Arts will become lifelong learners prepared for the millennium.

Statement of Accessibility

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