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02-11-2013, 11:54 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130211/battery-park-city/downtown-families-face-continued-space-crunch-beloved-elementary-schools) by Irene Plagianos:

The general consensus among Lower Manhattan parents is that they love their highly regarded public elementary schools. There’s just one longstanding problem: there aren't enough of them.

Despite the opening of three new schools since 2009, classes remain packed, and there are annual waitlists and lotteries. Last spring, nearly 100 kindergartners were waitlisted for their zoned Downtown schools, and this year, parents say they fear the overflow may be even worse.

But while parents are frustrated by the overcrowding, they say they understand why families are pouring into the neighborhood.

Each of the five Downtown elementary schools is known for active, affluent PTAs and hands-on learning, and they are among the city’s top-performing schools, even without any gifted and talented programs.

Here are Downtown's noteworthy public elementary schools:

P.S. 89, Liberty School, 201 Warren St.
P.S. 150, Tribeca Learning Center, 334 Greenwich St.
P.S. 234, Independence School, 292 Greenwich St.
P.S. 276, Battery Park City School, 55 Battery Place
P.S. 397, Spruce Street School, 12 Spruce St.
P.S. 343, Peck Slip School, 52 Chambers St.

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