Yesterday, the Riverside School for Makers and Artists (PS/IS 191 RSMA) became the first new public school facility to open in the Upper West Side in decades. The ribbon cutting ceremony was host to teachers, community members, New York City and State politicians, members of the Dattner Architects design team, and the Tishman contracting team. Alongside Manhattan Borough President, State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal remarked, “You can’t help but feel excited for students who will soon have access to these world class facilities.”
Part of a larger mixed-use building, the five-story, 100,000 square foot RSMA school will serve Pre-K through eighth grade students. As a learning facility designed to suit different grade levels while promoting team-teaching and group-learning, students will have access to more than 20 classrooms, art and music rooms, a maker space, a science suite, library, gymnasium, and two outdoor recreation roof decks. The space is organized around an expansive, multistory atrium, capped with a large skylight, which serves as a primary gathering and circulation spine for the school.