Principal Sportella-Giusto reads her founding mission statement 10 years later…

Schoolwide Enrichment Model

We give our students the opportunity to self select enrichment clusters based on individual interest, and every Friday they immerse in inquiry-driven, project-based learning.

Students love TAOTS!

Watch more “Students love TAOTS” video clips

Each year our students and teachers work with a media specialist to create videos that reflect on who we are, what we do, and what makes TAOTS special to the students who attend.

School of Excellence

This video clip showcases how TAOTS, a “Choice School” in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn’s District 20 grew into a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence during its first 10 years.

The TAOTS Mission & Vision

Together with our parents and a highly qualified and dedicated staff, we engage all of our students in rigorous learning activities, schoolwide enrichment clusters, specialty classes and tasks aligned with standards.


  • students in marching band
  • student using pattern blocks
  • students stretching under foam noodles
  • students painting on easels
  • students smiling at each other holding a butterfly net
  • students working on a drawing
  • principal posing with students
  • art teacher with a student showing her work
  • principal hugging students
  • students working on a circuit board
  • student raising her arms in the gym at an event
  • students exercising in the gym
  • students ballroom dancing
  • students and teacher doing
  • K students hugging on the playground
  • students celebrating in class