Spence Extends the Use of the 412 Facility In Partnership with Two Public Schools

The Spence School, in collaboration with Councilmember Julie Menin and the NYC Department of Education, has reached an agreement to offer the use of the 412 Athletic and Educational Facilities to two nearby public schools. This agreement represents a unique public-private partnership whereby students in two neighborhood public schools without any recreational facilities will now have access to the state-of-the-art gymnasium at 412 for PE classes. 

“We are excited that P.S. 151 and P.S. 527 will be utilizing our gymnasium at Spence 412 as a part of our community outreach program,” said Head of School Felicia Wilks. “This is an essential part of our mission and Spence’s membership in the Yorkville community. We thank Councilmember Menin for her stewardship of this partnership.”

P.S. 151 Yorkville Community School on East 88th Street and P.S. 527 East Side School for Social Action on East 91st Street were identified by Spence as potential community partners for daytime use of the gymnasium during the approval process and the early discussions with Community Board 8.

Both schools lack any gym facilities of their own. Given that Spence students have PE programming during the day at both Spence 91 (Middle/Upper School) and Spence 93 (Lower School), the 412 gymnasium provides a unique opportunity for P.S. 527, P.S. 151 and the Caedmon School to utilize the facility once or twice a week, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., without any impact on Spence afterschool and weekend athletic programs.

It has always been a part of Spence’s vision and mission for the 412 gymnasium, a full-sized regulation gymnasium with 450 seats, to not only elevate the competitive excellence of Spence athletic programming, but also to lift up our peer schools and community. 

In addition to being the home venue for Spence Varsity and JV Volleyball and Basketball teams and the Spence MS, JV and Varsity Squash teams, in 2021-22, 412’s athletic facilities (gymnasium and squash courts) served as the host site for the AAIS Volleyball and Basketball Championships, the NYSAIS Boys and Girls Basketball Championships, the AAIS Squash Championship and the NYSAIS Boys and Girls Squash Quarterfinals.