The aim of PS 133 William A. Butler School is to graduate responsible, productive, and well-rounded citizens with strong critical-thinking and academic skills.
We love our students, value our teachers and other professionals, and work hand-in-hand with our local community to provide every child who walks through our doors with a wonderful education in a safe and caring environment.
At PS 133, we recognize that school is the most constant environment for children outside of their homes, and so we continually strive to build bridges between the home and school to cultivate continuity for students and their families. Our children are never just a name or a statistic. They are individuals, citizens, and members of families, including the PS 133 family.
PS 133 William A. Butler School has a history of being a little-known school with a tremendous heart. The school has a rich connection with Butler Street. Both are named after William A. Butler, the noted lawyer, satirist, and poet, leading authority on American admiralty, business leader, and active supporter of public education.
Butler was born in Albany, New York, on February 20, 1825, and died at his home in Yonkers on September 9, 1902. He was an extremely active patron of the University of the City of New York where he served on the council, and for many years taught at the law school, contributing to a number of landmark cases of U.S. maritime law.
Mr. Butler served as president of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and he sat on the board of trustees of the New York Public Library. A New York Times article described Mr. Butler as “a man of quiet tastes and domestic habits, but with a mind keenly alive to all questions of the hour which affect humanity and progress.”
We are proud to carry his name and honor his contribution to education for all in New York.
Since September 2013, PS 133 has now a new, state-of-the-art building at its original location between Baltic and Butler Streets at 4th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Read a 2009 description of the plan here.
The new building houses a new-look PS 133, with modern facilities (Auditorium, Gymnasium, Library, Art Studio, Science Lab, etc.)
PS 133 will continue to serve students from District 13, but also students from District 15. PS 133 is a “school of choice” for the community.