My son transfered to 4th grade and he is now in 5th grade at P.S.162 John Golden school. I have very good experiences with the school teachers and staffs. My son felt like he can do anything with his current teachers. His 4th grade teacher was very accommodating and 5th grade teacher is very good at motivating students, at least it is the case for our son. Our son excelled beyond our expectations. I have seen many parent coordinators in the past but nobody is as dedicated as Ms. Debora Strassburg at ps162. She is very knowledgeable and approachable. I always feel comfortable asking her questions or clarifications. If It wasn't for too many fundraising events, I would have given the school a 5 rating.
Great school, and good teachers in PS162, the school have musical, baseball , ballroom, State test prep and so on for afterschool
This is a HORRIBLE school. They do not care about the kids. They only care about public appearance. And all they do is fundraise for the PTA, however I have yet to see any of the funds benefit my kids. Most of the staff, including the teachers need to retire or find a new career. The parent coordinator is not there for the parents or students. And, this is a big BULLY school. The principal is the worst offender. You would think that if a parent calls to discuss this issue she would have the decency to return the calls. They do not address this because they themselves are Bullies. Can't comment about the current PTA, but in previous years, they are the worst offenders in breaking the rules. They would be the ones ready to run you over with their huge SVUs because they were late in dropping or picking up their kids and they will never stop at the STOP signs. The only time any issues are addressed at this school is when someone gets seriously hurt. I would NOT recommend this school to anyone.
This school is horrible, my child had such a bad experience here and she still talks about how much she hated going to ps162. The school does not care about the child at all, all they care is about test scores. If your child doesn't meet the standards, instead of giving them the extra care that they need they just hold them back. The principle and the teachers act nice and caring in front of you but all they care is how they are going to get better scores and if they think the child can not perform they just take the chance away from you, is that fair? Your child doesn't even get a chance to take the test, so how do you know if your child is going to pass or fail?, they just decide you are not good enough and take that chance away from you and call you a failure even before you have failed. My child is in private school now and she loves it, she loves going to school, the staff is very friendly, her teacher is wonderful and absolutely no bullying. According to her new teacher she is up to date and doing fine has no problems academically. I DO NOT RECOMMEND PS162 TO ANYONE IS A HORRIBLE SCHOOL
It's an average school for district 26. It all depends on what teacher your child will get. Some of them are amazing, and some are lazy and should be fired.
The teachers there are great. School environment is excellent. The new Principal is very warm and friendly who tries her best to make the school become a very safe place for students to learn and grow. But the admin. workers there are very unprofessional and also very unfriendly. They never said " Thank you", "Please", "Sorry", and I guess they've never attended the kindergarten. I heard they yell at the students and treated parents in a very rude manners. The worst part is that they acted like they are the big boss who control the school. Don't forget that without all the parents supports, the school can not function well. Remember, you are only the worker there, not the President of the school.
my son went to this school for 2 years... little recess time, art and music ... the teachers are constantly screaming in the hall wall. The staffs don't welcome parent involvement. Parents are not allow to go in the classroom to celebrate birthdays. All the administrative staff including the principal are unfriendly. My son is really shy and he said the teacher is constantly yelling at other trouble kids. Overall.... a very NOT caring school.
We've been in this school for 10 years. I wrote a 5 star review after my child's first year here and now its down to 1. The principal prior to the one who recently retired seemed to have it right. Most of the attention in class is spent on the loudest child-usually with behavioral issues. There is a lot more bullying going on. It has come to screaming matches and tears among parents in the yard during pick up. Most of the teachers are Wonderful educators, but there's a handful that are more concerned with their cell phones than their classrooms. They should be required to leave their phones in their mailboxes upon entering the building so they are not tempted to use them during working hours. Everything in this school is about the testing. This is not my idea of a well-rounded education. Huge lack in the spelling dept. What happened to the annual spelling bee???Positive changes are definitely needed. Parent Coordinator has made some, maybe she can bring back plays & trips too. Keep in mind: disrespectful, loud children get the attention here. If your child is quiet but may need help now and then, there is a good chance they will fall through the cracks of this overcrowded school.
My son is about to graduate PS162. He is going into Middle School. This is one of the worst schools possible. I was on the PTA for years and very involved in the school. I had a different opinion from the principal and was severely retaliated against. I only asked that the kids get a real recess and not be made to stand in line during the whole time, field trips, access to class parties, art and to feel welcomed in the school. Apparently these things are too much to ask for. I have switched my younger daughter to PS130 and it is like the opposite experience. I now know what an excellent school is. PS 162 should be slated to close and start all over with a whole new administration and I mean completely new. Beware if you are stuck with this school. Ask your children what is going on and follow up on what they say. They are most likely telling you the truth.
I give it a 5-star! My son just started the kindergarden in PS 162 this September, and I have noticed that my son has been learning a lot every single day. The Principal is a very warm, organized, and professional school leader. The teachers there are very passionate in teaching. My son is so happy to go to the school, and he even asks me why he can not go to the school on Saturdays and Sundays!
I love the dedicated teachers - they put in much more that a regular workday and it is obvious as soon as you enter the school. My child is always happy to go to school and his older sister has only fond memories.
My child,Winnie has been in PS162 for 3 years and is in 5th grade.For her state tests,she always get a full score.I recommend people to go to PS162.
The teachers in this school are great. My daughter attends this school and have so far received a great education. The parent coordinator has been a great help to me. I'm so glad the school has her.
I am a parent of two children in this school and I would like to acknowledge our Parent Coordinator. She is a wonderful asset to our school. When a problem arises, we as parents know that we can go to her and she goes over and beyond to make herself available and see the issue through to the end. Most importantly, our children know that they can go to her at any time if the need arises. She shows exemplary service in her duties and we are proud to have her as our Parent Coordinator
I just graduated from this school last year. I thought this school was a great experience. The teachers teach you if you don't understand. The principal is nice, but she was also strict. I thought this school met all the standards. This school even got us ready for junior high. They got us ready by: Each teacher was teaching a subject. We went around the school to get to our classes just like junior high. It was fun. A former student, Christie
I graduated from 162 2 years ago. I loved the experience. The teachers were wonderful. I learned alot.
My child is in Kindergarten currently and so far we've had a good experience. My child's teacher is fantastic and caring. We were lucky to get one of the best. My child is learning so much and is reading books on her own now. They focus primarily on reading and math. However, art and music do not seem much of a priority if any at all. I'm not even sure what they do for physical education either. The majority of the children come from Asian immigrant parents, therefore, there is some hesitation to participate due to work schedules or lack of understanding English. Overall, its a good school, but it would be nice if all the teachers were as great as the one my child has this year and if there was more of an emphasis on creativity and the like.
My son attends this school and I feel that the quality of the teaching staff is excellent. These are wonderful caring people. I have had some not so wonderful experience with the administration. They are not concerned with the students as they should be. I've also sought the help of the parent coordinator and found that she was not only concerned with my child but also with me as a parent. The school has some exceptional qualities and the administration should open their eyes and give some respect to it's staff of dedicated teachers.
I believe the negative review below is unfair - there was construction being done around the school and the children were kept indoors for their safety for most of 2005. The school also has a large percentage of students for whom english is not their first language. I have been in the school for four years and have had a completely opposite experience. The teachers have been caring and wonderful. The PTA is excellent however participation on the part of many parents is non-existent. I hope the reviewer's experience has improved because this school can be a wonderful place for a child to learn.
This school provides a safe and nurturing environment for young children. My daughter in in kindergarten, so this was our first school experience. We see great improvements in her scholastic proficiencies and at the same time she's having fun. The PTA is very strong and adds to the overall atmosphere. The school has a healthy ethnic mix that introduces children to the 'melting pot' environment of NYC.
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