PS 186 does an absolutely outstanding job working with children who have learning and attention issues. The staff is up to date on all the latest strategies and those strategies are always practiced warmth and understanding. As a parent I am updated frequently on my child's progress and I am a welcomed member of my child's learning team. Any of my concerns, suggestions, etc.... are always addressed and appreciated. PS 186 Castlewood is absolutely the best !!!
The Little School with a BIG HEART --> big heart indeed for all the effort, dedication, leadership and love put in by our principal, teachers, assists, PTA. I have three children attending there and I can tell you that the school has played a BIG part in their upbringing - not just in education but also on how to a good citizen and uphold true values. My children all have blossomed due to the continuous support and care given the school. I have recommended the school for my nieces and nephews - to be a part of a school and actually get quality education. School truly uphold the values and all credit again goes to the staff. To the parent on the note on staff being preoccupied during school dismissal, i appreciate even this effort as this is only ensuring the children are home on time on the bus and with the right people.
PS186Q The Castlewood School. My son has been in this wonderful school since pre-k and is now in second grade. I have seen him blossom and grow right before my eyes with the wonderful support and caring from the teachers,staff, assistant principal, and most importantly, the principal. The dedication of the entire staff and the support of the Pta makes this the best school in NY, in my eyes. The information we as parents receive from the parent coordinator and the principal is useful and helpful with our day to day challenges as parents in 2013. The pta meetings have wonderful workshops given by teachers and parents. Some teachers who participate in giving the parent workshops at the pta meetings somehow fit that in their personal schedule-that is amazing! It is the kind of school that the CHILDREN ACTUALLY LOVE COMING TO! They start EVERY day with yoga stretches, birthday announcements, and a happy feeling before they even enter class. What has also amazed me since day one is that the principal knows ALL of the children's names and even the younger siblings that do not attend the school yet. I am so happy I have a younger child who will be attending PS186 in the near future!
PS186 provides a remarkably caring and supportive learning environment with an extremely dedicated staff. The School Leadership team and an active PTA seeks every opportunity to reach out to parents and offer support to the academic mission of the school. Castlewood consistently ranks among the best of comparable schools in the city and this is a direct result of the untiring efforts of both administration and a highly professional staff. The school is unique in that it provides a vital arts program along with exceptional academics. Like most public schools, PS186 is wrestling with the challenges of the new Common Core Standards, but with time I am certain those challenges will be met with the usual pedagogical integrity and through the participation of parents and the school community.
Castlewood is a wonderful school! Everyone who works here has the best interests of the students at heart. We go above and beyond to make sure the kids are safe, happy, and well-educated. Teachers get regular professional development to make sure we are using effective teaching strategies with our students. We have high expectations of our students, and we are proud of how well they meet, and exceed, those expectations!
PS 186 Castlewood School is one the most caring & academically progressive schools in NYC. The school has a high academic success rating. Castlewood is also alive with the drama, music, & art, how lucky we are to go to a school that still embraces the arts. Castlewood is also very involved in community service activities and teaching our children to be good citizens. Mrs. Quinn's leadership and her staff's performance are top notch. The staff goes above and beyond for the students, often attending after school events on their own time. Castlewood is a "Respect for All School" and its values and warm atmosphere are apparent the moment you enter the bldg. My child has attended Castlewood for a number of years and I would recommend it highly. I noticed a review that mentioned the staff is concerned with traffic more than students - this is appalling in that to often parents double and triple park to pick up their children and the staff would be negligent if they did not try to fix the problem. The parents that double and triple park, create a danger to not only their own children but that of others. Castlewood is known as The Little School with a Big Heart for a reason - it's true!
The school is more preoccupied with directing traffic during the dismissal than running the school. As a result you can expect a traffic cop driving around and giving tickets during dismissal which only makes everybody more nervous. What is even more ironic is that the co-op community across the street has its stuff racing up and down on sidewalks in their golf carts and yet that has yet to be addressed by the supposedly caring staff of PS 186. On the educational side, kids are still learning typing in computer classes, year after year. There are many smart boards I-pads and other technology but the kids are ..... learning to type in K, 1st grade, 2 grade, 3 grade, well you get the picture. During recess when not outside which is most of the winter early spring and late fall, kids are watching movies in the auditorium. I guess having them engaged in playing checkers, chess, or even interacting in a meaningful way would be asking too much of the staff which is too busy directing traffic outside of school.
My school is P.S. 186 Castlewood. My son started first grade and now is in second grade. I have found his confidence in his abilities to learn has increased that he is a different child. The leadership presented by the Principal is graceful, responsive and with clear vision and passion. Thank you Ms. Quinn! The PTA is what should be expected from a community, leaders who are parents first and are accountable, responsible and engaging, open and fun. The teachers are real partners with my child's education. It's a the best school in all on NYC and maybe even the world. It is an example of how every school should be.
PS 186/Castlewood is an excellent elementary school. The staff is cordial and generous with their talents. The children learn to be part of a bigger family. They have a citizen of the month program that I believe teaches the children in ways more than just receiving a certificate. It's been such a pleasure to have my son be part of and learn in this amazingly warm environment on his first time in school. I am so grateful that this school is in my district.
A great school has: Excellent teachers Strong principal/school leadership Challenging academic programs PS 186 has all of this and more. To justify a rating based on parent attendance at a child's birthday party is not fair. Parents are always welcomed in our school, and encouraged to participate in workshops, conferences, and PTA functions. We have a supportive and active PTA who work with our administration to provide programs which enhance our children's elementary school experience. I hope that the person who submitted the low ranking, based on parents not being allowed to come in for birthdays, would speak to someone on the SLT, or to our principal, to find out some of the very legitimate reasons this position was taken.
Parents are no longer allowed to come in for their child's birthday parties. Very disappointing..
The best thing I could say about this school is that it is a public school with a private feeling. Our principal, Mrs. Quinn, knows every students names, including their siblings who are not attending the school yet! The teachers are caring and nurturing, the office staff is wonderful, the school facilities are always clean and maintained and the families are kind and very involved. My only regret is that Castlewood only goes up to the 5th grade. I wish it would expand to the 8th grade (and fast!).
Proud to say my child is a student at this fine school! Teachers and Mrs. Quinn are outstanding.
The outstanding quality of this school just keeps getting better! This is my daughter's third year in this school, and I am continually impressed by the quality of the principal, the teachers and the school's academic program. The curriculum is very challenging (even for bright children like my daughter), but the teachers are so loving and kind, that they keep the kids engaged and motivated to do their personal best. Comparing notes with parents from other schools in Queens and Long Island, the level of the work being done in Castlewood goes over and beyond what other schools are doing! On this, the last day of school, my daughter said she wished today was the first day of school, so she could do the whole school year over again, because she loves her teachers so much! As a parent, what could be better than hearing that?!? To the kids, Castlewood is much, much more than a school -- it's a caring, nurturing, supportive environment that becomes their home away from home, where the staff and students alike become family. We are truly blessed to be a part of the Castlewood family...
This school is an absolute dream. The Principal is fantastic and the teachers are phenomenal. My child has improved so much since attending this school. I love the level of professionalism and diligence towards educating our children. If i have one criticism, it would be that they should hold our kids to higher standards. I believe they are capable of doing so much more.The curriculum needs to be more challenging.
The 'Family' atmosphere. I experience the genuine concern of the teachers and staff for our children to succeed. The artful balance of nurturing and challenging them. The high standard for learning,and the encouragement to make it happen. I'm so, so grateful.
This is the best school. Its staff is knowledgable, caring, committed to their students learning and well being, and approachable. This school is very welcoming. I feel at peace when I am at work because my children are in a very safe environment.
Castlewood is a great school. It provides it students with a love of learning not only in the books but through the arts and technology. Castlewood provides a safe, clean environment for all student, staff and parents and is flourishing with a very involved and caring staff as well as devoted parent involvement. Regardless of any age or level that students are they always thrive here at Castlewood, they are taught to be the best they can be, to beleive in themselves and to be kind good cititzens to their classmates and community
It is a pleasure to be in such a caring and impressive learning environment.
It is a great school with a wonderful learning/nurturing environment. My child is very happy there.
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