We adore the teachers and staff of PS 24. Our daughter is now a fifth grader there but she started going to this school in Kindergarten. She loved every teacher she had and spoke highly of the others that she would interact with when visiting to read to younger grades. There is a strong sense of community amongst the student, teachers and parents.
We have a very strong and involved Parent Association. Wonderful events and are big into fund raising. This has created extra enriching classes. The annual Auction, The Boo Bash and Spring Fest are all favorites!
I love how the assistant principal stands at the front entrance everyday to greet students and parents. He always has a smile and will also listen to parents' concerns if they have any. Parents of the younger children usually do as they send their little ones off to grade school.
Graduation day in June will be an emotional one.
As you can see, we love this school. We have all made great friends. Our daughter has a wonderful network of friends and we became friends with a number of the parents. We will miss the teachers and the warm and nurturing environment.
My daughter attends the K class at PS 24. This is an excellent school the teachers are firm but very caring. There is a lot of emphasis on the arts, as well as exposure to science and computers. The Parents Association is highly active and does an excellent job raising funds for activities, equipment (e.g., Mac Lab and the well stocked library), as well as additional in-class part-time support. The only concern seems to be the relative overcrowding. However, overall the school is a safe, clean, and inviting. My daughter is very happy to attend it.
My daughters and I moved to New York from Arizona and have lived in Riverdale for almost 5 years. They both have attended PS 24 for several years. I appreciate the frequent communication with the teachers and school sponsored events. They have great cross walk attendants and car attendant for child drop off as well as assertive yet friendly security personnel. It's a safe, clean and nurturing environment.
I moved to Spuyten Duyvil in the search of a great public school. Well, PS 24 is considered one of the best in this area, it is organized, have strong parents leadership, and multiple fundraising activities at the cost of parents pockets. PS 24 falls flat when it comes to teaching academic, it does not have an after school program that is free and no homework help unless your child has special needs. If you have a bright kid chances are your child will not be challenge. Teachers are so overwhelmed with over populated classroom and extra curricular activities that they have no time to properly assess their students or to challenge them. Hope the reviews would have given me some insight about this school before I moved here. This is very disappointing and frustrating.
PS 24 is an excellent school - my son's first grade teacher was fantastic - she was firm but loving and the kids received a great deal of instruction. In contrast to his kindergarten teacher (at a different school), he loved his first grade teacher. He finished the year receiving all 3s and 4s and reading at grade level. His occupational therapist also had helped improve his writing - so much so that his OT is reduced to 1x per week (vs. 2x/week). The school also offers special clubs during lunch as well as Spanish and Theatre classes. My only regret is that the school goes up to 5th grade and that he'll leave to attend middle school. Parents Association does a PHENOMENAL job in raising money and is relentless in raising funds - having raised $150,000 during one year to pay for additional teachers and programming. The building is old and can use a renovation, but the education is solid.
This school is just ok if you have a regular kid. You will surely be disappointed if your kid need special help academically or is very bright that need more challenge. Some teachers are great, some are just so-so. The fact that it is not a union free school make it very difficult to let those long time "so-so" teachers leave. So it's a true hit-or-miss situation every year.