School is good a little unorganized think they need a better parent/school coordinator there's no fun learning activity for the kids what so ever like dress as a book character day, crazy hat day, etc..
PS 96 is an awesome school. They challenge the children to do their best and work hard. They are very attentive to the needs of the children and have low tolerance for violence. I feel good when I leave my child in school for a day full of learning and safety. There are quite a few teachers whom are very warm and loving and willing to help your child reach their full potential with patience and understanding.
i loved this school so much ! i graduated from there in 2009 and it was the best years of my life ! even now in highschool i think of wanted to be back there! the music program was amazing, ms. horn was the best teacher for music. even though she was strict, she taught me how to play the violin and helped me notice my passion for music. now i play the violin, drums, keyboard, and guitar and i plan on playing music for a long time. i am also a honors student thanks to this school because it encouraged us to be the best we could be and rewarded us for everything we did right instead of degrading us for everything we did wrong. if you want your child to be happy and learn, bring them to 96 ! i loved it and i still do !
This school is great from the Principal to the school guard. That includes the administrative staff, ESL and the rest of the Teachers, school psychastrist, social worker, guidance cousoler. Some people brag about Manhattan schools well 96 is on top of that.
No school is perfect and this one is not, BUT, considering the alternative of a private school like St. Lucy which in my opinion is not worth the expense, it meets the fundamentals. The teachers in the majority are accesible, cordial and competent. The principal is ok. She does need a refresher at charm school, although the stress of a 1,000 kids would make anyone cranky. The school is clean and well kept. The auditorium should get the air conditioning fixed. Overall, the school, the neighborhood, the nearby parks and the sense of safety makes this part of the Bronx and city one of the best kept secrets for raising a family. I hope the cat is not out of the bag with this review, lol.
I was a student at PS 96 back in 1975-1978 and I will always remember one teacher Mrs. Gellis as an outstanding teacher, and as a person who brought honor to the profession, which seems to be lacking in today's new breed of educators that I have come across in recent times. Maybe it is my impression that the teachers in the poorer performing states are being compelled to teach to an exam, but it is my opinion that previous generations of American students were not only prepared academically to venture out into the world, but were also able to think on their feet as well. Peter Charneco