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1375 Mace Avenue
Bronx, NY 10469

(718) 655-4446
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December 20, 2014
My daughter has been in PS.97 since Pre-K. She is now in 5th grade. This school is just a good school. The principal doesn't care about the students and doesn't promote advance classes for gifted students. She doesn't get involved with the parents or even tries to be nice to the kids. The after school program is not the worse I have seen. They don't motivate kids. All the kids do is sit around and talk. There is a hand full of teachers that truly care about the kids education and take time to speak to the parents. You have to be constantly in the teachers face to get good results with your child's education. Most of them are moody because they hate the principal. This school has a lot of potential since is in a residential area. It is a shame that the principal doesn't care about the quality that she puts out.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2014
My son made it class of 2014 . This is a good school not great but good. My son was lucky to have a teacher that cared enough to stay in contact with me all year long.The problem with this school is the after school pick up and the PRINCIPAL who feels she is to good to give assistance when it comes to your child. If you threaten her with going to the board of ed thats the only way you get results out of her.

- submitted by a parent

November 23, 2013
This school is a great school we go on fun trips I graduated from this in 2013. The teachers are very kind and helpful. This school also have a program called SASF which stands for "Sports and Arts School Foundation"!

- submitted by a community member

October 24, 2013
This school Is the best school to go to I really think it's a good school

- submitted by a community member

November 15, 2012
I am the mother of four children, two which have gone through Catholic school. Due to the economic climate we are living in, we had to enroll our two youngest children at PS 97 four years ago. I love this school! I love that it is full of diversity, I love the teachers, the security officers, the Parent Coordinator, the science room, the music and art program as well as all of the high standards they set and reach. The teachers so far have been fantastic especially the special education teachers who are patient, loving and a pleasure to have teaching my son. The teachers really do teach and the children really learn. I heard the rumors about the principal being difficult but I am glad that I didn't judge her based on what others said because she does a great job and gets very good results. I went right up to her with a concern and she addressed it immediately. The school provides a friendly learning environment and it always has an A/B report card. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2011
I graduated from this school in 2009 and i wish i was still there. This School was very nice i recommend it now i am going on to the 8th grade.I have lots of memories in that place i wish i could go back but its time to move on. I hope you parents give your child the opportunity to send your child to this school and get the well educated. I love P.S.97 I hope your child would too.

- submitted by a community member

September 25, 2009
I graduated from this school in 2008. I was very sad to leave because I was there since Kindergarden. It's a great school with it's old tradition of the Dance Festival in which all classes perform a dance according to the song the teachers pick. They now have Field Day, a day where all seniors do nothing but play in athletic events. And the parent cordinator is very active with the students in planning exciting trips. I highly recommend this school to all in the area.

- submitted by a student

September 07, 2009
The school is perfect thje teachers are nice but do your best.

- submitted by a student
no rating
March 30, 2009
I tranfer my kids to 97 from 121 my biggest mistake. the pre-k program is not what pre-k should be. All my child does is arts and crafts. Craft that he force to do. Pre-k should be about choices. My child is not given chioces.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2008
P.S. 97 was..a great school! Until that horrible principal Bornkamp came. She needs to be removed. She has no respect for parents, no compassion or interest to the education of our children and is single handedly dragging P.S 97 into the dirt. The dedicated teachers and staff, who deserve better treatment from a so called 'leader' have had to endure her power trip, which she believes she is superior, and has to answer to no one. Frankly, as a parent I am sick of her. My child has expressed to me how unhappy everyone is since she's been principal. Even how children have overheard her make ethnic remarks and speak badly about parents. Its a shame this is an example of leadership we are giving our children. Most of all, a disgrace that with her behavior, concerns & complaints from parents have went unnoticed!

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2008
PS 97 was highly recommended to me from when we transfered from PS182 10 years ago now my other children go here ( 2 boys ) when Mrs. Spears was here best of the best but now my feeling have changed, not so much for the teachers,staff or others members but for Mrs Bornkamp , she can be cold , unresponsive , and not up to being to attendtive to parents or teachers I might add.Here at 97 we try to work together and being understanding but I feel that Mrs Bornkamp needs to start to open up her ears and paying attendtion to what everyone has to say ( staff , teachers , parents , everyone who has a voice ) This school should not good down because Mrs Bornkamp 'This is my school and I'll do what feel like ' the school belongs to the children and the community

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 18, 2008
Ps 97 is a good school, the teachers care about the students and so does the parent coordinator. The children do well in this school and the staff is caring but there is one major problem, that is the principal. The principal states that she cares, she doesnt care about anything but herself. I am one of many parents that is in agreement that she should be removed. The Bd. of Ed. should look into all of the complaints filed against her and they will see the displeasure that the parents have regarding this principal, take action soon before it gets worse!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 06, 2008
This school is ok as far as NYC elementary schools go. The quality of education really depends are who the teacher is. I question the dedication of [my daughter's] teacher. She seems to be one of those teachers who's frustrated with her job. The communication is also lacking. Several times I had to confront the teacher to see why information wasn't communicated to me. I found out the information from the Bd. of Education website. Also the resources are limited. they have a 'mulitpurpose' room that they use for everything. The second graders don't even have gym. If you put your child here, make sure to stay on top of their education and give them plenty of tutoring.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2008
both of my kids attended this school as well as my husband and sister-in-laws. my son graduated in 2001 and my daughter is going to graduate this year. I love this school and the teacher's as well as the maintance workers and security workers. This School has turned out to be a tradition in my family. I only wish it went up to the 8th grade

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2007
I have 2 children in PS 97 and an older one that has graduated. I am grateful that my children have attended PS 97. I have always been an involved working parent. PS 97 is a good school where children excel. It has a warm atmosphere and all of the staff are always available if needed. There have been many great changes in the past few years and the school is only getting better which is why parents fight to get their children in if they are not in the zone. I am always informed of what is going on and am greeted every morning by school safety, principal, asst. principal and the parent coordinator. I am glad to see them outside watching the children since in the past that did not happen. It is a much warmer and inviting school. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2007
When my son was in the 1st grade last year, I thought the school was wonderful. His teacher was great. The principal was very attentive. This year however, (my son now in 2nd, and a daughter in Pre-K) was different. We got a new principal Mrs. Bornkamp, and my level of disgust has grown. With the lack of a proper gym, my son almost never got to have gym class during the winter because the 'multipurpose' room that was also used as an 'auditorium', was being used to hold the students after lunch. And they wonder why the kids are not focusing or antsy? They are bored. These kids are not getting a well rounded, balanced curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2007
my daughter attends ps 97 in the special ed program and it is wonderful. the teachers are great the staff is very hands on with the students and families. i dont like the parent cordinator, she not very parent friendly. you dont see her in the morning or in the afternoon ever talking to the parents. the new principal is very cold towards parents not friendly. other than that the school is wonderful down to janitors, security guards. i wish my daughter could stay there until 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2005
P.S. 97 is an excellent school and has great leadership. Its teachers are both professional and dedicated. P.S. 97 is family oriented. From the administration down to the kitchen and custodail staff, it is a wonderful place to be. Its teachers and staff are dedicated to the children. It provides a very welcome environment to all who enter the building.

- submitted by a parent

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Ps 97
1375 Mace Avenue, Bronx, NY  10469
(718) 655-4446
Last modified Ps 97 is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 97 Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top