My daughter is now completing 3rd grade. She has been enrolled here since PreK, and I must say this school is a gem! The teachers are well equipped to provide remediation to struggling students, and help push those students who are already above grade level. Most classes have a few D75/ PS 10 students included in the classes which is great, as it promotes respect and tolerance from an early age. As no school is perfect, I do wish this school would engage in more grant writing, because there are TONS of organizations that could develop a strong music and arts program in this school. From my observation, many students are interested and talented in these areas, but the school does not offer a program to help students develop these skills. I would (and do!) highly recommend this school to others seeking a solid, public school education for their children. Of course, it would be great if this school went to 8th grade, but it seems like the middle school which shares the building may be comparable to the level of education of this school.
Ps 304 is not just a school it is a home for the teachers and students who attend there. The teachers are all highly dedicated and educated in their field. They have all of the students best interest in mind. They consistently go above and beyond their job descriptions. I would be honored and privileged to send my own child to PS 304. The principal is the best man to work for and a friend to all that walk through his school doors.
Pros: PS 304 is a stand-out school where nearly all educators/administrators/families work significantly beyond the call of duty to ensure that all of our children are reaching their potential. It is a safe place where children enjoy attending school everyday, as evidenced by the great attendance rate, parental involvement, cluster program, & multicultural performances, and co-curricular programs. Stellar teachers email parents and often celebrate student accomplishment. Cons: It lacks in racial diversity, with the majority of students stemming from White-American, or Latino backgrounds. There is also a mild, competitive sub-culture evidenced by Student of the Month, class to class competitions, Color Guard & School Safety Squad selections, Science Fair winners, etc. This is in striking contrast to the more progressive, teaching methodologies employed. More school attention to student effort, community-building, & inclusiveness is needed. The Cons in no way sway me away from the conviction that PS 304 children are receiving the highest quality of public education available in the Bronx. I'd highly recommend PS 304 to other families, & will be sad to see my child graduate one day.
This is an amazing school and the staff goes above and beyond. Pre-K through 5th grade has been a wonderful experience
I am so proud to have my child attend one of the best elementary schools around! Everyone at the school works so hard to make each child successful, and students still walk throughout the building with smiles. It is a pleasure and an honor to have this amazing school in the wonderful, family community of Throggs Neck!!
This is a fantastic school all-around. The teachers are true professionals and care about children and families. As a parent I cannot ask for more. They are given a foundation to succeed and also to be young, respectful citizens . I have a 5th grader and a 2nd grader and our family appreciates all the hardwork by the principal,admin staff, coordinator and teachers. It really is a privilege to have my kids enrolled here.
PS 304 is a terrific school and I disagree with the post from Oct. below, especially when it's written with grammatical errors and consists of speaking poorly about good people. A school is what you make of it. Nothing good comes out of complaining. The school consists of teachers who are truly dedicated, an active parent community and a principal who has dedicated many years of hard work. Sure, no school is perfect, but 304 is a pretty darn good one.
Avoid Mrs Ms. flores she is the worst teacher i have ever come across. Avoid Mrs blackmon and the fat teacher in 1st grade all she does is tell cause she cannot move. mrs parchen and all of the other teachers are pretty awesome. Principal just picking up a check. No real involvement. Any issues presented to him are downplayed.. Overall good school... What out for the teachers mentioned
P.S 304 this is a great school my daughter attends there she loves it she is in pre-k her teacher is ms. Vacca can't complain.
PS 304 is an excellent school thus far. My daughter has attended the school for the past two years and going into the 1st grade reading on a 2nd grade level and currently doing math and workbooks on a 2nd grade level as well. I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome and look forward to seeing what is to come next. Teachers thus far A plus....
PS 304 is NOT a zoned school anyway & the principal has nothing to do with placement, its a LOTTERY. Most parents already went through this to get in. Siblings get choice first, but that's a board of Ed rule, again not the principal. My child had Ms. Flores and she had the tools she needed to excel in kindergarten & beyond & reads a grade above level. My kid Loved Ms. Flores. If you hate the color pink, maybe you should avoid her -she's a HUGE fan-lol, but she has pets & creatures & engages the kids .The DOE bombards teachers with an impossible amount of work with the new core curriculum & the teachers are barely have any freedom or wiggle room to do anything...it is certainly an under-appreciated profession...If the DOE would STOP cutting Funding, Maybe there'd be more $ to make a great nurturing place bigger and better! If it wasn't a place that people wanted to be, then the negative posts wouldn't exist. I doubt that any school is without some sort of "clique-ish" or other unpleasant behaviors...but The parent co-ordinator really doesn't tolerate much nonsense at all, and once something is brought to her attention, especially if it has to do with the kids...WATCH OUT..
To the parent posting on March 16, 2013. No school is perfect. I have the opportunity to have my child attend P.S. 304 from K -5. I can't say the school is perfect, because no place is. I have to give the school and the teachers credit for producing great students. I also have to give the Principal and the adminsitration very high regard for allowing parents to participate in the school, with very few restrictions. No other school have I been in, have allowed parents this much participation. Maybe your child had a bad year, some of us have. But, I will not put the whole school down because of it. If you don't appreciate what P.S.304 has to offer...then by all means go find another one that will fulfill all your needs. This from a parent who is very grateful for the education P.S. 304 has provided for her child.
My son attended private school until the 3rd grade and started 4th grade at P.S. 304. We love the school. The teachers are amazing and the school pretty much runs like a private school. The classes are small, school is clean, teachers are young and energetic! The best part of the school is that the parents are involved and care!
By chance I happened to move to the neighborhood where this school is located, and then found the school in the book "New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools- A Parent's Guide" by Clara Hemphill. Based on the positive information I read, as well as taking a brief tour with the Parent Coordinator (about 2 years before my son was school age!), I enrolled my son. And from the very beginning in kindergarten, this school has not disappointed! He is now finishing up fourth grade, and every day I thank my lucky stars that I found this school. The principal is so friendly and involved, and the teachers are the hardest working teachers ever. They plan so well in order to prep the kids for state tests, and make every effort to make sure the kids do their best to pass. And the PTA is strong and very active in trying to raise additional needed funds for the school. Every school should have a PTA like the one PS 304 has! For a NYC public school, this one is truly a gem to be found! I HIGHLY recommend this school!
Early Childhood Lab hands down is a great school! Solid computer, library, extracurricular and phys ed programs. The teachers and guidance counselor are hands on, pro-active and top notch as they encourage building kids' character with moral & ethical values. They don't shy away from addressing inappropriate student behavior in an effective and timely manner. My child, liked, and grew to appreciate every teacher . The front office staff is very friendly, helpful and they go out of their way for students/parents. PTA is productive and has been able to secure trips and events at every grade level (even in this economy!) My daughter (now graduating) was blessed to have been a part of this awesome school for six years!
I can't say enough great things about this school. It's like being in a private school, except we have qualified,nurturing, loving teachers and staff. It's the best thing I could have done for my children. They love it and so do we! Rock on 304x!!!
What an amazing school !! I am so glad I found this little nook of a school right here in my neighborhood, the teachers and staff become a part of your family. The children learn so much and excel naturally from the great educators that they have teaching! The parents are very involved and that is what keeps the school so unique and comforting for the kids. I too Love 304!
I love P.S 304! My oldest son graduated from the school and my youngest son attends 2nd grade there. Every teacher that works at the school is wonderful. My husband and I are products of private schools and swore that our children would do the same. We decided when my oldest son was entering Kindergarten that we would take it year by year. That was 8 years ago! Needless to say, that year by year, P.S 304 gets better and better! There isn't a better school around, except of course, my oldest son's middle school, The Urban Institute Of Mathematics and Science!
I'm very happy we decided to send my son to PS 304. The teachers are great and the class sizes are manageable, which is a rare thing in the Bronx.
I love the way our school has extremely involved parents in the classroom and at school activities. P.S.304 is also great at offering a well rounded approach to their curriculum.
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