I guess it's good if you compare it to ps 72 or an overcrowded 71. My daughter is currently there and while she's happy I'm not. Unless your child doesn't need any extra attention or services, they forget the term "appropriate education" and you don't want a good relationship with the teacher and administration. On a whole disappointed. They also rush in with the maybe this isn't the building for you rather quickly because they know parents want their kids there. Left meetings with administration feeling manipulated and unsatisfied with coordinated "conversation" with teachers. They actually looked to each other prematurely while making a point and then the other would jump in. Main culprit actually rolled eyes while we were speaking. Other examples of unprofessionalism, fingers too tires to type.
It's a circlebthe wagons and defend the teachers at the expense of parents approach. Don't actually listen to parents complaints unless they have no choice, then they just list resumes and accomplishments while again downplaying the parents involvement.
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.
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.