It has only been 2 weeks so far but my daughter has expressed that she is enjoying her school much better than her prior school. The community is extremely supportive of the PTA. And the support allows the PTA to provide great services to the kids and parents. The teachers and staff that I have met so far are knowledgable, friendly but with the right amount of firmness. The principal is clearly involved in making the school even better during and after school-hours by organizing committees to tackle any problems. In addition during school hours she is easy to approach by the kids as she spends time in the lunchroom assisting the volunteers and staff. The school also is commited to provide healthy lunches by growing their own vegetables and bringing in a chef to create better balanced meals than the city provides. I have to say that so far I'm very impressed by school staff and the community coming together to help give our kids a better education.
PS 29 is GREAT; if your child is a little white girl. If they are "of color" (ANY color) come and be ready to deal with administration again and again. So many people push to get their children in this school, but parents of African American boys are pulling them out. I can count four right off the top of my head. (All good students, who have gone on and done quite well) My son was subjected to "major" racial incidences EVERY year (K, 1st, 2nd, ...) . Administration? Uninterested and uninvolved. And with as many First Year teachers they hire, would it KILL them to hire a teacher of color? I mean really.
I do not recommend this school to anyone who asks. We have been here some time and, unlike others in the school community, we don't have resources to move to private school. This school preaches diversity but does not practice it. Children of color or whose parents aren't constantly present are left out. They teach too much to tests and once the tests are done - so are they. Late May and June is a play date. It's clear the principal and her staff get "bonuses" based on tests so they have little interest in providing a strong education. Most 5th graders are stumped by simple math - a failure no matter what the scores are. And the new scores bear this out. Look at the decline from 3rd to 5th. There are some good teachers there but they are hampered by administators who hover.
P.S. 29 is a wonderful community school that values diversity and provides an enriching environment for all students. The teachers and staff are all committed to the students and to helping them learn and grow as people. I feel fortunate to have been a part of this community and that my children have had such a wonderful experience there. The PTA is very active and has been able to raise funds so that even with massive budget cuts the school can continue with the arts and music programs that have helped to make the school special. The wonderful garden in the school yard gives children an understanding of where food comes from and encourages them, through participation in growing and harvesting food, to eat better.
PS 29 is a wonderful school, with great teachers, administrators and a very engaged parent community.
PS29 is a terrific community, everyone in it together to provide kids with a great education. I have been very impressed and am looking forward to my second child attending next year.
Amazing teachers, strong leadership, caring and involved parents, great arts initiatives, high standards, wonderful community!
The warm and wonderfully involved community; the amazingly organized and helpful staff/adminstration; the great teachers; and openness to new ideas--anything to continually improve the school and give the students the best education and experience.
It's writing program makes kids love writing as early as kindergarten. The teachers are caring and go out of their way to help students learn. The whole school is a community where many different cultures mix and get along. Everyone volunteers to make the school better. It's a big family.
PS 29 is very socially and environmentally aware. I love the garden they have in the yard teaching the children about healthy eating and farming
We love PS 29 for its great teachers, arts collaborations with BCM, BAM, Food & Farming, etc., small class ratio, and parent involvement.
I love PS29 for many reasons. Here are few reasons: The principle's vision and leadership, talented and dedicated teachers and staff, passionate and savvy PTA, and of course, because my son loves going to school every morning and comes back happy!
Caring and professional staff. Safe environment. Strong curriculum connections. Diverse hands-on learning.
The teachers understand differentiated instruction and really help kids work at their individual levels.
They teachers are amazing and there are a million events and projects for the kids.
My daughter leaves for school with a smile on her face every morning and comes home with an even bigger one. She went to Pre K at PS 29 and loved every single day of it. So far Pre K is the same experience. We love the community spirit at the school and the commitment from the teachers to make this the sophisticated learning environment we cherish for our daughter.
PS 29 has a great curriculum as well as a strong sense in engaging reading amongst the students.
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