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PK-5
Public district
Brooklyn, NY
Students enrolled: 803
 

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425 Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 330-9277
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May 25, 2014
My son goes to this school. I love the staff. My issue with this school is the lack of homework. My son is in kindergarten, and if he brought homework home twice, he brought a lot. My other concern is Why do we need to pay for afterschool care? That service is suppose to be free for all public schools. I would surely recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2010
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.

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August 10, 2010
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.

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August 05, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2010
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.

- submitted by a community member

April 14, 2010
PS 29 is a wonderful school, with great teachers, administrators and a very engaged parent community.

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no rating
April 14, 2010
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.

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December 03, 2009
Great school with good arts, science and P.E.

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November 04, 2009
Amazing teachers, strong leadership, caring and involved parents, great arts initiatives, high standards, wonderful community!

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November 01, 2009
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.

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October 29, 2009
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.

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no rating
October 07, 2009
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

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October 07, 2009
We love PS 29 for its great teachers, arts collaborations with BCM, BAM, Food & Farming, etc., small class ratio, and parent involvement.

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October 06, 2009
the community is awesome, loving and friendly with good values!

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October 06, 2009
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!

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September 29, 2009
Caring and professional staff. Safe environment. Strong curriculum connections. Diverse hands-on learning.

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September 29, 2009
The best teachers and administration

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September 29, 2009
The teachers understand differentiated instruction and really help kids work at their individual levels.

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September 29, 2009
They teachers are amazing and there are a million events and projects for the kids.

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no rating
September 29, 2009
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.

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September 29, 2009
PS 29 has a great curriculum as well as a strong sense in engaging reading amongst the students.

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September 29, 2009
The parents are involved, the administration is responsive and the kids love it!

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September 28, 2009
PS 29 is a fantastic elementary school with amazing leadership, teachers and staff. My kids and I feel so lucky to be a part of the school and the community.

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September 28, 2009
great teachers, student and overall community spirit

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May 29, 2008
My kids have been in attendance at PS29 since 1999 and while I have my complaints about the school, it has shown itself to be remarkably agile when it finds it necessary to change direction (e.g., the shift from the disastrous Chicago math curriculum to TERC). Facilities are somewhat outmoded but very well-maintained and there is much to be said for sending children to a school that doesn t resemble a medium security prison. Class sizes in the upper grades might be considered large, but for one who attended NYC public schools in the 1970s complaints about class size almost always strike me as specious. The teachers may, as the previous reviewer complained, be too young, but compared to the lifer battleaxes who patrolled the classrooms when I was a kid, I have no complaint. I have no riposte to the charge of unprofessionalism; it seems likely to me that parents who are looking for authoritarian teachers are looking to have their own disciplinary shortcomings mitigated in the classroom. And, again referring to the previous reviewer, why one would prefer to have teachers driving in from the suburbs to living locally among their students simply baffles me. Excellent reputation as a feeder school; graduates routinely accepted at the best public middle school programs.

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May 28, 2008
PS29 has wonderful teachers, with a dedicated principle. There is a great after school program. and a very active and involved PTA,. - a wonderful school all round

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April 12, 2008
This school is way over-rated. I think because most of the students and parents do not have a nice 'outer-city' school to compare this to they have justified it to be 'great'. Although I would rank it as a 'good' school but the staff is 'too young', 'too un-profesional', and most live locally. It's good for public and Brooklyn but we'll be looking at private schools next year.

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October 29, 2007
this school is so fanatastic the teachers are so nice and patient and the students put there all efort into there work

- submitted by a student

October 20, 2007
P.S. 29 Is the best school ever! i whole heartedly suggest sending your children there! I graduated last year and am now at m.S. 447 In reagents track math!

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 26, 2007
PS29 is the Yale of elementry schools, period. There is no better school, public or private, anywhere.

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September 22, 2007
The principal is enthusiastic, dedicated, and knowledgeable. This is based upon numerous first and secondhand encounters. The teachers are great overall, with an acceptable range of approaches and quality. The afterschool program is run in conjunction with the PTA (which is very active) is excellent. There an many parents who could afford private tuition swho choose to send their kids here.

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March 31, 2007
Excellent, caring and devoted teachers. Great extracurricular programs. Very diverse student population. All-in-all a superb learning environment.

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March 21, 2006
School has great reputation, but class size is increasing. Kids really participate in classes.

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 07, 2005
My children have had a wonderful educational experience at PS 29. The school has a strong reading and writing curriclum. Its student population is extremely diverse.

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December 10, 2004
The education and extracurricular activities at this school are comparable to the top private schools in the city. The principal has turned the school around and as a result it is now one of the top rated schools in Brooklyn.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
I am the parent of a first grader at PS 29 and consistantly inspired by our principal, assistant principal, teaching staff and amazingly dedicated PTA. Check out the artwork lining the halls and the student orchestra (and 1st graders learning to read/write music), the science fair projects and the writers' celebrations, the TADA performances and the visting chess masters. Is it perfect? No. It's still a NYC public school so there are constant budget issues but the commitment to meeting the varied needs of the students is extraordinary. They've managed to create a nurturing, academically rigorous environment that's on par with the highly regarded private schools in our area.

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Ps 29 John M Harrigan
425 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY  11201
(718) 330-9277
Last modified Ps 29 John M Harrigan is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 29 John M Harrigan Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top