This has been our two kids' first year at the school and we've been very happy with it. The kids are happy, engaged, and have developed a great appetite for reading which the school really cultivates. Their teachers are wonderful. As other reviews have mentioned, the facilities are impressive, especially for a small public school - great art and music rooms, beautiful library, a garden. The PTA is small but very dedicated and hard-working. There is a good selection of after-school enrichment classes and a free after-school program provided by the Good Shepard Services. We are so glad we ended up in this gem of a school.
I am a NEST parent at PS32. I feel like the team surrounding and supporting my child is excellent. He is supported, understood, and really cared about. My child participates in the same activities and curriculum with the other children. We love the diversity (G&T, social economic, cultural, racial, ASD NEST) of the school population. The PTA and the dedication of the staff really make this school stand out.
My child is in Pre-K and the teachers are wonderful, nurturing and patient. I like the class size and parental involvement. One improvement I think would be great is more rigor in the classroom. The approach for Pre-K is social/emotional, which is great, but a lot of kids already explored this in preschool and now they are little sponges absorbing all sorts of knowledge.
A wonderful, welcoming small school environment in an area of Brooklyn where even the best public schools are getting over-crowded.
I like that the staff knows every student by name and that parents can be as involved as they want to be, in both the academic and extra curricular lives of the students. Our son is in the third grade and over the years parent involvement has grown considerably. The staff including subsidiary staff , is friendly and helpful and teachers really have the students' best interests at heart. Overall a very good school.
Excellent school. Teachers are exceptional, it's smaller than many others around area. Onsite offering of PT/OT/Counseling/Services. Art and Music. We are thrilled. The only thing that it really needs is more parent involvement and a PTA fund to match other neighborhood schools. This is gradually happening and should be seen as a reason to have your child attend the school, not the other way around.
The teachers for science, social studies, art, music and library are particularly wonderful - imaginative, creative, devoted to their craft.
We switched two children from private school to the G&T program at PS 32 and we are very happy with the school. Our children are in kindergarten and second grade. The teachers are excellent, very warm and approachable, and the kids are both engaged with what they are learning. The specials are also amazing, both kids love the art teacher Mr. Dave, as well as music, library, science and gym. The PTA is very active and put on a fun Garden Party that was a lot of fun for all of us. We also attended the Hispanic Heritage family fun night, and really enjoyed it. We have only been at the school for a couple of months, but we feel part of the community. Also, the administration was very supportive and helpful, and the secretary and assistant principal both went out of their way to help us with registration issues. Overall, we are very happy with the school.
Our two kids have had great and caring teachers. PTA is very active. Lots of love surrounds this school
My daughter is so happy at PS 32! We've been impressed by all the staff and especially by her teacher.
My daughter started PreK this year at PS32 and we could not be happier with the school. There are 12 kids in her class, 2 full time teachers and 2 assistants. The children are a joy and the parents are engaged and involved. I am happy to report that all of the zoned children in her class will continue on next year. The principal is a great leader, makes a strong presence in the classroom, is kind, caring and very approachable. She was instrumental in helping me get my son out of a horrid charter school that recently opened in Cobble Hill and welcomed him into the PS32 community mid year. His 1st grade class has 16 kids and 2 full time teachers. On his second day at PS32 one of his teachers reported to me that he was doing quite well and it felt as if he had been there since Sept. I am extremely impressed and happy about the feedback that I get daily from both of their teachers. The art and science programs are extraordinary. All of the children are learning to play the keyboard in music class. The social studies class is extremely well-rounded and the gym teacher is a dream. Their newly renovated library is more beautiful than you could imagine. All are welcome here.
My daughter is in the first year of the Gifted and Talented program at PS32, and it has had a wonderful experience socially and academically. This is a school with a passionately devoted, thoughtful and ambitious set of administrators and teachers who are always, always finding ways to enrich and supplement the prescribed citywide curricula. As others have commented, the art and music teachers are superlative and well-supported. What the PTA lacks in funds, the school (working with parents) has been able to make up for by aggressively seeking and winning grants. The beautiful book and iMac filled new library was completed with a half million dollar grant and the devotion of the amazing librarian. My daughter has been sampling lettuce grown in the school's gardens (another grant) and will be growing things in the new greenhouse next year. This is a small, intimate school that parents should look at very closely.
PS 32 is a warm, nurturing, happy place. The children here are incredibly kind. We transferred here from another school and can't believe the difference. We have a happy, motivated son again. No teasing, bullying, cliques or fighting. It's kind of unbelievable. Also, the music program is excellent. My son learned how to play the piano without us ever having to pay for lessons. We finally got him a keyboard for his birthday and were thrilled when he sat down and could read and play music. This is a true "whole child" approach to education. Three thumbs up!!
Our teachers are amazing. Mr. Dave, for instance, the art teacher treats every kid like a star and cultivates their talents. He gives his all to his students, inspires them with great projects and a lot of devoted attention, and works with their strengths to make them all feel good about themselves. Right now he and the science teacher, Ms. Ellerbee, who is also fantastic, are about to unveil a huge project: a ceiling mural in the science room with 3 dimensional hangings (huge painted paper mache plants) representing the solar system. The teachers have collaborated on this with the kids for a few months. It's going to be amazing! (or should I say, out of this world?). This is but one example of the great things happening at PS32.
It seems that the parent who said that the school needs to be revamped should look into some spelling classes. I completely disagree with his/her opinion. This school has been a blessing. My son has improved greatly in all of his subjects. All teachers are attentive and make teaching fun and enjoyable enough that he is able to focus and learn without feeling it as a burden. And the incentive program of the "dollars" is great. My son saves his in order to get a larger item at the school store. I give PS32K 5 stars.
This school continues to impress me. I have two children in this school and they both have small class sizes with at least two teachers in the classroom at all times. In this environment, each child gets the special attention they need to get their skills to grade level or, for the children that already excel at certain skills (reading, math), the ability to continue to grow at their own pace. My children are continually excited about their science teacher as well as art, music and gym. The library teacher is a favorite as well. The library has received many grants over the last year to renovate, add books to its collection and I believe it has just gotten a grant for new computers as well. Every day at drop off or pick up my children are greeted by multiple staff making me feel like it is a small, loving community.
Our son's K teachers were outstanding, as were most of the other teachers he had classes with, such as science, music and art. The teachers go out of their ways to enrich the kids lives. On the negative side, the cafeteria is extremely noisy, which is a problem for a lot of the littler kids. The PTA meetings are a bit of a joke, held in the cafeteria while the principal yells at the parents over the noise and parent participation consists of raising hands to vote on club moneys, etc. The K art classes were crammed together into one session so I doubt the kids had any interaction with the teacher except for him giving them materials, etc. But this is a small, community school that is trying hard to provide a high-quality learning experience for the kids, and succeeding in many ways.
When I first walked into this school, they were very welcoming. I instantly felt comfortable. I am very happy that my son was placed in this school. The teachers, office staff, therapists and counselors have shown me what a great support group my son has. I am regularly informed of how my son is progressing. I am notified of any and all mishaps. I have had regular meeting throughout the year about my son and all of his therapists, teachers, etc. have attended these meetings. I truly feel that they are there to help my son with his academic and social success.
This school is turning out to be the best choice for the entire family.. The faculty is approachable, my child is in love with everything they teach him. They try to accommodate special concerns parents might have about their child's progress. And every one is genuinely invested with the students learning, well being and growth. This an undiscovered gem. My son loves to go to school everyday and has request for the weekend. This is great if your looking for small community school with big hearts where teachers know all the children and they want to know more.
This school is the best that happened for our family. When your surrounded by schools that are good through word of mouth it's just not enough. This school delivers. It has warmth, compassion, compromise and a real understanding for their kids and their parents. This school is a very quite beautiful gem. And with the different thing there starting to do its going to be spectacular. This school is defenately on the move to be one of the best in district 15
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