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PK-5 & Ungraded
Public district
Brooklyn, NY
Students enrolled: 575

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450 Pacific St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 330-9305
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March 03, 2015
The G&T Teachers are great but the administration is painful to work with. The Principal is a huge problem but seems to be protected by people she knows in the DOE - many parents are unhappy but complaints about her always fall on deaf ears. The parent coordinator is unresponsive. The assistant Principal is unfriendly and we still can't figure out what she does at the school. It is as if the Principal surrounds herself with people she can control. On the plus side, the PTA president is very friendly and has done a great deal for the school. He is well liked by all kids and parents. However it seems he is not able to stand up to the Principal when challenges do not put the Principal in good light making it difficult to get things done. Overall, the Principal has a serious lack of leadership and follow-through, especially compared to Principals at other local schools. At one point the Principal even intimidated teachers not to speak up - see NY Daily News article about Yolanda Ramirez. All in all, a frustrating experience with PS38 administration. Sorry to put all this out there but we would want to know if we were looking into elementary schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2014
My son has been in Pre-K at PS 38 since September and he LOVES it. The teachers are wonderful. The children seemed to feel at home from day 1. There are many affordable after school programs on offer even for the pre-k kids. There seems to be a good balance of play based learning as well as skill based and the lego room is wonderful. I cannot speak yet as regarding administration or other aspects of the school but so far we are very happy with PS 38.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
We have been at PS 38 since K (G&T). We came into a class community that we fell in love with (kids & parents). The teachers have been excellent. An incredibly couple have given all to building an outstanding PTA. Over the last 3 years, enrichment pgms/after school offerings are second to none... violin, guitar, dance, cooking, spanish, soccer and more. Truly PS 38 is becoming a school of the arts with dance & recording studios, stellar art pgm, chorus and dance troop. Academically we could not have been happier. Ms. Yolanda is always present. We did torture her a bit when we had an issue with another student's behavior; she never lost patience or love for us. The staff is supportive and we have seen big love at PS 38 when there have been families in need. Our daughter won her 1st prize this year for an academic contest. The PTA came in and added a prize on top. Kids in her class cried. I cried that they all love each other so much. Big thanks to the PTA Pres Chris Brown, the incomparable Ms. Padilla, the teacher aids that know all our kids by name, Mr. Hassan who coddles us nervous parents, and Ms. Yolanda and Ms. DeAnna for fostering an atmosphere of family.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Diverse, lively, engaging, enriching, progressive, an agent of change... Just a few of the terms that come to mind when describing P.S. 38 (The Pacific School) in Brooklyn. The school has undergone a transition over the past few years, a dramatic improvement thanks to new leadership and a growing faculty coupled with partnerships with outside organizations like the Mark Morris Dance Center, Studio in School, Mighty Milers and others. These enrichment programs open up new worlds to children, many of whom live below the poverty line, eve though the PTA raises a fraction of the money its better off neighboring schools are able to raise. Yet the principal manages to do more with less, fostering a safe and nurturing environment for kids from all backgrounds. One of 38's greatest strengths is its diversity. Students come from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. They are constantly learning from each other. But P.S. 38 needs help! Computer upgrades, a librarian, basic classroom supplies, school yard renovations, a dance floor... Please show these wonderful children that they are every bit as deserving as their better off neighbors and award them with one of your grants.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
Sad to see that some people take the time to trash someone else's work, especially (and thankfully for the current parents of 38) when they don't even belong to the school community! ps38, as every public school in the area, has its good things and things that need to improve. My experience as a parent of a g&t student for the last 4 years has been incredible; the teachers are excellent (and several of them are in the list of the best teachers of ny); they have a music program with their own composition studio, the african drums classes, guitar, violin, chorus, after school enrichment classes and their own dance company. Plus art classes that are offered by Studio-in-a-school (moma). ah! and all these plus small size classes! that the administration needs improvement? sure it does, but I don't sent my child to this school because I fully agree with the principal! My daughter goes to ps38 because she's getting a good challenging diverse education with excellent teachers and a great group of friends. the administration doesn't make the school, the good teachers do.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
how good is the gifted and talented program of this school ...as compared to others?

- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2013
Absolutely, unequivocably agree with the last two reviews. Diabolical is an appropriate description. The Administration is strictly concerned with scores and has no priority for the emotional and physical well being of the students. Thank goodness for the recent PTA leadership. Parents beware while this Administration continues.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2013
The school is currently under the bad leadership of a vision-less principal. She has not been to her "principal's breakfasts" since the school year started (I personally know she has not been to the meeting in September, October, November, December and January). She seems to have some clout in the DOE because she is clearly not qualified for that job. She doesn't suspend kids that deserve it because it would negatively impact her record. Everything is pushed under the rug. There is absolutely no transparency. Such great teachers and parents willing to help, but her bad attitude is a turn off. Once again parents are scrambling to find a much better option for their children. It is such a shame. The entire DOE system is broken because she should have been gone years ago. Hopefully, things can change but that won't happen until the principal LEAVES. Even at the recent library opening the principal did not make an appearance (she closed it when she came to the school in 2007). It is sad when a principal worries about her own ego rather than what is best for the students. Parents should be seen as partners not as enemies which is how she treats us.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2012
I used to teach at 38... Ms. Ramirez is a diabolical, illogical and mean spirited person. She was even on the front page of the daily news for trying to force teachers to rate her and the school well on the yearly report, which is completely illegal. There is a mass exodus of teachers every year. 15 teachers I know have left in the last few years to go on to better schools. At one point teachers got together and listed all of the ways she harassed the staff and his the failures of the school from the parents. We submitted it to the superintendent. Unfortunately she was friends with the superintendent and it wasn't investigated. Avoid the school at all costs. Take it from me ...I saw everything from the inside.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 30, 2009
This school has a great community that works hard to meet the childrens, parents and educators goals. Mrs Ramirez is a great leader in this school and is very approachable. We love PS 38!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
There are great things happening @ P.S.38 Each & every day!!! Enrichment programs... Movie nights.... Fall harvest....Free afterschool programs...Some of the many interesting things happening all for our children!!! We love P.S.38!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2009
I see many negative comments about teachers here. While I have disagreements with the way the administration runs the school, I can say this: I have a son who is in Ms. Hallinan's second grade class and has Ms. G as a Science teacher. As far as I'm concerned, these two teachers represent private school education at public school prices.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2009
After attending the principals breakfast this week, I can see why the school is changing. Never before have the parents in this school had a voice. The staff and administration are great at these meetings. It was a pleasure to attend. As a parent, I very happy with the school. For our family, it is not always about scores. Its about how our cihild is recieved in his school community. This school lis a family! It is a joy to see the princpal with the children. You can see that it is all about them for her. She too is very different from the traditional at 38. With her comes a chance for children. Ove the past three years she, the teachers and staff have transformed a once stagnant community to one with depth , breath and purpose. The addition of an enrichment coach has proven to be successful too.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2009
Yeah P.S.38....... Keep up the grest work. Thank you Ms Yolanda for being a caring andnderstanding principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2009
People say this school has made big strides. That may be true, but that indicates more about how awful the school used to be than what it is now. It's fine for pre-K and K, but after that the families who can are voting with their feet and going elsewhere. The teachers are great. We loved our son's teacher. But the principal is autocratic, widely disliked by teachers and parents (and, yes, we really did approach her and try to work with her, and not just for the benefit of our son alone), and totally focused on test scores. We're frustrated and disillusioned.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2009
Recently our parent coordinator gave our school parent and teacher website information. I wanted to log on to tell people about our sweet, loving community. and choose this site because it seems fair. The school is seriously changing for the better. Our teachers are smart our principal is stern but supportive and our children are great. We have some difficult parents here and there, but all in all, our parents are magnificent. A real shift is taking place and our community needed the uplift. Bravo to the teachers, the adminstration and smart parents who help keep our school moving in a positive direction.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2009
As a parent who has been in the school for a decade, there have been some negatives as well as some positives, but I see more of the positive as of recent months. The children seem more motivated to learn, the extra curricular programs are excellent, and the teachers are dedicated to teach. Parents need to be more involved, since I tend to see the same group of parents show up at meetings and events, but I believe that it will improve b/c communication is getting better.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
My daughter has been going to P.S. 38 for 5 years and is about to graduate. Early on it was fantastic. The teachers are were great, and still are. It is the rest of the school leadership team that leaves something to be desired. There is a real lack of communication with the parents. They tend to communicate negative behavior to the children, and have them pass it on to their parents. Even when you call them and leave messages they don't return your calls. The Guidance Dept. is the major problem in terms of communication, the discipline is random, and seems to depend on who is administering it. There is no real system for discipline. The level of academics however, is outstanding. This is the saving grace. The teahers really care, and work very, very hard. If we could resolve the discipline by threat, there will be vast improvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 03, 2009
P. S. 38 is a agreat school and great things are happening there. The teachers are fantastic and tireless. They know your child and can tell you how your child is doing in the class and with the subject matter. However, I do feel that the school has an arbitrary view of how to discipline the kids. They seem to make up the rules as they go and not very logically. I would give the school and overall 3.5 stars

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2009
P.s. 38 Overall it has a wonderful supportive and caring teaching staff. However, the new principal has been running off the teachers that have helped to build the school's stellar reputation. As a parent I feel that there is a negative climate brewing as I have witnessed many negative messages that seem belittling to the staff as you enter the main office. This makes me question the integrity of the leader who is running the school that I have come to love. I feel as though the focus needs to be more on the positive work and attitude that the teachers have been giving and less on the negative. Leave the teachers to do their job.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 23, 2008
I love this school the teachers are good. my son has learned alot in this school. I recommened this school to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
We love PS 38- its a friendly, well run school.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2008
As an everyday perdiam teacher I see many schools. I love working at this school. The teachers are supportive of their collegues, yes even the subs and the children are in an environment which strives to provide academic and personal excellence. Students are learning in an environment that is nurturing, supportive.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 13, 2007
the principal is in a fog and the a.p. follows the principal. However, the teachers have always been stellar despite the lack of administrative support.

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2007
The school is very diverse and offers a multitude of extra curricular activities. However more focus must be given to academics. My child is in the gifted program and is rarely challenged. I am actually in the process of looking at other schools for this exact reason. If the school is going to improve academics have to be stressed just as much as other programs. In their defense the principal and assistant principal are newly appointed and have to be given a year or two to make changes and show growth.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
The staff is made up of many intelligent, hard-working teachers. There exists a solid, but very small, group of parents who are very involved and are willing to do so much for the school. There is tremendous potential for success at 38, but as a school it is lacking clear and confident leadership. Lack of organization and high levels of frustration with paperwork, constant changes, and behavior issues keep the teachers from working together in as positive and productive of a way as they could.

- submitted by a teacher
June 14, 2006
My son has attended PS 38 from kindergarten to this year in the fourth grade. He is in the gifted program, but the school is correct in its stated commitment to providing quality education to all its students. Classes have been small, teachers have been involved and accessible, and staff and parents together have accomplished many improvements in terms of a new school yard, music program, after school program, and community grants for school improvement. The principal knows my son personally, and I feel that many other school staff treat him as they would their own children. He has made steady learning progress in reading math as well as 'extras' such as science and computer. I wish the school had more resources for field trips and after-school enrichment. Overall we are happy with our school experience.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
We have been at 38 for 2 years and love the dedication of the teachers. My kids love the school and the variety of things they are exposed to: Art Connection, Drama and Music. My only wish is for more consistency with the academics. Science especially needs to be exposed during the formative grades. As they kids advance to the upper grades they are poorly prepared for standardized tests.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
ps 38 is a small community school. There is a lot of school spirit and lots of activity in the building. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. I am not pleased with the academic side of the school. I was disappointed with the way they prepared my child for the city math and reading tests. My child did not receive any projects or long term reports in the time she was there. The gifted program is full of art, music and drama activities, but not heavy on the academics.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2005
We are very happy with the small size, ethnic diversity and dedicated teachers at PS 38. Because of its smaller population size the student/teacher ratio is excellent, the school feels calm and comfortable, not chaotic and loud, and the teachers are truly dedicated to each childs' needs. When you walk into a school and immediately get a happy vibe, you know the principal there is doing something right. That's the way it is here.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2004
This is a great small school. Under-enrolled in fact. A dynamic recently appointed principal. And a culturally diverse student body. A proactive PTA. What can I say? It also is one of the few schools with a gifted/talented program. Beats sending the kids to private school!

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Ps 38 The Pacific
450 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY  11217
(718) 330-9305
Last modified Ps 38 The Pacific is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 38 The Pacific Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top