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.
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.
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.
how good is the gifted and talented program of this school ...as compared to others?
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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!
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.
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.
Yeah P.S.38....... Keep up the grest work. Thank you Ms Yolanda for being a caring andnderstanding principal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I love this school the teachers are good. my son has learned alot in this school. I recommened this school to other parents.
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