Great school! We feel lucky to have two kids enrolled in the excellent dual language program, with very dedicated teachers.
I have had two children at PS58 for the last 3 years and I have been nothing but happy with their experience. They are learning all things necessary to propel their education. They are also subject to many amazing in-school programs like Opera, Drama, Orchestra with an instrument for every kid, ballroom dancing, and chess. I speak with other parents from districts outside of the city and the basic diversity in programming and opportunity my children have available to them is far superior. I am thrilled to be able to raise my family in an exciting place and have such a positive experience with the public school system.
My daughter attended kindergarten this year at ps 58. I really wanted to love it--and I tried to love it but unfortunately it was a miserable year that only taught my child to hate school and be afraid of teachers. It's a very classically based system where kids are expected to behave and listen without question. Curiosity is not only not valued--it is punished. There is 20 minutes of free time a day and they are expected to stand in straight lines and not ask any unnecessary questions. My daughter went from loving school to utterly hating it--and, worse, being constantly afraid of getting in trouble. Individual differences are not valued--at best they are tolerated. I expected kindergarten to be about developing a curious mind and exploring the structure of school; I was badly mistaken. This is not a school that values creativity in any way.
Everything is not what it seems, unfortunately politics get in the way. In order to keep the grade you have to ween out the children that are not doing so well, that way the school gets the grade and that equals money. At the end of the day its all about the money....Many unethical practices with this school, how unfortunate.
The Dual Language Program is phenomenal. I can't believe how well my daughter writes in French, all while maintaining a high reading level in English. My Daughter LOVES going to school. She feels a strong bond with the school staff. The Principal has created a strong community within the school. Great after school choices! Parents are involved and feel welcomed. My youngest daughter also loves her patients and caring Pre-K teachers.
The Dual language program is awesome and my daughter can speak, read and write very well in both French and English. The school offers a lot of other programs such as music, arts, drama or chess. We couldn't be happier.
Because they want to educate the kids in the region and they make a difference.
It is a school filled with dedicated and smart teachers, wonderful academic support professionals, great principal and vice-principal, involved families, and child-centered in all major decisions. Curriculum is well-rounded and differentiated instruction is meaningfully applied. Art and music programs are exceptional. Physical education is valued and fun. School facilities always well-maintained. After school programs are terrific. A true community school and a happy place.
I have been a part of the PS58 family for 10 years now, this is my youngest daughter's last year at PS58. I will really miss the great teachers, Principal and staff. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this school and our experiences.
Inventive with curriculum (it spearheaded a dual language immersion program two years ago), and committed to the academic, artistic, althletic as well as emotional growth of its students, Public School 58 is a place where amazing teachers, parents and students become collaborators in education. 58 boasts exemplary teachers, fine facilities including gym, auditoium, new science lab, computer room and llbrary as well as two outdoor play areas and it's across the street from the lovely, green Carroll Park. Arts and music are alive and well here, with vital programs like Studio in the School, in-school programs from the Met and Guggenheim and a rare strings music program for all students in grades 3 through 5. The PTA builds on it all by running wonderful after school classes like robotics, martial arts, knitting, art history, tennis, Japanese drumming, cooking, orchestra, track and field. Many teachers and staff are from Carroll Gardens which only adds to its strong sense of community. Wow. I'm proud to have my kids there.
P.S. 58 is a wonderful warm school where kids and parents feel included in the community. In a tough budget climate the school still offers art, science, music, athletics and lots of amazing afterschool programs for kids. Teachers are wonderful. We feel lucky to be part of such a great school.
The atmosphere at school is very positive. The general curriculum at 58 is state-mandated, but the arts curriculum is strong: a strings program beginning in 2nd grade, drumming workshops, creative movement, visual art. Everyone takes science as a 'special' every week, and some twice a week. There is a French dual-language program for students (selected by lottery) beginning in Kindergarten. A new library should open this year. The playground for older children is still nothing but a vacant lot and the cafeteria seems a bit chaotic. The principal is approachable and involved and the community wide-ranging and enthusiastic. The after school is well-organized and consistent, run through Kids Orbit. A great public park is across the street, which makes for good community building and friendships between the children. We have been very happy at this school.
With the new principal in place, this school is doing great. You can see it on the kids' and parents' faces in the morning at dropoff; everyone is excited to be part of the school atmosphere. My daughter entered in K this year, and I'm glad she's going someplace where the mood is upbeat and everyone gets down to the business of teaching and learning. The results are impressive so far!
A great school. Very well rounded and filled with enrichment opportunities for the kids. We're thrilled and very happy.
After two years of forward movement, innovative curriculum, and a building after-school program, our principal was removed and the past four months has been utter turmoil in the school. We now have a new interim acting principal, who we all hope will restore stability and provide ongoing development of the curriculum and after school programming.
The academic program at PS 58 is quite strong. The teachers are very well trained and they work very hard. The principal has put a lot of work into choosing excellent teachers and support people. The children are well behaved, curious, and eager to learn. One terrific strength of the school is its diversity. There are all kinds and colors of children in this school, and it adds up to a great atmosphere. They live up to the high standards the principal sets. There are quite a few extracurricular activities, including a music program and an art program. The parents are involved and interested.
PS 58 is a very good school. My son is in a collaborative/integrated classroom. His teachers have been very skilled and competent. They teach using the Teacher's College reading and writing program - it is innovative and effective. I observed a second grade class reading quietly and independently - just wonderful! The music and science programs are very strong. The teachers keep us informed through meetings and curriculum letters sent home. The children are truly engaged in learning. The school is kept clean. The PTA is involved and organized; they have several fundraisers throughout the year. The school currently has several after-school activities but will add a full-fledged after-school program in the fall. Lastly, P.S. 58 has exceeded my expectations. It is definitely deserving of being added to the list of the 'well-known' highly sought-after Brooklyn public schools.
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