My child attends the 3rd grade and has progressed nicely. He has been fortunate to have great teachers. Ms. DiBella is always very involved and very personable. One of my concerns though, is that there isn't much security on the school grounds during the morning hours. I feel there should be more supervision in the school yard during the morning hours and after dismissal.
The math program is not so advanced. Maybe it will be better in a middle school grades. Too much declaration about a safety and discipline but this is a good point. Class and school equipment are in a bad condition, especially PCs. Teachers are no so active as it could be. They average advanced students over another students. There are no any competetion and challenging program and activity at the school. So, this is just a typical Brooklyn school.
Overall, my family has had a positive experience in PS 104. The magnet program has provided many new opportunities for the kids, including lower cost class trips and other activities. The teachers, in my experience, are competent and caring. A couple of negatives - extra-curricular activities are non-existent and the PTA is not as strong as it could (or should) be.
P.S. 104 has high expectation for our children. The academics and extracurricular activities start at kindergarden. My child is learning alot but I see the signs of being overwhelm and stress already. Overall, I would highly recommend the school.
Good school esp due to its location, in the safe heart of Bay Ridge. However, not the best one in the area, PS 185 wud be a better choice. So if moving to Bay Ridge, haev a look at both the schools. 4th Ave is the water shed line.
Both my children are attendig P.S. 104.This is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal Mrs DiBella, is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader. My Children spoke no English when they came to this school. Now they are both fluent in reading writing and speaking. P.S.104 has extra classes after school to help Non english and childreen doing poorly in school. This is a Great school. I didnt move my family to staten Island so they can continue attending P.S.104.Thank you P.S 104 for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world!
The value of the academic program depends on the teacher; some are good, some are not. Very overcrowded. Parent involvement minimal, given the number of students there. The principal is easy to talk to and smart, but problems with violent students are not easily resolved.
The principal of this school is wonderful.She has empathy, and is very kind too children and parents. Her proffesionalism is beyond excellent. The Teachers that I have met have been wonderful in teaching my daughter. We always have open communication and problem solve efficently. In regards to the office staff, that is not plesant. I have experienced alot of lack of communication skills and hostile body language. Parents should be treated with a little more respect. The security in this school is great. The grounds and inside of school are imaculate. The after school activities should be offered to all children not just the children below average! Overall this is a good school, although the number of children is increasing and the classes are becoming over crowded.
I myself went to P.S. 104 when Dr. Moore was Principal and the school was excellent. He ran the school like he was in control. There was never any problems and the teacher quality was better. He made sure of that. When he left the school started to go down. I see a big difference with my own children. Teacher's don't have the same quality as before. There is little or no h.w. or they get silly unnecessary projects to do especially during vacation time. They have no time to do nothing but work. As a parent I can't plan anything. Each day is taken with work. That the teachers don't see. Some of them don't have children, maybe then they will understand. I hope this changes!
Education is what you make it. Like any school at PS104 there are great educators and than those for whom teaching is just a job. Fortunately, they are mostly the former. The principal is outstanding. She is dedicated, creative and cares for the students better than some of their parents. She is supported by a staff that gives freely of their time after school. Likewise the PTA supports the school. The physical plant is well maintained. There are very few serious discipline problems or for that matter of any kind. If you can get your child into this K-8 school you won't be disappointed. I have two girls in the Delta Program here which is excellent and am active in the PTA and SLT. Education is what you make it!
When my daughter was in the younger years at PS104 the school was great, with the old principal, however when he left and the new principal came, the entire school went downhill. They want to discipline kids for all the worng reasons, and when sometihng serious happens they try to cover it up. Many teachers there are very strange. Some throw rocks during class and walk around barefoot, while others bang on band stands and make fun of children telling them they smell, and wear the same clothes everyday. The assistant principal takes kids out of class to get him his coffee, and donuts and do his work for him.
My daughter was a 2000 graduate, and she made it to stuyvesant, thanks to the dedicated and caring teachers, thanks to the principal who assumed responsibility in all aspects. Now I see it in my son who attends the same schoolis as an 8th grader, the quality of teaching has tremendously decreased... No homework assigned by teacher, easy going teacher attitude towards their students, teacher who want to flunk your kid because your kid corrected the teacher, or is talkative in class... I know for a fact that many parents are not thrilled.
my daughter left this school in 2000 - and the principals have changed...so all I can say is when the principal was there, he ran his school like a tight ship....and I liked that because the children had respect for their school....
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