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9115 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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August 17, 2014
School is great with teachers who listen. Principal is a great listener and knows where the short comings are, especially when it comes to the PTA. Lazy, lazy, lazy is all I can say about them. Very catty and only care about their egos and their bulliyness instead of actually trying to fundraiser for the school itself. Petty women with a lack of everything.

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2014
Ok first off, this is coming from a PS/IS 104 graduate (class of 2009). From PreK - 5 grade, I attended Poly Prep, a highly acclaimed private school. Due to exterior issues, my family and I decided it would be best if I transferred to public school for the remainder of my middle school career. This school is what you make of it and the quality of your child's education depends on their motivation and desire to succeed. I studied for my exams, read the textbooks, and felt academically challenged and enriched. To be honest, I had a more positive experience here than I did in my private school. I was prepared to enter an academically challenging high school (Brooklyn Tech). However, my best fried from 104 ended up going to Fort Hamilton and dropping out/never graduating. We had the same teachers and same classes, so clearly it depends on the student, not the school. I graduated salutatorian of the 104 class, and hope to come visit soon. 5/5 for me.

- submitted by a community member
May 08, 2014
I have 2 children in this school ,one is in the 7th grade and one is in the 5th grade. Both my children are doing very well, both academically and socially. I cannot say enough about everyone in the school. From the principal, vice principles, faculty, and staff to the security guards, and janitors everyone is wonderful.The teachers always make themselves available to both students and parents if there are any issues that need to be addressed. When both my children developed medical conditions and needed special arrangements to be made for them there was no hesitation from anyone. Whatever needed to be done was done and like I said both kids are doing great. I could not ask for a better school for my children and would recommend and support it. always

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
My daughter is in the G&T Kindergarten class this year and so far she loves the class, is very challenged but also very interested and learning a lot. The teacher is great and the assistant principal and office staff have been very responsive and helpful when necessary. My only criticism, thus far, is that the school does not involve the parents as much as they should nor encourage or create opportunities for the parents to meet each other. That has created a somewhat alienating experience and you have to really go out of your way to meet the parents of the kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
My son is in G&T Kindergarten class and he has gym daily..Is learning sign language and Spanish. They allow time for play and creativeness There are fun activities to participate in like the halloween pumpkin patch where he is allowed to still dress up for halloween..the book fair so far there has been two class trips planned the school keeps us very informed with everything going on in the school with phone messages and letters home Every day my son is excited to go to school he loves all the friends he has made so far I am extremely pleased with the education enrichment and drive of his teacher Ms Nadeau I honestly could not be happier with a program or with a teacher. She truly has made the Public Elementary School experience very pleasing.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
I am sure that any parent reading the comment where the parent said the staff had the nerve to ask for id to sign her child out, realizes the importance of safety for our children and the need for parents to respect that particularly in today's society. It seems that some parents simply expect schools to do what they feel is in the best interest of their child not all children. I attend PTA meetings and never see more than a handful of parents attending. I guess it is easier to write anonymous posts rather than get involved.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2013
Horrible experience. We were lucky enough to randomly get the best teacher ever in Kidergarten (by her own effort!!), but the school's crew is mediocre, groce and very unhelpfull. They seem to work on turning every little thing very difficult for everybody. They treat you like they are robots, following rules, and that they are not happy working there. That does not work when you are dealing with kids and so many unexpected things going on, they should be more humanized. They had the gut to even ask me for ID when my daughter was sick in the nursery, knowing me from everyday, and refuse to release me my sick child. A cold environment, lots of bullying, mediocre education, no outside area and 30 minutes of film daily for the kids while they should be learning. Lots of lower level learning kids mixed in the classes randomly without any care, turn the learning slower and less efficient than you should expect if you have a smart kid. And they dont care, they just keep going to get their paycheck.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
As a parent who took my son out of a private school and placed him in a NYC Public School, I could not have been more pleased. He entered into this school as a mainstream student in the 3rd grade and in 5th grade was placed into the Delta Program My son is graduating this year as an 8th grader and the experience of this school has been incredible for both he and I. The PS/IS 104 Staff, Faculty and Teachers are impeccable!. They are straight forward, play a very active role in the child's life and are informative. I have always been able to reach out to any and all members of the school regarding any issues, concerns or just simply to say hello. The school is very safe, very involved and many of the students are overall good children. The school is diverse and I believe offers a very good learning environment overall.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
Is this safe for kindergarten kids? My little boy is zoned to go to this school in September, and I'm worried about all of these posts about bullying. Please advise!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2011
Student review: I was in the Delta and Superintendent programs (for gifted & talented) so my review may differ from the ones below. Despite NYC schools being on a lower budget, I always felt extremely academically stimulated and enjoyed being challenged by my teachers. My classmates that are still in NY (unfortunately, I moved :() are the ones going to top feeder schools (Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant, etc.). Many of the kids in upper grade levels outside of superintendent did not seem to care much about academics, though, and fights did happen.

- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2011
P.S./I.S. 104 is just an other school that offers mediocre education. We strongly feel that extra home education is required to balance the medium quality classroom instruction provided to students with the demands required to prepare for upper echelon high schools. Given that most NYC public schools provide lower academic levels of education in order to fullfill the'assembly-line' strategic requiremetns, no wonder PS/IS 104 -specializing in museum studies! - feels proud of its medium quality product. I suppose not being among the worse feels good, since misery loves misery.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
My daughter goes to PS 104 and is in the 4th grade. The teachers are great and she loves waking up every morning to go to school! Best school in the Bay Ridge area!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
If your child happens to be African American, this school is not for you. My son has been in this school for three years and I refuse to allow him to stay a fourth year. this one doesnt discipline ALL the students fairly, what good is it to tell your child to go tell the teacher when the other students hit him, when all the staff does is tell the other student to say "sorry", but if my son were to act the same way, he isn't allowed to just say 'sorry". In my sons's case, one incident was enough for them to send a letter saying he has a "behavioral problem", while all year he has never gotten into any trouble. Bottom line is I wanted the same kind of discipline to apply to my son, but that wasnt the case. If you're African American and you're bright, this is not the school for you. This school is the perfect example of ways that school staff try to attach negative labels to black children when they see they cannot rob them of their intelligence.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
This school was a tragic experience in my daughter's education and development. She attended the school for 5th grade. She scored unbelievably high scores from the moment she started. She was always a good student, but there was always room for improvement. Here the work was so easy that there was nothing for her to learn. And the teachers and staff yelled at the students every day indiscriminately. I approached the principal about this, and she told me that this is the way she runs the school to keep order and safety and that if I didn't like - it was too bad. The breaking point came when they had their annual musical. The administration thought it was smart to jam the entire lower and middle school as well as parents into one auditorium. The staff yelled at the students prior to coming up to perform! Outrageous!

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January 27, 2010
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i am a 8th grader in this school and i got to say since i have been at this school it is a great place in the beginning i hated this school because just like all schools there were thoes mean rich girls but after i got friends and found the perfect people i gotta say i love this school it is the best. you will make true and great friends and just like every other school there are problems but our dean is great. she solves every problem and we always end up getting along this is the best experience in my whole enitre life and i gotta say the teachers here care so much they will always be there for you to get good grades they will be at your side till you get the grade you deserve so this school i would totally recommend:]

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May 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
I currently attend this school and I'm in the 8th grade. The school in my opinion is really great. The teachers are always their for you, I never saw a student being turned away by any adults their. Many people complain 'its filled with drama' or 'the teachers are mean' but what school doesn't have that. I've been in this school since kindergarden and I may hate this school at times but overall it really is a good school. I give it 4 stars though because I think it should have more after school activities like dance or drama. we only have champs which is sports and some students dont enjoy sports so their should be other options. otherwise it really is a good school. [:

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2008
The school overall is good but it lacks a sense of community. There are certain functions that make students feel united, ex the Ragamuffin Parade, magic show, etc. but it is not enough. I would like to see some after school programs and/or weekend activity options.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
I'm not impressed with the school administration, or with the fact that the kindergarteners and first-graders watch television or movies every single day in the annex cafeteria at lunch. Laziness to the extreme!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
i think this school is not at all exciting. It has no activities, just this horrible thing called CHAMPS. All you can do is basketball and volleyball. I dislike that a lot. i think we should have more activities 6th,7th,and 8th graders can attend.

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April 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 30, 2008
I am currently attending P.S/I.S 104 as an 8th grader and I really am going to miss the school after graduation. The teachers are tremendously helpful and they really speak out for the students. I have never felt insecure at this school either since i started attending it back in kindergarten. The only reason though I give this school a four is that they lack in educational equipment. I am currently the head of mouse squad and when we go around to repair some of the computers, laptops, printers, etc. a lot of it has been kept in poor condition. Hopefully that will change soon though but overall this school offers a promising future for all students. I never found a teacher that wouldn't devote every single minute they had to help a child excel.

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2008
I am just as pleased with 1st grade as I was with Kindergarten - the teachers have been fantastic and the children are challenged and getting a wonderful education. We couldn't be more pleased! We hear mixed reviews about 6th grade and up... but 100% good reviews up through 5th grade. I'd highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
My child attends 104 and we love the teachers. I fully agree with the parent who wrote about the lack of morning supervision. My child has attended 104 for the last three years and I don't like there is no supervision on the outside grounds in the morning. It's not so much about other people, but the older kids have no respect when Ms. Dibella isn't around. When they get out of hand I remind them I will have no problem going straight to Ms. Dibella about their behavior.

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February 07, 2008
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January 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
I am a student at ps/is 104 I attend the 8th grade, this school is terrible. Especially the fighting I am afraid to walk fro class to class i have to worry. I would never reccomend this place!!

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2007
my son attends this school...WOW...teachers, principals everyone to the luch ladies are caring warm and truly care about each child there...what a great find this school was...

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May 13, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 19, 2007
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.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
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!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2005
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.

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April 09, 2005
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July 25, 2004
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- submitted by a student
March 14, 2004
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.

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February 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
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!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2004
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!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2004
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.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2003
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
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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Ps Is 104 The Fort Hamilton School
9115 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11209
(718) 836-4630
Last modified Ps Is 104 The Fort Hamilton School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps Is 104 The Fort Hamilton School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top