My daughter is in the 2 nd grade now at this school. She started with the gifted and talented program in kindergarten. I was upset that the class size increase in the 2nd grade and there have been some shifts. The teachers I have worked with are great. Phone, email communication...I love it! The principal is also awesome. Never had any issues with the school thus far.
The school has a new Principle and he is wonderful. I want to see if he can turn this school around, I hope so because the middle school was terrible HORRIBLE last year. The new principal has really changed things but iit is not enough yet. Fairness, he's only been there for 3 months. If you have a bright middle schooler, don't send them here because the other students will pull your child down. Good teachers focus on the ones that need help but at this critical stage, ALL of the children need help.
My son is in Kindegarten at PS 161. From Day 1, I did not like the atmosphere. Children were running around the cafeteria with no supervision, (teachers were just standing there doing nothing), the floors were wet with milk spills (no one came to clean them up). The so-called helpers were rude and disrespectful, they did not show any regard to my feelings, I am a first time mother, this is my first experience with the public school system as a mother. I attended public school and my has it changed. They treat parents like the enemy. Fortunately, I see signs of learning from my son. He is doing well. I know that is important, but when I can, I will remove him from this school to find one with more professionalism and respect.
Both of my children attend this school. Although they are doing well w/their school and homework this school offers no conflict resolution, regular gym activities, art, or anything outside of school work. My daughters teacher this year is very immature and doesn t show the level of care that the Stellar program should offer. The amount of staff that care decreases year after year (my children have been in the school since k-3/4 grade). The Crown school indeed reaps all the benefits given to the school. Ever since it was added attention given to the elementary part of the school has dramatically decreased. It seems like the entire extra curriculum and activities are given to the JHS instead of nurturing the younger children. Hopefully I am able to get my kids in a Charter school that can nurture and enhance their learning instead of limiting them.
The first grade should be a memorable for all six-year-olds. My daughter has had an unforgettable experience since attending The Crown School. There is a tremendous cultural bias at at the school. There should be cultural training classes for some of the teachers. My daughter's teacher is culture shocked. I don't know how they teach in the Carribean, but public school should not be military school. Seriously considering changing schools.
My child has attended PS 161. This school has taken a serious nosedive in the past 3 years and I am thankful that this will be our last year in attendance. School focus- citywide test scores. Students are plagued with testing material. Bulling is a major problem and principal's attitude towards students as well as staff is distressing. Assistant principal tries hard and the few great teacher that have not yet run for the hills are few and far between. Sad
As the graduating class of 2006, I feel that P.S 161/ Crown School is a terrible school due to the fact that the students pay no attention and are disruptful in class. The quality of the teachers is ok but the discipline factor does take from the learning material. I also feel that the middle school should not be joined with the elementary school as the older kids do not provide a sense of responsibility for the younger ones. You can tell that the school was built for younger kids as many of the facilities are too small for the middle school children. All in all, P.S 161/ The Crown School is a very poor school that continues to spiral downwards each and every single year.
This school focuses more on the low achievers than on the high ones. It is not fair to focus all attention to the bottom of the class and give no recognition to the top half. If you have an A student then do not send here. Classes are overcrowded. Mr. Kurtz gave the school its great name, once he left the school just is going down. So sad but true.