Students enrolled 587
School leader MR. JACK SPATOLA

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825 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232

(718) 965-4200
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4 stars
Based on 35 ratings

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October 24, 2013
My children enjoys going to school. This school creates the best learning . Thank you ps172 for creating

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2013
I love this school! I unfortunately had to leave in 3rd grade. When we came back to New York I wished it was both an elementary and middle school. Mr.Spatola is a great principal. The teachers and staff are really nice. It has a great arts program. Sometimes I still visit during summer school so I could see my music teacher and the staff that say how much I've grown. My mom went there when Mr.Spatola was still there. I wish I could go there forever. Amazing school. I wish I could give it 100 stars.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2013
PS 172 is an amazing school with great leaders within the teaching/ support staff, PTA and most importantly the students. My daughter has been a student since kindergarten and is now in 2nd grade. Every teacher she has had has been amazing, friendly and dedicated to ensuring that she and her classmates reach their potential. My daughter tested for G&T the past 2 years, but I have not changed her because this school is one of the best in all of NYC. The PTA really make a difference. The recent board has been really great at creating fun and enriching programs/ events which bring the community together. This is definitely the best school in Brooklyn!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
Public school education doesn't get a lot better than this especially in early childhood. From the principal right down to the custodial staff everyone here is focused on providing the best learning environment our kids can get. This school was one of the top five reasons we purchased a home in the neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
My children go to this school and we love it. Education is of the level of a gifted and talented program and is geared specifically to each child.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
I am very happy at PS172. I know my children are getting a top notch education in a safe, caring environment that will address my concerns and their individual needs. At a time when the curriculum and testing has become so tough its nice to know my kids won't be left behind.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
I think this one of the best school there is . I have to kids there now , and one that already gradated from there. The teacher are great , the principal Mr.spatola is a great man , he care's about every single kid, he is always there for them. One of my kid is on 3rd grade, and the other one just start it pre-k. This is a great school kids learn to read quick , teachers take there time with the kids and help others if there are having trouble, they help each child. I would recommend this school to everyone ...

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
P.S. 172 is one of New York City's public school gems! Under the long-term leadership of G. Jack Spatola, the school and its dynamic group of incredibly hard working teachers/staff do a phenomenal job of providing a fun and safe space that inspires our children to learn and be creative. Parents are welcomed and can often be found volunteering in many ways an under-resourced public school needs help from translating for other families to planning fun family events. I am so very grateful that our family has been able to be part of the truly special PS 172 community. It's not perfect but it is constantly improving and that is a great thing to be a part of. We love PS 172!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
My daughter is in 2nd grade this year she started at PS 172 in kindergarten my experience has been great. The principle Mr. Spatola is always on point the kids love him,he knows all the children by name and he has a great relationship with all of them. My daughter had a hard time for a little while but Mrs Hendrickson was my rock! I love PS 172, you rock!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
This school has an amazing staff down to the principle that care about our children. My daughter just entered 2nd grade and loves school loves learning it's all about the environment they create to support the children learning. Blue ribbon school in 2011.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
I am very happy that my children attend PS 172 and that we are part of this great school community. My children are happy to go to school and love their teachers and Principal. Each learner is treated as an individual and when my child is in need of extra attention they are given the support they need in a small group setting or in after school enrichment. Each classroom has an extra teacher that pushes in for small group support in reading, writing and math. They even have Saturday school for third grade and up. The entire school starts and ends at the same time each day because the dedicated staff voted to keep all students from 8:15 until 3:05, including pre-k. The school offers PE, Dance, science, music and reader's theater to all students. They have a new playground in the school yard where the children have outdoor recess daily if weather permits. I am extremely proud that my children attend PS 172 and know they are given an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
P.S. 172 is a wonderful school and could not be lead by a better leader. Mr. Spatola, he highly invest in making this school reach above & beyond the typical standards of a public elementary school. The faculty is great & the PTA staff is incredible. The meetings are informative & their continuous efforts at involving parents is wonderful. My son is now in 2nd grade & loves his teachers. I'm proud to have him attend this fantastic magnet school for leadership!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
I have two Girls in ps 172 love their teachers they are always ready to help with anything school staff is great , excellent parent involvement...one of my daughters pass the gifted and talented test was accepted at the p.s. 38 the pacific school but I been reading reviews and I think I rather leave her here than taking her to an unsafe school ....which school was your daughter at for the gifted and talented classes???

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
This school reminds me of when I was in elementary. Filled with enthusiastic teachers/staff ,welling and able to give students and parents 150% of themselves to insure the progress of the kids. So rare in brooklyn. PS 172 is the true jem of our community.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
I recently registered my daughter to this school. This was our number one choice and we are very happy she was accepted. The principal and staff are always helpful and kind. I look forward to my daughter starting school in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
I am pleased with my son's progress in school. My son who is currently in Ms. Minerva's class loves her and coming to school. At first I didn't know what to expect from my son being so shy. Thanks to her and the support from home he has become a confident kid and loves reading. Thankyou Ms. Minerva your the best. Love the Michel Family.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
I HAD such high expectations for this school until I applied for my daughter for kindergarten. My daughter was given an assessment which a kindergarten student is given mid year on the grade. All of this pressure to receive a notice in the mail that there wasn't any space for out of zone students.....but wait it gets better. I KNOW people who live out of zone who WERE accepted. I have a feeling that they choose according to how students do on this assessment and its UNFAIR!!!! If every school could choose its students like this, then they would ALL be on the news for having the highest scores. Don't get me wrong, it seems to be a good school but if your child is a 1 or 2....chances are they won't get in! If parents have experienced a similar situation, please feel free to respond.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2011
they dont wanna take me for lack of proof of address yet i show all i have even the placement office seems to ask why they do that

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
We were one of the lucky families that was able to chose the neighborhood we live in and we chose based solely on this school. I am surprised by the review that states "staff can work harder". Having worked in many schools I can say this staff goes well beyond what is expected, teachers go well beyond what they are limited to by the UFT, doing everything in their power to make sure every child regardless of language or special needs becomes a proficient, self-directed learner. The staff and Mr. Spatola in particular, are an absolute inspiration. My kids love going to school and they have learned so much. Every school could learn something from P.S. 172. Plus you don't get to be the #1 school in ALL of New York City unless you are working really hard.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
We are still new to this school. I find it ok; however, not pleased with the fact that there are no consistent, afterschool enrichment programs. I believe that the staff can work harder on recruiting good, affordable programs that will expand kids abilities beyond passing State exams. Parents who work fulltime and who believe in enrichment will be very frustrated.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
I have 4 children attending this school and can honestly say that the school staff from the principal to the office staff to the teachers and even the crossing guard care about each individual child. The parent coordinator has been such a huge help to us in any situation you can give her a call and she goes above and beyond for the kids. The principal demands alot from teachers, parents and the students which I love because it shows kids that with hard work you can achieve anything. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
No other place in the world compares to the dedication, commitment and high expectations that out school exudes. A.D.

- submitted by a teacher
May 14, 2010
So far my son had no problem w/ P.S. 172 I hope we win Great School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
I am a proud parent of two children who have attended PS 172. The curriculum is excellent. The teaching skills are excellent. The principal is wonderful. The faculty and children are like one big family. PS 172 is the best school in Brooklyn!!! A+++

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- submitted by a student
no rating October 13, 2009
The principal, staff and students clearly have it together! You ll rarely come across a fine group of educators who go above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of every student. The staff reach out to the students and do so with such sincerity. I attended P.S.172 as a child and I m amazed at its success. I presently have both my sons attending P.S.172 and I must say, each day I drop my boys off, I do so with pleasure. It is great to observe the academic accomplishments of this school especially when the neighborhood hasn t changed all that much a neighborhood that even after thirty years consists of a melting pot parents who come from different countries and who a considerable amount speak English only as a second language. The principal and staff must be commended for their exceptional work as well as the students and parents for their efforts. With all resources (i.e. the principal, staff, parents etc.) being employed, no wonder this school is truly the beacon school of excellence.

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August 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
P.S. 172 is a wonderful school and could not be lead by a better leader. Mr. Spatola is highly invested in making this school reach above & beyond the typical standards of a public elementary school. The faculty is great & the PTA staff is incredible. The meetings are informative & their continuous efforts at involving parents is wonderful. My daughter is now in Kindergarten & loves her teachers. I'm proud to have to her attending this fantastic magnet school for leadership!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
I love this school my son started kindergatden this year and went in knowing almost nothing just his a,b,c's and numbers 1-10 now he knows how to add simple math read and write certain words. This is a big improvement for him as a five year old.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
I am so happy and grateful that my child is attending this school. The school strives for excellence in academics, which to me is the most important part of his education. A lot of other schools concentrate too much on recreational activities and their education suffers because of it. The principal and the staff work very hard to help the children that are struggling and it show with the wonderful test results.

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January 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 03, 2007
P.S. 172 is a great school. The principal is involvement in every aspect of their child's education. His attitude and work ethic then encourages the teachers to strive to do provide the best education. My daughter and my son have been in this school went to kindergarten. Even though I do not live in the area, I do not mind getting up earlier to drop my daughter and my son at this wonderful school where children always come first. This school not only prepares the student academically but also supports them emotionally. They get the parents involved in our children's education by providing us with workshops. I'm really happy for my kids and i have the bes decition whent take this school

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
My mother & aunts & uncles attended this school, I attended this school & now my daughter attends this school. Mr.Spatola is the epitome of what a principal should be like. He is involved in the lives of ea. student at the school. As in one of the other reviews, I do not mind waking up extra early to commute and bring my daughter to school. It's so worth it.

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May 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2004
My daughter and I have been in this school since she went to kindergarten. Eventhough I do not live in the area, I do not mind getting up earlier to drop my daughter at this wonderful school where children always come first. This school not only prepares the student academically but also supports them emotionally. They get the parents involved in our children's education by providing us with workshops and also preparing us to better ourselves by giving computer classes, ESL classes, GED classes and English classes. The teachers are well prepared to help each child individually, they motivate the students and encourage them to do their best. The principal gets involved in everything related to the children. You can go any day and I am sure you will find him at the school. He can be in a classroom or helping the children cross the streets. I love PS 172!

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Ps 172 Beacon School Of Excellence
825 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY  11232
(718) 965-4200
Last modified Ps 172 Beacon School Of Excellence is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 172 Beacon School Of Excellence Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top