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September 17, 2013
My daughter really loves the school, staff and her classmates. She looks forward to going to school every single day and is extremely happy there. We've also met some really wonderful families who truly care about the success of the school. As for the curriculum - it isn't very exciting and we wish there were more enrichment/after-school activities. Though for that to happen the school really needs the parent community to step up and be more involved. The teachers have been great - especially her 2nd grade teacher who went above and beyond to enrich their lives (offered chess lessons and jazz Fridays). The school also has an exceptional music teacher who produces the greatest end of year musicals! Unfortunately, the music program finds itself on the "chopping block" year after year. All in all, a good school with room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Our longtime principal retired this year and we have a new principal Ms. Tami Flynn (greatschools - you need to update your info!). She has big shoes to fill but I'm sure she's up to the task as we received an introduction letter from her on the first day of school. PS 193 hasa wonderful parent community with huge potential for making a difference, but we just don't have enough parents involved and it's a shame. Other than that I'm very happy with my child's academic progress in CIG. I think there could be more challenge in math and the DOE's mandatory curriculum change basically set the class back by a year to make sure everyone learned math "the new way". But the school tries really hard and the effort from all staff is palpable, except for the parent coordinator.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I think the school provides a decent education, and so far I haven't seen anything that I considered better in the rest of Brooklyn, even though some of my friends' children attend private schools, as well as other well-regarded public schools. We have other options, closer to our home, for example, but have been happy enough to send our child to PS193. We like that the administration has been responsive to our needs, there are some great teachers, and we have seen great progress, especially in reading and writing for our child. She has also very much enjoyed music lessons, both singing and flutaphone, as well as gotten exposure to French language and culture. We made good friends with some of the other families in the school. The school has a very nice playground, where our child stays after school . There are downsides -- the lunchroom is very loud, and our child said that sometimes staff yell at children, especially in the lunchroom.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
I am extremely proud of all that the school is doing in order to facilitate to the extraordinary needs of my children. One son is in CIG and the other two in general classes, however all three challenged by their teachers every single day. My 1st grader received homework right up until 2 days before school officially closed.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Wonderful environment for your children and very safe. The teachers are doing an excellent job of educating my three children .

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
My daughter has been in the CIG class since Kindergarten and she has received an excellent education re reading , math, art, and French. Where else can a public elementary student in Brooklyn be taught French. The school is racially diverse and it works THe school needs more money and needs to tap into its reservoir of alumni. Othen than that,the schools has a warm, caring and creative environment with a seasoned principal who knows how to work the syste,

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2011
This is an excellent School. My daughter is in the 1st grade and i am extremely please with her progress.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2010
The Gil Hodges School is was an awesome school when I went there and still is. I attended P.S. 193 from 2nd to 5th grade and I was in the Gifted and Talented program and I am now a high school junior. The teachers taught well and challenged me every step of the way. The school always had interesting activities like the annual dance festival and the school play. They also had a lot of clubs and programs for the students to partake in. I loved the fact that the school has a motto of "Be Respectful and Be Nice". My only dislike was that the CIG program kids were deemed superior to the rest of the school and had a lot of "special" field trips and programs that I felt every student should have been able to participate in. Also, I think that they needed to have a no tolerance policy on bullying. When anyone was teased the administration would put it off as harmless child's play, even though it wasn't. Other then these few minuscule flaws, I'd recommend P.S. 193 as a great school for parents to send their children to.

- submitted by a community member
October 12, 2010
My child is in a CIG class. The school fosters an belief that the student of CIG are the elite. Unforrtunately the students themselves are perpetuating this believe in their actions and attitudes. Although my child is a CIG student and the work is challenging, her teacher is harsh to say the least. It is as if she is on a personal mission to keep the CIG program exclusive to who she things deserves to be there. She critizes at every turn and expects the students to act as college students. I often times ask myself if her actions are justified. Are "gifted" children adults or are they children who have the ability to learnfaster than others. In all honesty, I dont believe these CIG children are geniuses and should not be made to think they are elite either. This year may be the last year my daughter attends ps 193.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2010
If your child is in Gifted program, this is a good school. They will receive a quality education. However, if your child is in the general classes, I would recommend another school where they can be more challenged. My children came from a private Pre-K program and I was very disappointed by the curriculum being taught on the K and 1st grade level.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
Great school! My son was in Cig and is now in middle school. He is doing outstanding work due to his academic and social education at PS193. Kusos to the principal, AP and staff. An unsung gem of a school. Also, the PA is outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2009
This school continually proves that a strong, caring and committed staff will provide true excellence not only by expectation but by example. Of my 4 children 2 are in the CIG program, 1 in general ed and 1 in special ed. Each child loves school because they learn something new everyday and enjoy and respect the adults in the building. I love how each child is challenged based on their independent strengths and weaknesses. Each enjoy a phenomenal art, music and dance program that is unrivaled in this district. It is a gift and shows that public education is thriving here at 193!

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September 22, 2009
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September 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
As parents, all we want is for our children to excel and be happy with in their school environments. I have 2 boys at 193, one is in the G&T program & my other son is in a general class. I can honestly say that both my children are receiving a wonderful education. They are on different levels but their academic needs are being met accordingly. Both my sons are advanced for the classes they are in. They participate in great plays through out the yr, and other types of arts activities. One of my sons takes French and French enrichment. Reading and writing is a big part of the schools program, which is great, both my sons are 2-3 levels above their reading level. The school community is so close, our kids take extra curriculum activities else where.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2009
Love it ! ! ! They are so caring and know every child on a first name basis. I would totally recommend this school to everyone. My son is in the CIG program and I could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
P.S. 193 offers my children the best of many worlds. The quality of the arts and music program is unmatched. Every staff member and student understands and often quotes the school credo 'Be respectful. Be nice.' Two of my four children are in the G&T program and are flourishing with a nice balance of independent work and classroom activities. I highly recommend this school. Come see it for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
P.S. 193 is a wonderful school. My daughters love it there, I wish they had up to 8th grade in this school. The teachers there is very terrific, they are doing a great job with the kids. They love the Glee Club, and the tap dance.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2009
My son has never been the kind to apply his full potential to school. PS 193 has been very patient and caring to my child who has a single parent. They try every means to make him feel special and involved.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
My son just got enrolled in kindergarten this September and I love what the school has done so far. His teacher Mrs. Sisane is great and he loves to go to school every day.

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November 22, 2008
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November 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2008
My daughter was part of the 1st grade CIG program. When she entered she was reading at a Kindergarten level at the end of the school year she is reading at a 3rd grade level. I love this school. Also the prinicpal and the teacher Ms.Hoffman were great.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2008
Every day, my daughter comes home and tells me about how she enjoys her school so much, and about all the fun things she did. The joy on her face is indescribable. She really loves her school.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2008
My daughter is getting a well rounded education at Gil Hodges. The music program is excellent. In the 2nd and 3rd grade she became part of the glee club and learned the flutaphone. Some classes even learn tap dancing, and all children participate in the annual dance festival

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
Whoever said that it was impossible to receive a well-rounded, challenging public school education in NYC lied. PS 193 does an amazing job with students whose parents come from all over the world. It has a diverse student body and a principal that any of the private $36,000/year private schools in Manhattan would die to have. My daughter has done classes in puppetry, dance, French, and much more. The school also has an wonderful and active PTA. My daughter loves school but most of all, she loves PS 193!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2008
I am a student here and I'm in the CIG program. This is a great school. In CIG you are challenged and there are many activities. When you reach fifth grade, there is TADA, which teaches children many skills, like writing your own script, creating songs, and thinking. The teachers always try to teach you more and if you don't understand they help you. The people in this school are wonderful. The principal is funny, but always checks on a class to make sure they are doing well. The Gil Hodges school is the school for you!

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
My son is currently attending PS 193 and I have to admitt it is a very clean, nice and safe school. The only issue that I have is that the children that are not in the gifted programs are not getting the same quality education. He was doing harder work in PreK in another school. Now that he is in the first grade I feel the same way. He is not being challenged enough. I have to give him additional work at home. Besides that the school is a good one. I especially like the fact that it looks more like a school than many I have seen. Its a very friendly enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
P.S.193 Is truly a caring community school. The Teachers are excellent! and the children are wonderful and they live up to to the schools credo 'Be Nice and Be Respectful' P.S 193 offers a variety of after school programs in academics and extracurricular activities for the children such as Dance, music and more. My 6 year old daughter absolutely loves her school. She is already a grade level advanced in her academics, thanks to the challenging material & curriculum the school and teachers offer. With a growing Parent Association, the school is stronger then ever. The Powerful involvement and caring support of the parents enabled the school to receive more donations and raise more money for even better academic programs and resources. As a former student of P.S. 193 and now as a parent of a student in P.S. 193 I could'nt ask for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 30, 2007
This is the first school I ever attended. What I learned those first years has stuck with me through my entire school career. I thank God everyday for my teachers at this school. They made school fun and interesting. Learning was exciting, well structured and made sense. This was a wonderful start! I could not ask for more!

- submitted by a former student
January 23, 2007
I think this school is the best for social and academic purposes I will always love this school an d my loving and caring 193 staff

- submitted by a former student
November 13, 2006
The principal is well-liked by parents and extremely responsive to their concerns. My daughter is not in one of their highly-respected gifted programs and while she is doing well, she could be challenged more academically. I'm extremely pleased that she has been able to participate in dance and art programs, which many public schools have abandoned. I agree that the quality of the general education classes varies significantly and may not receive the kind of attention and allocation of talented teachers that the gifted programs do. Overall, this is a good school with concerned teachers. Not to be ignored is the fact that it feels and looks like a school rather than a building that 'boards' children until 2:30 - it does not feel 'institutional' and children are not treated as though they're in an 'institution.' Security is good, the facilities are clean, and the staff extremely friendly.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2006
Soccer, basketball, track at PS 193? If they are available, it is a well kept secret. I have asked but have received no such information, as a result my child plays soccer at prospect park, track in a Manhattan program and basketball with a local program. I would much prefer my child to participate at his school with his friends. I have seen no evidence that these programs exist at the school. Perhaps these programs should not be a secret or available to a few select number of kids. The teacher was excellent and the principal is one of the best I have encountered.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
I'm so thankful that the CIG program is available at PS 193. My son is currently in the kindergarten program, and I'm happy to report that the curriculum is enriching and creative -- my son has enjoyed lots of educational trips, and takes art, French, science, and math classes. I was surprised however, that the math/reading homework he brings home is very basic (my 3 year-old could manage much of it), but when I mentioned this to his teacher, she was very helpful and lent me some more challenging workbooks to copy. From a general perspective, the school is big, but doesn't feel it. Their philosophy 'Be respectful and be nice' really does shine through -- I have been very impressed with the friendliness and nice manners of the kids in the school. The PA is very active, and does a wonderful job of organizing fundraisers, sales, and trips.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
Good school. Teachers are very helpful. Although Pre K classes are held outside the actual building

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2005
Involved principal. Safe school, with goor extra curriculars. Best gifted program in brooklyn, if not the city

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 17, 2005
The academic programs are superb. They fully educate every student to their potentiail. Music programs are given to each student with a 100+ Singing Group, After-School Band, and two full-time music teachers including internationally-known Nonie Donato. Art is extremely well distributed in all manners whatsoever, including Arts on Parade, showhousing stuident work for a week. Sports are available in numerous teams, such as soccer, track and feild, volleyball, tee ball, and two teams for basketball. Science Fairs are annual with optional participation, though everyone does anyway. And the Parents Association is huge, with so many people for each position. All events are fully staffed, headed, and have almost too many volunteers. A lovely, safe environment, I feel so happy there! And lastly, the teachers are so caring, so wonderful, they are 'family.' They are there for the children,and there for the parents. They're the best part of P.S.193.

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2005
PS 193 is a wonderful elementary school. It is in a beautiful, safe neighborhood. In recent years, many teachers of exceptional caliber have retired, paving the way for less experienced teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2005
My daughter had a wonderful educational experience in 193. She was in the gifted program and maintained a high average. The principal is very good and knows each child by name, however there needs to be more extracurricular activities provided to the students.

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Ps 193 Gil Hodges
2515 Avenue L, Brooklyn, NY  11210
(718) 338-9011
Last modified Ps 193 Gil Hodges is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 193 Gil Hodges Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top