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Brooklyn, NY
Students enrolled: 1,143

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1400 Benson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11228

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(718) 236-5447
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Map of Ps 229 Dyker address.

April 29, 2015
High test score and district ranking is the only thing the school is seeking. They don't really care about what children really need.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2015
I've heard great things about PS 229 before sending my child there. However, what I've found is completely the opposite. I understand that with the new common core there is a lot of work and teachers are overwhelming the kids with all the information, tests, and enormous amount of HW. The expectations are way over what children are actually capable of at this age. The tests are very difficult and as a result the grades suffer. The material is taught at a college level... Just sit and listen like a lecture. Most elementary age kids need a more playful approach. The teacher penalizes for every little thing and thinks that learning through negative reinforcement is the right approach. There is absolutely no recess even in the warm months like September, October, and even June. Kids do not move around at all other than during their once a week gym class. Yet they are expected to sit quietly, consecrate and listen to the teacher all day long. I find it ridiculous. No one seems to listen to any complaints or concerns. It's as if no one at this school cares!

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2014
Both of my kids are in G&T program. Most of the teachers are excellent! However, 2 years ago one teacher for the 1st grade G&T was a little bit disappointed to us, she doesn't know how to use computer nor email, she doesn't care about the communication with the parents, her requirements for the G&T students were way too easy, and easily made them lost learning interest. Almost all the parents from her class believe that our children wasted that whole year. But, we don't see her recently, not sure if that is a good thing or not. Other than that teacher, two thumbs up for PS 229 elementary teachers, who know how to motivate the G&T kids and make teaching really meaningful and fun.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2014
I am a parent in this school since 2001. My 3 children have all had wonderful experiences in PS229. I have had 2 if my children go through Middleschool there and have found all the staff great. As with anything new there are always bumps in the road but that's top be expected. Overall it is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2013
P.s. 229 dyker is a great school. They have wonderful teachers and I am very happy that my kids go to school there.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2012
Been in this School with my kids for over 12yrs. Every school has it ups & downs but I have to say this school has been over all a great School!! The things that my kids home and learn is all from this school. Also If I had a ask for any one person to watch over these kids in school it would be Mr. Rodgers!! He has been there for over 20 yrs and knows the school in & out. Great person !!

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2012
Unfortunate many of their staff members in the office are extremely difficult to work with. No transparency... agrees with previous review by other parents: "no parent involvement in the process and no talks toward solutions" Also watch out for the security guard "Roger' - not friendly at all.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2012
Don't be fooled by these reviews. They are seriously out of date. Principal Harrigan is long gone, the middle school transition was a disaster and the new principal is in over his head. Had to pull my children out, and we were not alone. There are some bright spots, such as the wonderful lower school teachers and the excellent security team (Mr. Rodgers is the best). The upper grades leave much to be desired. If you have options, you should carefully consider them.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2012
I graduated from PS 229 in 1959, so if you do the math, you'll know that I am now a 63 year old lawyer who is very grateful for the education I obtained there. It enabled me to go on to Brooklyn Tech and then Queens College, Stony Brook University and then University of Miami Law School. I am a former teacher, so I know how challenging it is to try to educate today's kids who are so radically different from how we were back then. Bravo for being a 9 out of 10 school despite all the obstacles. I'll give you 5 stars for still going strong after all these years. I remember all of my teachers and how dedicated they were even though they earned practically nothing at the time. Keep up the good work. Education is everything.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
October 06, 2010
i love this because here teacher teach so well that my child is able to understand correctly

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 21, 2010
P.S. 229 is the epitome of what a public school should be. Its is run under the extraordinary leadership of Robert Zappulla and staffed with teachers who are nothing short of excellent. The education that the children receive is above and beyond what I expected. I am very fortunate that my children are enrolled in such a fine institution.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2009
I am very happy with the education my son is receiving. He is happy! The expanded facility is beautiful. And last, but certainly not least the security is top notch. Mr. Rodgers deserves an award!

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2009
I love this schoo....This is the best school..I am so happy i live next to the school.My child as got the best support from this school i am happy i put my child in that school for all her years and i hope she picks the best thing and go to the extention of ps229 next year.....Thank you ps229 for all your help!

- submitted by a parent

November 25, 2008
P.S. 229 is the best school in the neighborhood. My children are getting a wonderful education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 04, 2008
I agree the parent coordinator is not very helpful,borderline rude. And, yes some of the teachers can be a little harsh, but most of the teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2008
It's unfortunate that the parent teacher coordinator is extremely difficult to work with. Also, I've noticed some harsh tones coming from the teachers there.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2008
very educated school and well-behaved students. there may be some trouble once in a while. but great teaching there.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2008
This school is the best school you can ever send your child too. I just graduated last year from the 5th grade. The teacher's are so nice. The PTA does such great things for the school, including a Halloween Party, a dance a BBG for the graduating 5th grade class, a talent show, and many other things. The school also offers a band and orchastra taought by a really nice teacher. I have not one bad thing to say about this school, you get a great education and the people are so nice there. I am upset, though, that I had to leave this wonderful school, but, in about two years, there will be a Junior High. Sign your kids up now and you can have three extra years to enjoy this great school! I wish I was able too. Go to P.S. 229!

- submitted by a community member
no rating
November 01, 2007
High standards. They need more music programs. Learning instruments and a school chior!

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2007
This school though academically good, has issues with dealing with parents. The school disicplines without any parent involvement in the process and no talks torward solutions.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2006
Great school! One of the smallest schools in NYC with great teachers.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2005
it's a good school, about 9/11 of the kids in my house went/going to that school.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 26, 2004
I'm not actually a parent, in fact I'm an alumnus of PS 229, now attending the University of Maryland. I was a participant in the Delta program, which helped me vastly when the time came for junior high, and later, for high school. I am so pleased to learn that the school is still going strong.

- submitted by a student

May 16, 2004
Both my children have graduated from this adorable elementary school. It is considered the 'country club' of public elementary schools in the area. It has a strong PTA. The principal is an assett.

- submitted by a parent

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Ps 229 Dyker
1400 Benson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11228
(718) 236-5447
Last modified Ps 229 Dyker is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 229 Dyker Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top