Students enrolled 1359
Hours no info
School leader MS. SHARON FIDEN
Transportation options no info
District New York City Geographic District #15
Preschool capacity no info
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1 Albemarle Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218

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(718) 437-6135
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4 stars
Based on 31 ratings

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August 06, 2014
No complaints. Confusion and chaos regarding testing standards and what's expected of the students and teachers, but that's no fault of the teachers, they do their best with what's given. My 5th grader had no problems coming in as a 1st year transfer, assistance was received immediately from the counselor to help with middle school applications. Decent environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2014
My daughter had attended this school since Kindergarten. Though despite the states best efforts to dwindle funding to the educational system this school really makes the effort. (1) Has a Gifted Program. My daughter was in this program for years. I wish the classes were smaller, but as our neighborhood grows having less than 20 students is a pipe dream. (2) Has lots of extra curricular and after school activities such as theater, band and strings program, South Asian Youth Action, Kids Orbit, and many others! (3) Brad Lander (councilman) has bought the children smart boards and laptops which should begin in 2015. (4) Many events to raise money. However, they need more parental involvement! This is a working middle class neighborhood so its hard to find parents with the free time to get involved but this school could really shine with a stronger PTA!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
ps 230 has some excellent attributes. I can see the ratings vary depending on the parents and students. sometimes the teachers and administration need a push to help your child but that is to be expected in most academic environments with many children. my child is special needs and this school does a very good job with many of these kids, including mine. like many other schools there is no substitute for a parent paying close attention to what his or her child needs and seeking it out. there is no better advocate for your child than a parent. to expect the school to do the job here is unrealistic and you won't find it many places. overall this school has done wonders for my child. if you have a child with special needs this is a wonderful and caring learning environment

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
I thought the Lower School was great. The Upper School, however, has been a nightmare. If you want an engaged teacher who thinks out of the box, this school is not for you. Too much attention is given to teaching to the test, and the principal encourages it and pushes away concerned parents. The administrators have broken promises to us many times. It makes me sad to post this comment, but I hope others don't make my mistake of trusting these people. They have failed my child.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
I am a parent of two boys that both attend PS 230. We are very happy with this school. It has an extremely diverse student body, a dedicated staff that and truly wonderful teachers. My boys love going to school every day, and that speaks volumes. I talk to their teachers daily, I talk to the principal and assistant principal, they are very accessible. They have a rigid reading and math curriculum, my first graders have turned into voracious readers because of their teachers. The PTA is a work in progress, but is really making great strides this year to create more funds for the school and incorporate more parents, getting all the amazing cultures at our school represented on the PTA. It is a school very connected to its neighbrohood. I am very happy with PS 230. It gets 4 stars, because there are always ways to grow and improve.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
If you haven't experienced other schools out there you might be fooled to think that this school has anything to offer for your precious child. This is one of those typical goverment school that is dumbing down our kids. Everything is done by the books and what they are told to do. I had my daughter in gifted class here and you would think you are getting the best but not until you ask around and find out what other schools are doing. How they actually find creative ways to teach their students to expand their knowledge and take time to engage with parents in lots and lots of fun activities. I'm just beeing honest there's nothing positive about this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
P.S. 230 Is an excellent school. The kids that graduate from there go to good middle schools like: MS51, The Math&Science Exploratory School (MS447), New Voices, etc. Students that attended P.S.230 are now in great high schools like Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech and Midwood. The school loves having fundraisers and events like: Family Science (kids and parents come in on a Saturday to work on fun science projects together). They throw festivals and fairs. They have things like "Hat Day" and "Pajama Day". P.S.230 also has a "Girls Night Out", and a "Boys Night Out". 4th and 5th grade girls and come in with their mothers/sisters or fathers/brothers, and the nurse speaks about how their bodies will start changing. The education is excellent, kids learn something everyday. The school is also very diverse, celebrating Chinese New Years, Bengali New Years and other cultures.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2013
good school...lot of ethnc bangaladeshi festivals and actvities...truely caters to bangladeshi community in the neibourhood.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2013
nothing great about this school. embraces and promotes medocricity. there is no drive among teachers and students to excel in studies or otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2013
This is one of the worst schools that you could send your child to. I have two kids in this school and the school is horrible. I can't wait to move from here. I'm doing you a huge favor please listen to my advice. THEY DON"T CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILD HERE PERIOD. They pretend they do but they don't. Good luck please do your child a favor and moveee.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
I am very pleased with the gifted and talented program at P.S. 230. The school is a great environment, and the principal runs a tight ship (especially considering the size of this school). The teachers in the lower school, from gym to music-and-movement to art to science, are warm, smart, experienced and these are all in addition to the AMAZING kindergarten G&T teacher and strong first grade teacher. Also, a nice sense of community in the class, since the students move up together through the grades.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
The administrators at ps 230 have little vision, leadership, and imagination. They might plug in holes as they go along, but they do not have the capability to shape a school into something great. I spoke with the principal and assistant principals a number of times because I did not agree with some of their teaching methods. It was clear to me that they have no consistent pedagogy that guides them.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
I am currently going to this school and I think it is the best school so far. I have been in this school since kindergarten and I am having a great year. I am in 5th grade right now so it has been about 6 years in P.S.230. The teachers here are very kind and they help you the best they can. I love this school. P.S.230 rocks!

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2011
P.S. 230 is an excellent school with a diverse ethnic student body. I met Principal Sharon Fiden at the first PTA meeting and seems enthusiastic about the direction in where the school is heading in terms of increasing state test scores. 2010, I was very impressed with my daughter's first grade teacher Mrs. Saeed. Very detailed in her responses to my concerns regarding my daughters academics in math. Gave suggestions to improve her math strategies. Now in second grade, so far so good, I have no complaints. I do wish the band program included second graders. I wish they have more physical extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
They call this a gifted program? The so called gifted program at PS 230 is a water downed version of NYC gifted programs. Teachers are not allowed to move their students forward because the Principal Ms. Sharon Fiden has told them that their students have to be taught what the general education students are taught. This was once a great school with a great gifted program, but since Ms. Fiden arrived more than 8 years ago she has dismantled the program. I am just glad my child graduated this last year. .

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
PS 230 is an excellent school with dedicated teachers and staff. Great kids, great programs. The school is incredibly diverse and rich with culture. A wonderful place to send your kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
This school is a very big school with a small feel. They do a lot with their meager funds relative to size and with budget cuts, and where the city and state fail with regard to funding, the PTA is active and hard-working, and the administration and teaching works hard to meet standards while preserving its unique approach creative enrichment and learning. It is not a test prep factory. Teachers are outstanding and morale among seems high. Extra enrichment programs are often offered on weekends in science and art.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
Since starting as PS 230, my daughter has found a love a reading and writing, science and art. I am astounded by how much she has learned in such a short time. The school is a warm and welcoming place to parents and children. It is the best start to her academic career that I could have hoped for.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
P.S. 230 is an excellent school that does its best to keep parents involved at each step of their children's education. They host curriculum meetings, send out monthly newsletters, and host open houses with the school's principal. The teachers are friendly, and have an open door policy. The P.T.A. is super active and trusted, and does a good job of raising funds. There is always a focus on the diversity of community built into the curriculum since the population of the school hails from all parts of the world. I just wish that the lower school (the school is divided into two buildings) had a proper playground.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
I was a student at PS230 last year and I loved it! The PTA was very cooperative with the school with all of the fundraisers that they have for the school! The best was the school fair!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
My daughter goes to p.s.230 lower school. I am not thrilled about the school but cannot complain too much either. It's not the worst school. I agree with some parents there is a large potential for the school if it was more controlled by the principles. The gym is not a good place for kids to sit and wait for teh parents to pick them up, it has no ventilation there whatsoever. I think the food is a major issue also. With all the obesity going on in America, fried food is not the choice to have for such small stomachs.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
I m a parent and I believe this school is an average school. I have my child going there for the first time and I am not amazed with this school. The principal is not too involved;I have seen her maybe 3 times in the morning, never in the afternoon, she is not visible to the parents. The lower school is a mess at the time of releasing the children. It needs more leadership and staff involvement. The principle needs to show more interaction with the parents. The schools needs to have a meeting in regards to improvements for the lower school and middle school. I also believe the principle should implement the use of uniforms for all the kids. This school has a lot of potential but need more leadership within the staff and most important from the principle.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2008
I am a student who goes to this school. And from my expireince here i would say this school is the best !!!!!!!! This school is the best thing that ever happened to me.

- submitted by a student
January 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 04, 2007
Overall, this is a good school. My daughter is in Mr. Scott's class. Last year, she was in Mrs. Gallagher's class. I find that the parents are very very cooperative and participate in school activities. Yes, the children go up to their classes on their own which in my personal opinion it shows the child to be independent from an early age. This school has the highest test stats compared to other schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
overall the school is pretty good. The add thing that I find about this school is that the lower calsses k-1st grade have to go to their classes by them selves. As far as I now kids are supposed to line up and their teacher is supposed to take them up. Also what I find add is that the child as such a young age if gets hurt go to the nurse by himself. What if the child falls down the stairs! The school is clean and parents are cooparative. there is no yard so the kids dont get outside time in the lower school. The PTA is pretty good and the teachers are very cooparative. Overaal I would give the school three stars.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2006
P.S. 230 is excellent school. They provide the gifted program also. There are a lot of activities. Parents get involve with the school in the good level.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
I am the parent of two boys attending PS 230. Dylan is 5 years old (he turns 6 March 4th) and he is a student in Mrs. Flaherty's kindergarten class. In August of '05, Dylan tested for admission to the gifted program. I sat as he was challenged on a variety of academic skills - including, but not limited to, listening, interpreting, analysis, discovery, struggle (trying to figure out a difficult answer) and success. I was pleasantly surprised. The test lasted for approximately 1hr and 15 minutes. Toward the end, Dylan began to tire but he had made it. Mrs. Flaherty is a very engaging teacher. She keeps the kids growing on multiple levels while orchestrating them through K - math (numbers 1-100, early addition and subtraction, using money), word identification and word stretching (early attempts at phonetically sounding out new sight words or early reading).

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
My daughter is currently in the gifted program and so far I am very happy with it. Kindergarten was a wonderful experience with a lovely teacher who expressed a passion for what she does. Words cannot express how great of a teacher she was. I hope to have this same experience with my 4 yearold that is entering Kindergarten this year.....I will truly be lucky beause there is no comparison.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2005
It is a very structured, no nonsense environment. The kindergarten kids get 2-4 pages of homework every night except for weekends. The building is new, bright, clean and air conditioned. The classroom is big, but so is the class size, 25, and there is no assistant teacher. We do, however, have many parent volunteers. The kindergarten teachers are both fabulous. Our daughter's is strict, but very warm and loving. The kids all seem to respect her & really love her too. Reading and writing are strongly emphasized...a good portion of the day is spent working on these skills in some form or another. In addition, they learn math, science, music, dance, gym, social studies, art, conflict resolution and Spanish (taught by a parent volunteer). They also go on many class trips, which parents are encouraged to go on and help. In short, we think it is an amazing program.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
My son is in the gifted program at PS 230. It is a wonderful and challenging program. The teachers thus far have been excellent. I would recommend the program without hesitation.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
December 18, 2003
I was a student at 230. I was in the 'rainbow'/'gifted' program. The teachers there are really great teachers, though some are pretty strict and get a bad rap from us kids. Homework is normal, which means a lot. The math, english and social studies are pretty good, but science is a little weak in the main building (3rd through 5th grades) but if you have a good teacher, then it all works out. Over all, it is a good community to be a part of.

- submitted by a former student
November 03, 2003
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Ps 230 Doris L Cohen
1 Albemarle Rd, Brooklyn, NY  11218
(718) 437-6135
Last modified Ps 230 Doris L Cohen is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 230 Doris L Cohen Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews.