Love this school and it's diversity...my kids have been very happy at 282 for 6 years and as long as they are happy, mommy is happy! There are many involved parents who do their best each and every day to ge this school from good to great!!!
I am a parent at 282, my daughter enjoys all the enrichment programs our PTO provides to the students here. She came home so excited having learned gymnastics during her gym period. This was thanks to the parent volunteers who raise $$ each year for 282. I think there is a strong community here with so much growth potential! I am a proud 282 parent!
My school is a lovely school in Park Slope which draws students from throughout Brooklyn. The teachers are dedicated and a large percentage of the parents are very involved (in a good way). My children are happy and learning, and I am enjoying getting to know other parents and helping the school through volunteer activities.
The Park Slope School has such wonderful enrichment programs for the students. I'm shocked.that the locals attend such an overcrowded school up the road, when 282 has everything a child needs to develop and flourish. Oh, and their G&T program? Awesome!
As a former teacher of special Ed in this school I can honestly say there is no tolerance, let alone support, for students with special needs and their teachers. They are not wanted in this school because they may pull scores down, and reflect negatively upon the unprincipled principal.
Great learning/bad environment. My kid scored above on the state exams. I took her out because the school spent too much time on unruly behavior, those who just sought any type of negative attention. It was too much for us as it took away from the learning. Get rid of the kids who don't want to learn because this school laid the ground work for her to excel in her current school. We love the no nonsense of the Principal and wish it extended to the upper grades. Like I said great learning/bad environment.
Overall, I would give this school a 5. I am always amazed when I see post that are so negative. I have lived in the community for over 20 years and can say that this is a great school, not perfect , but certainly one that I would and did send my children. I am struck, by the segregation that has existed between the two neighborhood schools. I am also wondering where so much negativity is coming from? I find that Ms. Alexis fights for her students and holds teachers accountable. There are a multitude of programs, every classroom is a smartroom, there is a computer lab, new library, international and national trips, partnerships with universities, competitive chess clubs, theater summer program and more. Living in the community, I have attended meetings where supposedly progressive parents have complained about the school and the children who they feel are not from the area. Some of us who are really progressive, wondered if this was some sort of code for the clearly brown children that predominate. Most of what is in the very negative post seem so foreign to me and the experiences of my children. I hope that those who are interested, will visit the school on their own.
A joyless institution that doesn't serve the progressive liberal community that reflects North Park Slope today. Beyond the G&T classes, there's really not much to recommend it, certainly not the non existent arts program, the PC who will never reply to emails, the hostile pupil secretary, and the rigid old-school principal who who's main interaction with kids is shrieking at them in the morning.
Horrible Schol I was so happy to get my kids out of this school, the principal ran the school like it was her business.It was her way and no one else.
Awful school , bad experience with administration office principal , and teacher I do not recommend school, it seems to have good reviews from other parents, I still can't understand why
In need of new leadership to serve the community that it resides in....strange politics appears to have allowed this to continue way beyond it's need.
The kids are wild and during lunch we couldn''t even talk, the kids have bad language and and a lot of disrespect
My daughter is in the G&T kindergarten class at PS 282 and we love it. We love her teacher, she is stern and very nurturing. Our class parent is amazing at keeping the parents updated with the different activities that take place during the day. The parent coordinator is very responsive and has even called when something was uncertain with my daughter. The parent coordinator sends out a weekly newsletter that is very informative. The PTO is always conducting different events that we try to attend in an effort to support the school. We haven't had any negative experiences with the Principal. As a parent I realize the role that I have in my child's education and school. Sure the school plays a major role as well as the teacher but parents need to pitch in to make and keep our schools good. There are numerous parents who volunteer in my daughter's class and I think that is awesome. Whenever the class needs something or is hosting something, there is an outpouring of support from the parents. I think this is an awesome school and my daughter is thriving and learning new things everyday. Great schools don't happen over night and it takes a village to raise a child.
So sorry to write ,I am so happy to have my child out of this school. In a different school now and the difference has been so much more positive on a social level. Learning is more fun and joyful. No fighting at lunch or recess.... I did not want to write reviews in the past about 282 because my child was there and did not want to feel any negative attitude from the principle or some of her staff. I would hear from teachers about the pressure she would put on the teachers and the blame she put on the teachers if parents toke their kids out of the school...FYI it was never about the teachers, this principal has lost alot a great teachers,,,, its always about the principal....I am so happy to be out of there. Yes there are good teachers , some great parents , working hard but never with full support from the principal to work with the parents on projects, not like I see in other schools. I have been shocked at my child's new school to learn what can be done when the PTA and the Principal work in support of each other...its wonderful , would have never known if I did not leave 282....best thing I could of ever done for my kid...
My daughter is currently in First grade. To be honest she is a challenging child full of high energy and spontaneous actions. I believe the staff has done an excellent job at helping to redirect her personality into positive behavior. The VICE Principal is EXCELLENT. I love the activities and programs the PTA does for the kids. I appreciate the extracurricular activities and the Kids Orbit afterschool program. This school has definately set the standard :)
The school has come a long way since our arrival in 2008 my child has had wonderful lower grade teachers. Various trips and exposure to multiple arts and activities make this school special. The middle school needs a bit of work, high teacher turnover is disconcerting. Many attribute that to the principals "my way or the highway attitude" Losing good middle school teachers is a hard hit. Lots of parental involvement in grades K-5. The middle school lacks lockers for kids, leaves them schlepping large heavy book-bags all day even at lunch. School doesn't have plans for lockers in future. Middle school could also use additional Asst. principle after all school has approx 890 students. ANd some of the M.S. students need civility lessons, the vocabulary heard at end of day is unbelievable. Most of the support staff is very helpful and friendly
The only reason I'm giving it three stars is because of the teachers and staff which are great, unfortunately the same can't be said about the principle. The school is not what it used to be. The majority of the children that go to the school aren't even from the neighborhood. The principle is not qualified to run the school. She's never available for the parents, even when you make an appointment she refuses to see you. I love the teachers and staff but it saddens me that this school has turned for the worse because of an unqualified principle.
My daughter is finishing 1st grade in the G&T program at 282. We've had a very positive experience and she is thriving both intellectually and socially. We love supporting our local school.
My son is in the G& T kindergarden class and has had an absolutely fabulous experience - and he had an amazing experience in an ordinary pre-K classroom as well. His teachers have been loving, dedicated, and very very effective in teaching him how to read! He is happy and engaged - and really enjoys school's arts program. Every day there is some sort of music, dancing, theater, drawing and painting. The school has a brand new garden and a nationally ranked chess program. Everyone is super friendly and nice - we are very glad to be there.
My daughter has been in the Gifted and Talented program here since K. Her teacher is incredibly dedicated to all of her students and goes way beyond the call of duty to make sure her students are thriving and challenged. There have been only 16-19 students in her class. The school also manages to offer chess class, swimming lessons, cooking, theater & other enrichment. I am really glad I chose this school. This school is underused by the zoned families and it is unfortunate that they are ignoring this excellent resource in favor of other schools outside of their community.
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