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Phyl's Academy Prep

Private | PK-5 | 380 students


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Posted July 22, 2014


Posted October 14, 2013

Please think twice before sending your kids to the school!! When doing my tour I thought this was the school for my kids only to find out its a nightmare. The office staff is horrible, not professional, attitudes, and can't give you information when asked for. The school owner is never around to answer questions. The school it's self needs to be upgraded. As far as my child learning the teachers were not teaching my child what he was supposed to be learning. The classrooms were crowded with only one teacher and had no control. I can go on for days but pls think twice before coming enroll info your child here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 17, 2013

Phyl's Academy. What a Great Find a Diamond in The rough My Son has been Enrolled For the past two years.great educational Program. Safe and affordable. We are Extremely happy. I Would recommend this School to Family and Friends.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 14, 2013

Phyl's Academy the reason my child couldn't read in kindergarten he went there knowing his numbers, colors, shapes, letters sounds and recognition writing his letters, for pre-k . THey were teaching him the same things even though he showed them he knew it the teachers are rude, no structure to what they do love fun and games though my kid left pre-k unable to read. for a pre-k student one to three letter words at least should be in their vocab my older kids went to Brooklyn Institute for Children and at the end of pre-k they read at 1st grade levels so imagine my disappointment when i listened to a friend who recommended the school well he is in a gifted program in 2nd grade after starting in the reg kindergarten class i wouldn't recommend anyone serious about education to this school if you wanna have friends and your child have fun and not much work its a school for you but if your child's education is first priority dont waste your money it is useless. Teachers excuse when they educate the kids we remove them to gifted programs and they lose the kids ($$$)
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Posted June 14, 2013

Very good school with a nurturing environment!!! My daughter entered this school at 2 years old, attending Nursery 1, and has loved it from the very beginning. She has had excellent teachers, all very caring and nurturing. The school had a very strong academic curriculum; students are taught one to two years above the standard grade level. My daughter is now 7 years old and completing first grade, she is on the honor roll and is excelling quite well. She loves the teachers and the environment. I would strongly recommend this school to any parent who wants a quality education and strong academic foundation for their child. The down side is the lack of parent involvement and no formal gym or Assembly hall
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Posted April 10, 2013

My daughter has been attending this school for two years, Nursery and now Pre-K. Overall, I love the school. I feel great knowing that she is well monitered and safe. I love the fact that there is an after school program for parents who can't pick up until 6pm. I do think that the registration fee and after care are too expensive as the child gets older.
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Posted October 1, 2012

My son attended Phyl's Academy for Pre-K and it was a wonderful experience for our family. By the end of Pre-K, he was adding and subtracting single numbers, his phonemic awareness was remarkable for a kid his age and he started reading. He loved his teacher and the the environment. The administration handled concerns and issues very thoughtfully and with the childrenin mind. I don't think you can ask for more. The only reason we're not there now is the tuition. Between the registration, tuition and after-school, it was a little too much. But I still think it's a great school.
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Posted July 6, 2012

I am so happy I found this school. Really never heard of it before my boss' son started going here but I'm so glad she told me to check it out. My daughter loves her teachers, is learning a lot, and making new friends. I've enrolled her for September and I am really happy with the school. It's a little far from where I live in Prospect Heights, but similar schools in my area are more than twice the price! I'd rather travel a little than pay rent money for preschool!
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Posted March 6, 2012

My child has been attending Phyl's for over a year now and for the most part I am happy with the quality of education she is recieving. She started in Nursery and is now in Nursery 2. She is on target as far as recognizing shapes, colors and letters, articulating her thoughts (as much as you can at 3 years old!) and counting. My issue with the school is that it is expensive and I am doubtful that her teachers are trained properly in thier field. If they work on staff development it would go a long way. For what I am paying, some extracurriculars would be nice. How about adding a dance class or a music appreciation course? Also, I would like more parent nights where we can come in and speak to teachers & administrators about the childs progress & what they need to work on. Lastly, I would not mind if they push my kid some more. Her homework is already too easy for her, kids get bored and a false sense of accomplishment if there isn't much of a challenge. They have been open-minded about parent involvement allowing 1 parent to do a fruit calender to encourage healthy eating. More parent inclusiveness would be nice though, no one has ever reached out to ask me to volunteer.
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Posted January 10, 2012

Well, i'm very unpleased with the service that i've received from phyl's Academy. I know the Owners therefore, i scheduled an appt to speak with them, i will seek legal counsel if i'm not satisfy with their step to fix and prevent this from happening to others. HORRIBLE CUST SVCS, Large class sizes, lack of communication, expensive, unexpected fees....
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Posted August 31, 2011

My son has been attending Phyl's for 2 years and I am very impressed. He is so motivated about school, I have to say largely due to his teachers who really put in that extra effort. We registered him for September and will keep him at Phyl's until he graduates. Our pediatrician suggested Phyl's. His kids both got into excellent junior high programs, so I'm taking the same path. I also just found out that Phyl's students had 100% passes on the Language and Math exams again this year. I do wish there was a more active PTA but overall, it's a great school.
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Posted August 31, 2011

My daughter attended Phyl's for the first time in Summer Camp and had a blast. We ended up testing her for September admission and were lucky to get a space for her. The test showed that she's not as advanced academically as Phyl's kids, but she's so happy there that I'm not concerned. Very attentive teachers, extremely clean and bright rooms, and I noticed the annoucement about how well the students did on the standardized tests when I dropped off her medical today. Very happy so far and looking forward to September.
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Posted August 29, 2011

Lacks licensed or motivated teachers (private school), There is not any consistency with buiding knowledge for test taking which matters for middle school. Not enough extra activities for creative arts or thinking.
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Posted April 3, 2010

My child has been attending this school for the past two years, and I am satisfied with the level of education she is receiving. Knowing that the school system is based on a strong level of test taking skills, Phyl's Academy teaches its students the foundation of mastering any test. Take a walk to any of the gifted and talent sch in the city and you will find chn from Phyl's Academy there. Phyl's student are well known to schools such as IS 392, Phillipa Schuyler, Mark Twain, including Prep for Prep program. The extra activities at the sch are not bad. The kids have opportunity to participate in dancing, playing the drums, the piano, and karate. The chn also learn a foreign language. I would like to see a better library at the school and the sch can engage the kids in more educational enrichments activities throughout the city.
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Posted March 25, 2010

I can honestly say that my child has been given an unfair chance at Phyls Academy. The school was not well prepared for the children. The curriculum is outdated. They use our children as guinea pigs and they have no respect for the parents or the children. Please understand that this is not a bashing session but a way to keep schools that are not up to par on their toes or leave the business. The fifth grade program has a total of 27 children in the class. That is the same number as public school at private school prices. They do not have a music program they do not have a real gym program nor do they take the children on real educational excursions. The majority of the really strong teachers are gone. Their academic approach for teaching is very antiquated. There is no form or parent/teacher communication.
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Posted March 21, 2010

Phyl's Academy is an atrocious institution! Please don't ever send your child there! The administration is horrible. They don't have staff meetings, opportunities for professional development, or even fire drills!! The teachers barely have books or a curriculum to follow and are not supported at all. Teachers come and go as they please leaving kids unattended or leaving an assistant teacher with no lesson plan and nothing to do with the kids. There's no special education program so kids with learning and behavioral disorders are mixed in with all the other students and are not helped or supported in any way. Who gives kindergarteners mid-term exams? Seriously, what are they being tested on, coloring in the lines?!? Teachers are not respected whatsoever. It's like a family-run business that does whatever they want to without any input from their customers or staff. You'd be absolutely crazy to send your child there!!!!!

Posted October 21, 2009

I'm surprised by some of the recent reviews. I brought my son to Phyls because of the excellen scores their students get. I've been a parent now for 2 years and my child has excelled in this program. The fees are very moderate to me and I have actually gone out there to compare pricing before making the decision to enroll here. My son also went to Summer Camp - the building is fully airconditioned. My niece also started attending, she started Spanish in the Ist grade. I suggest parents visit the program for themselves. I'm very happy and highly recommend Phyls Academy.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 23, 2009

I think the teachers at this school are making bread out of stone..they work their butts off,with little material....the discipline is great and the kids are safe,,excellent teachers all very experienced but administraion is horrible..the school is runned in a dictatorship form.....teachers are under-paid..and stressed..this will all trickle down and our children will for 5 grade ? find another for your child its over crowded...35and over.
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Posted June 10, 2009

This school is excellent and I would send advice any parent to send their child there. They learn how to read,add,subtract,divide, and multiply all from kindergarten and up.My child started to learn spanish and art in the second grade.The curiculum and behavior in that school is very outstanding and I love it.The only flaw that school has is that the school's fee is over priced but I think that at the end when your child is well educated it pays off because they get to go to a great Junior High School which is excellent.
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Posted January 14, 2009

The school is over rated! Maybe it was excellent at one time but not anymore! Its over priced and you don't get what you pay for. Most of the teachers are not NY state certified teachers, the curriculum materials are outdated, the classrooms are not equipped with air conditioning for the summer, No art/ theatre program, Music is not apart of the curriculum, no Athletic program, No chess team, and last but not least your child won't even be engage in learning a second language such as French, Spanish, Italian, Mandrin Chinese. They have to wait until 5th grade to begin to learn spanish. They say they do have music but its not a music class where your child learns to play an instrument. Their idea of music class is clapping hands and singing nursery rhyms. I was so disappointed with the school I removed my kids from this money factory.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 99% 21%
White 1% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 21%
Two or more races 0% N/A
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3520 Tilden Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
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