I've been going here since September 2010 (my 6th grade year) and it has an absolute bullying problem. The dean in charge of helping, does not do his job. I've tried the principal and even the assisstant principal but none of them had helped either. Only two people are amazing at helping: A security guard and An 8th grade science teacher. I also don't like how I wasn't placed in Intergrated algebra. My strongest subject is Math and every year in elementary school, I scored a 4 but on the Ela I scored a high 3. This high 3 was one of the reasons I wasn't placed in sp. In seventh and Eighth grade I was placed in special help class "ex:731 or 831". This kind of helped me recieve 90% every marking period but the only thing I really wanted was to be in sp. The 8th grade assisstant principal, told my parents there was this "waitlist". Honestly, they need to switch the standards for sp. People in sp are failing and some non sp students are excelling. 3 months ago I found out I got into a specialized high school. I was ecstatic. A lot of people in my grade got into QHST, Van buren, Bayside and Francis Lewis though. If you want your child to go to an amazing hs pick a better school please!
My daughter has attended this school since 6th grade. She has been bullied by another student for all three years. This girl has sent slandering text messages out about my daughter, has disseminated petitions with a list of children that "hate" my daughter, has thrown a shoe in her face, has isolated ny daughter socially on numerous occasions and lastly, tripped her on the senior trip, causing a sprained ankle. The school has been willing to meet with my husband whenever we have asked but has not had one consequence for the bully. They have their anti-bullying campaigns and posters all over the school but do not follow through on anything. Bullying, emotional and physical, seems to be accepted. I have another child in elementary school and I will most likely send her to Our Lady of the Snows for middle school. I don't feel that this school is a safe place for children and am looking forward to the end of the year and getting my daughter out of there.
I think that MS172 is a very fine school. I am in 8th grade, in SP, and teachers really care about us passing our classes and Regents. In Foreign Language, we learn things that are meant to be taught in 10th grade. The SP ELA class is exactly like a 9th grade ELA class. The standard of work we do is really high. The Algebra I teacher is a pro on what he does. He's made us look at math from a different perspective. Social Studies is a breeze, you really learn History. The teachers, most of them, are caring and are there for you. The principal is the person most teachers and students don't like.
Terrible school. Lazy teachers that don't teach. Disrespectful students who are so loud that even when teachers are actually teaching. I was in SP which is supposed to be honors and all of this stuff happened. Fights happen a lot and some kids do drugs. As someone said before me the kids do run the school. It didn't prepare me for high school at all.
(Present student) First of all the teachers aren't really that great. Throughout my experience, there is about 2 or 3 teachers who will help you understand what you're working on. The rest are lazy, or don't teach The students, I think are the worst thing at this school. They lack respect towards basically everything. Since last year, about 3 fights have broke out, but were stopped quickly. One good thing there is always a security guard somewhere. There is some kids here who do drugs. Don't even get me started on the cleanliness of this school. It's horrid. There are bugs everywhere. The classes are divided into 3 diff. types. Extra help, Regular classes, and SP. I'm in SP and they say we are suppose to move quicker then the other classes but we don't. We should be a month ahead, but we're at the same pace. They also need to take certain students out of SP, who are failing, and replace them with kids from Extra help who have 94 averages. Overall, I would recommend trying to go to another school, such as 266, but if you have to come here, just keep studying and keep your distance from people you're uncomfortable around. Wish you the best of luck.
Staff that works there are so unprofessional. I just called to speak to someone about registration and the lady who answered the phone was making fun of me (it was probably my accent) without even realizing that she didn't put me on hold yet. I asked the second person ,who was not polite either, "what is the persons name that answered the phone first?" She told me Ms. Burke. I have them on tape and it is going on YouTube
i think this school is great. Im in 6th grade and so far i had a great year. I have a lot of new friends and the teachers are awesome.
I transferred my kids out of school. The principal does not know what hes doing, the school environment was ranked a C- by the department of education. This schools environment is terrible, the kids basically run the school and the principal is not very involved in anything. Avoid putting your kids in this school. The old principal was much better.
The kids don't like it because there is no free ride, the teachers are on to them. The teachers don't like it because there is no free ride, the principal is on to them. My son is graduating and all I can say is that my overall experience was quite good. I used to hear stories about the kids getting beat up and drugs and it scared me. I can tell you that there are drugs there but it is not prevalant. Fights happen rarely and are broken up quick. I found some teachers to be helpful and others were quite lazy but you get that in all schools. The principal knows most of the students by name, which is good. The way the general studies courses are picked is arcane and unfair.
Since reading about this school, I expect a good education. I am looking forward to beginning Middle School here.
Many people believe that this school is not that great. However, in my perspective I thought it was a great school that taught me many things that I had never learned when I was in Private school. This school sharpened my academic skills. I do not regret my years here. The only reason why people don't like this school is that they might have gotten a bad grade there. Please ignore them since they are actually wrong.
As I prepare to go to highschool, I just need to say that this school did nothing to help me. In the end, I had to do it by myself. The years I was there, the teachers were terrible, they never do there jobs. Take my advise, go to private, transfer to louie pastuer, go to the nicer and newer queens teaching school, do what ever it takes to get out.
Im a current student at irwin altman middle school 172 and i need to say that its not really a good school.The teachers teach the same thing for about 2 months and the staff is really bad.The students never do what there told because there is no punishment.I think that this school isnt as good as people say it is.
A school where the principals leadership has failed. Stats are going down, as evidenced on the school report card, and the experienced teachers are leaving. Be careful.
When I went to that school I had a wonderful experience! It was very diverse, and the learing experience was also very amazing. This school gave me a chance to express myself in many different ways. I hope everyone else thinks so too!
M.S.172 is a great school. My son (the oldest) is now in 9th grade and is going through it easily because the teachers in M.S1 72 care about the students future.Now my daughter goest to that school and made the honor roll thanks to all the teachers!
its an amazing school. i graduated from their and i wish i could stay their with my teachers. there very loving and caring
I love this school! Ms172 is a very good school, the teachers there are very dedicated to their students and will help them in every way possible. All the teachers there have a very fun and unique way to teach their students in a way that the kids can't wait to go back to school and learn more.
It took more time to get to know my child's teachers. My child took time to get to adjust to the new environment. Then they started a new system of categorizing students into Academies; Science, Literature, Humanities. This initially confused the students, staff, and parents. Some of the teachers are highly motivated, others not. High school guidance info was not that great. I did my own research to get information. Arts and Music activities have been greatly reduced. No extra effort to prepare/motivate kids to challenge themselves to take SHSAT. Luckily my child passed the exam.
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