My daughter is in third grade now and she has been at this school since kindergarten. It has its good and bad. I noticed that the people there yell a lot. To be honest, I think it's due to an overcrowding issue. There are a lot of kids and the ratio of students to teachers is pretty high. Other than the yelling, I have had good experiences...of course I have never had to talk to the principle or administration about any issues, so I have no comment on how well they handle problems. But I have talked to them about possibly taking my daughter out of school for a month to leave the country. They were very helpful. They told me everything I need to know: my options, the forms to fill out, and what will happen. The teachers have all been great. I like the new emphasis on teaching depth and introspection...especially in reading comprehension and writing. My husband and I are both engineers, so my daughter gets a lot of math and science at home. I am grateful for the reading comprehension and writing aspect of the curriculum. I am just starting third grade, so testing hasn't really been pushed a lot yet. I will find out this year how it goes as this is the first year of testing.
When my child was at 3rd grade, one day he brought home a math worksheet with an "Excellent" mark upside down. Then I found 5 errors in his sheet that were never identified by the teacher. It happened seveal times and I reached a conclusion that the teacher pretended that she checked students' work. I thought it was just a bad luck. But when he went to 4th grade, I found no marks or comments on his homework assignments at all. The conclusion is that the teacher never checked homework. Without teachers' feedback, how can a child learn?
My daughter has been at this school for two years already and she enjoys a lot!!! I'm glad with the teacher's feedback, everytime she something to say about my daughter she sends a note and she calls me. It happened every time this past year. I was happy with it. Also, every time they have presentations at school auditorium everything is very organized and beautiful decorated. Congratulions PS 196. Keep up the great work you all do.
Currently, I have two children in the school. They both have scored 99% on the G+T exam this past year. The teachers so far have been very communicative, attentive and caring. I am also a product of the school and although I don't support the standardized testing at such young ages, I firmly believe PS 196 does an amazing job preparing the children to score well. The parents in general are nice as well.
They claimed they are a school with a heart. No, it is the opposite. Principal never listen to parents' concerns and teachers can do whatever they want. This is a school without a heart.
My son is in Kindergarten right now and I have been very happy overall with the school. His teacher is extremely responsive and the parents in his class are very involved. My son does not have much homework, perhaps a page or two each night and a short book to read, which is perfect for him because any more would make him frustrated. I do hear that there are older kids who do have a lot of homework but thats public school. All in all every kid at this early age responds to school differently. But speaking from personal experience, my son who did not transition well at all when he was in day care (since he was 2) tells me every day he loves school, his friends and his teacher.
We love this school - nurturing teachers and principal. My son became well rounded, with interests in multiple disciplines, including science, reading, music. As with any other school, you need to do extra work at home, if you want to be above average.
I can not believe what these people are talking about< two of my children attended PS 196 and had the best time ever,and I can't wait to have my jungest child start next year:))) every teacher that I ever had in that school ( my kids never had the same teacher, which means I met a lot of them over period of 9 years) was great, very well prepared, cared for their kids academic performance and well being,and my children both got into honors after finishing 5th grade at 196. Top elementary public school in NYC for over 30 years still remains on top thanks to good administration,teachers,kids and of course involved parents. PS 196 ROCKS !!!
I agree with the other reviewer things have changed. The administration is bad. You are hardly ever able to resolve anything. They tell you how right they are and send you back. some of the teachers are plain lazy. No love for teaching and don't want to work, especially with writing.The parent co-ordinater is not friendly at all! Inspite of all the emphasis on test scores, the scores are dropping!
My son attended K class. Always crying in the morning, never happy after school. Teacher sit him next to a fan and my son got sick of course. Complaining to a teacher didnt help, raising voice to her did. At one time a teacher scream to my wife telling bad things about our boy. As a father, I must have did a few phone calls to a principal and after we got together her response was, lets forget it , its June, what is a big deal. We moved to Forest Hills , especially to a 196 district just for a good school. What a big mistake. Surely helps to log in to google and check reviews before moving. After all we did good out of bed situation, we have moved our son to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and we are fully satisfied.
Used be a good school, somehow it is been changed!!!! Almost no homework or just reading. no checking homework or just few check marks on her homework notebook. No more reading response writing either reading log. At PTA meeting, teacher asked me to teach my child's weakness-Big time writing! What's going on this school???? BIG Disappointment!
This school was a total nightmare for my son. The staff was selfish and only cared about test scores. Their playground was a flat blacktop where students could not take two steps without bumping into someone. Mean while, there was a beautiful park next door. The lunchroom was noisy and dirty.
Unfortunately, the school seems to be trying to follow an Asian model with lots of homework, overemphasis on testing, senseless book logs and very few school trips. Kids need more fun and exposure to the amazing cultural resources that we have in NY all around us. The school concerts are elitist showcases for the kids of Tiger moms who have been practicing their 5 minute long classical pieces to perfection for years. Kids that have no formal training are not allowed to participate. Whatever happened to an old fashioned talent show where the kids have fun and anyone with any type talent can have a couple of minutes to shine. Just an aside...The Theater arts program was a lame attempt to infuse fun and culture into the school, but turned out to be insane. Principal is obviously a frustrated b'way performer/director and subjects the kids to 3-4 hour long rehearsals in the hot auditorium without snacks or water. Towards the end it was 4 days a week until 6 or 7pm. Some kids don't even have speaking roles. Do not let your kids sign up for those plays---torture!
This school is such disappointment. There are a lot of post on this site that make it seem like the school has competent caring and interested teachers. You can see by the rapid succession and short duration of time that the posts are being planted by the PTA or the school staff. Don t be fooled. The school has a tremendous number of incompetent employees and burnt or teachers. I ve found the staff to be completely uninterested in my child education or personal growth, but rather interested in behavior problems and test scores. The teacher was missing work in my child folder, had averaged grades up in correctly and give my child lower scores then she deserved, when I pointed out the wrong averages she reluctantly changed the grade on the report card, but did so with such a nasty attitude.
Well balanced curriculum--art, music, theater, science, math and language skills. Great afterschool program too!
The teachers and staff are excellent and dedicated to the students and community that they serve.
it helps kids to develop more skills, provide good educational enviroment.
Great school. Many good programs are created to help students and parents.
P.S. 196 is a very child concern school. ,My son really adjust there so fast and he is very happy with all the extra curricular activities of school.
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