I agree with the last post the reception from the staff is cold. It doesn't seem as if the school cares about the poor ratings they receive because if they did then maybe the staff would try to do a better job in bring up the schools rating . It's Ashamed the staff don't seem to care about the child at the school. More parents need to get involved in how this school is effecting the area in which we leave due to its poor rating and us as parents need to file complaints with the district.
Many children in my family as well as many friends truly love PS 117 staff, education and atmosphere!!!
This school is AWFUL!! I'm very sad and worried about my son's education. After talking to the principal and and my son's teacher about all my concerns, I was told that it is the not their fault but the NY governors.. SMH!! They just do not care. Homework is checked ones per week because according to the teacher she does not have enough time to do it every day.The school staff at the general office is very rude and unprofeccional as well. Thinking it was me being crazy, I asked some of the parents about their thoughts about this school and I was not surprise to find out most of them were very unhappy but did not know what to do. lastly, I would said that the principal need to take pride of what she does and work hard to improve PS 117. Being a school principal, I believe is a very hard job that requires someone with strong leadership skills, and a passion towards education. Because she does not have this skills, she should just let someone else take her position. This review is not about being hateful but to do something against the LACK of leadership, organization, professionalism and careless attitude towards education this school displays.
The teachers are wonderful! The special education department is really great too! The OT and language therapists are great. One thing parents should know is that there is no afterschool programs, and the PTA really doesn't have it together due to the past PTA not having it together. There should be more parent involvment. The lack of afterschool programs is a real upset.
Excellent school, wonderful ratings on their State Quality Review! I would love to have my child study at a school with this rating of success!
PS117 used to be a good school but not anymore. It seems so disorganized, for ex: shool invited parents for open house to go in their child's class room & spend time. Parents were waiting outside & staff at front desk did not know what to do.
This schools grade has progressively dropped every year since 2010, it currently holds the lowest possible C. Hence the reason why it has not been posted by the school. I am not sure what has been lost here, as not many teachers have been laid off in this school. This used to be a magnet school, with a grade A, but those days are long gone. Very unfortunate as there are not many choice public schools or in general many elementary schools in this area. I am looking to move for the next school year just so that my child doesn't have to attend this school for the next coming year.
My sons are going to graduate this year and they learn a lot in this school.Teachers are exceptionally good and work really hard with students.
P.S. 117 is a great school. I love the interest they have in the students and the parents!
I enrolled my daughter in this school for kindergarten after moving to the area from Brooklyn , and i must this school is way above average compared to her previous school . i have seen parent participation that exceeds what i have seen in many other schools. this school is a magnet school for arts and music, the teachers go above and beyond there duties to ensure the kids get the best education possible in a public school system.
My kids are going top this school from Ist great and they really like this school.
My experience at P.S. 117 has been positive and uplifting. One could not have asked for a better staff - parent relationship. This school offers a large number of extracurriculum activities such as the Magnet Program , a well attended and modicly priced PTA run Afterschool program, the Talented and Gifted Program (TAG), the sports and Title 1 program. My son graduated from PS 117 and went on to an equally disciplined environment at Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School. My daughter is a current student who takes advantage of every available activities. The fundraisers at PS 117 are superb. Graduates look forward to attending the shool's annual Halloween and Valentine's Day Dance. Theatrical productions such as The Beauty and the Beast, and High School Musical were well attended. I recommend this school to parents and students striving for a highly disciplined oriented environment.
I think the teachers(some) are not professionally dressed as teachers should be. They are setting examples not going to clubs and casual events! secondly,they do not have the patience with the younger children or the proper problem solving techniques that is used amongst little kids.Thirdly, once a kid has made a few mistakes he/she is automatically labeled as the bad apple. Again, no patience and no proper experience.
I feel very welcome whenever I enter the school. The staff is helpful, our problems are immediately attended to and the principal, Mr. Katz is everywhere at the same time...he is amazing! Inspite of such limited funds, I believe its an amazingly run school.
This is a horrible school. The teachers are very scrict and the school food is too unhealthy. I also found that this schools academics are not up to par.
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