This school is extremely nurturing and inviting. The school is a firm believer in the arts and you can see that as soon as you walk in. The parent coordinator is great at responding to parent concerns and providing resources. The school offers a lot of parent workshops., too. Administration does a really good job of making sure each child gets the services they need so they can excel. The teachers work really hard and communicate frequently with parents. It's a great place for children to learn.
Problems with PS 99: 1. No playground or recess; 2. gym and music classes are routinely doubled up 50 kids per class a clear UFT contract violation; 3. two-thirds of kids did not pass the NY state test; 4. a hostile administration that ignores you in the office; 5. a parent coordinator who parrots the admin's party-line; 6. a principal who won't answer e-mail.
We think PS 99 is quite mediocre compared to nearby PS 144, 101, and 196 in test scores, academic culture, and nurture. The "leave it to us" attitude of the principal presumes parents aren't capable or won't help their children. A palable hostility greets you as you enter the building, as though parents are trespassers. The lunch ladies badger kids throughout the period with loud whistles and threats of "sitting on the wall." Little graded homework comes home and writing assignments don't appear to be check and commented upon, as though the 40 minutes your child spent doing it isn't worth a single comment. No wonder parents are surprised when they receive their child's report card. The focus of this school is remediation. There's little attention to the middle and top academic performers.
My oldest just completed K and is entering 1st grade. So far, so good! Both he and I are pleased with 99! I only wish the annex had a bigger playground so the kids can go outside more often.
Principal is outstanding and keeps both buildings at 99 running smooth. School provides many opportunities for children to show their talents.
PS 99 is a fantastic school ! The teachers are so professional, knowlegeable, absolutely caring, and gave very personal attention to the progress of my child. My son entered this school as a Kindergarden Special Education student. PS 99's Special Education program is astoundingly effective! My son loves this school! Of particular note, is the Kindergarden Special Education teacher (we'll nickname her Ms C for these purposes) who has to be one of the best teachers in her field! PS 99 recognized my child's academic ability and worked very closely and personally with us to place him in a less-restrictive environment. The schools' speech services are amazing and very, very effective. The school's Vice Principal (we'll nickname him Mr. S for these purposes) committed direct, personal time with us regarding our son's skills, needs and modifications to his educational plan. PS 99 is diverse and the Annex building is very nice and modern. I would absolutely recommend this school !!!
This is a great school. My son is in the 5th grade. He has been in this school since the 1st grade. The school is very diverse, the teachers, faculty and all the staff are very involved. My son was able to attend this school because of the No Child Left Behind. I am so grateful for the opportunity my son has been given. I was not happy with the schools in my area. P.S 99 does not have overcrowded classes or problems with bad behavior or bullying. My son loves this school.
Best school ever. Great programs ans great teachers. A great place to be.
PS 99 is the bestest school in queens.Princeple,teacher, and whole staff are very copreative, and very nice.
I am a current student of PS99. I really like this school. It has a great T.A.G program and great and dedicated teachers. This is my last year and I'm really going to miss this school
The school has an excellent gifted program and very hard working teachers. There should be more emphasis on phonics for the early grades, however. Parents are active and the school has many opportunities in the arts.
This school has a gifted program and many artist-in-residence programs. Teachers, particularly in the upper grades, seem very organized and dedicated, with well disciplined classes. This school gives a lot of attention to students to pass standardized tests.
Great city school with a diverse population. The staff is great and has a wonderful PTA. My son has been in that school for 4 years and we wanted to move several times but didn't because of the school. The class sizes are reasonable considering it is city school.
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