Students enrolled 247
School leader MS. MARIA VELEZ-CLARKE

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610 E 12th St
Manhattan, NY 10009

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(212) 614-9531
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4 stars
Based on 25 ratings

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October 23, 2014
My daughter started CWS in pre-k and is now in 4th--we love CWS! At the heart of the school is the ethos of peace and social justice and our wise and dedicated teachers and staff.. We have an active PTA and the school really does run like a family, with 23 years of traditions. CWS attracts families who value diversity in all its permutations and we have an inclusion program with PS94-The Spectrum School, which shares the building. Reading, writing and critical thinking are infused across all subjects- in Math, Social Studies, Science. My daughter is learning note-taking and research skills, going on field trips, doing group projects, meeting in her book group and enjoying all of it. We also love the art, music and movement offered at CWS--weekly art classes, music, and yoga or gym classes (held outside or at Campos Community Center's gym). 3/4/5 graders can join the Chorus and the Band and can apply for the Turtle Bay Music School Saturday program. The very affordable after-school clubs offer dance, karate, robotics, among others. My daughter is excited for the fourth grade farm trip and the 5th grade trip to DC. We are grateful to be members of the CWS family!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2014
My child is finishing up her last year at CWS. She started in Pre-K and her time at the school has been incredibly successful. She has developed relationships not only with her peers, but with all of her teachers, and the staff. It really is a community and a family.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
We transferred from another school in the neighborhood and by the first week in, we were quite pleased to have felt like we found our school 'home'. Maria is a very knowledgeable principal and so are the staff - with high-level degrees from NYU, Bank Street College just to name a couple. The children come first here and Maria doesn't just let any teacher or substitute teacher enter through the doors, they are carefully selected. There are many ways parents can volunteer/get involved. If you are into school PTAs this is the place to be. They are very active in raising money for the various programs the school offers: music and arts instruction, field trips to the farm and Washington DC, yoga...The parents were involved in receiving grants for the auditorium remodel as well as the upgrades in technology for the classrooms and library. In addition, there is affordable after-school clubs everyday of the week, ranging from guitar, sports, cooking to mural painting. CWS is great if you want small sized classrooms & differentiated learning. It's also good to know that over 90% of the families get into their 1st choice middle schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
It has been an absolute joy to have both of my daughters enrolled in this school. My kindergartener started reading just two months into the school year and my third grader is reading at the fifth grade level and won't put a book down! SO much arts education and smart boards in the classroom - nurturing environment too. I LOVE the small class sizes and school size ( my third grader only has 18 kids in her class - unheard of). Best part is the collaboration between staff and parents. Would highly recommend this progressive school to any child in the five boroughs.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
What a gem on the lower east side! I have been very happy with the principle and the staff of this school. I feel so lucky to be able to send my child to a pubic school that uses the same philosophy of some other very expensive private schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2012
Terrible school, nothing to do with resources. But lack of leadership and a Principal who is not 'present'. My son failed in that school yet one year into Middle School he is high honors! Go figure! CWS is great if you want your kids to paint and do ballet and yoga!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2011
The school tries, unfortunately with the school system today , this school like many others, suffer from the lack of resources, budget and simply the care for students. Because of the lack of school funds the quality of education becomes second to the welfare and proper education techniques or lack there of.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
Both of my kids started in Pre-K and will graduate soon, so we know this school for years. I feel they have sometimes a bit too much homework, but especially their writing training (with regular writer's celebration) makes my kids excel in their command of English. They also love science, and for all the other stuff there are lots of offers from parents for the after-school clubs. It is a great community, and principal and staff do great work to make it all happen.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
All three of my children attend Children's Workshop and overall, our experience has been extremely rewarding. The school really IS warm and welcoming, and kids definitely get the sense that they are cared for and respected. The teachers and administration do their very best to serve all of our children, under sometimes difficult circumstances, given the mixed backgrounds and incomes of families and the varying levels of participation among parents. But that diversity is another thing that makes this school so special, and there is an enormous emphasis on compassion, tolerance and kindness at this school - something that I've not seen elsewhere. My kids have LOVED their experience at CWS -- each of them has at some point expressed their desire to be teachers when they grow up so that they can go back and teach there! It's not always perfect, but then no school is. . My kids come home talking about what they've learned, sharing new information, and excited about their projects. We wouldn't trade our experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
My child attends this school. Very ,very weak school. Their DOE report card shows major weakness in all areas, especially math.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
This is an awful school. While there are some decent teachers overall it is very disorganized with no clear leadership. A very casual approach to education and a Principal who is not helpful at all. Avoid this school at all costs!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
Please stay far away from this school. They are too laid back and it shows on their state report card. The Children's Workshop School received an F grade for Student Performance and an overall grade of a C. What on earth is the school prinicpal doing to fix this? The teachers rarely give any homework, and the students do not study from text books or workbooks at home. I have never seen a book in five months! It is literally up to the parents to create lessons on their own if you want your child to actually learn something. Of course, they do not even mention this to parents, as you have to figure it out on your own. The school secretary rarely answers the phone, rarely returns phone calls and the phone lines are down often. If you have a question or an issue, good luck getting through! If you want your child to learn in an extremely laid back environment which promotes laziness, by all means- send your child to this school! It gets worse and worse as your child moves up in grades. I am glad to say that this will be my child's last year attending!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2011
This used to be a decent school but poor Principal leadership and weak focus and engaged teachers have the DOE giving student performance an F fail grade already. Of course they teachers are now stressing the parents/kids out with pressure to perform and letters that state the child might not progress to the next grade. Since the school has an overall grade of F in student progression they need to look at schooling and leadership and not 'punish' the children so stressfully.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2011
This school focus is on Ballet hispanico, yoga and arts. When they are failing with ELS! I don't get it!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2010
I attended this school for two years back in the '90s, and I absolutely loved it. This school will forever be my favorite school. Most of my fondest memories happened at this school. Every student, no matter what grade you were in knew each other and was friendly with each other. The teachers were very nice and engaging.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 2009
It's a great community where kids are taught to care about each other and the larger world.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
We have found this school to be a wonderful, warm, and enriching place. The weekly community meetings with the entire school are amazing; watching 250 plus kids all sing together and cheer each other on as they perform- is really something special.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
I love CWS and I love that my dear grand-daughter is a student there. I've visited the school and been very impressed with the caring, expertise, child-centered practices, and patience of the teachers I've seen. I also appreciate the efforts for inclusiveness and creativity at CWS. CWS deserves all the support it can get!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Teachers and Staff are just great... My kids love their school!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
Dedicated teachers, innovative social science curriculum, lots of field trips related to the curriculum, devoted parent body, open and inclusive admissions policiy

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
CWS--a wonderfully diverse, tight-knit community--nurtures creative individuality, a love of learning and respect for others in a warm, accepting atmosphere!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
It's a warm and loving place that teaches kids about the life long joy of learning. CWS also encourages a beautiful sense of community based on the teachings of Martin Luther King.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
The school has such a big heart and soul and the kids grow up to be strong, thoughtful conscious people

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
The teachers and principal are such caring and dedicated people.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
It's so warm, everyone knows my child! The teachers are thoughtful and open and the administration cares deeply about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
It has the cutest and kindest kids and teachers to love and remember all your life

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
I have to diagree with May 12th publication, as well as the October 17th publication, though I do respect their opinions. If you are a 9-5 looking for a decent school,than you've come to the right place. However, if your child excels syllabi curriculum than this school fails to engage the child and fails to meet the needs of the individual child. The arts department needs lots of work...being that this is not a title I school you'd expect PTA funds to be appropriated more towards the arts. Forget about athletics. The faculty is very nice, yet very stiff and a bit intimidating. It was a really disappointing school experience. As for May 12th's comment on self identity...hmm isn't that the parents job?

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
We've had kids in this school for 10 years. It's been an excellent experience; we will miss it when our second child graduates this year.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
this school is best for parents that wish to engage their child in their quest for self identity and to instill the confidence needed for social change. do not attempt to send your child here if your measure for an excellent education revolves anywhere around test scores or penmanship. trust that the educators here will cater to your child's social, emotional, and academic growth as if they were their own children.you could not get any better than CWS.

- submitted by a teacher
January 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2007
Given the wide range of the student's socio-economic backgrounds and academic abilities within each classroom, the teachers do a fantastic job in attending to each and every student, paying particular attention to fostering a sense of community. The administration and staff does miracles on a very limited budget, and the very active PTA supplements the restrictive public funding with many enriching programs and events.

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The Children S Workshop School
610 E 12th St, Manhattan, NY  10009
(212) 614-9531
Last modified The Children S Workshop School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
The Children S Workshop School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top