I am a parent of a ICE graduate. We moved across country to NYC as our son entered Junior year (not a fun time to transition). However ICE students from all levels welcomed our son. Teachers and advisers worked hard to guide him through the differences in the way ICE directs and guides students to complete and excel in their studies. Our son has made good strong friends at ICE in the Administration, Teaching teams and Students of various age groups.
We just moved back to New York from Europe and we found I.C.E. after a long search. We consider ourselves lucky. The teachers are dedicated, knowledgable and energetic, the parents are involved and supportive, and the students have the chance to develop their individuality and critical thinking. The work is demanding, but the teachers really know how to engage their students and the atmosphere at this school is all around supportive and positive.
Having crash-landed in ICE from a far different world (New Eng. Preps), it takes some real concentration under a foreign lens and a selfless focus to portray this school as a "great" one. But I've managed. I came in with a fear of how misleading a public school other than the tops can be in my road to college and beyond. I felt that a temporarily satisfying blend with the kids here would eviscerate my prep school norms and values, throwing away everything from my ties to my intellectual taste. But by May of that year, it had hit me that the school stood strong . Its philosophical approach to a liberal style of learning doesn't stay too artsy and the environment is one where success isn't socially hindered. The kids, pieced by a rarely, significantly diverse body, have a positive approach to their lives (with a few exceptions). The teachers ARE there to help you, actually no kidding. There is potential in that aging 5th floor of the old Stuy building. Given more funding and resources, the school WILL thrive and its unorthodox system can prove to succeed. Many other lame, minority-become-majority dominated schools are trounced by ICE, which is fortified by a welcoming yet firm comm.
The teachers are great and kind, it's advanced, but not too hard, the perfect school, but hard to get into. this school should be 1st place in a list of the best schools of Manhattan. Great place.
ICE is a great school. All of the teachers are very loving to each and every single one of their students. Not a single student is left out. The principal is outstanding. Very loving,kind, sweet. gentle, and funny. Every morning he stands outside the school greeting students as they get to school. Being in ICE is being a part of a family. The classes are amazing. The staff offers after school tutoring for those who need it. Everyone feels welcome in ICE. ICE handles it's responsibilities very well. Everyone is equally treated and taken care of at ICE.
Unfortunately, the 6th grade teachers, in particular the humanities and math teachers are lacking. The kids love them, but can they teach?
Absolutely top notch teachers and curriculum. The school itself (on the top two floors of the old Stuyvesant High School) is a bit "dog-eared" and could use some sprucing up. The class assignments (most often collaborative projects, hence the name) are consistently sophisticated and challenging. The school is not interested in standardized testing and to its credit does not "teach to the test." They teach students to think, not to memorize and regurgitate.
Top class teachers and working environment for kids. No teaching to the test, the children learn what they need to not what looks good on standardized tests.
The school has an impressive curriculum, great teachers and an awesome principal but the best thing about it is: they teach our children to take on a difficult assignment and complete it- ON THEIR OWN.
The combination of bright, dedicated teachers, a caring principal (all of whom go above and beyond their call of duty) as well as small class sizes make for a great learning environment.
Friendly-warm setting, teachers are great, school is different from other schools- they use different techniques to teach students in a way that is more interesting to them
small class sizes, project-based assessments instead of tests, strong community -- great school.
ICE gives students responsibility for their learning. Students complete meaningful homework that challenges their thinking.
I love ICE because the teachers are so dedicated. Teachers at ICE truly want their children to succeed and are there first thing in morning and stay way after the day ends. Communication between parents and teachers are helpful and prompt. John Pettinato, the principal, is wonderful and reachable. He loves his school and it shows in all ways.
A supportive, noncompetitive environment. Fosters creative thinking. Some outstanding teachers.
Great concept, dedicated teacher, collaborative learning, successesful students
There is always someone there to listen to you. Teachers are very dedicated. More focus on the student and helping them rather then the test scores and making your school get more money.
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