If you want your kid to go to school to have fun this is the place for you. Academically soft curriculum taught by many nice but uninspired teachers. Principle is a disaster. 2009/10 school starting to have serious overcrowding issues. Administration seemingly preoccupied with fund raising, marching/protests etc., with little focus on teaching. My kid loved the place though.
Mixed grades for K-3. Could be stronger on bullies. They teach a love of learning in the class and out. Lot's of parental involvement.
My child's been attending for 5 years. There is a culture of community activism, parents can choose their level of classroom involvement, teachers can be very creative within their classrooms making schoolwork far more interesting than average. But, some things slip thru cracks like teaching basic handwriting. I'm still waiting to see the great art and music I've heard so much about, and their laid back culture made room for bullying among some students. But, involved parents can have an enormous opportunity to shape their child's experience. It's an excellent school overall and would enroll my child again.
P.S. 3 is a true gift. I feel so lucky to have my children attend this amazingly creative, friendly, place of higher learning! Incredible parent involvement, warm dedicated teachers and staff, awesome kids and families. P.S. 3 Rocks -- Long Live 'The Hippie School'!
The school loves the kids and the kids love learning . . . through conventional and creative education programs. The school pride is felt by everyone who enters the blue doors. It's important for kids to feel like they are part of something special and PS 3 delivers.
It has a very strong academic core with a wonderful emphasis on the arts and humanitarian values.
multi-age classrooms, creative thinking, nurturing, child-centered, progressive, surpasses state standards without 'teaching to the test' because the curriculum teaches kids the process of problem solving rather than being focused on the outcome. Art. Dance. Everything an elementary should be.
P.S. 3 is a wonderful school with a nurturing environment, great teachers, a fantastic administrators and great academics. The community involvement and mutual respect for everyone is second to none.
A strong nurturing accepting environment that helps create a lifetime love of learning for its students.
Teachers who love teaching. Teachers and Administrators who love kids. An emphasis on arts. An interesting parent community. Diversity.
PS-3 Charrette School is a warm, inclusive community school. The staff and teachers are wonderful and do an excellent job making sure our kids are learning and developing the acedemic/social skills they'll need when they go off to middle-school...not to mention with the cooperation of staff,teachers and parents we really know how to pull off special events that not only help our school but incorporate lots of fun for all!!!PS3 is the BEST elementary school in NYC!!!!
Great school, Wonderful vibe. walking on the hallways and all you see is happy kids wanting to learn and share
An engaged, passionate, and knowledgeable community of teachers, parents, kids and grown-ups.
excellent academic program, community based with wonderful parent involvement, a dynamic principal and vice principal and teaching staff. My daughter is happy and learning daily.
Best most helpful staff and teachers. Emphasis on creative learning and keeping school delightful and interesting to kids. And the best parents in the world, very open welcoming and involved. wonderful
PS 3 is a great school with a fantastic principal, caring and creative teachers and a wonderfully open and engaged community. Students love going to school and are excited to learn.
This school provides a loving, creative environment where individuality is highly encouraged and flourishes. The best part -- both of my children LOVE school.
Amazing teachers, competent school leaders, even the office staff us super friendly - a wonderfully creative and nurturing place!
The teachers are Great!!! My two boys have learned so much so far and they love going to this school.
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