As a parent of a G&T student at PS33, I have nothing but praise for the school. As stated in many of the reviews, the teachers are the stars of the school. Criticism of the principal is unjustified; she has kept this small, underappreciated school afloat, greets/addresses students by name (she knows many of the parents too). From what I understand the PTA was an unorganized, mess. Under the current leadership, new initiatives, fundraisers and activities have blossomed. There is fiscal responsibility has replaced apathy and neglect. The one negative is the funding for the school, which I understand, was slashed due to the G&T enrollment which threw off the numbers (I'm hazy on the details). The music program was cut. However, the parents and administration stepped up and were able to replace the music program. Many parents may be put off by the location of the school, but I embrace the diversity and the ever-changing landscape of NYC has now placed the school on the Highline and in the midst of the Chelsea art galleries. PS33 is a quiet, hidden gem. The G&T program is relatively new and the test scores/track record belie the greatness of the families and teachers at PS33.
Excellent experience for my son who is now going into the 2nd grade for G&T. The curriculum is top-notch and demanding but this is a G*T class after all. There are a few whiner parents who complain about the homework loads so if you want an avg education for your child don't go to this school. Homework daily is the norm so please be ready to commit as a parent. Overall, the community is great and the school is safe and secure. Some parents don't like the principal because she'll tell the parents what they "need" to hear not what they "want" to hear. We've been so pleased with this program and our friends who have kids at Nest and Anderson have said PS 33 is above what they do at those schools. The pace is fast in G&T and parents should be ready to commit to time and energy to help their child on a daily basis. The food in the cafeteria isn't the best so our son brings his own lunch every day.
PS33 is a great school with some of the best teachers in NYC and a very strong principal. It's too bad that some parents have to report erroneous information about the school when they can't get their way about something....it just damages their own child's education. The school has been an "A" school specifically because of the principal's leadership - she is the one that took the helm of a failing school 10 years ago and made it one of the most sought after schools in the city. PS33 remains the one of the most diverse schools in the city and all students, whether in general education or G&T, receive a first rate education.
As a P.S. 33 parent and former PTA member, I've witnessed the decline of this school under the directorship of the current principal. The school has a lot of programs, but often are geared towards the families that have a lot of extra money to spare. When families can't pay, they can't participate. In the neighborhood, the school has a reputation for marginalizing students who are not "gifted and talented". Those students get the better programs and resources. The special education at this school is terrible. I'm pretty sure they are breaking some laws because there are NO 12:1 classrooms. I've heard similar things from other parents. The discipline is also the worst. Kids are rough housing and cursing at each other. The only factors keeping me in the community are the stellar teachers and my daughter's social circle. The teachers are the ones that keep that place together. My daughter has been at this school for the past 5 years and have had an excellent teacher most years. I've become good friends with a few of them and have told me they don't support the unethical decisions the principal makes, but fear for their jobs if they speak up.
My schools has the best teachers in the city! My son is having a great experience.
The school is little bit disorganized, but all staff are dedicated to improvement. They work really hard to make good things happen to school.
PS33 is a very good school for my daughter. Since my daughter was enrolled in this school two years ago, she has made rapid progress in class. The principal, teachers and staff are very kind. My daughter really enjoy her study here.
PS 33 is an excellent public school with top notch teachers and principal and staff.
The Principal, admin staff and teachers at PS33 are exceptional. They have shown so much care for the children throughout the school year. My daughter has learned a lot while strengthening her love for learning. I cannot ask for more. She already cannot wait to be back in school.
Chelsea Prep's Gifted and Talented program is amazing. My children's kindergarten experience was outstanding. Their teacher was so enthusiastic, thoughtful and creative. She was in constant communication with parents and is a devoted teacher who clearly loves teaching and her students. The school is racially diverse and has a strong sense of community. Parent involvement at school is strongly encouraged. The PTA is committed to maintaining high standards for the school. And the principal provides strong leadership, is very hands on and practically minded. She is also accessible to parents and very present at the school. I feel very lucky my children got into this school.
Amazing kindergarten experience for our 6 yr old daughter at PS 33. She was in G&T K117 and had an incredibly motivated and committed teacher. Lots of field trips, engaging course units - our daughter not only advanced by leaps and bounds in reading, but developed a passion for writing as well, creating books of her own at home just for fun. Homework load was more than we would have liked, but at least with this teacher it was due on a weekly basis, allowing for more flexibility and keeping it from crushing our daughter's natural interest and excitement about learning. While the school as a whole is subject to many of the administrative difficulties common to NYC public schools, and we're not entirely happy with the segregation of G&T and regular track classes, there is a very committed PTA and a good feeling of community among many of the parents - this is a school that is improving every year, and is definitely aiming high.
The Principal, Asst. Principal ,Teachers and Administration Staff of PS33 are the best! The PTA Body is very strong and dedicated that assists in the success of our children and school. Safety and excellence is given high priority at all times.
PS 33 Chelsea Prep is home to some of the best teachers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with. Each teacher gets to know the strengths and weaknesses of every student and then works to create an environment that seems custom tailored to specifically meet those needs. The teachers reach out to parents with useful feedback regarding their child's academic performance. They also reach out to parents when there are concerns regarding social development as well (whether it be a concern about bullying or basic growing pains). I love that the teachers form bonds with the kids making the child want to show his/her accomplishments to all of his/her previous (and very interested) teachers. The school also brings in fantastic enrichment programs in the arts. I do feel that the children and teachers are unnecessarily stressed out about the ELA and math tests; I have seen children crying before and after these tests and know that many of the children are so fearful of these exams that they become physically ill over it. I genuinely believe that the children would do even better if they were not led to believe that these tests are the be-all and end-all.
PS 33 (CHELSEA PREP) is an amazing learning environment. Our daughter is going into 4th grade and has attended the school for 3 years. The principal and the teachers really care about the academic, social and personal development of the students. They allow for a dynamic learning environment, where there is not only a focus on developing core math and reading skills, but utilization of the arts, field trips, nature and community as teaching/learning experiences. The parents are incredibly active and support the school. Every time I attend the school for an event, I am absolutely impressed with the achievements of the students and the ongoing support of the faculty, parents and community. The G&T program is amazing and our daughter has flourished as a result. I cannot say enough great things about PS 33. The reviews speak for themselves.
Our daughter attends the G&T program at the school and we love it. The teachers are incredible -- kindergarten teacher Ms. Akin sets the standard on what "teacher" should mean. I am constantly shocked by the amount our daughter has learned.
We are thrilled with our son's experience at PS 33. His teacher's have been extraordinary. There is so much offered to the children--we feel very lucky that he is there. It's a smaller school--so we don't feel lost in a big school environment. The quality of the work the kids do is amazing. The kids are challenged, but learning still remains fun and exciting.
Chelsea Prep is a thriving community. Under the leadership of Principal Lindy, with incredible support from the staff and the PTA, this school continues to gain momentum. It is a diverse community, with families from all walks of life. What we have been most impressed with (we have two children enrolled) is the scope of education provided. Principal Lindy encourages the teachers to reach beyond the school walls for learning opportunities, and provides them with the support and freedom to do so. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting time at Chelsea Prep.
I am very impressed with PS 33. My child attends a G&T class, and we chose to enroll at PS 33 rather than our zoned downtown school. It was a great decision for us. The families are wonderful. The kindergarten teachers are excellent. And many many field trips are included in the curriculum, which provides a much more experiential component to learning-- which is a great fit for my child.
Our school has been really wonderful for our son. The teachers are very dedicated and the principal is fantastic. We have collaborations with many NYC institutions. We are very pleased with our choice - the G&T is amazing and the student body very diverse
My school - Chelsea Prep PS 33 is an amazing place for children to learn. Our principal Mrs. Lindy has done so much to create a great collaborative alliances with The Audubon Society, The Whitney Museum, Google and others. She attracts amazing teachers who are very committed to the students. The physical plant of the school may not be the fanciest but the school has a lot of heart. The parent body and PTA are doing more and more to make the school the best it can be. We are very please to be a part of the PS 33 community
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