I am a parent at 51 and love the school. Everyone is working very hard to make sure each child's needs are met and the math common core presentation for parents understanding was excellent. The arts and music program led by those teachers is simply outstanding. My child is playing 2 instruments, reading music and involved in too many actives. This school and commuinty has grown in excellence every year. The teachers are passionate and there is even a health clinic. What I love about the school is that they are responsive to concerns always and finding ways to improve. This school is strong. They have met every challenge and used it as a chance to grow. I hope more positive strong people will join our "family of learners" back on the west side! PS 51 Rocks!
The new building is beautiful and staff and student moral has definitely improved since returning to Hells Kitchen. My child is very happy and enjoys school. Administration does not always communicate and seem welcoming to solving problems with parents. The best teacher is the music teacher! She really cares and there are many opportunities available to all students. There is so much potential for 51 to become one of NYC's best schools, however changes must be made to improve the learning curricullum and get on board with common core standards, test prep and workshops for parents.
PS 51 is a great school with quality, caring teachers. I have always felt welcome and appreciated by the administration and staff. I've seen the rigorous work the students do (it is especially apparent in the many art and music presentations throughout the year). The many ensembles and afterschool enrichment programs offer a great variety of teaching styles and situations for all types of young learners. If your child was not "chosen" for a certain group, I'll bet you money he/she is already included in at least 1 other activity (or performing ensemble). There's so much that PS 51 has to offer our children. Let's support them instead of tear them down!! Go Elias Howe!!!!!
As a teacher at PS 51 (of 5 years), I feel proud- and blessed- to work beside such dedicated and talented educators. I have witnessed first hand the hundreds (literally) of hours spent developing the new rigorous curriculum that is closely aligned with the common core standards for all grades. Teachers are constantly engaged in research involving the most effective teaching techniques. (This semester's focus is academic conversations in the classroom.) Most of this work is done before or after school in addition to the countless hours we spend differentiating our instructional materials for each and every student. I personally spend almost every lunch and prep working with the lowest and highest performing students to supplement their classwork in ways that will help every single child continue to achieve growth in their studies. I worked in 4 other schools before joining 51. Our administration is constantly walking in and out of classrooms and rehearsals offering support to teachers and students, unlike the other admin I've worked for who remained behind locked doors all day. I have never met a principal who spends more time with her students in the classroom than our principal.
A relatively small school; staff know all children by names. My child has never felt unwelcome or bullied here - in fact, the school has a character education and other programs to help children treat each other with respect! Never heard staff "shouting" at children (unless in the crowded and noisy gym during recess or dismissal) or behaving towards them in a manner other than respectful and compassionate.
While the school administrators are rather unfriendly and very hard to reach, my child had a great relationship with his teachers, especially the music and art instructors. The overall level, however, is rather mediocre and the children don't get enough opportunities to learn beyond the very basics. The methods they employ are also rather archaic: one often hears teachers shouting and reprimanding the children as well as humiliating them in front of one another, marking certain children as "good" and others as "bad" very early on in life. Do not attend this school unless you have no other choice as the principal will not release your child if you wish to transfer to a different school.
This school's has went downhill in the past 3 years. I can count the good teachers with one hand. This kind of school is not suited for bright children. My child has become bored with the curriculum it's far too easy. The level of education is far below average. I believe once the renovating began last year the school went downhill. The bus strike was the WORSE. i havent been happy with ps 51 in about 3 years.
School children's security is so bad its scary!!.. anyone can walk in and out.. have we not learned from this!!!
Communication from school to parents is virtually non-existent. During Hurricane Sandy we did not receive a single email from the school for the entire two weeks. The website is useless, there is also no communication with parents as to when to expect their children to be home. There have been several occasions where my child was two hours late getting home--I was a nervous wreck. There is no outreach. Cannot recommend.
Very poor teaching quality compared to other PS in the neighborhood. School seems very poor, begging for donation every other week. Always asks for parent volunteers, without tightening children's security. Parents definitely need to work with children after school, you can't just rely on teachers at this school. Cannot recommend. Most parents took their kids after a year of attendance.
Thanks to Principal Ms.Sing-Bock and her STRONG leadership this school contuines to evolve... I'm just grateful for the commitment through out the years. I have two children who attend and a 17 years old who attended at one time. This school has great involvement of the arts...love it!
Excellent Principal, great teachers...small and intimate. individualized attention...good writing, math and arts programs/teachers
This school has to be one of the best schools in New York City. Its a small school that believes in the arts. Its amazing how the children learn with the arts.
As a Pre-K parent this year I was made to feel very welcome in this small, family-feeling elementary school. With a great leader in the principal, Ms. Nancy Sing-Bock, this school has a wonderful heart and a strong arts emphasis.
The staff at this small school is wonderful and lead by a very accessible principal Ms. Singbok. They really encourage the children and provide lots of feedback to parents. In kindergarten, my son even attended music classes at nearby Turtle Bay and loved them. They also had ample opportunities for nearby trips to a bakery, fish market, etc.. This lovely little school has the most diverse population, with my son's classmates hailing from China, Egypt, and elsewhere. Parents and children are very welcome here.
I believe that having an open relationship with the teachers is the number one thing to do as a parent. My relationship with my daugher's teachers for the past three years have been great. Kindergarden was the first and most important year. Ms. C made that year so easy for me as a parent she communicated with me as well as I communicated with her about my daughters development. First and Second grade were wonderful as well. To summarize: The teachers all care for the children's social and academic developments. Good luck to you all.
The academic program in this school is good. Ms. Perlas, the fifth grade teacher, is WONDERFUL! She stimulated my son academically, while motivating him to strive for more. They also have an on site nurse. This was an added bonus because she could do routine check-ups, prescribe medications for colds, etc., & was onsite in case of an accident. They do not have an inside gym. They utilize the cafeteria at least once a week for gym class, but just installed an outside play area/jungle gym. Overall I like the school.
I have been a teacher at PS 51 the Elias Howe School for the past twenty years and have seen tremendous growth. We are a small school with a diverse and rich multicultural student population where each student is given the support needed to succeed academically and socially. Students participate in computer, art, music and library along with other extra activities in the theater arts. Parents are involved both as decision makers and classroom support. Some awards: Winner of the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School Award November 2004, Joel Klein s Top 200 List 2003, Pathfinder Award 2002. Come visit our school. You might find me working with a small group doing guided reading or maybe I ll be in the Computer Lab teaching the kids how to put together a PowerPoint presentation, make a graph or navigate the Internet while researching information for a class project.
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