My children have been at this school since 2008 and I can't say enough how impressed I am with the changes since that time. The principal is much more open and accommodating to parents who have concerns and to those who want to help or be involved with their child's education. The student body is very diverse and extremely international (as a result of the dual language programs which are excellent - especially the French). In the French program the teachers are very strong and communicative with parents and they are well liked and respected by the students. The parent community in this program is particularly strong. My sons are very different and they are both very happy and thriving. The only negative is that due to the popularity of the French program, class sizes can be very large and a few disruptive children really can affect the learning got the entire class. The administration is pretty good about handling this but if class sizes were kept smaller, everyone would benefit.
This is solid school that is continuously improving year after year. Definitely one of the underrating/lesser known gems as far as schools go in the UWS.
I have 2 girls in PS 84, the eldest in 3rd grade. We really like the school, all of the teachers have been very good, academically as well as personally. They really know the kids, their strengths and weaknesses. Principal Sundick is very connected with the school and has her finger on the pulse. She knows the children by name, and who's class they attend. She also knows many of the parents by name and child/dren belonging to them. That is a feat! The principal has a tough job. She has tons to juggle with many details and all within the complex DOE regulations. She does so well while remaining calm and very good natured. Remarkable!! There is a very active bunch of parents at school. They are friendly and welcoming. There are lots of activities organized by the PTA, movie night, book fair, international pot luck dinner, spring fair, etc. In which parents work together to create the event and parents and children attend. I have frequently heard of parents donating books, paper and school supplies to the school. I feel that the school is really a community in which the children, parents and administration know each other and work to the benefit of the whole.
My daughter is in second grade in the dual language Spanish program, and we could not be happier. The teacher is outstanding, the principal shows wonderful leadership, and the parental involvement is extremely high. After coming out of a "boot camp" style charter school, this is what school should be. My daughter excels academically, and absolutely enjoys every day at PS 84. It is a wonderful, nurturing environment where children can enjoy learning.
Our daughter went to Pre-Kindergarten at PS84 and had a terrific experience. For Kindergarten, we won a much coveted lottery spot at MSC (PS 333). Given the reviews and reputation we could not miss this opportunity, so we switched schools. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a poor decision for our daughter. When we looked to change back to PS84 in the middle of the school year, we were thrilled that she was welcomed back. It felt like being home again. The teachers and administration have been great. As PS84 is gaining momentum again and neighborhood children are now attending the school, it is truly a gem on the UWS. The parent involvement has been getting stronger with each year.
My son is in first grade in the Spanish Dual Language program. The teachers are amazing, the principal is approachable, listens to concerns, and has great priorities. We have loved our experience here.
My son has been at this school for three years as a part of the dual language program, and so far he has done well, I must say that his teachers are wonderful, involved teachers that strive for excellence. We at times want to blame the school for what it is not doing rather than looking at ourselves as parents for what should be doing to be a part of our childrens education. I have overall been very satisfied with ps 84, one thing I can say is faculty and staff are trying to help this school and its students excel, however some of our parents need to step up and get involved. Thanks ps 84 for your hardwork and dedication!
In the last two years families have been more involved with the PTA, a garden is being built, K educators are fantastic, the expansion of dual-language programs in Fr/Eng and Spa/Eng is nurturing great cultural diversity and seem to bear fruits in fostering stronger academic performance from the kids. This school which was once overlooked in the neighborhood is now attracting many interesting families contributing their time, energy and resources to support their kids education.
P.S. 84 is a fabulous school with a fantastic, energetic principal. Great things are happening here!
this school really isn't doinq anything to help the students they need to get on their job a 3 out of 10 that's not looking good
As a teacher, I know that all the teachers in PS 84 are hard working and we truly care for our students. We try our best to help and guide our students to achieve in academic areas as well as to guide them to be a leader in this world. Because we know that life can be 'hard' for some of our students... For many of us, we are not just a teacher to these kids, but a sister, mom, dad, or just someone who is just there for them.
My child has been in this school for 5 years. This school is also very quick to label a child and say they are going to help you but in reality only give negative feedback on the child and not really help. All they do is just label them and inform the other teachers of the child's disabilities or issues that they may have. Instead of keeping it private and letting the new teachers get to know the child on there own. They need to have an investigator watch them in action. It would really help. My child instead of getting better they are fustrated and always saying that there picking on them. They have no patients for children that have issues or disibilities. Rescue these children in needs from this school. Education is very important and there not really get that. No motivations to want to go to school. Help!
This particular school has had major issues with parent involvement. It is not that parents do not want to be involved, their concerns and ideas are not welcomed by the administration. I strongly advise the parents who are concerned and want a voice in this school to go to the region and demand parent support specifically for the PTA. In addition, parents were regularly trying to get involved, but were misguided and misinformed. This school is also very quick to label a child. They do not work with the parent to figure out other ways to teach a child or find adequate help for the child. A child with special needs in this school will definitely fall through the cracks and fail. Overall the school lacks support for parents, student and community. This school is a joke.
We are in our second year at this school. There are a lot of new things going on; parents should take a look. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for teaching assistants in all the K and 1st grade classes, and the classes are relatively small to begin with (my daughter's first grade class has 20 students). The teachers we have had are stellar -- hard-working and caring. The principal is very accessible and hard-working as well. There is a new after-school program in the works. New parents in the Pre-K and K classes are bringing new resources. Yes, it's still hard to get over 25 at a PTA meeting, but we are trying!
My child has been there for 4 years and despite Principle changes the School is a great school for learning.Currently there is no real PTA for the past 2 years no real parent involvement, but overall it is a good school.
I had my son in this school for 2 years and although the teacher are great the school has no parent involvement. It was pretty sad when pta meeting came every month to see 3 to 4 parent show up.
I have been happy with the teachers at this school and the extracurricular activities
This school has a Rhythm band. There are two gardens in the school. There are so many computers. The band has kids and it has very beautiful music. The ages are 7-10. Alot of other kids also fixed up the garden, stayed until 6:00 and 8:00. It is a really great school.
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