Academic environment is excellent. Field Trips are relevent and very substantial experiences for our childre, i.e. learning about the NYC water supply by visiting Acquaduct in Ossining, learning about Immigration by visiting Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum. Our children are challenged and have fun, lots of positive energy in the schcool despite tight conditions.
My daughter goes there. We love the atmosphere created by the teachers, other school personnel and most of all the students who study there. It is in the middle of vibrant neighborhood and the diversity of the culture is reflected in the teacher and student population there.
PS 116 gives my child a great education and also has a good sports and chess program with a track team and chess in the schools.
the incredible responsibility and difference that parent involvement can contribute to excellence
Impressive academics, incredibly well-trained teachers... A great education!
It is a great public school in Manhattan. I am a true believer of a public school system, both as a former student in the NYC public school system and now as a parent of a kindergarten child.
I have been a 116 parent for 7 years and have watched my 2 children thrive. The teachers and administrators are top notch. The sense of community is evident every day in the yard, the classrooms and on the 116 website! And there is NO OTHER school that has STEVE ZOWNIR! That's Mr. Zownir for all the k-4th graders!
Wow there is just so much I can say about PS 116, my eldest son attended 116 and now my youngest is attending and all I can say is the Kids Club is amazing and Sandy is just so wonderful, always patient. We have the best parents, staff and educator's. I will also never forget Ms. Abbie my son's 1st grade teacher she was the best and it was her 1st year teaching. I thank you so much Abbie for all your hard work. What other school has such great teachers who really care about there students. I love P.S. 116.
My granddaughter is now in 1st grade. Both, in kindergarten and now, the teachers and other staff members have gone out of their way to comfort her (she's a crier); it seems the first month of school is the hurdle; after that she's fine, and enjoys it. She loved her kindergarten teacher, and this year's teacher is 'awesome' (I'm quoting my granddaughter).
P.S. 116 has the most dedicated teachers and the most supportive, involved parents. The kids are intelligent, creative and cute!
We have wonderful music and art classes and an amazing social studies curriculum with lots of informative field trips. The teachers are amazing and the administration has managed to keep the school strong and well balanced despite overcrowding issues like those felt in many of the best schools in Manhattan. The PTA is strong and the parents help raise money to provide additional art programs, recess programs and staff.
this has been my school for the past six years and i love it!! All of my teachers are very kind and i love to go to school.
My daughter is in 4th grade and I have had some issues during her course at the school. My daughter s experience with teachers was not very positive. During kindergarten, the teacher left in the middle of the year and was replaced by a brand new teacher who did not have experience teaching on her own. She did not have good control of the class. Also the assistant teacher s were always quitting and we have several during the year and many days without an assistant for 24 kindergarteners.
I have (3) children, all of whom have attended PS 116. My oldest daughter has since gone on to middle school, and my son and youngest daughter are in the first and third grades. This school has proven its self to be dependable, nurturing, and highly attuned to the needs of their students. My children thrive in this community, and there is never a day that they do not want to attend school. The teachers and administrative staff are highly capable and prove themselves time and time again. And in the few instances that my children or I have had an educational issue that needed addressing our voices were heard, and the matter dealt with in the most courteous and sincerest of ways. I love this school, and anyone would be hard pressed to find a NYC public school better than this one.
I have yet to meet a teacher who I would not want my child to have, and the specialty teachers are equally as good.
I would ordinarily rate this school as a 5 but here are the items they could work on to become the top shelf school I hoped they would have been: Until the 4th grade, there was not nearly the emphasis on standardized tests as I would have hoped for. The 4th grade teachers are excellent and are the exceptions to the rule. Most of the teachers do not focus on exceptional talent that I was used to growing up in public schools. Top talent and ability draw attention, and most teachers do not emphasis academic success and effort required in a competitive work place. We are asked to donate what seem to be on a weekly basis.
The Prinicpal of PS 116 is dedicated to improving an already excellent school program by getting parents involved at home and through after school programs.
P.S.116 comments. The quality of school is pretty good and programs are knowledgeable. There s a lot of after school programs like Music, Art & Crafts, Sports, Homework, Magic, Chess, Music, Swimming, YMCA and much more. What Events are there? The Activities are nice especially for Halloween that my kid loves the most. You even get a haunted house. P.S. 116 are much funded to make a good school for your kids! For 5th graders there are a lot of field trips and in 5th Grade you even get one to PEEC (Pocono Environmental Educational Center). PEEC is even an overnight trip, it s like camping. We even got a fun party the day of graduation. How do I know this? This is because my kid was once at that school. My kid went from kindergarten to 5th grade and he changed a lot from that school. If you plan to sign up I hope you enjoy the school! Visit http://www.ps116.org/home.aspx
We were initially apprehensive about 116 because we had seriously considered private school (due to the negative image of the NYC public school system). What we found was a school that went well beyond our expecations. The key to any school is the teaching staff and 116 has a dedicated group of talented teachers. My first grader is already reading at a 3rd grade level. She is writing stories every week. The facilities are not up to private school standards but that's okay because the money we save on private school can pay for college. I give the school an A+ on academics and a B on facilities.
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