my son went here for his kindergarten year (2011-2012) and 1st grade(2012-2013). he loves it. both k-1st grade teachers have been great, i couldnt ask for better teachers. their new principle Mr Higgins is doing a wonderful job and improving the school. the only down falls is Columbia secondary school has taken over most of the building which is taking from the elementary school students. i hope soon the school board will realize that they are destroying a great school and will also bring back funding for the after-school program
PS 125 has a new principal, Mr.Higgins. He works so hard and the school is improving a lot.
I am very dissappointed. I was very optimistic in the begining. My son was in a kindergarden class with Ms. Lafalaise and everything was great. my son was reading at a second grade reading level. There was something so loving and caring about his teacher because my son would talk about her all the time. she made a positive impact on him. In 1st grade, tha was a different story. 3 different teachers within 1 month which was very stressful. They soon brought in another teacher which was Ms. Chanowitz. She was a very nice person but she could not control the students. Everytime I would walk into the class room the children would be running around screaming. meetings were not good. My son report card was horrible. I spoke to the teacher to find out what I can do to change this. Second parents and teachers the teacher did not show up. I have spoke to the principal many times as many other parents. The principal blames the students in class when she should be blaming herself for not listening to parents and making sure there is order in the class room considering she is the one running the school. Now my child is so behind. I am definitely not coming back next year.
The principal is horrible and only thinks about being friends with the students instead of having a disipline status. Also I am a parent that complained about my child's teacher. I also complaine about the children bullying my daugther. This school is a joke.
I attended numerous open houses and PTA meetings in District 3, 5, & 6 searching for the ideal school for my daughter and it looks like I found it. I am looking forward to my child attending PS 36 this fall. I have never seen a more strong, caring and involved principal as Ms Espinal, who seems to have a vested interest in the students as well as the community. The parental involvement isn't large yet, but they are making huge strides in raising other parents awareness, involvement, & funds. They are currently planting the school's garden & have already held a dance (with a huge turnout), students have baked Valentine cookies, & are planning an exciting end of year assembly with both parents & children involved. With both French & Spanish Dual language programs, a swimming pool, 2 gyms (recess daily), a theatre, and multiple playgrounds they have every thing covered. They use FOSS Science (one of the leading), Balanced Literacy, Technology Lab, and Constructivist Math program. Classes are small so children receive more individualized attention. I love the nurturing family feel of the classrooms with a wonderful true diversity of students and parents. Their partnerships are vast.
I was enrolled in this school in 1957 when I was seven years old. My teachers of that time, Miss Clark, Mrs.Marsh, Mrs McCowler(She was Nigerian)Mr.Wagner(Principal)...great people, great educators. I was a naughty, hyper little boy, but I learned quick. I loved Play day and I enjoyed the swimming pool the school had. I'll never forget her. J.T. School years: 1957-1963/4
There seemingly are conflicting reports about the school which in my opinion is mainly because this school is a school in the process of change. The principal is only starting her second year here and she took the school over with many problems and virtually no parental support. In addition, the budget cuts to the schools have made it even harder for her to implement change to the level she is envisioning. Our son started Kindergarten this year and we could not be happier. All of his teachers are excellent and he is in small, diverse class The physical resources, the curriculum and facility available are great. There is now a small group of very active parents that are determined to let the school rise to its fullest potential and that is working closely with the administration. This school is blossoming from the bottom up. We have not found the other schools in the building to be a problem at all. Each school seems very self-contained.
We are a new family to PS 125.Our son is in LOVE! with his teacher and the school. Class size is wonderful, only 17 in the class with children from a very diverse mix of racial ethnic backgrounds. The teacher is dedicated and experienced, with an ambitious curriculum plan including French enrichment that the kids are rising up to. They have numerous other specials, -- a wonderful science teacher, social studies and music/gym. Best of all, our son is happy and engaged every day. We have direct access to the energetic, vivacious principal . For all these reasons, I believe this school will be in great demand in no time. We did take a chance on it and make no mistake, it is a school in transition: the principal is challenged to make do with budget cuts (for example, they are still scrambling to get the beautiful pool and swimming program back online for the Spring). The PTA is a work in progress, as is the School Based Leadership team. As with all schools, parent involvement will be critical to bringing this school forward. But given how things are in District 5, you should really come to an open house and see the promise of PS 125 for yourself
My daughter goes to Pre-K here and it is terrific. The prinicipal is very responsive and encourages parent participation. She is really looking for partner in helping to create a very special school. It is a wonderful opportunity for parents looking to help mold a school into something special.
My opinion of this school is that they need to get priorties together. My child attends this school and I accompanied my child on class trips numerous occassions and the teachers were not supervising the children and instead letting them run around like wild animals. Witnessing this made me very afraid for my child, which I know my child has alot of energy. The teacher for the exeption of a love teacher Ms. Lafailase which gave alot of attention to my child and other children. She taught my child to read and mathematics to an extent that she was reading second grade in Kindergarden. I would like to see all of the other teachers be dedicated and have a open line of communication like Ms. lafalaise. Some of the teachers are very unprofessional. I would not recommend this school.
i am sending my children to this school for the upcoming 2010 year and i cant wait to see how it turns out! i loved the open house and the environment felt safe and loving. the childrens work was displayed everywhere! im sending my son here for bilingual spanish pre-k and dual french second grade for my daughter
There is no pre-k 4 yet, it is starting next year.to say the school is a dream....think again....
I am a parent at PS 125 and cant wait for the end of the school year, so I can pull my child out of this environment. Communication and results from the principal office is non-existent. Sadly enough if you have an issue you must have a witness while addressing the Principals' office. First time I do not feel welcome in a school that my child is attending . Stay away!
I am an involved father from a child attending PS 125 and I do not recommend this school at all! We had hoped the arrival of the new principal would bring a positive environment and it is the opposite!! Communication is not possible with the administration office. The principal needs to learn from other great schools around. Ps 125 has great ressources nevertheless they are not being used as they are advertised.
i am a parent of a child currently attending this school and would not recommend it to anyone. the programs the reviews speak of are selective and are not available to all children. within this school year my child had the opportunity to take french three times and went to science twice!! no music, no enrichment programs, no nothing!! the children are sometimes uncontrollable and somehow they get away with physical altercations on an almost regular basis. do not send your child to this school!
a great leader makes a great school! the pincipal is awesome! kids always want to hug her!
This school is fantastic! It just opened its dual 1/2 and 4/5 spanish bridge class and its amazing! the 1/2 french isstill on top and the swimming lessons are going great! My little girls loves going to school!
P.S. 125 has many programs to enhance its students educational experiences. We have visual arts with a resident artist, a heated in-door swimming pool with an instructional swim program for all grades K-5 as well as a Theatre Arts Program, just to name a few. Students and teachers work collaboratively to ensure that we differentiate instruction as well as address the needs of all learners.
My little boy go to this school and he loves it! He is in a 1/2 dual-language french class and swims every week for 1 hour in the indoor pool in the building! He loves it and the parent involvement is great, well thats what my husband says(he is a part of the parents association). This school is great you would be crazy not to send your child here!
They have a full immersion dual languge French English 50/50 program.
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