This school has brought great memories with teachers and students. Everyone works hard for each other including teachers and students
I agree the other parent, this is a great school but I think the PA really has a problem, I wonder if I can report them to the DOE.
My kid was in this school since pre-k. The leadership of Mrs. Woo our principal, is very wonderful! Even our assistant principle Ms. Chin too. No words can describe to both of them for taking care & educating our children. But there's an issue that needed attention. The Parent Association (PA) group are way too much into gossiping. For donations, they are too aggressive & demanding. Pressing the student to come home & asked their parents for donation. My child told me that I must give a donation. If not, my child will not want to attend school saying that the PA would asked again. Not good for the school images. They are not protecting the kids but only hurting them by giving them stress. Another of my child went to another school which do not have this problems. My child is leaving this school soon moving on to middle school. Hopefully, all this won't happen in another school.
P.S. 130 Hernando De Soto is a very good school. They use different methods to educate and guide the students so that students at different angles to improve and grow in progress. My children are educated in this school. They are In teaching, research, management, service and other aspects of work have made gratifying achievements. In here, I am specially to to thank Mrs. Chow and Mrs. Zhong, also are giving them teaching highly prominent position. They are hard-working with students to express my heartfelt thanks. I had very painful time from my family last few months that I can t take care my son at this moment. They were sending me a hand and took all responsibility from her time to stay to help and care my son until end of school. They are exposure to teaching on campus, to further improve the academic status and competitiveness. I am to them a pay tribute. I hope they continue to join hands, a mission to forge ahead, create brilliant! Thanks
I don't have much to say in regards to the school administration, but as an alumni, I believe that the education I received here was truly wonderful. I recently graduated from college and will be attending graduate school soon. As I reflect back, I cannot help but think about where it all started. The teachers here were amazing and I learned a lot from them. Mr. Deaton was my favorite. I still remember things about the World Wars and the Native Americans because of him. He also let students take care of the classroom's flowers and pets. During high school, I came back to volunteer briefly. The children were cute, bright, and well-mannered for the most part. I don't know about now, but back in the day (10+ years ago), there were after-school programs, "summer camp", dance classes for 4th and 5th graders, educational field trips to Philadelphia and Amish country, and a snack program the 5th graders were in charge of to raise money for the overnight graduation trip. Thank you, P.S.130, for giving me and many others so many unforgettable experiences.
My kids are in the G&T program and get an amazing education. It's a school that cares about their academic success and nurtures their social and emotional well-being. I have nothing but high praise for their teachers and for the wonderful leadership under Mrs. Lily Woo. Her philosophy of academic excellence, coupled with a rich art, dance, and music program, is what makes P.S. 130 one of the best schools in District 2. There s nothing more satisfying than seeing my first grader tell me about the fascinating things he learned in Ms. Chan s class. She instills a love of learning that only a great teacher can do. She also has a knack for sparking curiosity and getting their minds to think critically. My second grader writes beautifully. This is because Mrs. McConnell pushes her to think outside the box and to be a fearless writer. Ms. Chan s Muffin Club restored my son's confidence by raising his reading level and teaching him the proper mechanics of writing. Mrs. McConnell helped our daughter overcome her loathing of math, and she now she enjoys solving complex equations. Ms. Cho managed to get my kindergarteners reading chapter books within three months. Bullying is not tolerated.
My child is in the G&T program at PS 130 and we feel fortunate to be part of this strong program. This is a program with special teachers, a special principal and they care about all students and the school. These children are getting an excellent education and a strong foundation. Starting with Ms. Cho who helps them learn how navigate kindergarten then on to Ms. Chan who is the most organized and passionate teacher who passes that passion for learning on to the students. Ms. Woo is the one who guides the whole school with safety, caring and the best interest of all the children at heart all of them G&T and Gen Ed. There are programs, languages, arts, recess, performances that will make you laugh and cry, Graduations through to 5th grade and Mr. Siu. There is a community where parents participate. If you look at the reviews I think you will see a string of 5 stars... and sometimes there is not a fit. You can look for negative anywhere. There is no such thing as perfect. It is what you make it. How you choose to make it better. This is an amazing launch pad with passionate teachers and a principal who are there to give your children the wings to fly. You have to help them fly too.
have many friends that graduated from tag at ps 130 and went on to prestigious middle and high schools. my younger daughter currently is in the tag program and have nothing but great things about the school, teachers, administrators and parents..except for the negative one that was posted april 23rd. Class size, recess, lunch space issues are constraints of nyc public schools- deal with it and spend you energy elsewhere or send you kid to a stuffy private school. also have friends at these high powered private schools and their kids are no brighter than a rock i found in the middle of canal street last monday morning. tag at ps 130 is exceptional relative to its peers and what it has to deal with.
My kid attends the tag program at PS130. The teachers are great. But the principal Mrs. Woo is the main person that makes this school special. She is on top of everything, providing equal treatment to all the kids, regardless of them being on Tag or regular classes. She is also available to talk at any time, in person or via email. Yes, the kids could use more physical activity in this school fabulous rooftop playground, but that is up to each individual teacher to decide. The PA board could also use some expansion and some new members, but adding fresh parental body is something they have been working on recently. Overall, the school is great academically. Like all public schools, the class size is big, 30-32 kids, but that is up to the DOE to decide, not the principal. As a parent, you need to be involved in your child's academic education at home. If you do your part, you will be happy with their learning curve. It will be very comparable and/or higher than the private schools curriculum minus the hefty cost!!!
My child is in the gifted and talented class. I don't recommend this program at this school at all. The class sizes are too large pushing to a size of 32 even exceeding to 33 and the principal refuses to allow any parents to get a TA for the teacher. I am very disappointed in the principal who says she stresses quality education. The children get 15 minutes of lunch time then are put in the auditorium for the rest of lunch watching movies. A child's evaluation is not even met on an even level with other children. One day the teacher will allow the class to watch a disney movie and the next doing activities while she evaluates the students no matter if the movie distracts a child or not. Don't expect much outdoor activities here at this school either. Recess is rare and is per class. Also the extra activities of dance, music, etc that they stress at this school is not always consistent like they say it is. One week they will have it and the next they won't. If you have a choice choose elsewhere.
My daughter has been in the TAG program for a few years now. She has loved all of her teachers so far. The teachers have been keeping us posted on her need to socialize more so we can do our part at home. Parental turnout to events has been consistently strong. The principal doesn't shy away from driving home the message that the school needs funding for arts and other programs that benefit all children in the school. The yearly fund-raising banquet is an interesting idea. The math program is based on Everyday Math, which seems a bit soft. I believe that's dictated by the school board, but math is getting easier to teach with sites like khanacademy.org these days. The classrooms have air conditioning (unlike the scools I had as a kid) so they can focus when it gets warm. Since the school has a high percentage of Chinese students, it's helped my daughter shed the notion that it's important to be blonde-haired and blue-eyed. I'm quite satisfied with the education PS130 is delivering, but know that I'm expected to do my part outside the classroom as well.
We stopped by to submit an out of district application for K admission - a short visit that turned out to be an informative discussion. We stood asking questions at the office counter, as one of the persons behind joined in, who shortly introduced herself as the school's principal. Probably sensing our "are-we-doing-what's-best-for-our-child" anxiety, she invited us into her office for an hour-long discussion. We went over, our hopes for our daughter's education, her her history & experience raising two children with very different learning styles - we covered it all & were more than impressed by Ms. Woo's willingness to have a non-scheduled spur of the moment conversation with two nervous parents, as well as her ability to address our concerns with ease, conviction, and empathy. The school itself was lovely - clean - and the attitude from all the staff we came into contact with was warm and welcoming. There is clearly a culture there that comes from the top, and we hope to receive notification that our daughter is admitted. If not, we most certainly will try again. We welcome the opportunity for our daughter to attend P.S. 130, especially after meeting Ms. Woo.
PS 130 is a truly fine school. It has lovely children, a talented and focused staff and a great parent body. Its principal, Mrs. Lily Woo, is extremely competent. She demonstrates fairness and professional sensitivity to all. In my own time as a teacher, she provided me with enormous support when a loved one in my family was seriously ill. I feel fortunate to have taught at PS 130 for 22 years.
PS 130M is an amazing place for both children and staff. The students are respected and cared for by all the adults that are in charge of them. The teachers and other staff members are collaborative and supportive of each other and students regardless of ethnic backgroud. In fact, the diversities that we DO have serve to enhance our understanding of each other and allow for conversations that will help the students to understand how to manage their own expectations when they interact with individuals of other cultures both in and outside of the school building. I am fortunate to be a part of this considerate, hard working and high achieving community.
I have been a teacher at P.S. 130 for almost thirty years and have been the UFT union representative for twenty years.In all this time, I have NEVER had a staff member come to me with a complaint that he or she was being treated unfairly because of ethnicity or religious beliefs. Indeed, P. S.130 could not be the outstanding school that it is if our administration, under Mrs. Woo's leadership were not one that showed respect for the staff. Even during times when individual staff members suffered personal hardships, the administration did their utmost to accommodate staff needs, to be supportive and caring in every possible way. We all consider ourselves blessed to be working in such a wonderful school.
PS 130 is a school that "rocks". It is a fabulous school with dedicated, hardworking, creative teachers and staff. There's a high PA involvement with parents voluntarily working every day. Much of what happens at PS 130 could not happen without the strong leadership of Mrs. Woo, the principal. She is caring, fair minded, involved and supportive of her whole staff. She works as hard as her teachers to help every child succeed academically and socially. She truly believes in "Arts Enrichment in Education: Excellence for All". Her open door policy for her staff extends to the parents and students. She "Rocks!" Love working there.
P.S. 130 is one of the finest schools in the City of New York. We consider our school a true place of learning. Our children are wonderful, our staff is wonderful, our parent body is wonderful and our Principal, Lily Woo is a true caring, giving, kind, professional human being. I preceded her arrival to PS 130 by many years and can attest to the fantastic positive changes she has helped make.
Principal Woo is a fantastic leader with truly the kids best interest at heart. She treats everyone equally, but also appreciates each individual's accomplishments and capabilities.
Thanks to strong leadership and community support, this school truly excels in both academia and arts. Mrs. Woo is fantastically resourceful when it comes to supplementing the standard curriculum with external programs. Music, dance and theater are very present in this school. Although I've seen a few novice teachers, I've also seen teachers who are engaged and deeply caring about their students. One wish list: could the school incorporate more athletics into the curriculum? Dance is not quite enough. They also need to learn about team sports, and need more regular opportunities to exert themselves. All in all, this is a terrific school.
P.S. 130 is a truly phenomenal school. Mrs. Woo has made the environment at P.S. 130 a very supportive and welcoming one. The teachers and staff there are consistently positive and warm, to the children, to parents, and to each other. All of the teachers we have encountered there have been excellent. The standards are high, and so the children and parents should not be surprised to have a reasonable amount of homework. Our children have been in the TAG program there, and they have really been inspired to learn. Additionally, Mrs. Woo has been remarkably resourceful in setting up a number of extra programs to enrich the curriculum, including technology (SMARTBoards in every class), art/music/performance programs (such as Rosie s Broadway Kids, Midori & Friends, National Dance Institute), and Mandarin, computers, chess, among others. The on-site after school program is also well run with activities and homework tutoring.
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