This school is run very well. The no tolerance policy for bullying and bad behavior is enforced for the benefit of all. I find it comforting to know the staff is tough enough to address issues effectively and efficiently. The curriculum is strong and as good as the private school my child was in previously. The PA is very dedicated and does an amazing job.
I have 2 kids at this school and we love it! The principal is great with the curriculum and the kids, and perhaps the review below is for the wrong school.
The PA raises quite a lot of money for the school but they come across as very eager for money too! The principal is dismissive and unfriendly. Dropoff is not done in the safest way and you would never see the principal or the security guard at the gate when many parents have to drop their children off in the yard and run to work. There is more focus on the state tests and less on children's overall development. Your child will learn the basics but do not expect any enrichment. Arts, PE, music and science are very weak. Needless to say, we are no longer at PS158 and we are much happier now!
We have one child, a first grader, here at this school. The best thing about this school are the teachers--they are all top notch--In our opinion, this is very important. The teachers work really hard to not only teach what they have to but also to make school inviting and fun. Much of the money raised by the PA goes to keeping teachers up on their skills--also something we completely support. My child is so lucky to also have kids from all over the world attend school with him. International Night is outstanding--parents showcase countries they are from or are interested in--there are too many count! The after school program is also very good--my son has enjoyed classes such as baseball and multi-sports. There is something for everyone and its really reasonably priced. We are very happy at this school and every time we think about moving away from the city, we think twice because we want our younger child to be able to attend PS 158.
I have two children at this school and we love it. The teachers are outstanding and the administration has a clear vision on goals and curriculum...and they are willing to make the tough decisions to remove ineffective staff (which of course creates controversy, but in my opinion keeps the teaching levels consistently high). The children are safe, happy, and we are very satisfied.
this is a great school that gets a lot of flack because it is big and has an effective but demanding PTA . My granddaugher needed some special attention, got the whole schools attention and is now doing excellent . The extra reading and after school progams are great . The kids, teachers , parents and administration are all enthusiastic and it just spreads . They seem to strike a great balance between discipline , education and creatvity .
We are so excited to send our little girl into the 1st grade at this school. Her K year was outstanding and her teacher was terrific. I find many of the support staff to be very helpful, though they are often quite busy. I think the principal runs a no-nonsense tight ship; however, she has been very helpful when I've needed to call upon her. My daughter LOVES school. Oh yeah, the PE teacher and after school program Tai Kwon Do teacher are both awesome, too.
GREAT SCHOOL..TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE WITH TEST SCORES. UNFORTUNATELY, A GOOD EDUCATION IS ONLY DETERMINED BY TEST SCORES IN TODAYS WORLD. I HAVE ALSO WITNESSED PARENTAL ATTITUDES TOWARD STAFF AND IF YOU ARE GETTING ATTITUDE FROM STAFF, YOU NEED TO SEE WHAT YOUR GIVING IN RETURN. MY FRIENDS AND I HAVE FOUND THEM NOTHING BUT CARING AND RESPONSIVE.
My children have been in the school from 1st grade to 4th grade now and graduating next year. I am very happy and I feel blessed to be able to send my kids to this wonderful school. They are getting a great elementary education.
The teachers are great. The community of parents is wonderful. The principal is very bad. Although she seems to do a good job focusing on test scores, she is a terrible communicator with parents and has managed to alienate many of us with her often rude and offensive style. The school does not thrive because of her. It thrives despite her. If she could just get past her defensiveness or whatever it is that drives her inappropriate and counterproductive behavior, she would probably see that just a little effort to demonstrate respect for the concerns of parents would go a long way.
The teachers are wonderful and focused on the children's future. The children receive a complete education plus extras like art, music and after school activities.
my daughter loves going to school everyday and learning, what could be better than that!
PS 158 is a nurturing, challenging, and stimulating environment to grow in both academically and personally!
I have had two children graduate from PS 158 over the past 5 years. The first one graduated with a very solid education. I can not say the same for the second child. Luckily, she did well on her own, but since she wasn't considered a struggling student they just left her alone. Most of the money that the PA works so hard to raise goes directly to the principal to hire staff to work with the struggling kids. The principal is interested in one thing and that is the test scores. This school has gone down hill and unless they change the focus and teach kids what they need to know instead of all the test prep. I was just told by other This years fifth grade class did poorly being accepted to the District 2 selective middle schools.....interesting???
Unfortunately, I will have to agree with the negative reviews of this school. PS 158 has been disappointing! The principal is aloof, detached, defensive, unresponsive, and ineffective. There are some excellent teachers however horrible and ineffective teachers are allowed to continue at the school in spite of protests from parents. The parents association is the one bright star in this scenario. This highly motivated and dedicated group of parents work hard to enrich the school. If you can get a variance...go to any other District 2 school!
Beware if you are considering this school. First the good - the teachers for the most part are excellent. The administrative staff however is rude and extremely unprofessional. The principal is out of touch. For school lunch, they scream at the children with a microphone and regularly run out of food. Twice my son was served only french fries and chocolate milk!!! The science and music program are extremely poor. Overall this is a very unhealthy environment.
I agree entirely that the staff, including some teachers, are very rude and unprofessional. That being said, I feel my child is still receiving a top education for a public school.
The school is not clean, the staff, from the principal on down is rude to both children and parents, and there is way too much focus on test prep to the exclusion of any other instruction.
Ive had one child graduate, and go on to a top notch middle school. i have a fourth grader who is getting a solid education, and a ton of enrichment thanks to a hyperactive pa. its a large school, but no child falls through the cracks. ive been happy with all teachers, except 2, for the last 9 years. its very diverse, which is a good thing:)
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