Great teachers, great principal, great parent community. We all work hard to make the school the best it can be for the kids.
It's the best school in Manhattan! Great principal, great teachers, great parent coordinator, great building.
We are new to PS166 this year (incoming Kindergarten family) and we have been nothing but pleased with the school, teachers, principal, staff, children and families. From the initial contact with the parent coordinator over the summer, to the PTA president and all staff in the building we have felt a warm welcome. This feeling of welcome creates a strong community feeling. In addition, the building is located on a beautiful block across from a lovely public garden. The school's exterior is gorgeous (a landmark building), with an outdoor reading garden and new Kindergarten playground. The children are lucky enough to experience a wide variety of 'extra' classes where they leave their regular classroom and travel in the building to weekly music class, science lab, dance and PE (also studio art in upper grades). We look forward to another 5 years at PS166!
the arts education, the chess teams, the wonderful teachers and staff, the beautiful school building,
Principal Hand is a superb administrator, the teachers are dedicated, the kids love the school, and the parents spend a tremendous amount of time volunteering.
PS166 is a wonderful school. We now have a new pricinpal -Debbie Hand, who has proven to be an excellent leader. My son has been in both the general education and the Gifted and Talent classes. No matter what one might say the teachers are excellent on both sides of the fence in this school. There used to be more of a division between the 2 programs but lately it seems to have been corrected. We have a new science lab and the afterschool programs are great too.
I moved to the upper west side from Midtown 64th street, I remember enrolling my daughter found the school to be beautifully kept both inside and out. but did notice from the beginning that the school was serogated not to mention the principal at that time Mr. Ronga assumed that I was coming from 135th Street because of my nationality as if , Hispanic people are not allowed to be well off. Not to mention he never mentioned to me a Gifted and Talented Program, I came to find out about it this September which by the way is my Daughters last year before she moves on to Middle School. Finally the Board of Education is listening to the parents and replaced the Principal with Ms. Debbie Hand which I think will be a great asset to our community and it is a shame it took 3 years.
PS 166 got a NEW principal this year (2008/9), Debbie Hand, and she has shown, from the onset of the school year, a strong hand in leadership and parent interaction. She is a polished professional who has garnered the parent body's confidence. The teachers and the program are great, and I'm sure will only grow in their excellency under her guidance.
Academic programs are sound and follow DOD standards. Children get an excellent education. After school curriculum is well-rounded offering children variety. Music, art, gym during school day is touch-n-go. Parent involvement high & community is wonderful/pitches in.
The school's emphasis is both on scienece as well as arts. Dedicated, high quality teachers. Great experience for the firs five years of schooling for any kid. The classes are small. Parents are very much involved in all aspects of school. Great little community.
I was a former scholar at p.s. 166 .The school had a great parent enviroment.This is one of the most schools that care great teachers wonderful principle awsome afterschool acttivities,the school is in a wonderful peaceful enviroment.
My son loves the gifted and talented program at 166. Teachers are warm and of high quality. The building was renovated in recent years which makes the environment very friendly for students. Opposite the Claremont stables -- you see horses on the street on your way to school -- neat! Playyard was also renovated.
Beautiful school with wonderful extras: dance, music, gym, art and computer. Principal is new and not so dynamic but, overall, a great choice for a neighborhood school.
I am a parent of a 3rd grader and a former student myself,my son also attended 1st-5th grade now in 7th grade, the school has gone through tremendous changes over the years for the better quality of education for the students. P.S.166 is like a family, its a second home away from home for my child, the teachers and school staff from the school secretary to the school aides,Know the kids by name, parent envolvment has increased over the years also and has helped raised money for the school. The school has a great afterschool program on site 'Enrichment Club' and a Chess club,the after school program offers many different classes from cooking-art/dance,sports etc. I love to attend the end of the school year dance festival that the entire school performs outside the renovated school yard, and all year round events that our students and parents/staff work hard on.
This school offers traditional curriculum such as math,science,english etc.. It also includes art, computer, gym and music. The teachers are dedicated to the students and really care for them. P.S.166 is diverse and the building is one of the best in condition. The principle is not so inviting and at times can be rude to parents. Some of the class rooms are unorganized but most have space. There are two playgrounds. One in the back for the smallers kids and the main one in the side front of the school for the bigger students. The playgrounds are well gaited and supervised. The children participate in activities that are shared with the community on holidays such as Halloween, where they have their famous haunted house and games. Across the street from the school is a horse stable, and you know you don't find much of those in New York City!
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