I myself, was a former student of PS 89. My experience there was amazing. It was a fun school with a lot of nice people (students, teachers, staff, etc.), but not necessarily a great school academic wise. If you want your child to graduate this school and enter a great middle school, don't just rely on the education that they give there- allow them to have a private tutor or something like that because my graduating class (class of 05) did really well in entering good middle schools mostly because they had private tutors. The year before and after us didn't have as much people attend the top district two schools. Good luck.
This school has been a tremendous disappointment. Our child craved an academic challenge, and the school did not provide this. The school is safe and orderly but not one that encourages each child to stretch his/her abilities.
After 4 years, PS 89 has been an amazing blessing for my family and has indeed become part of our family. My two children who attend there are both thriving. When small problems arise, their teachers address it head on. When I have concerns, the staff listens to and addresses my issues. My children are not only getting a great education but are truly loved in their school community. Also, the other kids who attend there are all great kids. There are little to no security concerns. Ronnie Najjar, the principal, knows every child by name and can usually tell you where they are located in the building at any given moment. The PTA is probably one of the best is the city. Phenomenal school and community. We have moved to Brooklyn but I'm still driving my kids into Battery Park everday because I can't find anything close to PS 89.
If you are moving to Battery Park City for this school beware. It is way overrated. Our experience has not been good. The teachers are very disappointing. If you are looking for a friendly, nurturing and challenging environment for your child p.s. 89 is not it.
The level of commitment from the principal, teachers, parents and the students themselves far surpassed all of my expectations when my daughter entered this school in first grade, three years ago. Now as she enters 4th grade, I can truly see how she is evolving in an incredible way, in many ways due to the way her mind and skills and interests are challenged daily at P.S.89. If you've never seen a child devour books voraciously because a love of reading has been instilled in her, it is truly a delight to witness.
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