My grandchildren attend Shuang Wen School. I have met their principal and their teachers. They care about each child's progress academically and personally. My grandchildren speak English and Chinese. They are very happy and like their school. They are receiving a well rounded education in a supportive and caring environment.
PS 184 offers a bi-lingual education in Manadrin beginning at pre-K through 8th grade. I do not know of many other schools that offer such a curriculum.
We have an excellent academic record and our test scores speak for themselves. Only one of a kind school in NY where children are immerse in the Manadrin five days a week from Pre K to 8th grade.
They are always happy to do funthings with the kids and they learn this in a playful way,the New Years show is the greatest show and the kids are the stars<with lots of help from their great teachers
This school offers up to 8 grade. I have two kids going there. There are a lot of merits. It's a nurturing school. I know my kids are safe there. The school is more than concerned than the parents on the kids' academic achievements. That's why they got 10 in testing rating. I can also see a little improvement in terms of their single-activity after school program. Besides learning Chinese from 3 to 5:30pm, some 2nd graders can learn to play keyboard for an hour or so on Fridays. They can also play an hour of tennis on Thursdays. The rest of the programs are drills and tests only. However, there are things that were really not presented nicely to the parents. Voluntary afterschool fees have changed to become mandatory. What happens if you don't pay, will you lose the seat in the school as well?
The school is okay but it has some cons. The school hours are too long from 8:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m. and there are no after school activities. And after school activities are important for all schools, because most high schools and colleges like athletes and if there is no sport activities it can effect the students because he/she may not get a scholarship. Also there are no clubs, instead there is mandarin classes, which is not really necessary. Clubs can help develop the student's growth and knowledge but learning a language is a waste of time because anyone can learn a language at another program. I'm not saying the school is bad because it's not. The discipline and test scores are good, but only if there were clubs and activities for all students, the school would have been better and more sucessful.
Shuand Wen is a very challenging school... The day is long and I would have to agree on the fact that they do stress the test scores a lot. I went to a school meeting and they mention it like it was a top priority, children do learn though and it's an investment you are giving your child, especially in this competitive world.
Our child is very happy and she is learning a great deal already. The school ask a lot but the kids will benefit.
My child attended ShuangWen for one year. We are very disappointed with the school. The teacher quality is poor. They have no patience for students. The school only cares about test scores, not students. We are glad we left the school.
I am the parent of a 6th grader at the Shuang Wen School. I have had my daughter in the school since kindergarten. I was happy about the school in the first few. However, I have seen a big change over the last 2 years. There is a lot of focus on the yearly test. There also has been a lack of parent participation. The school also has been displaying a lack of understanding for people of other cultures. I believe that these problems can be fixed as soon as they are acknowledged. Submitted by a parent
Shuang Wen is a decent school. There is no doubt about it. This school has a great Mandarin program. However, the staffs in the office have really bad manners toward the Asian parents who have no status or don't speak English. I guess this kind of behavior is really common in Chinese culture (?) It is really disappointing.
Shuang Wen is a very good school but even better if the fit is right for your child. Because the day is long in the learning of the requisite NYS curriculum plus the Mandarin language and culture, not all children can cope with this rigor. One key might be for parents to really examine what their child can handle and be realistic about their needs and abilities, not just because they would like for their child to learn the Mandarin language. It is not a program for everyone, especially if parents cannot do their share in helping the students focus and support them in getting the work done. As for the after-school which depends on grants, donations and contributions, parents are asked for voluntary contributions to help in support of the program. There is no required fee.
Shuang Wen is a Top School, parents fight to get there children in and to stay. The Day is long 8:30am-5:30pm next September that's being extended to 8:am to 5:30 pm. Math and Science will be taught in altering english and mandarin,(one full day english- one full day mandarin). Most of the Chinese teachers speak no or very little english and there is a feeper child for the afterschool- to pay the chinese portion which is not run by the board of ed but by the Dept. of Health. Class sizes are large, the gym is the auditorium. Sports and extracurricular activities are squeezed in the available day. It's an intense day,week, year for any child going there. Most families commute and hour or more each way. Children are cared for and they do learn. You have to decide for yourself and family what you're willing to sacrafice.
My daughter has been in Shuang Wen since Kindergarten. She is presently in the third grade and this will be her last year. The chinese after school program is good but the teachers are pretty strict and the kids are tired by the time the afternoon rolls around. Overall I think the school needs to understand different cultures a little better. As far as my daughter is concerned she is doing well in English and Chinese but the long day is getting to her. I will be moving out of state at the end of this school year and I will continue her Mandarin education.
Solid math and reading program, taught more in the traditional way. Math is Everyday Math but supplemented as necessary. I feel the kids know facts and answers but aren't necessarily encouraged to think for themselves. I hear too much 'I don't know' when asked a question that asks for their opinion. Music and dance mostly evolves around Chinese culture. The dance program is beautifully done. I think the whole program is great for children who enjoy structure and direction, not necessarily good for ones who are fidgetty and require extra attention. There is a lot of repetition because that's what's needed to learn Chinese. Level of parent involvement is good but not up to par with Lab, 234 or NEST. Now that they have their own school gym will be offered more often. Overall, I would recommend, but only for the right child.
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