The Neighborhood School is a diverse community of caring parents and educators who believe in the whole child in education. Parental involvement is encouraged and parents play an active role in enrichment on a volunteer basis, sharing their talents. Kids are encouraged with love, patience and kindness. Questions and thinking are a priority, and the kids feel free to express their ideas and are never afraid to explore. We are a warm community of learners together, kids, parents and teachers.
There are a core of teachers, who have been at TNS for 10+ years, who have taken it upon themselves to stand true to the original mission of the school. While it is true that the entire faculty and all the children and families work to make this a solid school, this particular core deserve every bit of praise they receive. They are, without a doubt, the blood line of TNS.
I love the school and the faculty. They have made my daughter and myself feel like family.
The curriculum is top-notch: rigorous and ambitious in its thinking, engaging to the children, showing a great balance between the spreading of content knowledge and granting opportunities for thinking/creating processes to take hold in children. Both are valued and developed here, which gives kids what they need in order to think and discover for themselves. The teachers are great facilitators. Kids learn how to learn everything from Spanish to claymation to photography to life cycles to New York history. The classrooms, science room, and the library breathe learning. Bravo!
Great teachers who help children thrive and learn in a creative and supportive environment.
The parent body, students, and most of the teachers are amazing. The principal is out of touch and has his own agenda, but does his best to put on a good show. Many families that are learning English as their non native language struggle to keep up, as the academics can be week to non existent. Children rely heavily on outside help from their parents and community, unless their teacher really stands their own ground and teaches in their own way, outside of the non existent curriculum. If you don't have one of those teachers you're out of luck. There are a lot of issues , but on the bright there is an amazing parent body and PTA and lots of potential and greatness in some of the previously hired shining star teachers.
This is the best School. Great learning evviornment. Very diverse and full of wonderful arts programs. They even have a program with 3rd street Music School that offers 2 years of Music lessons! The strong perental envolvment helps alot
Great school...good diversity, parent involvement and the staff is wonderful. Sadly my son won't be attending next year due to us moving. Each child is welcomed here.
My son completed a great first year of Kindergarten and is now happily moving on to 1st grade this fall. Although I immediately liked the vibe, creativity, sense of community and diversity in the school, I was a little concerned about the academics. Mainly I worried because other parents commented often about the hour of homework their kid s got each night in TAG programs and NEST (Neighborhood has none!). Last summer I had gone with my gut and turned down a last minute TAG spot for him and I must say, I am thankful that he did not have an hour of homework each night! He s only 5.5 and he still has lots of playing to do, and it seems like he s learning a lot along the way in an integrated way, not just memorizing and repeating. He s really thinking for himself, reading and constantly discussing and practicing math amongst other things. We are really excited about this school, but I do feel like it could be a bit more organized behind the scenes. The good news is this year many new parents (and old ones) are rallying to get more focused, bring in more funds and take it up a notch so the school will have even more resources to support it s big beautiful heart and soul.
My kids did great here (the last will leave this year). It's a good mix of lower east side families. Hands-on learning, supportive environment for kids and staff, strong community/parent involvement/PTA. music, art, theater, science/technology, spanish, sports, conflict resolution, puppetry, cooking, gardening, nutrition,... The school philosophy and social studies based curriculum prepares our kids to be creative, critical and collaborative thinkers in their society. and the kids go to great middle/high schools and colleges.
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