The Neighborhood School is a dream elementary school experience. The community and culture is warm and focused on the children above all else. There is equal emphasis on academics as there is on raising socially aware and concientious human beings. I wish there was more music and art focus but Spanish is a huge plus and the all-school/family Sing! every month is a wonderful experience.
We are so grateful to have found The Neighborhood School, as our family has benefited tremendously from the collective wisdom of the adults there. Both of our children have had committed teachers who have created rich, challenging and engaging curricula. Given the singularity of the DOE's focus--test, test, test--this commitment on the part of the teachers and leadership at TNS is particularly admirable. The social studies curriculum is the focus of learning each year, and has totally engaged my kids (and impressed their parents). My 4th grade daughter is right now up past her bedtime listening to a podcast by a medical historian about midwives in Colonial Williamsburg, at her own insistence. This intense engagement with their school work is typical. This is good teaching! The literacy curriculum at TNS is rich and involves reading and discussing novels, poems, and non-fiction. The math curriculum has shifted this year to align with Common Core and the teachers are working hard to adapt it to improve its delivery. The "special" teachers in science, Spanish, and gym, and our librarian and art teachers also deserve special mention for their all-round excellence.
I love the Neighborhood School because the academics are rigorous, creative, and fun. Very hands-on, very progressive. The community is very diverse (much more so than that of the rest of the city's schools) and very inclusive--it has become a big part of our lives, in a great way. My two children learned to love learning there and have carried that with them.
I love this school's progressive philosophy that stresses collaboration, citizenship, teamwork and kindness. It's not just lip service, the way it is at many other schools -- it's woven into the fabric of the way the kids are taught. I have a graduate and a 4th grader, and we've been blessed with devoted, spectacular teachers (only one lousy one, who is no longer at the school). My kids are very different learners, and TNS has been great for both of them. I feel that their teachers really GOT them. I think the school does individualized learning really well. I'm very optimistic about the new principal, who seems totally competent and savvy.
No school is - or can be - perfect but I highly recommend this school. I read the below negative reviews but I currently have two kids in the school and another who graduated, including a child with an IEP, so I can speak from years of experience with multiple teachers and three principals. Except for one bad year (and the co-teachers are no longer in the school), our experience has been very positive. I find the teachers to be supportive and responsive. Of course, there have been times when I was unhappy about something but my issues were responded to and addressed. The community is socio-economically and ethnically diverse. The parent community is warm and welcoming. Each classroom is also set up to be warm and welcoming. Student work is displayed in the hallways and in the classrooms. I want my children to develop a love of learning, to be curious about their world, to be good thinkers and be confident. I think The Neighborhood School is doing that AND providing a great academic foundation.
TNS is a great school! mixed-age classes (just like in private schools). True model of progressive education and is supportive of the varied families - from the diversity in the student body, to the diversity felt in how people tend to view education and even testing. Our leadership supports the families that want to test their kids and equally supports families that decide to opt out of state tests. Kids don't learn by rote memorization - they learn by project work. New principal is looking to bring more technology into all grades - communicates well/frequently, open to ideas. Plusses: Spanish 3x/week, gym 3x/week, science program. Parents are welcome. There's community-oriented environment; teachers don't merely drums facts into kids' heads. Minuses: construction = no playground this yr. School purchased Imagination playground equipment to compensate. Fundraising is key and PTA is strong. Looking for an environment focused on the "whole" child and want your child to develop a love of learning, critical reasoning skills, and be challenged by their own set of standards vs what some other governing body is telling you your child should be measured up against? Choose TNS!
My family is very happy at The Neighborhood school. My daughter continues to thrive and loves to go to school every day.
It's definitely a "progressive" school. If your primary concern is your kid's academic achievement, then The Neighborhood School is not it. The emphasis is on holistic/broader development of skills (not just measurable skills) including social skills, emotional intelligence, and communication skills. And, it does a great job for that.
The Neighborhood School is truly embracing of the individuality of each child, they support, nurture, encourage each child in a way that makes them want to be engaged, to participate, to learn and grow. Children are active participants in their learning and each activity, no matter how big or small offers a new teaching moment. Learning is active, rich, deep and interesting and while the school is not formal in nature, the school days are structured: each day starts with a meeting where the schedule for the day is discussed. Students work at group tables to encourage group activities, the mixed aged (bridge) classes allow the older children in the classroom to 'mentor' the younger grade children. The bridge classes also eases the 'ramp up' during the beginning of the school year, as the teacher already knows half the students in the class. This year a new Principal has been a dynamic presence in the school. We only hope we will be this lucky in our Middle School selection.
In an era when schools are "more segregated than ever" and according to the NY Times the biggest gaps in learning aren't based on economics, but on gender, I'm happy to report that the Neighborhood School is an inclusive, integrated and very diverse school that treats its girls as equally as its boys.
The neighborhood school is a joke of a school, from the very questionable leadership, the toxic asbestos removal work that will last years and whom parents were notified only late september, to the non-existing support for kids who need help of any kind. I terribly regret putting my daughter in this school and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Oh and they keep asking you money for fundraising, which for a school like that, is just a joke......
do not go to this school-no one tells the truth here-it is about to undergo years of toxic construction-the leadership is questionable-
Neighborhood School is an excellent choice for District 1. The teachers really care about the students and kids love to learn here. There is a new principal this year that seems dynamic and interested in the school.
I am pleasantly surprise! We had a few bad experiences in The Neighborhood School which is in the same building. The worst was when my 5 year old son had an asthma attack at The Neighborhood School and the nurse had called me to pick him up. When I arrived at the school in less than an hour time; he was removed from the nurse office by a staff. I found him lying on the bare floor in the main office which was crowded with kids and adults. When I spoke to the secretary that was in the room at the time, she stated that she offered him her scarf but he refused. I consider that environment unsafe. Losing hope in public school system; I enroll him in private school which closed after a few years. A friend recommended P.S. 63; I was definitely unsure about enrolling him but I am glad I did. In a year my son has blossom so much. P.S. 63 academics is very similar to the private school my son went to. I found the teachers and principle to be kind and informative. They always make an effect to reach out to the parents.. They also have the boys project which my son looks forward to every Wednesday. My son is the most precious gift I received. We finally found a home at P.S.63!
This schools is for kids who don't need any support and can lead their own learning. My child rarely learned necessary concepts in math, science and social studies because they were busy doing projects that were not as meaningfuil. If you go look in any of the classrooms they are messy and display little teaching or learning. In addition because of this "free" environment and style, there are no behavior expectations. I am constantly run over by kids running down the hall. So if your child can basically learn on their own and don't need quality teaching, then yes this is a great school. If your child needs a little more help like most kids or you value teaching, then the Neighborhood School is not a good fit.
Definitly steer clear of this school. It is not what it seems. The principal is clearly inexperienced and the classrooms lack teachers who are inexperienced. The so called paras are a joke. Especially during lunch duty. Numerous incidents with safety in the yard. Well over 75-100 students in the yard. This school also lacks using inproper testing to measure a childs intelligence. Classrooms lack color, material and childrens work. Enrichment classes are soooo lame. No challenges for children to experience. Both schools are in constant battle, and you can cut the tension between the two with a saw. RUN RUN RUN STEER CLEAR OF THIS SCHOOL>
This school is the worst school in america - think twice before putting your kids in here.
I love this school...my son loves his teacher and the staff. The staff is supportive and encouraging. They truly help the children develop a love for learning. It's a wonderful school!!!
We feel very lucky to have our two children at the Neighborhood School. The teachers and staff are all so caring, experienced, intelligent and dedicated.
It's a dream school: a small progressive public school that really cares about the whole child!
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