The best thing about this public school is the teachers. Our children have been attending this school for the past few years and every teacher they have had is knowledgeable, dedicated, friendly, and enthusiastic. The school was progressive in the beginning without enough focus on teaching children academic skills but that has changed for the better. The principal Nancy Harris runs the school efficiently but she can be a bit too controlling and thus prevents more active involvements from parents.
One serious drawback is the entrance of a commercial garage being right next to the school's front doors. Much care must be exercised by parents to ensure children's safety. This is a complete failure by NYC government and Board of Education.
TOP NOTCH EDUCATION *PS397 Spruce Street School is extraordinary! We feel so fortunate that our children were accepted to this incredible school. At first my wife and I thought that the school was too strict and that the homework load was too heavy for such young children, but we have since changed our tune. Our daughters reading and writing skills jumped 2 grade levels in just a few months! Her classroom has 3 teachers in it which is above and beyond considering there are only 24 kids in her class.
Spruce is a school that is still learning to stand. Communication from the administration to parents about the direction and general overview of the students curriculum isn't strong. The communication between parents & teachers in regard to what the students are working towards on a weekly basis isn't satisfactory to me (barring a parent teacher meeting at the parents request.) A bi monthly newsletter (email) to inform parents of what the subject(s) of focus and how they can help the educator would assist all involved. Some classes combine children with learning difficulties with children who are accomplished learners. I believe the stronger students suffer for this. I'm afraid they don't challenge the class academically for fear of losing the former while the latter grow bored & fall behind their peers (at other schools). The PTA seems withdrawn & doesn't particularly draw the community together. There is a ton of potential for Spruce ,but I'm afraid their legs are still wobbly...
My school is a great place to work. We have extremely dedicated and hard working teachers. The office staff goes above and beyond to help serve families. The principal is young, innovative, and leads with laser focus. It's a great place to be!
Spruce street school es una excelente escuela 100% la recomiendo, los profesores directores y todos el equipo realiza su trabajo de manera extraordinaria sin igual, hacen que los ni os esten muy felices y progresen individualmente integrandolos a la sociedad mediante programas que les permiten sentirse confiados respondiendo de manera adecuada cuando la vida real los expone en la comunidad. Me siento muy feliz de que mi hijo haya encontrado el lugar adecuado para aprender. Gracias
We are having an amazing experience at the school and feel extremely lucky to have found such an incredible public with a strong social studies curriculum. The kids get to do art and science three times a week and a music program once a week. The Tweed Courthouse classrooms are exquisite and HUGE with plenty of space for the small classes. Most impressive is the focus on social and emotional learning with ethics and social/environmental responsibility a major part of the curriculum. The Principal inspires confidence and respect. She has hired an amazing group of people in this incubation period and we are sure that she will continue to bring in more talent as the school grows. It is clear that despite the obvious growing pains, move into the new premises in 2011 and inevitable DOE curveballs, SSS with Nancy Harris at the helm, will come out on top.