This is an exceptional school. The teachers are very engaged with the children and they really go out of their way to make learning a fun experience. The school promoted kindness to others and it really shows in how the children treat each other. My daughter has gone on at lest 4 field trips that compliment her in-class learning. We feel lucky to attend this great school.
The school is small, which is some ways is great because it fosters a close community. But in other ways it hurts the school in that there are 32 students in my daughter's class, which is too many, and they don't have enough of an outdoor area for recess.
Homework is a joke. It is busy work. The school is also in the stone age. Nothing is online. Homework is handed out on flyers. If you like flyers MNS is for you, the kids backpacks will be filled with flyers since this place has never heard of a website.
This is not a good school any more. The facilities are run down and over crowded. Kids are packed in like sardines. Teachers deal with overcrowded classes. Most teachers Ive met are short tempered and insensitive probably due to the poor conditions. It is living on the reputation of yesteryear that ended with the Dinkins Administration. Gym class takes place on the street. The place is literally bursting at the seams. The PTA raises money but even expensive perfume can't cover this stench.
We moved to the UES last year from a very good suburban public school, and I had trepidation about moving her to NYC pub schools. Everyone upstate was horrified at the idea of bringing her into NYC to live and going to a NYC public school. Little did they know! I couldn't be more thrilled with the school. The UES takes education seriously, and the benefits to the kids get are just amazing. Targeted after school help, quality classroom equipment, challenging lessons, educational field trips, recitals (even dance lessons!), the quality of education is just superb. Serious, positive parent involvement as well in PTA. And kids are just really nice kids and the neighborhood is comfortable. Everyone was very welcoming. So glad I made the leap and moved into the city. My daughter found a home in this school and thrives and I get to walk her to school everyday and spend time with her face to face. From what I see the teachers bring their A game every day. I don't regret a thing.