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.
Ps 290 Manhattan New School is an amazing school - the teachers are very talented, caring, and do an amazing job of keeping a class of 20+ focused and learning. I have spent a couple of days "observing" and was totally blown away at how the teachers are able to keep the kids engaged. We are much happier at Ps 290 than the 2 private schools before - no attitudes, no pretension, just a great neighborhood school with a focus on the kids
This school is amazing. I am a snobby, UES parent who would have never selected a public school for their child. However, my child ended up there. I cannot be more thrilled and impressed with the quality of the teachers, administration and entire staff. It is a warm, nurturing, loving environment from the principal on down.
PS290's excellent reputation is based on the school it used to be, not what it is now. The curriculum emphasizes writing, but neglects fundamentals such as spelling and grammar. My daughter just learned what a verb is... because I had to explain it to her. Math is generally weak, as other reviewers have noted. They teach to the middle, ignoring high performing students (except kids of PTA board members). Teacher quality is inconsistent. A few are excellent, but most are mediocre at best. My daughter's current teacher has not sent home corrected homework since January & brazenly plays favorites in the classroom. The current principal is more interested in playing politics than effectively administering the school. She plays favorites with the children of the PTA board, placing them with better teachers and prioritizing them for enrichment programs. As a result, the PTA operates as a catty insiders club, with board members jockeying to keep their posts and keeping outsiders in their place. Their fundraising efforts are laughable, and communication with the parents is unsatisfactory. Finally, it is 140-150% overcrowded, which the principal wants to maintain for her budget
Our daughter started Kindergarten this year and we could not be more thrilled! She absolutely loves the school, and so do we! Our daughter has benefited from the warm and nurturing environment. They make it fun for the kids and that makes them love going to school. Her teacher is excellent, and we sometimes notice our daughter imitating her (really looks up to her as a role model). They have extended day sessions for kids needing additional help - our daughter's fine motor skills have benefited from this program. They have a good after school program as well. I love morning drop offs, as the back yard is abuzz with excited happy kids and energetic parents. The PTA is very active with fund-raising. I've personally been able to contribute by doing a guest session on music. Due to it's limited real estate, the school does not have a spacious auditorium and it's cafeteria doubles up as the gym, but the gym teacher makes the most of it. There is some homework even in K, which I like... The principal, vice principal, teachers and staff at MNS are excellent, and I highly recommend this school...