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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 813
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490 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

(212) 691-1183
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November 23, 2014
special needs parents! PS3 has been amazing in this regard. There are many CTT classes and Also some 12:1:1. Therapists and SBST are really supportive and knowledgable and there is even an ASD support team. I've never had to "fight" for fair services at this school. I regularly meet SN parents at other schools that remark on our experience as being other than the norm and something for which we should be grateful. However I'm sorry to say I just saw poster on insideschools say the gen Ed teacher in 4th grade ICT class is terrible :(( hopefully that won't last ! Also, regarding reputation, Im always a little confused that PS3 retains its rep as the "less structured school" as compared to ps41. I think this is a holdover from hippie days perhaps :) when i walk down the halls during class time it's extremely quiet and looking into classrooms I always see tidy spaces filled with kids busily working. An non-chaotic environment is extremely important to me for my child and I never would have sent my son to a super loose program. Come tour this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2014
We love ps3. We're in our third year here and wouldn't want to go anywhere else. Both my kids love their teachers. Recess is a bit hectic but the teachers are great. We started 1st grade with Megan (the best!!!) and didn't think we would be so lucky again till we got Stephanie who is just as great. She works with me DAILY on my son's performance in school. You can't ask for better attention/love. Kindergartens Tal & Jack are also totally awesome.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2013
Progressive - Finland / Finnish like education. Because grades are combined, a child who is a bit advance can sit in on the next year's curriculum, or if behind can sit in the previous year curriculum while staying at grade for the rest of classes...they also have on-site tutors. They use math manipulative e.g. blocks, tiles, charts and graphs. English is taught using both phonics and whole language e.g. they have to learn letter sounds and sounding out words, but also understand and infer meaning through context. Everyday has an art, gym, or music class. They have a ceramics rm, dance rm, yoga, library, computer rm, cooking rm and garden. They have a science teacher ! Projects and book publishing start in K / 1st grade. Some teachers are more relaxed, some more strict, and many in between. The hallways at drop off and pick up are chaotic, halls are narrow,...though, each child is greeted by the teacher and cannot leave the room without eye to eye contact as a measure of security. The building is old...though has a lot of window light. No elevator. Reading HW starts in K /1st grade. Spelling tests start in 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
We love ps3. When I say we I mean, my two kids who are happy to go there everyday and come back with enchanted stories, and me and my husband who know that every problem that we may have will be answered, that we are a part of a community, that we are respected and that we have a role to play in our kids' education. We were new in New York when we first arrived to PS3, and this school made us feel at home and welcome.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I have 2 children at PS3 and we have been very happy there. It is truly a warm, embracing and stimulating environment. We have had great teachers and they are different styles but all are able to really connect and work with the children to instill the basic skills they need while still instilling a love for learning. Yes they have some test prep since that is the name of the game now, it is too bad but seems unavoidable at this point. We have found the homework level appropriate. My one complaint is the class size as it is just hard for a teacher to give that many students the optimal level of attention and feedback. Homework is often only checked for being completed not for quality.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Our school is terrific! The academics are challenging in the best kind of way, the teachers and staff are extraordinarily dedicated, and the parent community works hard to support the school wherever it is needed. This is a school where community, innovation and independence are emphasized, and it shows in the confident, intelligent, curious and happy nature of the children who learn here. Couldn't be more pleased we chose PS 3!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
This school is creative, messy, and wonderful for kids who don't need a lot of structure.

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2013
PS3 is a potentially great school. Strong teachers (we have consistently had academically strong teachers, except in one year where the teacher was problematic and most parents in the class agreed), involved parents, and a real focus on arts and creativity. Yes, they teach to the test but the teachers are dedicated to injecting creativity into doing so and seem to be given a great deal of pedagogical flexibility. PS 3's Achilles heel, however, is that it does not deal very well with children who fall outside of a very narrow band of learning style. The school has exhibited a remarkable laziness when it comes to these kids. If they cannot snap them quickly into shape, the child is a "problem" beyond their capacity to deal with and PS 3 turns its back quickly on these kids. Relatedly, the school deals quite ineffectively with bullying behavior; it has no school wide educational program on bullying and has shown no willingness to devote the resources to a less chaotic recess/lunch environment that is truly a free for all where kids get hurt. A huge deficit in its educational program, and part of educating the whole child, is teaching kids how to relate to one another with respect.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
Love PS3! We have 2 children currently attending and can't say enough about this school. The love and compassion from the staff and teachers is exactly what you want for your children. The teachers teach for learning not to take a test. The students want to be there, the teachers want to be there and even the parents too. The school is always open and excepting of parental help. Parental involvement is high. The extra classes supported by the PTA are incredible: dance, music, art, clay, computers, library, creative movement, swimming. This school includes everyone. They go out of their way to make you feel apart of the school. A gem.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
I have two sons currently attending PS3, one in first grade and one in fourth. We have been at the school since my older son started kindergarten and we have had an absolutely wonderful experience. Their teachers are caring and kind, and super attentive to their individual needs. My boys are very different in temperament and learning styles, and both are thriving at the school. Their teachers this year have been amazing for the boys' development, socially, emotionally, and academically. The parent community and the administration are both wonderfully enthusiastic, welcoming, and easy going, and always have the children's best interests as top priority. Both my kids are becoming wonderful writers, and my older son's math skills are exceptional. In addition to the strong academics, they get to participate in so many wonderful arts activities - architecture studies of the Village, an Alvin Ailey dance program, playwriting workshop, and cooking with a professional chef, just to name a few. We really couldn't be happier with our children's primary education.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
PS 3 has been the best school a parent could ask for! My daughter is loved by all of her teachers which include her classroom teacher, music, clay, art, dance, games, library and computers. Plus, she's in the 1st grade and has had the privilage in a public school to do all of these things. The principal and vice principal run a tight ship, yet are loving and caring to all. Set in Greenich Village, the school still remains very special since there are many bridge classes which give a child to be a novice and then a mentor. As an educator in the private sector, I am so very proud to say my child knows how to read,solve math problems with ease, and enjoys the arts. The staff is tops and I recommend this school for all who are lucky enough to live in the zoned area.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
We have two very happy kids enrolled at PS3 and we thank our lucky stars every day for the experience and education they receive there. (It s an added bonus that we don t have to go out of our neighborhood for a school like this - as the families are all neighbors, we experience a great sense of community, which is not always easy to find in Manhattan). The teachers, principals, and staff are top-notch and they have a wonderful curriculum that, as far as we have seen, teaches our kids to LOVE learning. Every day they share something new and exciting from school (which usually blows our mind, like the day our kindergartner pointed out and named an architectural detail on a building. How old are you again?!) Through the impressive arts program (music, art, movement, clay to name a few), the kids learn how to express themselves and discover and be comfortable with who they are (something we could have all used a little bit more of growing up, I would imagine!) The combined grades help the kids develop patience, understanding, generosity, and citizenship. The older ones help and model for the younger ones, and the younger ones pay it forward, It is a joyous and joyful school.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
I totally agree. I am surprised by the negative comments posted. To the parent who wrote about her 2nd grader: "is capable of doing five digit multiplication as well as long and short division, all of which she learned at home", I ask, why? Why is it necessary to push your child to learn above age appropriate level? If you wish to do so then maybe home schooling is for you. PS3 is a child-centric, nurturing yet structured environment where critical thinking is considered more important than standardized test results. We love the entire PS3 community. The school has a wonderful culture and the parents are encouraged to be involved. There are plenty of families who could afford private education, but chose PS3 for what it is. Wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
I like that at PS 3, you don't drop the kids at the door. Are allowed to volunteer for different parts of the day, including lunch/recess, cooking class, which really lends itself to the community I was looking for, for my daughter. This school has really surpassed my expectations. And maybe my experience at PS 3 is different but it is quite orderly, organized and the teachers, staff and administration really go out of their way. I feel truly lucky to be a part of this community and our first year isn't even over yet...

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
I'm a very happy parent of a Kindergartner this year at P.S.3. I am so surprised to see the reviews on this site about bullying. Since my kid is so young I haven't seen or known of such behavior at this school at all. I'm very involved and am routinely at the school volunteering and see a very inclusive and nurturing community between the children and the parents. I think that there is a wonderful balance between the principal and the asst. principal. Lisa and Regina are a wonderful team. My Kindergartener daughter is so confident at PS3 and is learning science, math, computers, music, art and movement. I absolutely love the teachers of this school and feel very much a part of the community. It is one that I feel the parents have every part to make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
The upper grade Special ED. teacher is a nightmare! Doesn't teach, doesn't give HW!!! 2 yrs not one sheet of HW!!!! EVEN MY SON SAID WE WASn't GETTING AN EDUCATION!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
I am very disappointed with PS3. The principal is a disaster. The academics are poor. Expectations are low. For example, my daughter, who is in 2nd grade (and has been at PS3 since Kindergarten) has been reading since she was four and is capable of doing five digit multiplication as well as long and short division, all of which she learned at home. When I met with her math teacher to find out why she wasn't being challenged, I was told simply: "2nd graders do not do multiplication." Pathetic! I also find it hard to believe that the showcase of students' work on the walls outside my daughter's classroom often contains examples that are rife with uncorrected errors.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
A school above the average NYC school, no doubt. I have been disappointed in creative and academic reality of the school. My kid's in 5th grade graduating from a very different school from when he began there 6 years ago. The school has changed because it HAS to change in order to meet the requirements held out by the powers. There is mild resistance to the change. The school is way to populated to continue the progressive style of teaching that we once embraced. They need to address the sadly lacking music program. Kids who learn music outside school are fostered. My kid had to learn the xylophone (the only choice offered). Really, how many kids tell their parents they are interested in learning the xylophone? Exactly. There is absolutely no support for kids who get bullied and NO policy of disciplining those doing the bullying. There are very exciting new experienced teachers coming each year and they are wonderful. There are some truly unique experiences children have in the classroom. One teacher builds wigwams, another has the kids create a restaurant and run it. My kid got lost in the transition to mainstream school. Once the transition is complete I think it will be better

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
What's not to love? I've got a fourth grader who's been attending PS3 since there was a pre-K at PS3. If you want your creative child to have the freedom to spread his wings, there's room for that at the school and he'll be writing, drawing, singing/playing up a storm. If he needs more structure, you can get that, too, at PS3. Teachers now teach to the ELA et al for several months of the year but that can help any kid smooth out the kinks in grammar and spelling, and the math tests end up being a review for many of the PS3 kids. Additionally, we've seen that they've accommodated the kids who want to learn beyond their grade in math, and chess has taken a bigger role in the 3rd grade curriculum, as more PS3 kids compete at each Council Cup.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
amazing teachers and staff, wonderful arts, dance, music, fantastic families. i feel so fortunate to have my kids at this unique and wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2010
It's all changing now - less diversity, less of the great open-minded philosophy. Some teachers are very creative in their methods, others are not. Some teachers are kind and nurturing, others are not. Principal is not. Lot's of community, parental involvement and great arts - clay, art (they are building their own schools) and dance. Music could use some help.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 21, 2010
If you want your kid to go to school to have fun this is the place for you. Academically soft curriculum taught by many nice but uninspired teachers. Principle is a disaster. 2009/10 school starting to have serious overcrowding issues. Administration seemingly preoccupied with fund raising, marching/protests etc., with little focus on teaching. My kid loved the place though.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 24, 2009
Mixed grades for K-3. Could be stronger on bullies. They teach a love of learning in the class and out. Lot's of parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 19, 2009
My child's been attending for 5 years. There is a culture of community activism, parents can choose their level of classroom involvement, teachers can be very creative within their classrooms making schoolwork far more interesting than average. But, some things slip thru cracks like teaching basic handwriting. I'm still waiting to see the great art and music I've heard so much about, and their laid back culture made room for bullying among some students. But, involved parents can have an enormous opportunity to shape their child's experience. It's an excellent school overall and would enroll my child again.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Innovative and creative staff with combined ages. K&1, 2&3, 4&5.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
P.S. 3 is a true gift. I feel so lucky to have my children attend this amazingly creative, friendly, place of higher learning! Incredible parent involvement, warm dedicated teachers and staff, awesome kids and families. P.S. 3 Rocks -- Long Live 'The Hippie School'!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
The school loves the kids and the kids love learning . . . through conventional and creative education programs. The school pride is felt by everyone who enters the blue doors. It's important for kids to feel like they are part of something special and PS 3 delivers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
It has a very strong academic core with a wonderful emphasis on the arts and humanitarian values.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
multi-age classrooms, creative thinking, nurturing, child-centered, progressive, surpasses state standards without 'teaching to the test' because the curriculum teaches kids the process of problem solving rather than being focused on the outcome. Art. Dance. Everything an elementary should be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
P.S. 3 is a wonderful school with a nurturing environment, great teachers, a fantastic administrators and great academics. The community involvement and mutual respect for everyone is second to none.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
A strong nurturing accepting environment that helps create a lifetime love of learning for its students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Teachers who love teaching. Teachers and Administrators who love kids. An emphasis on arts. An interesting parent community. Diversity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
PS-3 Charrette School is a warm, inclusive community school. The staff and teachers are wonderful and do an excellent job making sure our kids are learning and developing the acedemic/social skills they'll need when they go off to middle-school...not to mention with the cooperation of staff,teachers and parents we really know how to pull off special events that not only help our school but incorporate lots of fun for all!!!PS3 is the BEST elementary school in NYC!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Great school, Wonderful vibe. walking on the hallways and all you see is happy kids wanting to learn and share

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
An engaged, passionate, and knowledgeable community of teachers, parents, kids and grown-ups.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
excellent academic program, community based with wonderful parent involvement, a dynamic principal and vice principal and teaching staff. My daughter is happy and learning daily.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Best most helpful staff and teachers. Emphasis on creative learning and keeping school delightful and interesting to kids. And the best parents in the world, very open welcoming and involved. wonderful

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
PS 3 is a great school with a fantastic principal, caring and creative teachers and a wonderfully open and engaged community. Students love going to school and are excited to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
This school provides a loving, creative environment where individuality is highly encouraged and flourishes. The best part -- both of my children LOVE school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Amazing teachers, competent school leaders, even the office staff us super friendly - a wonderfully creative and nurturing place!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The teachers are Great!!! My two boys have learned so much so far and they love going to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
i have told all my friends in sweden and the uk about our incredible experience we have had at ps3 for the last 3 yrs. the school s staff and teachers and its solid parent community has given us as a family so much love and given our children courage, strength and a sense of purpose as well as an appreciation of diversity and individuality that has no comparison with anywhere else in the world that we have experienced so far. the joy of learning is infused in everything that the school is about and the love and compassion for each other stretches across the age groups, genders and nationalities. i love ps3, what it stands for and what the school has taught us and shared with us as a family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
What a great school. The staff the culture the families are so special. We moved to this neighborhood so that our 2 daughters could attend ps3 and we are so very happy with our decision.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
My daughter was learning about famous artists like Jackson Pollock in Pre-K here!! I have never seen a school with such parental involvement and teacher so involved in the development of their class before. Great family support and involvement! The children all are well balanced-ready-for-the-world type children. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The teachers and administration really put the students first while maintaining a rich, varied and challenging academic environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
P.S. 3 Charette School understands children and how to help them learn. The principal, staff, teachers, and environment all contribute to fostering a life-long love of learning. It's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
It is a great place for kids with special educational needs - all kids are welcome and appreciated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My son's attitude about school has changed 180 degrees after 1 week at PS 3-- and that's a good thing! I have 2 kids there and I love everything about it so far...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Our school is a wonderful melange of superb academics, wonderful arts and loving, lively personalities. It is an incredible school filled with professionals who nuture as well as educate the terrific children who attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
A caring, creative place with great teachers, a fantastic principal, and kind staff too. PS3 nurtures both intellectual curiosity and individual expression and my child loves going there every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
PS3 is a community of smart, loving, creative, community minded families dedicated to the education of our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Its a non-traditional, creative, inspiring, community giving school. Children are taught to thinks outside the box.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
great community, progressive academics, caring staff, innovative curriculum, active parents, value the art curriculum which is robust.. we love it as does our son, who is in kindergarten there. we feel lucky.

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June 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2009
Rather disorganized and falling apart...

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
This school is excellent. We love Lisa, Principal of the school. She is a very warm person.

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January 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2008
It interests me to hear that PS 3 is 'loose' or 'hippie' my experience over the 5 years of my son's education have shown me that PS3 teachers teach to the individual and assist each student in finding their own level of organization and self-regulation. We are also pleased to know that the school values the enviornment, collaboration, and peace.

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September 20, 2007
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November 30, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 24, 2006
After moving to New York in 2003, PS 3 was a breath of fresh air for me and my son. This has got to be one of the greatest schools in New York. My son was welcomed in with open arms. He's made so many terrific and wonderful friends. The staff loves him and I love the staff. The children are exposed to so many different cultures and activities. After coming to PS 3 my son was one of the only students in the school who scored perfectly on the state math test. Which proves that given the proper enviornment and dedicated teachers are children can be productive.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
The class parents have been great at coordinating after school events for families to bond. Overall - we enjoy the dedication of the school: faculty, kids and parents have respect for one another and consideration for the community - local and abroad, (exemplified by our support for a sister school in Afghanistan). We love how PS3 breeds creativity - the 4th graders, teachers and parents collaborated on a song (book, lyrics and score) featured in the Tribeca Film Festival doc. 'When Fried Eggs Fly'. PS3 nurtures, challenges and encourages exploration/individualism with support. It rocks!

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November 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
This school is a gift. the teachers are wonderful, motivated educators - they find amazing ways to bring heart and soul to education - challenging children from as early as kindergarden to 5th grade - to be smart thinkers, involve them in problem solving and the creativity of being educated. they use the it takes a village attitude and apply it to students of all levels. everyone takes the time to meet, understand and value each other in a very meaningful way. my two children are completely different - one a straight, easy academic - the other a more out there flightly creative soul - both flourished in this environment. it is known as the hippy school, but dont think for one second they dont challenge your children to greatness.

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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2005
It's a great school. Not just for the kids but for the parents as well. The social life at the school is wonderful. Most of the parents are interesting people who think outside the box. One of the reasons they choose this school over ps 41. My child has just loved it and is sad to be leaving. He made wonderful friends with both the kids and the teachers. The teachers truly care and try to help as much as possible when a child is having difficulty or is falling behind. Not an easy feat at a public school where they don't have as many resources as the private. I wish they had more afterschool electives. I think this is very important and after having read a study from california showing how much it improved the children's social life and general well being...I would push for this!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
I love this school for my very self-motivated and creative child. They seem to really try to individualize the education for each child. Teachers have lots of autonomy and tend to stay longer than at many schools. They try to match the child to the teacher's style. High scores, high parent involvement. Kids get dance, music, computers every week, and a potttery workshop once or twice a year. 4/5 grade did a series on food last year that included going to markets, cooking and going 'behind the scenes' at some fancy restaurants.

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Ps 3 Charrette School
490 Hudson Street, New York, NY  10014
(212) 691-1183
Last modified Ps 3 Charrette School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 3 Charrette School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 67 reviews. Top