Chelsea Prep - PS33 is the best! My daughter has been in the school for the past four years and has progressed rapidly. This could not have happened without the best teachers and the past and present Principals.
There is one good grade, third grade. Problems span from educational and classroom management shortcomings to poor teacher selection and curriculum blindspots. For instance, Spanish is taught for 3 years and none of the non-Hispanic students can speak a single sentence, even a simple one. Science is a free-for-all hardly teaching any science. Reading assignments and teacher assessments are not in alignment with children's capabilities. Mostly grades are given on several political scales: That which serves the teacher, the school and in response to past behavioral events. If you have a G&T-eligible child run for the hills.
This School stands head and shoulders above every other school I've ever come across. I personally attended from 1964 - 1967. My sisters children attended. Unfortunately they've all grown and have moved away. Above a great education, we have developed a community. Thousands of kids all over this country stay in close communication to this day. A phenomenal childhood. Those that are still there can attest
As a parent of a G&T student at PS33, I have nothing but praise for the school. As stated in many of the reviews, the teachers are the stars of the school. Criticism of the principal is unjustified; she has kept this small, underappreciated school afloat, greets/addresses students by name (she knows many of the parents too). From what I understand the PTA was an unorganized, mess. Under the current leadership, new initiatives, fundraisers and activities have blossomed. There is fiscal responsibility has replaced apathy and neglect. The one negative is the funding for the school, which I understand, was slashed due to the G&T enrollment which threw off the numbers (I'm hazy on the details). The music program was cut. However, the parents and administration stepped up and were able to replace the music program. Many parents may be put off by the location of the school, but I embrace the diversity and the ever-changing landscape of NYC has now placed the school on the Highline and in the midst of the Chelsea art galleries. PS33 is a quiet, hidden gem. The G&T program is relatively new and the test scores/track record belie the greatness of the families and teachers at PS33.
Excellent experience for my son who is now going into the 2nd grade for G&T. The curriculum is top-notch and demanding but this is a G*T class after all. There are a few whiner parents who complain about the homework loads so if you want an avg education for your child don't go to this school. Homework daily is the norm so please be ready to commit as a parent. Overall, the community is great and the school is safe and secure. Some parents don't like the principal because she'll tell the parents what they "need" to hear not what they "want" to hear. We've been so pleased with this program and our friends who have kids at Nest and Anderson have said PS 33 is above what they do at those schools. The pace is fast in G&T and parents should be ready to commit to time and energy to help their child on a daily basis. The food in the cafeteria isn't the best so our son brings his own lunch every day.
PS33 is a great school with some of the best teachers in NYC and a very strong principal. It's too bad that some parents have to report erroneous information about the school when they can't get their way about something....it just damages their own child's education. The school has been an "A" school specifically because of the principal's leadership - she is the one that took the helm of a failing school 10 years ago and made it one of the most sought after schools in the city. PS33 remains the one of the most diverse schools in the city and all students, whether in general education or G&T, receive a first rate education.
As a P.S. 33 parent and former PTA member, I've witnessed the decline of this school under the directorship of the current principal. The school has a lot of programs, but often are geared towards the families that have a lot of extra money to spare. When families can't pay, they can't participate. In the neighborhood, the school has a reputation for marginalizing students who are not "gifted and talented". Those students get the better programs and resources. The special education at this school is terrible. I'm pretty sure they are breaking some laws because there are NO 12:1 classrooms. I've heard similar things from other parents. The discipline is also the worst. Kids are rough housing and cursing at each other. The only factors keeping me in the community are the stellar teachers and my daughter's social circle. The teachers are the ones that keep that place together. My daughter has been at this school for the past 5 years and have had an excellent teacher most years. I've become good friends with a few of them and have told me they don't support the unethical decisions the principal makes, but fear for their jobs if they speak up.