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320 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003

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(212) 475-5500
(212) 533-5388
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January 14, 2014
We are so grateful to have our son enrolled in Kindergarten at PS40. We have been thilled from day one with the teacher, the school administration and PTA. This week the school is organizing a reading Olympics which is a fantastic way to encourage your young children to read. They also have Family Fridays when we can come into the classroom and participate in a family project with the kids. In December it was the book fair, the healthy bake sale, the international potluck lunch, the school is active in so many ways and provides so many opportunities to participate in your child's everyday school life! Especially as working parents to know that your child is excited to go to school, is learning a tremendous amount on a daily basis (our son is now reading to us and he is not even 6!), more importantly maybe that they have the patience and profesionalism to channel positively high energy kids is also a total relief for us. We have been very impressed with the school in general, its leadership and organization. From workshops to field trips to special days we have really felt like this was the perfect environment for our child and we are extremely grateful for that!

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November 05, 2012
I really love PS 40. This is my second child who has been part of the NYC educational system. The first child experienced private education as her primary school experience. PS 40 is the best of all worlds. The teachers follow varying teaching styles, so your child will have experience with a variety of personalities,. While this may seem disappointing to some parents, it is a necessary skill for children to have. All the teachers are invested and good at what they do. The staff and faculty is receptive to parent discussion, and doesn't spend useless time wasted on the parents who constantly complain but instead remain proactive about educating. The neighborhood is community oriented and the parents all hang out at the parks surrounding the school. Everyone pitches in to help each other. And honestly, the Halloween party is the best i've ever seen at a public school. It should be written up as an event must go. No school is perfect, but this is as perfect as it gets--true community, true educating, true parenting. Yes, they have gossip, and the rest-- but come on... we are talking humans, people. All schools are subject to humanness.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2012
Very disappointed. Principal has favorites. Does ZERO about the bullying going on here (rampant). PTA bickering and gossiping. Happy to be out of there.

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May 23, 2011
just testing to see whether this review system works thank you. I will be posting a longer review shortly.

- submitted by a teacher

March 31, 2011
We entered this school cautiously after considering private school, worried about academic rigor and class size. After a few years I can say my concerns were totally unfounded. With a middle class-to-affluent zone area (downside: not that ethnically diverse), these kids as a general rule behave well, come in socialized to the school situation from nursery school, and have involved parents. That, plus strong teachers means that classes of 25 have really not been a problem. My son adores his teacher and LOVES this school. We will have to pry him out with a crow bar after 5th grade. The reading program is intense, starting in kindergarden, and each kid is assigned an individually-tailored reading level that pushes them to maximize their abilities. The district 2 math program "TERC" is different from the way I learned and so I was suspicious, but it seems to work. There is more emphasis on concepts and logical problem solving than rote memorization. A lushly funded PTA provides things like chess, visiting authors etc. The principal is warm and thoughtful and knows every child by name. And with a neighborhood school, all my son's school friends live in the neighborhood!

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February 09, 2011
Lousy staff who yell and punish kids for any small infraction. The Parent Teacher coordinator talks to parents as if they too were 6 years old. BEWARE

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January 04, 2011
Incredibly satisfied with the school. Amazing teachers in every grade and subject One of my kids has been there since pre-k and is now in 4th grade. The principal gets an A++++ for everything. PTA does amazing work for the school.

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November 08, 2010
Both my children have had a fantastic education and have been extremely happy at PS40.

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April 06, 2010
We joined the school this year and felt very welcomed. It is like a family. Class size could be better but it is not so bad. A lot of activities and PTA involvement. I wish it had some G&T or advanced curriculum. Overall, we made a great choice and I wouldn't change it.

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March 16, 2010
Teachers are great. They really teach well. My son is learning so many things. But you can tell they don't have enough man power as it is always a case for a public school. When a student gets injured or gets sick, they ask two other students escort that student to a school nurse even in kindergarten.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
November 10, 2009
Very negative teachers and staff. Happy to be out of there

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 20, 2009
We love PS40/NYC because its our home away from home. A place where children are learning, are happy and well nourished. A parent can't ask for anything more. Great community, principal, Teachers and staff who truly works above and beyond the call of duty. Such a blessing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 17, 2009
Great sense of community spirit enhanced by Teachers and all staff making students enriched with pride and enthusiasm!

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February 03, 2008
I am an alumni student from PS 40. I love PS 40 so much, i find it as a second home. The teachers are warm and friendly, but teach you lots, if you just listen. That is a thing i learned at PS 40. If you listen, you learn. PS 40 is great for literature and science. 40 isn't as strong on math. Our principal is okay, but sometimes she is not fair.

- submitted by a community member

August 22, 2007
My son who is now 17 yrs old graduated from PS 40. It is here where he got the solid foundation for his successful academic life. He went on to School of the Future and excelled in every aspect. He will now be attending Binghamton U and continues to have the love of books and hunger for knowledge that PS 40 instilled. I am glad to say that my daughter who currently attends PS 40 (3rd grade) is receiving the same caliber of education, although many changes have taken place since my son attended.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2006
My two children attended this school for several years until we moved in 2004. It is highly supported by the loyal and dedicated parents from the neighborhood, predominantly Stuyvesant Town. The principal at the time was wonderful but was recently promoted up in the BOE. I'm told the new principal is very good. The facilities are old but well maintained. The teaching staff is very strong and dedicated. Class sizes were relatively small (20-25). We miss the school very much.

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April 17, 2006
My son entered PS 40 in the middle of 5th grade. I was extremely impressed with the quality of the instruction and the positive community spirit of the school. There was a wonderful music program.

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November 27, 2005
PS 40 is a very good public school. There is a strong emphasis on reading and writing, but a weak science program. Once a week the students participate in science, art, music, gym and library. It is a very warm and cozy school with great community spirit. Many of the teachers are innovative and enthusiastic.

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August 13, 2003
It was a difficult decision for us to decide between public or private school for our 2 kids. My gut told me that PS 40 was the right choice for our family. My son is now entering 2nd grade at PS 40. We are so happy and feel a part of something truly special! The principle is loved and supported by the teachers and it feels like there is someone at the 'helm of the ship'. Our principal knows every students name in the school. She even knew that my son was excelling in math. I have been very happy with the teachers. They have been warm and nurturing yet excellent educators and very receptive to parent involvement and concerns. My son is happy and very comfortable in his environment at PS 40. He is truly proud of his school. The families also make the school special. It is a diverse group of families that are very supportive and approachable. We have been thrilled with our experience at PS 40! It is a strong neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2003
My daughter's Teacher is a really nice person and try hard to work with the children she helped to booste my daughter's confidence that was kind of destroy by her previous teacher (in the same school). I do spend a lot of time in her classroom and I feel that they don't spend enough time learning. The Principal usually don't have time to return phone call or to have a meeting with a concern parent unless is with a parent that has donated money or has some type of power. Overall the School is average, the principal is leaving, maybe we will be lucky with the next one.

- submitted by a community member
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P.S. 40 Augustus St.-Gaudens
320 E 20th St, New York, NY  10003
(212) 475-5500
Last modified P.S. 40 Augustus St.-Gaudens is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
P.S. 40 Augustus St.-Gaudens Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top