Students enrolled 782
School leader MS. KELLY SHANNON

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116 W 11th St
New York, NY 10011

(212) 675-2756
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4 stars
Based on 47 ratings

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October 22, 2014
This is our third year at PS41 and for the life of me, I am still trying to figure out why it has such a wonderful reputation. It's just an ordinary school. Some teachers are nice; some are complete witches. The classes are huge (27-29 kids). The receptionist is widely avoided. The student/parent body is hugely lacking in ANY kind of ethnic, cultural or even economic diversity. The PTA throws a lot of parties and fundraisers so I guess there's that. But is it the high test scores that make this school so highly lauded? Because it's widely known that the scores are high because the kids all have tutors. Any kid anywhere can have that. I feel my kids' reading levels have actually been (purposely or negligently) held back, which doesn't seem to be a particularly valuable educational move to me. Families come to this school in droves and I just don't get it. But the longer we stay, the more I think the emperor has no clothes. We are all just too afraid to be the first ones to admit it.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2014
We chose P.S. 3 instead of P.S.41 for several reasons. First, P.S.41is almost completely white (as are we) and that is a big turn-off. I want my child to experience different cultures and races, and P.S. 41 is less diverse than some private schools. Also, the parents-teachers have a false sense of superiority about their school, whereas P.S.3 is more welcoming and not part of the corporate mentality. Also, P.S.41 is deficient in teaching English and Math( the two most important subjects) and parents have to hire tutors to get their kid's grades up to grade level!! Now how is this a superior school? Oh. And the receptionist is very rude.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
We have a 1st grader and 4th grader at PS 41 and couldn't be more impressed with the teachers and administrators. They are very focused on specific needs of the child and there is always additional help when needed. Kelly Shannon is the most amazing principal and runs this place better than many private schools, she understands how to work thru the bureaucracy that NYC's DOE creates for their "one size fits all" mentality to education. Kelly thinks outside of the box and allows whats best for individual students by working closely with parents, teachers and other aid offered in the school to make it an optimal learning experience. The PTA's massive fundraising ensures the school can offer the latest technology, additional classes in the arts, and overall quality education. It is very much a community school with amazing students and parents from the West Village area. We LOVE PS 41!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2014
What a fantastic community school!!! Our daughter graduated from PS41 and we really feel that anyone who is able to send their child their is incredibly lucky. Wonderful teachers and great community feeling. Lots of school spirit and great extras like drama, music and holiday events. Wonderful OT and speech department for kids that need some extra help. They keep the communication open. Love 41!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2013
I have two children at PS41- in first and prek . The school has amazing resources, extraordinary teachers and faculty- and state of the art teaching techniques and facilities. The teachers keep all parents very informed- and stay on top of the child's progress. At first I was hesitant to send my children to a public school. Both my wife and I went to a private school- and have professional degrees, respectively. After the first year at kindergarten, I saw my child's growth- and was rest assured with sending a second child. The PTA is a hidden gem at the school- sponsoring free chess classes, among other integrated programs. Most importantly, most of the parent-body and student-body are fine, caring, intelligent and nurturing, thereby inspiring ambitious ubiquity.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
P.S. 41 is a great school with fantastic teachers & administrators, and it's ideal for kids who are self-starters, highly motivated and bright. The more you get involved as parents, the more you get out of it. My wish: that all teachers were reachable by email, and used the eChalk website for posting homework and communicating. Communications home are scattered: pieces of paper in backpacks, eChalk, emails from PTA, class parents & the parent coordinator. This should all be synchronized through eChalk so nobody misses anything!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
Very well managed school. Not for the parent who needs helicopter or hand holding. They know what they are doing and do it professionally. Lots of support (counseling/reading/etc). The PTA is very strong and active and inclusive.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
My daughter came into PS 41 as a 3rd grader from a nearby catholic school and we are beyond thrilled. It's like a private school except that people are friendly and grateful to have a friendly, involved, creative, challenging and stimulating environment with a real warm neighborhood feel. My daughter's other new 3rd grade friend to the school is Puerto Rican and this girl and her brother love the school so I don't know what the post below is about. The school is like the United Nations with all the kids getting along wonderfully as opposed to our old catholic school, where there was bullying everywhere. Here, no bullying that I have heard of! There is order, structure and discipline yet freedom and encouragement. Kids are actually happy to go to school!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
HORRIBLE my daughter attends ps 41 and they have been rude and disgusting from day one. We are hispanic and we do not feel welcomed at all. i believe there RACIST. ALL who work in the office are DISGUSTING. I also believe that if you contribute loads of money to the school then you will be VIP IN there eyes. THIS SCHOOL IS A DISGRACE IF YOUR HISPANIC OR AFRICAN AMERICAN THEY TREAT YOU AS IF YOU DONT BELONG DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
Terrific school, strong academics, nice teachers, best facility i've seen with large playground, auditorium, cafeteria, smart boards, computers, afterschool, arts, drama, chess, dance, etc. Nicer than the private schools that surround it! Very happy to have chosen it. The zone also allows the option of ps3 which is similar and strong in all areas but doesn't have as nice a facility. and ps 11 nearby is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2012
Overrated school. I would not recommend this school if you are not rich and your child is not perfect. They like children with no problem, very talented and they MUST be from wealthy families. They are simply rude to the other children. Also you need a tutor,almost every child in this school has one. PS3 is much nicer.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
My kids love the school, and I the principal and the teachers. I prefer a traditional curriculum, it worked for me.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
Very rigorous, but also very warm. Parents very involved, teachers very passionate. Definitely would recommend. Safe neighborhood

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2012
We compared PS 3, PS 41, and a few other schools like PS 87 on the UWS prior to choosing an apartment in a zone. We reviewed Wiki, GreatSchool.com reviews, tours and spoke to parents. PS 41 & PS 3 are for different types of children. PS 41 is more for a child that thrives in formal education, PS 3 for progressive education. PS 41 is for parents who prefer traditional academics WITH arts integration, PS 3 is for those that prefer arts integrated education on a higher order for instance music includes lessons on fractions. Both schools have Dance & Drama. Quote from PS 41 website "PS41 is dedicated to teaching a standards-based curriculum in a supportive environment" Quote from PS 3 website "classes set up more like working laboratories, with research materials and tables for group work". So, both are good schools. The question is how does your child learn best? In a "standard-based curriculum" or "laboratory and research materials" science based curriculum? My child is strong in math (can do fractions at 4 years old), science (can draw the major organs& bones in the body), art & group learning. PS 3 also will let her take math class with the older kids, which we preferred over G&T.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2012
school is not set up to help children with even the slightest of learning challenges.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2011
Amazing academics, great principle, and awesome teachers. I went there, my two best friends I ever met went there, and my best friend's Father went there over 40 years ago. It hasn't changed since. Way better than P.S. 3 and an amazing group of kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2011
They really need to fire the person who answers the phone. The first impression people get of ANY school is the receptionist/office staff. There are plenty of lovely, nice people out there who would love to have this job and to have such an incredibly rude person working in the office reflects very bad judgment on the part of this school. My child will go elsewhere. Just awful.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
Excellent school with a warm staff and community. Our children have loved attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
I live in the area and wanted to compare PS41 and PS3. PS3 had info. about school tour on the website and when I called the school to confirm, he was very helpful and pleasant. On the other hand, PS 41 had no info. about the school tour, and I happened to call on the day of the school tour. The person who answered my call was very rude. She said if I didn't register in advance, too late to join tonight, OK, miss and hang up on me. I already like PS3 better although my kids are only 3 years old.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2010
The person below who wrote a review on April 12th has to be talking about a different school. He/She cannot be speaking about PS 41. The school does not feel overcrowded, there is nothing Lord of the Flyish about it, and the principal creates an amazing school. I haven't spoken personally with her, but I haven't needed to. I have the teachers and parent coordinator to speak with. We have had zero problems. This school is a gift from Heaven. Everyone should be so lucky to have a school like this for their children. Finally, I have spoken with so many parents and we all love it. I have not heard a single complaint.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
This school is incredibly well staffed, thoroughly caring, and keeps our children its top priority. We're lucky to have these teachers and administrators at our school!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
My wife loves this school, and you will love it as well, if you think it defines you as a good parent. It is a school designed to create little middle managers in the corporate world. They do mix in some art, drama and dance admist the corporate approach of NCLB. Nonetheless, they are not appreciative of little critical thinkers who may need further explaniation beyond the "this is good for you" answers. They think far too much of themselves on the one hand, and on the other, you feel the are hostages to the "PS 41 way." (teachers words, not mine.) I disagree with those who think academic rigor is 41's problem, no, it's thier lack of courage to teach to the child, not to to the school's need for data.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
It has a long tradition of excellence and caring for the individual child, as you would expect in the Village.

- submitted by a community member
April 12, 2010
this school is highly disappointing. its reputation is unfounded and from long ago. It is now overcrowded without the infrastructure to support its community. the principal is one of the worst I have come across in my career and frankly should be removed from her post. most parents in my children's grades have never met or even spoken with her. She rolls in at 9:30 and is gone before school is out. All she cares about is her budget not what is right for the kids or the right way to teach. The lunchtime is atrocious and my children are terrified of lunchtime and the lunch ladies who monitor them. Safety & Discipline get 5 stars???? I DON'T THINK SO!!! just go walk around the building and if you really want an unsafe experience try picking up your kids from this lord of the flies like event. 'Its a JOKE'!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
PS41 is not just a school but a true community. The faculty is beyond dedicated, with teachers always willing to go the extra mile. Parental involvement is encouraged and the fruits of the cooperative effort between faculty and families are evident as you walk thru the building and see the artwork and all of the PTA sponsored events. Academics and artwork are equally valued and kids are encouraged to learn in a variety of ways that are individually tailored. The principal is accessible, friendly and an incredible educator.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
It has excellent teachers and excellent parent involvement,

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2009
Had a very poor teacher experience last year, and it appeared that the school tried to defend the indefensible....

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September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2009
This school is a gem. My daughter was transfered into this school from another and I must say that this has been the best move I have ever made. It's been 4 years now and the progress is a blessing. Teachers are very helpful and genuinely care. Extra help is gladly provided if needed via extended mornings or afternoons. Students respect one another and carry themselves in a civil manner. Hallways are not chaotic. Safe and clean environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
So far I think the school is great. My son is in Pre-K and the teacher is absolutely fantastic. The Pre-K teacher not only believes in the whole child concept and the power of play, but also challenges each child. She is completely open to communication and informs parents of what is happening in the classroom thru a monthly Pre-K Newsletter. In order to foster independence, parents are not allowed in the classrooms on a daily basis, but there are monthly family mornings. The atmosphere is comfortable but could be strict at times esp. the security guard and cafeteria aids in order to prevent chaos. As you walk into the school, it has a cozy feel as you see art all over and characters from children's books painted on the walls. As for cleaniness, the school is really clean! Cleaner than other public schools that I visited especially the bathroom!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
We did not like this school. Very difficult to meet with teachers or principal. Not a nice atmosphere and teaching is not that great.

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May 14, 2009
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October 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 08, 2007
With such a great reputation it was hard to believe the lack of teacher/parent interaction. The administration wants to keep parents out of the building and seems concerned mostly with test scores and statistics that make the school look good on paper. There is no coordination for children who recieve extra support and they are often left floundering. The students learn to read very well but are taught math in a way that makes no sense.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 14, 2007
I graduated from PS.41 in 2004. It was a fun experience but it is truly just your average school.

- submitted by a student
July 02, 2007
I was a student that was in the class of '06. I thought the teachers were amazing. And the activities, especially the end-of-the-year play, and the dance! I would recommend this to any parent who would want to send their kid here. This is from an alumni.

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2006
Our child started kindergarten this year, and we are so happy with this school. It's orderly, warm, creative and enriching. Our teacher is wonderful, the facilities are spotless and the other families are involved and friendly. Everyone seems very happy in our class.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
My daughter is currently enrolled in the 4th Grade and I have to say that the quality of education at this school is outstanding. There are great programs for arts and music in the school, including many sports after school activities available too. Like most other public schools there is as much or as little parent involvement as you are comfortable with. But the nice thing about this school is there is a parent coordinator that is esentially a liaison between you and the school (which is really helpful if you are a new parent). My daughter has been very happy at the school and since we moved into this school at 2nd grade from a private school in the neighborhood i have to say that the education is the same if not a little better academically. So I am very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
Don't assume because of the high scores that your child is fine throughout their time at this school. Yes, there are good teachers, but we also experienced a teacher who was biased and basically segregated her class (other parents in this class concurred). The PTA has far too much influence and watch out for the Parent Coordinator, a real piece of work. For the 5th Grade play it was obvious certain kids were shown favoritism (yes, the PTA kids). Look at the yearbook, it's all about the PTA. Even the kids picked up on this. There is a new principal now who is a great person. Hopefully, some of this will change. We actually moved to a great school system in Westchester and the difference is like night and day. It is a rigorous program, but our daughter's confidence has brightened again and there is less of the petty politics.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2006
This school is fantastic, especially with the new principal. She is a mix of the strengths of the last one (admin) plus a bit of warmth and caring for the students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
Good academic programs. In 2005 new principal arrived and afterschool program was given from PTA to YMCA, which is terrible in terms of quality of teaching and personnel. It seems that new principal does not care for meetings with parents, nor quality of aftershool.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2005
P.S. 41 is a wonderful school located in the heart of Greenwich village. The children test well and the teachers are very caring and commited. I highly reccomend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
I student taught there, and its a wonderful school with wonderful teachers, but the principal can be a bit intimidating.

- submitted by a teacher
February 26, 2005
I really love ps 41. I thought it was too traditional to begin but it has become more progressive over the years and is now an interesting, stimulating place for both parents and children. the teachers are wonderful and we have felt very welcome from the first phone call asking about admissions. a great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
I have two children in this school one in 1st grade and the other in the 3rd. The math scores have increased dramatically which is a good sign as to the academic direction of the school. However, I am not completely happy with the curriculum. The children are not taught how to spell until the third grade...ridiculous! The reason given is because teaching spelling may hinder their writing. Overall, I think the academics need improvement. And I also find many of the teachers mean and short tempered with the children. And the principal, in my opinion, is stand offish and unapproachable. She rules the school with an iron fist! But, there is a high parent involvement and the actual facility is well kept and comfy for kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My son has gone here since kindergarten (he is now entering the 4th grade. It has been nothing short of a positive experience all around. The teachers are excellent and so is the after school program.

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P.S. 41 Greenwich Village
116 W 11th St, New York, NY  10011
(212) 675-2756
Last modified P.S. 41 Greenwich Village is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
P.S. 41 Greenwich Village Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top