PS 51 is the crown jewel of Hell's Kitchen. A beautiful building, a worldly student body, brilliant & loving teachers, a terrific principal. The art and music programs are truly spectacular. My daughter's first two years there (K & 1) have been wonderful and I am so happy this is our neighborhood school. Just seeing the way the kids embrace each other in the playgrounds tells you what a special place it is. I wish they had more money for PE and language programs, but with a super-active PTA, that could still happen. The academic programs are uniquely designed to meet each student's needs. I can't say enough good things about PS 51.
P.S.51 is a unique small school in the heart of Manhattan, characterized by its diversity, motivated by the ideal of a holistic education that integrates the arts into the process of learning, allowing the students to excel academically as well as creatively and emotionally. This focus on arts education would not be possible without the strong commitment and leadership of Principal Nancy Sing-Bock. P.S.51 was recognized by the Department of Education as having a stellar arts education program. P.S.51 was also named an Outstanding School by The Blackboard Awards, achievements that show how much we are all committed to the success of each student at our school. My oldest daughter has already graduated from PS51 and my youngest daughter will be attending 4th grade in September. This is by far the best primary public school in our neighborhood.
Lorena Camacho, Emilia Urcola (11) and Camila Urcola (9).
We are very grateful to both of our children's teachers. they have helped them grow academically and as individuals. They have nurtured curiosity, friendships among the children and great trust from us as parents. Well done.
We moved to Midtown Manhattan from Madison Wisconsin where we had a fantastic experience with our neighborhood school. Needless to say we were nervous about NY Public Schools... but we LOVE Elias Howe!
We have two children there this year and will send our third next fall. It's a brand new facility with large classrooms full of natural light, a great playground, stage and gym. Classroom sizes are around 18 for each of our children so they get lots of time with teachers and behavioral issue that might eat up instruction time are low.
The school has a seasoned and very hands on principal and an involved PTA. Our kids love their teachers and we have been impressed with their skill and care for our kids. Our children are developing great math, science and reading skills, PLUS the arts and music programs are incredible (maybe the best in the city). Every child gets free tap lessons through Rosie O'Donnell's dance studio around the corner. We are so grateful to live in the neighborhood and have such a great facility and faculty right next door.
Put your fears and questions to rest. Sending your children to PS 51 is a wonderful, affordable and convenient educational gift to give your children.
The school is a wonderful place for children to enjoy the music and arts first hand. My grandson is 7 and came to live with me after being in foster care for 2 years and has insecurities and issues from his past. He started at this school and it has been a positive experience to say the least. The staff is very involved with education and safety. His teacher Miss Goldberg is wonderful in every way. She has patience with energetic second graders that can be challenging at times. She gives each child the attention needed and has a way to keep everything in order.