Students enrolled 520
School leader MS. ADELE SCHROETER
Transportation options Yes

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233 E 56th St
New York, NY 10065

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(212) 888-7870
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4 stars
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October 16, 2014
I have two kids at PS 59 and we love it. Yes, the PTA asks for a lot of money, that's part of what makes the school great -- parents in K and 1st self-fund a TA + the PTA pays for some amazing programs/school has enough in its budget to offer classes beyond the 3 Rs: weekly art, music, gym, science, library (all in dedicated classrooms) + special music programs, chess and technology (not all programs offerered for the full year). Three complaints: (1) we've had years with okay class size (21 kids!), but this year is a bad one with 26 kids in K (2 teachers) and 27 in second grade, the rumor is that the school still had a wait list (true?), so why not clear the WL and add another K class to reduce class size? I don't see how a second grade teacher can effectively teach 27 kids and this is really what may drive us to the burbs this year. (2) the school has a lot of international kids/ex-pats which is a wonderful learning opportunity, but it also means that there are always kids coming and going. Add to that kids moving to scarsdale, etc. and its tough if you have a sensitive kid who doesn't easily make new friends. (3) If you're buildling a new school, why not put in 2 gyms?

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
I recently visited the school and have to say this school's principal and staff are amazing. Our child currently attends one of the 'best' private schools in this great city, but I have to say that pride, resources and community behind this school were impressive. The auditorium and technology in the school are so well equipped, it exceeded all the private schools we visisted The only question is student ratio, however, glad the parent body supports teaching aides in each classroom.

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2014
A kindergarten child was just lost and left unattended in the school and walked out to his home block away lucky his parents where home . (Just like avonte) Please talk to your children and the board of education has a lot of explaining to do.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
This is the IKEA of public schools. It is clean and shiny and has many, many options to choose from. On the other hand, it is huge, can be impersonal, is always asking for money and you'll have navigate much of your experience on your own. This elementary school feels like a college. On the plus side, the academics are solid. My son is pretty smart, and he's constantly challenged by both the volume and level of class work and homework. There are many "electives," from after-school clubs and chess to track and chorus. The kids also get science, technology and drama. On the minus side, it is huge - 600 kids over seven floors and two lower levels. I could see how a young child might be intimidated. Also, the size makes it seem under-staffed, and you really have to push to get personal attention. For example, there is only ONE parent coordinator for 600 families, so you'd better make friends with her if you want to know the inside scoop on things. Also, be prepared to pay up: the PTA is always asking for money or holding fundraisers. It would be good to have more info on where that money goes.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2012
My daughter began Kindergarten at PS59 this year and I can verify that the hype is justified! This school is incredible. Highly involved parents, very generously funded PTA, dedicated staff, a welcoming family feel, and incredible extracurricular as well as regular day specialty offerings. The children I encounter in the halls, of all grade levels, all seem to be very happy with smiling faces and terrific manners! It is very endearing to consistently see the older kids stopping to hold doors open for me (I'm pregnant) and my Kindergartener. It is no surprise why this is the most sought after school zone to get into! Oh, and the brand new building on 56th is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
The school is fantastic! Amazing staff, facility, PTA, and after-school programs. We feel very blessed to have our son in this school and he LOVES it!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
We have two sons in 59 and we can testify it has been just fantastic for us. We have been here for a year now and were very lucky as we arrived in time to benefit from the schools move into its brand new building. Our eldest joined in 1st grade and was a year behind after moving from out of state, the reading recovery program, along with the early bird support program means he is catching up to his peers much quicker than I thought possible. Our youngest is in Kindergarten and loves it. They both don't want to leave every evening! The PTA is amazing, very energized and manage to fund classroom assistants for most if not every k and yr1 classroom. I am not aware of a single negative issue at this school, and I am including feedback from all other parents I have spoken to as well - Cannot recommend enough!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2011
My son is in 1st grade and we have had a wonderful experience since his kindergarten year. His teachers have been excellent and are extremely responsive and accessible. The emphasis on reading and writing little stories starting in kindergarten is impressive. The parent body is very nice and down to earth and the PTA is very active and involved. I wish the science program was more robust and I'm hopeful that it will happen once we move into our new facility in Sept 2012. There are so many benefits of a neighborhood school that cannot be replicated in a g&t or independent school setting. Its so nice to walk around our community and recognize the other children and families from our school. It creates a sense of community in a very big city that is really heartwarming.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2011
Teachers are excellent, Principal and her Assistant are great, PTA is taking care of everything happening at school.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2010
The teachers and staff at this school are amazing. Our daughter has received an excellent level of attention in her kidergarten class and left school this year reading at almost a second grade level. The teachers are all very communicative with parents, and very helpful with respect to pointing out weaknesses and areas of strength for your child. The administration of the school is phenomenal, and and very inspirational to the kids (and me as a parent). It is perhaps the most well maintained school facility I have been in, public or private. We decided to keep our daughter in this school over moving her in the G&T program.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
The teachers know our kids very well and know how to teach them, they have been very helpful in giving extra challenging work when appropriate. Admin is very focused, rightly so, on what is best for the kids; they could be better at giving advance notice of meetings/ events so that parents can plan. PTA is very active and raises money for many extra programs/ assistant teachers which are critical to the school's success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
It is the greatest school ib the world with the best teachers,staff and students.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2009
The school is new and conforms to the new Green standard that all schools in the future will be built on. Our teachers and facilities are 2nd to none. Our PTA is wonderful. And my son loves going to school. Why? 'Cuz it's fun.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Because they welcomed so greatfully my kids that just arrived from France and did not speak any word of English at this time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love Beekman Hill because of the incredible teachers, staff and the PTA. The teachers are amazing. Teaching is a passion for them not just a job. My girls love going to school everyday and are developing well in their academics. The teachers are always willing to meet and listen to my ideas or concerns regarding my girls. The entire staff is always helpful and friendly. And of course the PTA folks are always willing and able in helping the school, parents, and students in anyway they can. The school operates efficiently as a result.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We love P.S. 59 because our teachers are loving and truly concerned about our children's growth and education. Also, P.S. 59 is a beautiful new school. The first 'Green School' in the state on NY! Go GREEN!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It truely is more than a school where a sense of community and inclusivity are paramount. My child loves it here and I see her reach her full potential!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
It is a wonderful neighborhood school that empowers our children to be curious and be excited about learning

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It is a dynamic school that embraces all its students and their families and encourages growth and learning to each child's fullest potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Wonderful teachers; a supportive, active and very present principal. This is the perfect spot for my daughter and our 3rd year at the school. A wonderful school with wonderful teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Rich multi cultural student body present, and talented staff and suportive principle. My kids love going to school at PS 59!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Very dynamic school, great teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great staff teachers and atmosphere to learn in!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The teachers are great, the school is beautiful and the kids are happy!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
As the parent of a 1st grader, I couldn't ask for a more nurturing community for my daughter to grow in.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Its a great school with great staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
P.S 5 9 has great techers and we need to suppport them in every way we can

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
We love PS 59! My son is in 1st grade and cannot wait to go to school everyday. We are so very fortunate to have such talented, caring and intelligent teachers and staff, who want to be here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The teachers at PS59 - Beekman Hill International -- are some of the smartest I have ever met in an elementary school and the administration is truly dedicated to the success of each student!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
PS 59 is great because of its teachers! Our teachers are talented, energetic and caring. Our kids come first in their world and as parents we can't ask for any more than that.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The school has a wonderful team of dedicated teachers,principal and great pta that is extremely involved.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Great school environment. Great caring and loving teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
it's got great teachers and wonderful ambiance

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love PS59 because my grandson attends the school, and he loves it. The school offers so much educational s well as lessons and activities valuable to become a socially and culturally adjusted person. For example, he told me just yesterday that was in a Music Class. I am impressed with how the school is set up and maintained. They have convinced me that they care. This is coming from a women who has lived in Manhattan (East 67th Street) for thirty + years, and raised her daughter as a single parent -- my daughter was educated in the New York City Public School System, and we are pleased.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
My husband and I are delighted with the school (this is our child's third year here). PS 59 has wonderful teachers, an exceptional Principal and Asst. Principal, and a dedicated and enthusiastic parent body.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
First off , the principal Adele Schroder is fantastic. She knows each of the children by name, and works hard to make sure each and every child gets the best education possible. She is tireless. Additionally the teachers really care about everyone's kid. They're not perfect but are totally devoted to each child's individual needs. The parents also at this school are highly motivated and also very vocal about getting the best for their kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2009
I love this school and so does my daughter. The Principle is great and so is the PTA

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2009
This school is fantastic!! The teachers are wonderful and the principal is very involved and on top of all situations. It is hard for the staff in any school these days with all the cut-backs. PS 59 has a strong PTA and they try different ways to raise as much as they can to cover what we do not receive from the city. My child has been going here since Pre-K and she loves it!!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
My nephew attends PS 59 and I usually pick him up. I have also been actively participating in his upbringing. Most of the teachers he has had up to the current ones have been very helpful and genuinely concerned. Aunt Dawn

- submitted by a community member
July 21, 2008
I have two daughters at P.S. 59, both love their school and are getting a great education. One will be entering 1st grade in the fall and the other will be entering 3rd grade in the fall. This is a wonderful community school. Most of the teachers are truly outstanding. The PTA is very active and organizes great after school classes taught by the teachers. The school is small enough that you know most of the teachers and parents passing by in the halls. The down side is that it is such a great school class sizes are growing a lot.

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no rating June 27, 2007
If you have a child with special needs then be very careful about placing them in this school. The school seems to absorb more behavior problem children in overcrowded classes which proves overwhelming for the inexperienced and uninformed teachers. What's more frustrating and puzzling is the lack of support from this school's administration when parents pursue support from the Board of Ed. Based on this parent's experience, the school obviously does not want an impartial third party in the classroom which will provide any objective input for improvements. They prefer to blame the child for everything that's gone wrong. There also seems to be a disparity between how the 'typical' vs. 'special needs' child in perceived and treated. This school is big on talking about community but does not have a clue about how to practice what they preach.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
This school changes principals every couple of years. The children usually appear bored and unengaged. Some children are frequently very disruptive but nothing is done to remove them from class. Nothing extra for bright children.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2006
The teachers are wonderful and definitely know about positive teaching techniques that make the child confident and comfortable in learning. They have music, art, and are currently working on other extracurricular activities for a small fee. The level of parent involvement is very impressive. Our last PTA meeting was Hugh. I love the school and the staff. I have never come across such wonderful teaching staff under one roof.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2006
I think ps59 is a great school because all the teachers are very nice and they have great test scores.

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May 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
Teachers in lower grades are excellent. Things become spottier above 2nd grade. Inconsistent, and a lot of turnover (which the school likes to downplay but we've been there 5 years so...).

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
The KG experience was fantastic. But after 2001, the budget cutback in NYC schools has affected this school. The student teacher ratio is 22:1 and this is something not recommended at the 2nd grade. PTA is not strong to afford additional teachers in the classrooms

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
After all the media horror stories about the New York City public school system, I was understandably nervous about sending my daughter to one. However, my family's experiences at PS 59 have been wonderful. The school has an excellent teaching staff, a dedicated parent coordinator, and a principal and vice principal who are involved on all levels and are very approachable. The hallways and classrooms are brightly painted and cheerful. Bloomingdale's (the school's corporate sponsor) recently put in a new science lab. While there isn't a gym, there is a great rooftop playground. The school has excellent art and music programs, and numerous after-school activities (including a French classes taught by Berlitz instructors). However, the thing that makes the difference at PS 59 is the incredible level of parental involvement. PS 59 is truly what a neighborhood school should be like.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
I believe this small public school has high expectations of all their students. The teachers are dedicated to teaching the curriculum. The school has strong parent involvement. The art and music program are wonderful and enriching. Art is seen throughout the school and taught by two excellent art teachers in the art studio. Music is strong and taught in the music studio by a talented music teacher who is supported by an assistant musician. Older children have lots of opportunities to expand there musical interests through the music program. Kindergarten has a partnership with Turtle Bay Music School. There is lots of support for the school community in all areas for education and social services. The PTA is involved and active. The parent coordinator provides a wealth of information and coordinates a number of workshops. The school has a nurturing, welcoming family environment.

- submitted by a parent
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Ps 59 Beekman Hill International
233 E 56th St, New York, NY  10065
(212) 888-7870
Last modified Ps 59 Beekman Hill International is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 59 Beekman Hill International Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top