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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 963

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160 West 78th Street
New York, NY 10024

(212) 678-2826
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April 03, 2014
PS 87 has a pretty strong community with a few wonderful teachers. It ends there. The administration is simply awful. Claudia is an unprofessional presence and I cringe each time my daughter tells me another story describing her "crazy behavior". The guidance counselor is also known for giving parents minimal and sometimes misinformation.The principal is known throughout the community as one that will never take a stand. She feeds back platitudes and offers minimal to no help. She is, simply, incompetent. The school is grossly overcrowded with 29, 6 yr old 2nd graders to 1 overwhelmed teacher. Many teachers have considerable potential but they need clear direction and guidance. There is almost no academic consistency from one classroom to another and I hear the science teacher is so absolutely awful that the kids call him "the most boring human ever". One teacher is actually known for cursing at her students! This is where the principal needs to do her job...but she would rather not ever make waves. The only way one's "non gifted" child can thrive is to be supportive, send them for additional after school academic programing and tutor, tutor, tutor for that 4th grade test.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2014
Thank god I don't work here any more. The staff here are just plain unkind to one another and treat eachother rudely. Meanwhile. they teach kids to respect one another! There are exceptions, of course, but they are in the minority. I'll give this school 3 stars because I know there are other schools that are even worse.

- submitted by a teacher
February 08, 2014
If I could give this school a rating of zero stars, I certainly would! The Principle, Monica Berry, is ineffective - she won't solve festering problems, all the while ignoring my emails and phone calls. If you walk into her office to speak with her, she'll always claim she's too busy. My daughter wears hearing aids in both ears and teachers must wear an FM unit so she can hear them. Throughout the school year, she has been bullied and pushed around by Noelia, a teacher and an attitudinal late room supervisor. Despite repeated attempts to reach out to the principle, nothing was done! Noelia has never bothered to wear the FM unit but yells at my daughter for not listening. How can you yell at a girl when she can't even hear you? Due to the fact that my daughter is able to read lips and facial expressions, she was able to tell me that Noelia curses and rolls her eyes at her - my daughter's feelings notwithstanding. Noelia doesn't even allow my daughter to eat in the late room, despite the fact that she openly snacks right in front of her. What kind of an example is she setting? I am totally disgusted at this point to send both of my girls to this institution that passes as a school.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
This is a busy, joyful school that does its best to meet UWS parent expectations for an academically challenging and arts/culturally enriched program. Most teachers are dedicated, passionate and creative -- each in their own way. Most parents are giving, involved and dedicated members of the school community. And the kids are mostly bright, sweet, eager students. There are exceptions to all of the above (of course!). But in a school this big you are bound to come across a few less-than-impressive teachers, parents, kids. The school has made strides in recent years to better support kids with IEPs, in ICT, etc. - including the hiring of special ed coordinator. The classes are big, lunchroom is crowded and the auditorium gets noisy -- but this is a NYC public school. The experience for kids and parents, I think, mirrors real life: How can you make your voice heard? How can you get your questions answered? How can you make the most of a teacher who has a different style than yours? How can you focus in a classroom where there are kids of all abilities learning next to you? I highly recommend this school for families looking for well-rounded education in life and in academics.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
Just saw the review below. I can't disagree, because these things are subjective and everyone is entitled to an opinion about his/her own experience. Having said that, my child has had a wonderful group of teachers over the years, and her two years in an ICT class (as a general ed student) were fraught with real-life lessons on empathy, tolerance and understanding Moreover, having the two teachers was a big bonus. The school is large (and indeed, the building is 60 years old), and the administration is subject to all kinds of criticism every time something aries that 600+ families don't all agree with. Yet I've seen a level of caring and compassion from everyone. From the principal to the APs to the office staff to the school security guard. Love this school, warts and all.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
As a parent of a child with special needs, I was very disappointed. PS87 shows a lack of understanding about different learning styles. Let's start with the cafeteria which is hosts 150 kindergarteners for lunch. Would that overwhelm your child? No problem! PS87 will give your child noise-cancelling headphones so they won't be bothered by the noise. Nor can they interact with their peers. Wonderful. And the Parent Coordinator... sadly, when we asked about the OT gym, we were told that we *absolutely* could not see it. Her demeanor was as if she thought we wanted to gawk at the poor special needs children; perhaps she hadn't considered the fact that the children in question were just like OURS. The school literature says about the ICT classes (which are 60% gen ed, 40% special ed) "Children on the general education side are 'model' students they must model excellent behavioral and learning habits." Seriously? Do these kids get *nothing* else out of the experience of being with differently-abled peers? How about tolerance? Or empathy? Or maybe, just maybe, those special needs kids have *something* to offer. It's worth considering. So much more to say. So few characters allowed.

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2013
It's an excellent school, period (seems like a couple of bitter posters below, as the whole favoritism thing seems way off base for example...I've seen hyperinvolved kids/families assigned to the "lesser-reputation" teachers or shut out of popular afterschool programs all the time). But let's be clear -- the school suffers from the same maladies that NYC publics have been suffering from. Bare-bones funding means large classes (but not nearly as large as other schools frankly...kudos to the administration for its continuous and under-appreciated push to keep sizes more reasonable), lack of administration/staffing, downgraded arts/music programs, a shell of a library. Why can't NYC schools be the cathedrals of excellence that parents, politicians, administrators and teachers all seem to be demanding?

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
I am a PS87 parent. I've been a big fan of the school until recently when I've become quite disillusioned over how the class assignments are made. Every year, the same favored families get the choice teachers. It's become tiresome seeing this happen year after year. This is supposed to be a public school, not a two tiered system where the favorite families end up getting the better school experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2013
I was a cheerleader for PS 87 for 2 1/2 years, great teachers... but the comments below are true. I think the school is running on 'laurels of yesteryear'. This year feels a waste. Most of the parents in my class can't wait till it is over, the teachers seemed to care about the test , and checking their email. Bullying is not handled expeditiously (to say the least). A general lack of citizenship is being tolerated by a few over indulged students, and it is sadly impacting the many.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2012
There is a huge disparity in the quality of teaching at PS 87, with some very strong teachers and some extremely weak. The quality of the education a child receives completely depends on the teacher they have. If a teacher is week, children and parent are completely at their teacher s mercy. So far, this year has been lost school time for my child. There is no standard which school administration implements on teachers performance, which is very disturbing.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2011
My parents attended PS 87, I did and so did my now 22yr and my 17yr old boys. I would say the last time I was truely happy with PS 87 as a whole was when Jane Hand was principal. "One Family Under The Sun". That's what PS 87 used to feel like, a family. Kids of all cultures, incomes and family compositions felt like they were welcomed. When my boys were there things started to change. I started seeing "cliques" among the parents. Teachers started having preferences with the children. We began to see more and more indifference among the teachers, staff, parents. And of course the community kids who grow-up in the area lost out to those who came in from England, France, Ukranine and Japan. My ethnic family has been a part of this community since the 1950s when it was mostly a Jewish/Cuban lower middle class community. We live literally accross the street from the school and my 4yr was not accepted into pre-k because "there were too many siblings of children already attending who got first choice". So why even have applications for people with no children currently attending apply? The why applications were being accepted is because they were being screened.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
This school, throughout the years, truly has earned the description "One Family Under The Sun." The teachers put a lot of time and effort in, and they get to know and to understand each student very well. Learning is fun, and children are very involved in seeking answers to their questions and in the creative process. My daughter loves coming to school each day. Now, with leaps in technology, telecommunications, and connections with outside organizations, P.S. 87's community ventures into the future with the concept of "Classrooms Without Walls." It's a place where learning is exciting, and the day goes quickly.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2011
P.S. 87 is a wonderful school with a rich history (since 1895). The administration and staff are hard working and the great majority of the teachers are wonderful. Our child has just left 5th grade having done very well on test scores and easily getting into the middle schools we applied to. With sometimes limited resources the school manages music, drama and other "cluster" programs. The PA is highly motivated and provide amazing concerts, events and enrichment programs for the children as well as funding other school resources. Thee afterschool program is award winning. As with any public school, to some extent what you get out of it depends on what you put into it -- we had a truly amazing experience at PS 87.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
NY state & NYC have become hostile to those using the public school system and it has broken down schools like PS87. Over the years I ve watched funding decrease & the school deteriorate. Thankfully, the fundraising team helps by raising considerable dollars & many parents do their best to support the school. Despite efforts, the building is overwhelmingly crowded and the PA is politically untenable. The administrators view the parents with hostility and visa versa. This environment, filled with anxiety and tension, is due to weak leadership from the top (PA included) A more inclusive, transparent and supportive line of communication is in order, especially for working parents like myself who cannot attend meetings I hear that some teachers are amazing and academically challenging while our experience has been so weak we believe some teachers should be let go or properly managed. We even refer to 2010/2011 as our child's "lost year". Lack of communication from the teachers is also an extreme & common concern. Our principal should step in, but unfortunately this is where PS87 falls flat on its a- -.. Our child manages because we supplement with programs like Kumon & Mannes.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2011
This school was bad when i was there they caught kids smoking in the bathroom. Think do you want your child here

- submitted by a community member
December 01, 2010
The school is taking a turn for the worse. The administration and the new guidance counselor are ineffective. Now we are contending with a Fifth grade teacher who doesn't teach and is clearly not in control of his classroom. The teacher is so bad (no lesson plans, relys on the student teacher to teach, demands that children be a part of the parent teacher conference in what appears to be a way to deflect responsibility from the teacher) that parents have asked for their children to be switched out of his classroom. The administration are failing to address the matter in a satisfactory manner. Add to the equation that these are families applying to middle schools. The teacher has no information about the process and there isnt school-work to be compiled into portfolios unless you wish to submit scholastic handouts and an ungraded writing notebooks, and you have an environment that is rife with tension. Supplementing the curriculum is not enough, outside tutors to teach kids the 5th grade curriculum is a must at this point. Thank goodness the parents do work together to problem solve in the absence of leadership.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
Strong parent involvement and exceptional fundraising enable the teachers to raise PS 87 up to a satisfactory level. The school is overcrowded with many out-of-catchment kids causing the school to drop the instrumental music program and science lab. Most parents supplement their children s education with additional outside after school programming. It is apparent that the new principal lacks the confidence and social ability to walk the halls, visit classrooms and interact with parents. It is such a pervasive problem that many parents complain she does not even respond to requested group or individual meetings. Instead, much is delegated to the unrefined and ineffective vice principals. Given NY s plethora of talented educators and administrators those women should all feel lucky to be employed. You can still make this public school work for you child if you supplement the curriculum with music, math and science.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2010
I have to agree with a prior post regarding Monica Berry's lack of communication with parents. I had emailed and called her several times and never got a phone call in return. It is a sad statement and gives strong evidence that there is a lack of professionalism. The school is grounded in much of the work that parents do. It is a shame to shut them out. I had expected more from an educational leader.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
New principal Monica Berry has a few cheerleaders--but to the rest of the population, she is essentially invisible. She does not respond to, or even acknowledge, parent emails, letters, or phone calls. Questions about her plans or decisions are deleted from the school's Yahoo group. She does not visit classrooms. She does not walk the halls. She does not attend class, grade, school, parent, or community events, no matter how important. This is new in my 5 years as part of the PS87 community. She is the first principal that has not only made no effort to be a part of the community, but seems to actively avoid it. It's a growing concern that parents have no way to address or discuss, due to the aforementioned lack of participation/accessibility on her part, and the censoring of the Yahoo group and PA meetings on the subject. (Meetings that she doesn't attend.)

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
PS 87 is an amazing community, with a wonderful principal in Monica Berry. Though it has been a bit of a struggle recently with overcrowding, the school has not failed to provide each student with the best education available in New York City. It is a model of what a great public school can accomplish.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
Our new principal is doing a fabulous job of galvanizing the already high spirits and committment of the parent/student community at PS 87.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
Our daughter is in 1st grade here. The teaching is stellar. She is growing and learning and thriving every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Great instruction, great teachers, high level of parent involvement, wonderful after school program

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
We are a true community with dedicated parents and teachers plus a dynamic administration. With tons of enrichment, a strong Parents' Association, and creative teachers PS 87 shines on the Upper West Side.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
We are a culturally and economically diverse general ed school of 1000 children, a too-big number this year, but our teachers are managing beautifully. With 3 grades (and growing) that have classes with a mix of general ed and special needs students, our children learn early on about patience, tolerance and the importance of helping each other. Parents are very active on the Parents Association (60+ Board members!) and the School Leadership team and they work in the classrooms and on the playground as needed. teachers are outstanding - they are creative, they present an enriched curriculum in a non-gifted setting, and they receive as much professional development as we can afford! Budget cuts have stretched us thin, but there is a great sense of community at PS87!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
PS 87 is an amazing community of families, teachers and administrators. We are lucky to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
Wonderful school with strong academics and creative teaching! Also, strong in arts, music, science and computer... love it

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
great teachers, great parents

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I would put my kids in no other school . This school has such a great staff the teachers are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
We love it! Our daughter is in a CTT kindergarten class this year and it's fantastic! At first we didn't know what to expect (she is one of gen-ed kids) but it's just like any other class in the school...except with five teachers. Before she started, we were a little worried about the big classes, but the CTT class was the perfect way in. And each one of the five teachers is fantastic and caring. Literally, my daughter cries when she doesn't have school. The families are nice, the kids are nice, the afterschool program is amazing (she begged us to put her in 5 days this semester!) and the principal is super dynamic! If you live in the area, don't even think twice - come to this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
I really like the school and their idea's it is a great school. My son has been there since kindergarten, he is now in 5th grade and I love the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2008
My child just started attending the school and loves it. A lot of great after school programs and parent involvement is unbelievable. It is definitely a great school. However, I must agree with the may 2nd post...There needs to be more supervision. The school lacks enough supervision especially for the lower levels. Drop-off can be daunting as adults are in the yard with the kids and kids do get bullied. There is too much incidents where kids are being hit and/or kicked with little repercussion.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
FYI, for the comment about weak fifth grade teachers: Principal Jacqui Getz has since made many changes in teacher assignments and brought in several new, very strong teachers. That Fifth Grade 'weakness' that once was, is no longer.... We have LOVED our past six years at 87, and though we mourn its dwindling diversity, we think its teaching staff is of the highest quality. The enrichments (music, art, etc) are not as plentiful or of the quality that one would hope, but they are certainly in keeping with the level of other public schools. Most parents use afterschool activities to supplement these.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2008
After moving to NYC my husband and I assumed we would have to send our children to private schools. We searched and searched for the right fit and then were told by our wonderful pre school director to take a look at PS 87. We instatntly fell in love and our son's 2 years have been wonderfully fulfilling both intellectually and emotionally (for all of us). The families are soooo wonderful as are the staff and teachers that we have had.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
Love - love - love this school. We feel like we've hi the jackpot! You couldn't pay enough for a community like this...and amazingingly in this city, it's free!

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March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
I love this school. My children are having fun, getting a good education and learning about the world around them. Criticism of the curriculum is re: science & music. There is no lower grade science anymore, and the lower grade music is rote and numbingly repetitious. These are two terrible, missed opportunities to grab and interest students early. New principal is excellent, as is the afterschool.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
This is a wonderful school with great teachers, administration, and student/parent body. The Biggest Disappointment among myself and fellow parents at PS 87 is the lack of music education among the upper grades. For years, music instruction has been repeated viewings of movies. The lower grade music teacher, however, is truly a gem.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2007
Wonderful school with very active parent community. My child and other students in her grade are excited about learning and often talk about their studies in the playground after school. Learning is considered 'cool' amongst the students at PS87 and the school culture is creative, academic, and lively. We have a great principal and many talented teachers.

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August 02, 2007
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July 16, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
July 04, 2007
My daughter is doing so well at PS 87. This is her third year and each year she becomes such a thoughtful and outgoing young lady. The teachers give quality work and use NYC as a classroom to explore the arts and sciences. I love it, she has 3 more years and I can't wait to see the finish product. The kids are very nice and they bond even after school with parties and other fun and educational enrich activities. It's a large school but children seem to know one another even in different grades. It's truly 'One family under the sun'. I'm so fortunate my daughter is receiving a quality and fun education she deserves.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Our 2nd grader is thriving academically and socially at PS 87. He has become an enthusiastic reader and even enjoys math. Both his K and 1st-grade teachers were strong and caring, and his 2nd-grade teacher seems to carry on that tradition. The curriculum is creative and integrated (i.e., apples in K and zoo themes in 1st grade involved math, social studies, literacy skills, science, etc.). The Afterschool program has a wide range of choices for each day of the week. My only quibbles: not enough music education, not enough gym time. These, however, are common challenges throughout the NYC public system. The school has a new principal as of this fall -- a former 87 parent and teacher with a superb reputation. We'll see how she fares (parents can be quick and nasty in their criticism of administrators) but so far everyone is optimistic.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2006
It's the luck of the draw with PS 87. Our child's first grade teacher was great (first grade teachers have been uniformly strong). It scores high for ethnic diversity and the afterschool program is okay (recommended: martial arts with R. Rosenthal).

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2006
Solid school with great diversity and after a few years a solid principal as well. Kids here do well in general and the middle schools like them--most get into one of their two three choices. Some really great teachers but unfortunately, my son had one of the real lemons in fifth grade, which is why some parents look around a year early fro a new school. Many of those fifth grade teachers have a reputation for being weak. School is huge, with about 1,000 kids, but well-run. They all seem to love it and get the attention they need. And it has a goo, but a bit pricey, after school program. Highly recommended if you're looking for a strong Upper West Side elementary school. Only downside: too many of the parents in the PA are whiny and precious. Thankfully, their kids aren't.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
this school is very involved and my children have had great expeeriencesand and activities here although they are a little rough.

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October 01, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2005
This school has a fabulous dual language program where students learn to read, write, listen and speak both Spanish and English fluently. Half of the classes in the dual language program are native English speakers and the other half is native Spanish speakers. So, there's a great cultural exchange. The monolingual program is also fantastic. All teachers are strong. Their Afterschool Program has won many awards. They have everything from combat stage fighting to cooking to yoga to sports to music. It's an amazing program. Parents are extremely involved and welcome in the school. Parents raise a lot of money to supplement what the city gives them. With this money, they hired librarians, a music ensemble director, paraprofessionals for the kindergarten classes, etc... They have started a Peace Games program for conflict resolution. It's a great school!

- submitted by a teacher
March 20, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 25, 2005
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 03, 2005
Parent Involvement is excellent. Art & Music Programs are limited but a volunteer based Arts-In-Action class is well organized and effective. Although it is not an advanced placement curriculum there are alternative programs to challenge students. The Dual-Immersion (Spanish/English) program for example

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2004
A great community schoold with very active parents, though class sizes are large. Diverse and well rounded.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
Caring, nurturing environment coupled with stellar teachers and a responsive administration make PS 87 the high performing school it is. My child has thrived here academically, as well as creatively through the arts-in-action and music programs. My child loves to go to school every morning, and returns home enthusiastic about learning.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I transferred my children from a so called 'G&T program' to P.S. 87. There is no G&T program at P.S. 87 but the academic standards are high. It would be hard to match the amount of parental involvement which one finds at 87. It is powerful, amazing, and very effective. My main complaint is the exercise issue which seems to be a problem for kids all around. Lunchtime needs better and different control stategies also.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2003
PS87 is a goldmine, a diamond in the rough, amidst $26,000 per year private schools in the neighborhood. The new principal is a vibrant and intelligent addition this year, 2003. Parental involvement is held up as a national example. And, its Arts In Action program is recognized nationwide. For K-5 your child's needs will be met.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2003
Very good school with traditional curriculum. Academically strong; good arts and music instruction. Consistent, high quality Chicago Math program throughout. Extremely good with writing from earliest ages. Not much opportunity for exercise.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2003
Great school. It reflective of NYC's great diversity. Excellent academic standards the teachers for the most part are a special group of individuals here.

- submitted by a parent
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Ps 87 William Sherman
160 West 78th Street, New York, NY  10024
(212) 678-2826
Last modified Ps 87 William Sherman is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 87 William Sherman Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top