We want to like this school. It has a good reputation and well educated families and diverse student body, but it falls short in every way. Decisions about studies and discipline are purely random and there are many days I send my child to school wondering what is going to happen next, which is a terrible feeling.
No! They may think that the poor treatment of the upper grade does this, but I believe that it's just the opposite. Cutting down a kind, eager and compassionate child's confidence by constantly punishing that student is wrong.
The dual language(Spanish) program is incredible. My daughter is so lucky to be in this program, but what I found out after she got into the program is that NYC DOE tried to get rid of it! Couldn't believe it. It's amazing that DOE tries to get rid of a program that is so meaningful and useful! To become bilingual from a NYC public school education is incredible. DOE should encourage more programs like these, not get in the way of it. Luckily, the parent force is strong at PS87 so the program was saved. If anything, they should expand the program, not get rid of it!! Other schools should have these type of programs!
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.
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.