Students enrolled 789
School leader MS. JANE HSU

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210 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016

(212) 685-4366
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4 stars
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June 26, 2014
The administration is cold, unreceptive and deceptive. I ABSOLUTELY AM DISGUSTED that I chose this school for my child. You can never reach the principle. I emailed her twice in February it is now June, she has never contacted me. I even reach out the to the administrative team and finally the assistant principle no one has yet to contact me. The teachers do not respond to your concerns sooner. This school only cares about money and test scores. They do not want to invest in good education for your child or the time to nurture and build positive relationships with your child to create a fun loving happy environment to thrive in. Signed I can't wait to find another school for my child!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2014
Principal is completely off limits. My 6th grade child had a great time; not so with her younger sibling. The parent coordinator is REPREHENSIBLE. I stopped giving money and am instead paying for a tutor. God, if they could only get rid of the parent coordinator.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
I am so happy to have finally had my children leave this school. And for the longest time, I couldn't put into words why I disliked this school so much. Sure, they are always asking for money, all schools must. Their after school programs can be pricey and are not very good, but they weren't awful and they were priced at a reasonable level. The teachers were wonderful (save for a few who seem to be just biding their time,which I can understand seeing their working environment). But mostly, there's NO HEART in this school. Morale is so low, it's actually depressing to be there. And this is a placed filled with children! It is all business at 116. The principal and asst. principal are both very cold. The parent coordinator is one of the most unhelpful (not to mention unfriendly) people I have ever encountered! And what's funny is, my kids now (still in nycboe) have MORE homework, but within months, they are so much happier and have experienced more as classmates and schoolmates together than they did the 4 years at 116. Involvement, participation, community, love of school all while working hard..thankfully, that is what they are learning now. I'm sorry I wasted all those years

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2013
My daughter is in her second year at this school and she loves it. She has excel beautifully in her writing and reading. The teachers here are wonderful and nurturing. They have great computer, science, art, and music classes as well. I don't really understand why many of the recent reviews seem to criticize the administration so much. The principal is very down to earth and is very hands on. I can tell that the students' education and security (especially after the Sandy Hook tragedy) are the principal's top priorities. The school's overcrowding situation seems to be slowly alleviated by the opening of the new public school near by and the rezoning. There is a good after school program with lots of different classes to choose from including Spanish, Mandarin, writing, cooking, soccer and yoga. Like most after school programs in other public schools, it does cost money. As for social economic background, I have not seen any incidents that would suggest that this is an issue. I feel that people tend to be overly sensitive when it comes to things like this, and I disagree that this should be used to reflect negatively on the PTA or the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
As a parent of 2 children currently enrolled in PS116 I have to agree with the newest reviews. School adminitrastion is cold, disinterested and at times rude. Social economic standards plays are huge part in how your child and your family are perceived. It sometimes feels like fundraising is the priority for this school. Teacher turnover rate is incredibly high and the ones that are still around are either stuck in their ways or fingers crossed one of the "good ones". The highlight is extracurricular activities that will cost you a pretty penny and are mostly taught by school staff. My children barely have time to eat lunch and gym or dance is given only once a week. Sadly, with each year that passes I become more disheartened with PS116.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
The quality of the education seems to go down each year that my 2 children attended PS116. The administration is detached, cold and disinterested. I don't know who runs this school. It made middle school seem great. Look somewhere else if you have a choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
My daughter is completing her Kindergarten year at PS116 and we have been trilled with the school. As a former teacher, I really appreciate all the ways our family is included in the school. We are in her classroom for something at least once a month, we regularly receive email from the class parents list, and communication with the teacher is effortless, via email, notes, or just before/after school. The PTA is very strong and the after school classes are something I brag about on a regular basis. I just feel so lucky to have such a wonderful school in our neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
My daughter is almost finished with her time at 116. The teachers have been very strong. They are the heart and soul of the school. My daughter has enjoyed her friends, felt challenged and experienced some very good relationships across the faculty. The administration is terrible though. I dislike the principal and feel that she is completely removed from the parents, save a few big fund raisers. The cut backs obviously hurt and we all chip in a great deal to provide for all the children, as parents. I like the middle school adviser. The on-site after-school is terrible as well. The woman who runs it is only focused on her profits. Most of the teachers and programs are pretty below par. The kids aren't enriched and the supervision is also lacking and leads to a lot of issues that play out in school. My daughter is on the track team and has loved that experience. The study population is mixed and is trending to less diverse as the economy continues to falter among working families.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2013
The administration is cold, unreceptive and deceptive. The principal is not nurturing and is focused only on test scores. The quality of the school has deteriorated from an A to a C since the previous principal left. This school is over crowded. There were 7 Kindergarten classes the year my child enrolled. Due to overcrowding children have little time for lunch and almost no Physical Ed. The administration has not figured out a way to demand more from the board of ed to ameliorate the situation as they are kow towing to the system - for example children barely have 15 minutes for lunch and are then herded out of the cafeteria. This school left my children nervous with low self esteem. They did not know the 50 states or presidents or geography by the time they left. If the subject cant be filled in a bubble on ELA or Math test it is not taught. Very Very high teacher turnover.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2013
In this school your socio economic background has a great deal to do with your experience. From the initial process of registration I sensed and witness a strong energy of discontent towards the parents of a lower income and cultural background. The PTA is highly creative with fundraising events however some events are exclusive to parents of a certain economic class. In the event that you should raise concern in the day to day functions beware of the cold shoulders and tick for tack methods of the staff. Which also involve finding any and every error in you or your child and elaborating on it until it is an issue. Unfortunately I ve seen minority families enroll and withdraw their children from this school that expressed these same concerns but were unwilling or unable to express these feelings on a public forum such as GreatSchools. On a positive note the school has amazing resources and extracurricular activities for the children as well as an outstanding afterschool program. I hope this gives a bit of insight and helps another parent to decide if this school is a good socially balanced environment for their child.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2012
I have been very happy with the school. Strong academics with emphasis on writing. Lots of support with related services excellent. Also great community and after school program. Ny chess kids based at school big plus. Classes reasonable size.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
My kids attended this great school all the way till graduation, love, love, love it, best elementary school ever. If i had to choose a school all over again, this would be it, no regrets here.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2011
Wonderful School, great teachers and very involved parents. My daughter loves the school and the specialty classes offered are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2011
True great school, staff and parents very active. Congratulation in having a wonderful neighborhood family oriented school

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2011
My son just finished his 1st grade. When he enrolled into kinder, he was a student know nothing about alphabet and cannot write anything. This summer he is finishting his 1st grade with reading level of "N". Because I am forcusing ore on teaching foreign langauge at home ( First langauge for me and my son I think) I did not spend any time to teach English other than have him finish homeowork. So, I can say all his progress is purely teacher's effort for K and 1st grade. Thjanks so much!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
My son went to PS116 for K and First. We loved it!!! He is starting 5th in the Fall and we still miss PS116 it was a fantastic experience living in NYC. Their academic curriculum was diverse; chess, music and dance were specials that not all school offer. Their afterschool program (run by the PTA) was exceptional and affordable. Science, Chess and Tada were our favorites. I also liked that it's a 5 story building, children will get daily exercise as the science lab, dance studio and music room were on the fifth floor. An excellent city public school, far superior to some private schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
I am a very old student of Ps116, though it has been 6 years I have left PS116, I still remember every time spent there. Enjoying with friends and the great education provided. My teachers were very delighted with my work and I found myself lucky to have them. I appreciate the fact that i was once part of Mary Lindley Murray School, and as a proud student, I would recommend this school to every parent, for its well known education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 27, 2010
Now that my daughter has been out of PS 116 for almost two years I look back on her time of learning there as a wonderful experience. Sometimes it takes that distance to really understand how well they prepared her for middle school.I believe she is excelling in science because of the spark they ignited at 116

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
I love this school. It has such a sense of community. My son goes off happy every day. He is learning so much. The teachers and staff are wonderful. The curriculum is challenging. I couldn't ask for a better environment for my child. PS 116 is the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
The outstanding curricula and programs, as well as the dedicated and concerned teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
A great school with a diverse student body, dedicated and innovative teachers and administrators, and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
P.S. 116 has helped my daughter deal with seperation anxiety, she was having such a hard time and thanks to the wonderful teachers and staff she has overcome and is doing wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Besides the alliterative address of 'toidy-toid-and-toid?' My nephew is very excited about school every day, and that's all I need to know.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 01, 2009
It does a great job of raising thinking future adults-Hank-P

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
PS116 is a great school. My son just got in third grade. We came from Korea when he was 2 years old. I thought he might have a hard time to catch the class by lack of English proficiency. However, the school offers individual study to learn English. Now he is always happy to do his homework and go to school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Great teachers and caring staff. My son loves learning new things and I credit the teachers and administration for instilling this attitude in him!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
The spirit of the school is friendly, high energy and motivated and the teachers are fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Teacheres are good! Afterschool programs are incredible!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
It's a great community school in the heart of the greatest city in the world. It reflects the uniqueness and creativity of NYC.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
PS 116 is great becaues my son came home from the 3rd day of school and told me his teacher inspired him to write!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
we have the best and most devoted teachers. the most involved parents. our children are LEARNING! because they want to - not because they have to.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
The teachers are wonderful. The after-school programs are varied, fun and, in many cases, intellectually stimulating. The parents are very involved. The school is always striving to use the latest and best learning tools possible. The children love attending the school and are always smiling when the arrive and when the leave. I cannot say enough good things about the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
P.S. 116 makes our kids life-long learners and enthusiastic readers, and parents are partners in the learning process! P.S. 116 is such a strong community that graduates remain friends through middle school, high school and beyond. It feels great to be part of such a strong and warm learning community.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
PS 116 had made my son love school. The involvment and commitment of the teachers,office staff is tremendous

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
My daughter started PS 116's Kindergarten this year. From her first day she has loved school. Her teacher is warm, but clear. She is excited to learn and has begun reading. She is also truly enjoying learning chess, which is offered as part of the curriculum. She has 3 teachers in the room, the head teacher, a teaching assistant (certified teacher returning to school for her masters), and a student teacher. All 3 teachers are wonderful and the PTA supports cuntinue education opportunities which keep all of the PS116 teachers current and knowledgeable. While PS 116 is overcrowded, they manage to maintain a calm , clear, safe, nurturing environment for learning. The school and the very active PTA bring wonderful outside resources into the school by partnering with many wonderful groups in New York. On top of the excellent curriculum, they offer excellent after school activities. My shy daughter, is happy, comfortable, and excited to learn. How could I want anything more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
This is a great school with a lot of great teachers (I am talking about my daughter 's teachers) and a nice admosphere where kids can thrive. The range of after class programs is quite extensive. I feel very lucky that my daughter is in this school. Martine

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
The teachers and administration are very dedicated and value is placed on student education and success.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
P.S. 116 must being doing all the right things because my son LOVES to go to school every morning! We have had terrific teachers, an accessible and supportive administration, incredible staff, and we are very proud of facilities and the academic standards that are expected of P.S.116 students. We are thrilled to be a part of the P.S.116 community and continue to marvel at all our son has learned there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
P.S. 116 is a great school. The teachers and staff are excellent. The students learn so much while maintaining an excited attitude toward school. My children love it, they love they're teachers and love going to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Academic environment is excellent. Field Trips are relevent and very substantial experiences for our childre, i.e. learning about the NYC water supply by visiting Acquaduct in Ossining, learning about Immigration by visiting Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum. Our children are challenged and have fun, lots of positive energy in the schcool despite tight conditions.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
My daughter goes there. We love the atmosphere created by the teachers, other school personnel and most of all the students who study there. It is in the middle of vibrant neighborhood and the diversity of the culture is reflected in the teacher and student population there.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
PS 116 gives my child a great education and also has a good sports and chess program with a track team and chess in the schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
the incredible responsibility and difference that parent involvement can contribute to excellence

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 30, 2009
Impressive academics, incredibly well-trained teachers... A great education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
It is a great public school in Manhattan. I am a true believer of a public school system, both as a former student in the NYC public school system and now as a parent of a kindergarten child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
I have been a 116 parent for 7 years and have watched my 2 children thrive. The teachers and administrators are top notch. The sense of community is evident every day in the yard, the classrooms and on the 116 website! And there is NO OTHER school that has STEVE ZOWNIR! That's Mr. Zownir for all the k-4th graders!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Wow there is just so much I can say about PS 116, my eldest son attended 116 and now my youngest is attending and all I can say is the Kids Club is amazing and Sandy is just so wonderful, always patient. We have the best parents, staff and educator's. I will also never forget Ms. Abbie my son's 1st grade teacher she was the best and it was her 1st year teaching. I thank you so much Abbie for all your hard work. What other school has such great teachers who really care about there students. I love P.S. 116.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
My granddaughter is now in 1st grade. Both, in kindergarten and now, the teachers and other staff members have gone out of their way to comfort her (she's a crier); it seems the first month of school is the hurdle; after that she's fine, and enjoys it. She loved her kindergarten teacher, and this year's teacher is 'awesome' (I'm quoting my granddaughter).

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 29, 2009
PS116 is awesome- great teachers, students and amazing PTA!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
P.S. 116 has the most dedicated teachers and the most supportive, involved parents. The kids are intelligent, creative and cute!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
We have wonderful music and art classes and an amazing social studies curriculum with lots of informative field trips. The teachers are amazing and the administration has managed to keep the school strong and well balanced despite overcrowding issues like those felt in many of the best schools in Manhattan. The PTA is strong and the parents help raise money to provide additional art programs, recess programs and staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
this has been my school for the past six years and i love it!! All of my teachers are very kind and i love to go to school.

- submitted by a student
October 01, 2008
My daughter is in 4th grade and I have had some issues during her course at the school. My daughter s experience with teachers was not very positive. During kindergarten, the teacher left in the middle of the year and was replaced by a brand new teacher who did not have experience teaching on her own. She did not have good control of the class. Also the assistant teacher s were always quitting and we have several during the year and many days without an assistant for 24 kindergarteners.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
I have (3) children, all of whom have attended PS 116. My oldest daughter has since gone on to middle school, and my son and youngest daughter are in the first and third grades. This school has proven its self to be dependable, nurturing, and highly attuned to the needs of their students. My children thrive in this community, and there is never a day that they do not want to attend school. The teachers and administrative staff are highly capable and prove themselves time and time again. And in the few instances that my children or I have had an educational issue that needed addressing our voices were heard, and the matter dealt with in the most courteous and sincerest of ways. I love this school, and anyone would be hard pressed to find a NYC public school better than this one.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
I have yet to meet a teacher who I would not want my child to have, and the specialty teachers are equally as good.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 29, 2007
I would ordinarily rate this school as a 5 but here are the items they could work on to become the top shelf school I hoped they would have been: Until the 4th grade, there was not nearly the emphasis on standardized tests as I would have hoped for. The 4th grade teachers are excellent and are the exceptions to the rule. Most of the teachers do not focus on exceptional talent that I was used to growing up in public schools. Top talent and ability draw attention, and most teachers do not emphasis academic success and effort required in a competitive work place. We are asked to donate what seem to be on a weekly basis.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2007
The Prinicpal of PS 116 is dedicated to improving an already excellent school program by getting parents involved at home and through after school programs.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
P.S.116 comments. The quality of school is pretty good and programs are knowledgeable. There s a lot of after school programs like Music, Art & Crafts, Sports, Homework, Magic, Chess, Music, Swimming, YMCA and much more. What Events are there? The Activities are nice especially for Halloween that my kid loves the most. You even get a haunted house. P.S. 116 are much funded to make a good school for your kids! For 5th graders there are a lot of field trips and in 5th Grade you even get one to PEEC (Pocono Environmental Educational Center). PEEC is even an overnight trip, it s like camping. We even got a fun party the day of graduation. How do I know this? This is because my kid was once at that school. My kid went from kindergarten to 5th grade and he changed a lot from that school. If you plan to sign up I hope you enjoy the school! Visit http://www.ps116.org/home.aspx

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2007
We were initially apprehensive about 116 because we had seriously considered private school (due to the negative image of the NYC public school system). What we found was a school that went well beyond our expecations. The key to any school is the teaching staff and 116 has a dedicated group of talented teachers. My first grader is already reading at a 3rd grade level. She is writing stories every week. The facilities are not up to private school standards but that's okay because the money we save on private school can pay for college. I give the school an A+ on academics and a B on facilities.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
My son is in first grade and we are so lucky to be a part of the PS 116 family! The teachers, PTA and Administration are all amazing. Children are offered music, art, chess, dance, PE, computers, and science. I feel the Administration is approachable and open to answer questions and comments.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
My daughter is in third grade and each year the teachers out do the one before! We have been tremendously happy here as ps116. The extra effort that the teachers putinto each and every moment of the day are evident in the growth of the children who attend this great place. Children are offered music, art, chess, dance, PE, computers, and science!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I agree with the previuos parents review of the Principal at PS 116...she is not approachable...she always seems to have something more important to do...

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
Overall this school is pretty good, though I do have some issues. We decided to keep my daughter in this school where she will be starting second grade. Kindergarten was a mess. Their teacher, who wan't very good becasue she had vitually no control of the kids, left in the middle of the school year and on top of that the assistant teachers (who the parents pay for)kept changing every month. The classroom laso seemed to harbor very unruly kids. It was not a stable environment and the school administration was too slow to react. Finally they replaced her with a brand new teacher with lack of experience. That did work out well at the end. I also have some issues with teh administration. I feel that they are not very approachable and can be rude at times.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
We found ourselves at PS 116 quite by accident, and have been thrilled by the quality of the school. My son is just finishing first grade, and has loved every minute of his time there. There is a great mix of students and a very involved PTA. It is a warm and welcoming environment. Couldn't recommend it more highly.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
My daughter is in first grade and loves the school. We travel an hour to school and it is well worth it. The teachers are great and caring. They start chess in kindergarden and they have a great variety of afterschool programs. She has been playing the violin in the school for strings program. I looked at well over 20 schools and haven't second guessed my choice. We are both happy.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2006
quality staff. Excellent programs. Nurturing. Wonderful afterschool programs. Chess, Music, art

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2005
The school's TAG program was disappointing. I didn't feel that my child was challenged any more than she would have been in a regular school program.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2005
While the conventional wisdom is that the better teachers are reserved for the non-tag classes, in reality all the A and nearly all the B students are in TAG. This means that there's no way a B student who doesn't make it into TAG is going to get anywhere near the quality education that this school is noted for. The PTA is notable for its inability to tolerate dissenting voices.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
Both my kids attend this school. The school has great music and afterschool programs. My children started learning cello in kindergarten and have enjoyed this program very much. The school also teaches chess afterschool as well as in its regular curriculum. The teachers are all very caring and focuses on the individual strengths and weakesses of the children. The principal is very hands on and always looking for ways to add richness to our school. The afterschool program includes swimming as well as science, sports and dance among many other activities. The parents are very supportive as well as the school staff. I believe the education speaks for itself based on the school's test results.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
The school has wonderful afterschool programs such as music and chess. The reading and math programs are excellent as well as the staff and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2004
Excellent Chess program. The school looks like a little old, but over all it meets my expectation.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2004
Our daughter is in kindergarden and we are very happy with the school. Our daughter is enjoying chess, reading and an assortment of extras like computer, dance, art etc. The teachers are very dedicated and all seem to be on the same page. In other words there is a true continuity across the grade.

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August 11, 2003
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Ps 116 Mary Lindley Murray
210 E 33rd St, New York, NY  10016
(212) 685-4366
Last modified Ps 116 Mary Lindley Murray is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 116 Mary Lindley Murray Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 76 reviews. Top