Students enrolled 1015
School leader MS. LILY WOO

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143 Baxter St
New York, NY 10013

(212) 226-8072
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4 stars
Based on 45 ratings

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June 06, 2014
My kids is current in the g&t kindergarden class. I like this school so much, my kid improved a lot during her first year study. Ms. Paternoster is a very fresh and passionate teacher in her class.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
This school has brought great memories with teachers and students. Everyone works hard for each other including teachers and students

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2014
I agree the other parent, this is a great school but I think the PA really has a problem, I wonder if I can report them to the DOE.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
My kid was in this school since pre-k. The leadership of Mrs. Woo our principal, is very wonderful! Even our assistant principle Ms. Chin too. No words can describe to both of them for taking care & educating our children. But there's an issue that needed attention. The Parent Association (PA) group are way too much into gossiping. For donations, they are too aggressive & demanding. Pressing the student to come home & asked their parents for donation. My child told me that I must give a donation. If not, my child will not want to attend school saying that the PA would asked again. Not good for the school images. They are not protecting the kids but only hurting them by giving them stress. Another of my child went to another school which do not have this problems. My child is leaving this school soon moving on to middle school. Hopefully, all this won't happen in another school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
P.S. 130 Hernando De Soto is a very good school. They use different methods to educate and guide the students so that students at different angles to improve and grow in progress. My children are educated in this school. They are In teaching, research, management, service and other aspects of work have made gratifying achievements. In here, I am specially to to thank Mrs. Chow and Mrs. Zhong, also are giving them teaching highly prominent position. They are hard-working with students to express my heartfelt thanks. I had very painful time from my family last few months that I can t take care my son at this moment. They were sending me a hand and took all responsibility from her time to stay to help and care my son until end of school. They are exposure to teaching on campus, to further improve the academic status and competitiveness. I am to them a pay tribute. I hope they continue to join hands, a mission to forge ahead, create brilliant! Thanks

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
I don't have much to say in regards to the school administration, but as an alumni, I believe that the education I received here was truly wonderful. I recently graduated from college and will be attending graduate school soon. As I reflect back, I cannot help but think about where it all started. The teachers here were amazing and I learned a lot from them. Mr. Deaton was my favorite. I still remember things about the World Wars and the Native Americans because of him. He also let students take care of the classroom's flowers and pets. During high school, I came back to volunteer briefly. The children were cute, bright, and well-mannered for the most part. I don't know about now, but back in the day (10+ years ago), there were after-school programs, "summer camp", dance classes for 4th and 5th graders, educational field trips to Philadelphia and Amish country, and a snack program the 5th graders were in charge of to raise money for the overnight graduation trip. Thank you, P.S.130, for giving me and many others so many unforgettable experiences.

- submitted by a community member
May 01, 2013
My kids are in the G&T program and get an amazing education. It's a school that cares about their academic success and nurtures their social and emotional well-being. I have nothing but high praise for their teachers and for the wonderful leadership under Mrs. Lily Woo. Her philosophy of academic excellence, coupled with a rich art, dance, and music program, is what makes P.S. 130 one of the best schools in District 2. There s nothing more satisfying than seeing my first grader tell me about the fascinating things he learned in Ms. Chan s class. She instills a love of learning that only a great teacher can do. She also has a knack for sparking curiosity and getting their minds to think critically. My second grader writes beautifully. This is because Mrs. McConnell pushes her to think outside the box and to be a fearless writer. Ms. Chan s Muffin Club restored my son's confidence by raising his reading level and teaching him the proper mechanics of writing. Mrs. McConnell helped our daughter overcome her loathing of math, and she now she enjoys solving complex equations. Ms. Cho managed to get my kindergarteners reading chapter books within three months. Bullying is not tolerated.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
My child is in the G&T program at PS 130 and we feel fortunate to be part of this strong program. This is a program with special teachers, a special principal and they care about all students and the school. These children are getting an excellent education and a strong foundation. Starting with Ms. Cho who helps them learn how navigate kindergarten then on to Ms. Chan who is the most organized and passionate teacher who passes that passion for learning on to the students. Ms. Woo is the one who guides the whole school with safety, caring and the best interest of all the children at heart all of them G&T and Gen Ed. There are programs, languages, arts, recess, performances that will make you laugh and cry, Graduations through to 5th grade and Mr. Siu. There is a community where parents participate. If you look at the reviews I think you will see a string of 5 stars... and sometimes there is not a fit. You can look for negative anywhere. There is no such thing as perfect. It is what you make it. How you choose to make it better. This is an amazing launch pad with passionate teachers and a principal who are there to give your children the wings to fly. You have to help them fly too.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
have many friends that graduated from tag at ps 130 and went on to prestigious middle and high schools. my younger daughter currently is in the tag program and have nothing but great things about the school, teachers, administrators and parents..except for the negative one that was posted april 23rd. Class size, recess, lunch space issues are constraints of nyc public schools- deal with it and spend you energy elsewhere or send you kid to a stuffy private school. also have friends at these high powered private schools and their kids are no brighter than a rock i found in the middle of canal street last monday morning. tag at ps 130 is exceptional relative to its peers and what it has to deal with.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
My kid attends the tag program at PS130. The teachers are great. But the principal Mrs. Woo is the main person that makes this school special. She is on top of everything, providing equal treatment to all the kids, regardless of them being on Tag or regular classes. She is also available to talk at any time, in person or via email. Yes, the kids could use more physical activity in this school fabulous rooftop playground, but that is up to each individual teacher to decide. The PA board could also use some expansion and some new members, but adding fresh parental body is something they have been working on recently. Overall, the school is great academically. Like all public schools, the class size is big, 30-32 kids, but that is up to the DOE to decide, not the principal. As a parent, you need to be involved in your child's academic education at home. If you do your part, you will be happy with their learning curve. It will be very comparable and/or higher than the private schools curriculum minus the hefty cost!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
My child is in the gifted and talented class. I don't recommend this program at this school at all. The class sizes are too large pushing to a size of 32 even exceeding to 33 and the principal refuses to allow any parents to get a TA for the teacher. I am very disappointed in the principal who says she stresses quality education. The children get 15 minutes of lunch time then are put in the auditorium for the rest of lunch watching movies. A child's evaluation is not even met on an even level with other children. One day the teacher will allow the class to watch a disney movie and the next doing activities while she evaluates the students no matter if the movie distracts a child or not. Don't expect much outdoor activities here at this school either. Recess is rare and is per class. Also the extra activities of dance, music, etc that they stress at this school is not always consistent like they say it is. One week they will have it and the next they won't. If you have a choice choose elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2012
My daughter has been in the TAG program for a few years now. She has loved all of her teachers so far. The teachers have been keeping us posted on her need to socialize more so we can do our part at home. Parental turnout to events has been consistently strong. The principal doesn't shy away from driving home the message that the school needs funding for arts and other programs that benefit all children in the school. The yearly fund-raising banquet is an interesting idea. The math program is based on Everyday Math, which seems a bit soft. I believe that's dictated by the school board, but math is getting easier to teach with sites like khanacademy.org these days. The classrooms have air conditioning (unlike the scools I had as a kid) so they can focus when it gets warm. Since the school has a high percentage of Chinese students, it's helped my daughter shed the notion that it's important to be blonde-haired and blue-eyed. I'm quite satisfied with the education PS130 is delivering, but know that I'm expected to do my part outside the classroom as well.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
We stopped by to submit an out of district application for K admission - a short visit that turned out to be an informative discussion. We stood asking questions at the office counter, as one of the persons behind joined in, who shortly introduced herself as the school's principal. Probably sensing our "are-we-doing-what's-best-for-our-child" anxiety, she invited us into her office for an hour-long discussion. We went over, our hopes for our daughter's education, her her history & experience raising two children with very different learning styles - we covered it all & were more than impressed by Ms. Woo's willingness to have a non-scheduled spur of the moment conversation with two nervous parents, as well as her ability to address our concerns with ease, conviction, and empathy. The school itself was lovely - clean - and the attitude from all the staff we came into contact with was warm and welcoming. There is clearly a culture there that comes from the top, and we hope to receive notification that our daughter is admitted. If not, we most certainly will try again. We welcome the opportunity for our daughter to attend P.S. 130, especially after meeting Ms. Woo.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
PS 130 is a truly fine school. It has lovely children, a talented and focused staff and a great parent body. Its principal, Mrs. Lily Woo, is extremely competent. She demonstrates fairness and professional sensitivity to all. In my own time as a teacher, she provided me with enormous support when a loved one in my family was seriously ill. I feel fortunate to have taught at PS 130 for 22 years.

- submitted by a teacher
May 02, 2011
PS 130M is an amazing place for both children and staff. The students are respected and cared for by all the adults that are in charge of them. The teachers and other staff members are collaborative and supportive of each other and students regardless of ethnic backgroud. In fact, the diversities that we DO have serve to enhance our understanding of each other and allow for conversations that will help the students to understand how to manage their own expectations when they interact with individuals of other cultures both in and outside of the school building. I am fortunate to be a part of this considerate, hard working and high achieving community.

- submitted by a teacher
May 02, 2011
I have been a teacher at P.S. 130 for almost thirty years and have been the UFT union representative for twenty years.In all this time, I have NEVER had a staff member come to me with a complaint that he or she was being treated unfairly because of ethnicity or religious beliefs. Indeed, P. S.130 could not be the outstanding school that it is if our administration, under Mrs. Woo's leadership were not one that showed respect for the staff. Even during times when individual staff members suffered personal hardships, the administration did their utmost to accommodate staff needs, to be supportive and caring in every possible way. We all consider ourselves blessed to be working in such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a teacher
April 30, 2011
PS 130 is a school that "rocks". It is a fabulous school with dedicated, hardworking, creative teachers and staff. There's a high PA involvement with parents voluntarily working every day. Much of what happens at PS 130 could not happen without the strong leadership of Mrs. Woo, the principal. She is caring, fair minded, involved and supportive of her whole staff. She works as hard as her teachers to help every child succeed academically and socially. She truly believes in "Arts Enrichment in Education: Excellence for All". Her open door policy for her staff extends to the parents and students. She "Rocks!" Love working there.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2011
P.S. 130 is one of the finest schools in the City of New York. We consider our school a true place of learning. Our children are wonderful, our staff is wonderful, our parent body is wonderful and our Principal, Lily Woo is a true caring, giving, kind, professional human being. I preceded her arrival to PS 130 by many years and can attest to the fantastic positive changes she has helped make.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 01, 2010
Principal Woo is a fantastic leader with truly the kids best interest at heart. She treats everyone equally, but also appreciates each individual's accomplishments and capabilities.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
P.S. 130 is a truly phenomenal school. Mrs. Woo has made the environment at P.S. 130 a very supportive and welcoming one. The teachers and staff there are consistently positive and warm, to the children, to parents, and to each other. All of the teachers we have encountered there have been excellent. The standards are high, and so the children and parents should not be surprised to have a reasonable amount of homework. Our children have been in the TAG program there, and they have really been inspired to learn. Additionally, Mrs. Woo has been remarkably resourceful in setting up a number of extra programs to enrich the curriculum, including technology (SMARTBoards in every class), art/music/performance programs (such as Rosie s Broadway Kids, Midori & Friends, National Dance Institute), and Mandarin, computers, chess, among others. The on-site after school program is also well run with activities and homework tutoring.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
P.S. 130 is a truly phenomenal school. Mrs. Woo has made the environment at P.S. 130 a very supportive and welcoming one. The teachers and staff there are consistently positive and warm, to the children, to parents, and to each other. All of the teachers we have encountered there have been excellent. The standards are high, and so the children and parents should not be surprised to have a reasonable amount of homework. Our children have been in the TAG program there, and they have really been inspired to learn. Additionally, Mrs. Woo has been remarkably resourceful in setting up a number of extra programs to enrich the curriculum, including technology (SMARTBoards in every class), art/music/performance programs (such as Rosie s Broadway Kids, Midori and Friends, and National Dance Institute), and Mandarin, computers, chess, among others. The on-site after school program is also well-run with activities and homework tutoring.

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April 21, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
My children has been in G&T class at PS130 for several years and we are very happy about her education. Quality of the teachers are nothing but excellent as they keep the students motivated very well and challenge the kids in a very good way. My kid has been learning one year ahead of academics since kindergarten and actually enjoys it! They have various arts and special classes (gym, chess, science, computer, etc.) As non-chinese family, to tell you the truth, we were little bit of overwhelmed by being a minority in this community at the beginning. That disappeared immediately after the school days started. Parents Association and the school are very organized and active with school events. And don t forget the beautiful building! We love that airy feeling in the building.

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March 17, 2010
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- submitted by a student
June 18, 2009
Before I sent my kid to PS 130, I heard it is a very good school. But my kid's teacher is very lazy, no home work given and always ask for party, have the kids to bring dishes to school a few times during the year and favorite to certain children even they behaved badly and still get away. I guess favoritism happen everywhere even in a 'good' school. Very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
My son will be graduating this year also... I can't praise the school and its staff enough. This school experience has been nothing short of amazing.

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no rating June 07, 2009
My child will be graduating in June. She has had the best education with great dicipline. Mrs Woo is wonderful and the school has a great parent association. Both myself and my child will miss this school greatly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2009
This is a good place for academic discipline. My child's 1st grade teacher was very good and our daughter stayed motivated & she loved the learning challenges. The staff is also very focused on making every kid is learning. Parent

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May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 29, 2009
As a parent, I personally feel this is great. The staffs and teachers are willing to help in any way possible. As far of education, they are teaching my daughters well. My older daughters enjoys reading. She is currently in 2 grade. I take her to the library almost every weekend to take out books. She is currently reading Harry Potter books. They taught her very well that she does not extra help elsewhere. In addition, there are also extracurricular activities such as dance, piano, guitar and violin lessons, art classes, karate, and many more others. Every years my daughter look forward to try out different activities.

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September 23, 2008
Accademically this school is great. So is the staff for the most part. With this being said some of the staff maybe 4 or 5 inparticular, should choose another profession. Dealing with children takes alot of patience, kindness, and tenderness and if none of these standards can be met, these people should not be dealing with our children.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
As a parent, I have grown very fond of the PS 130 community and believe it is a wonderful school from many different perspectives. Everyone was very helpful and patient even before my daughter joined the school. Claire was certainly exposed to many different challenges from her academic year there and has truly grown and enjoyed herself. I I was impressed by Mrs. Woo's direct involvement with the school, students and with me as a parent. I will always remember when I first met you at the orientation; how attentive you were in answering my questions, returning my calls directly and continued to be very approachable whenever I asked you questions in the halls. My standard of a great principal has certainly been raised after meeting you. You have achieved the difficult task of taking a city school and providing the the children with an enriched education.

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May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 03, 2008
My son is in the TAG program at PS 130 and loves it. He is so excited to go to school and to do his homework. The program structured to encourage creativity through writing and exploring different topics such as a tree journal where we chose a tree near our home and document progress through drawing, writing and pictures. The class has it's own library and wooden dramtic play area. The class offers chess, spanish and extra help as needed. I highly rexcommended PS 130. It is nonthreatening, there is no bullying here and the teachers are dedicated. At parent teacher conferences, the teacher provided folders with my sons classwork to view while waiting. In addition she had a binder with tabs for each child and was able to report details on how he was doing in class. She really understood him. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2008
Great Arts program and Principal and teachers.

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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
P.S.130 is a school with very high experctations, at times too high. However this is an excellent school to send your child. The children starting from Pre-K are involved in computer class, which I loved because this day everything is revolved around computers. This school also does not ask you to pay for school lunch, However, the school asks for many contributions. You also need to buy uniforms.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
My children have attended PS 130 from Pre-K - my son is about to graduate to Middle School, and my daughter is in Grade 3. I feel that they have had an exceptional elementary education. Much of the credit lies with Principal Lily Woo who manages to combine a genius for fiscal management with the hands-on involvement that finds her sitting at the door of the school every morning greeting her 1000 plus students by name. As with all public schools the specter of testing looms large but at PS 130 there is such an emphasis on integrating the Arts into the curriculum that the damage is significantly controlled. (Karate, sports, music, dance etc.) And we have the added privilege of sharing in many aspects of Chinese culture. We love PS 130!

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November 02, 2006
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January 12, 2006
PS 130 s education surpasses some private school s curriculum. If you are a parent who will not help his/her child with homework, if you are a parent who is not fully involved in your child's education, then PS 130 is not for you. The teachers are dedicated, supportive and accommodating. Part of the school curriculum is to expose the children to the arts. A graduate of PS 130 leave the school exposed to the violin, acting, singing and Ballroom dancing, and Broadway shows. Mrs. Woo, the principal is the first one in and last one out of the school. Her door is always open to anyone. Although the children do not have recess, the school has a variety of after school activities and the cost is very reasonable. I LOVE PS 130.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
P.S. 130 is an outstanding school. My daughter has been at this school since 1st grade and is now in 3rd. All of her teachers to date have been extremely dedicated and hardworking. They have gone over and beyond their 'roles' to ensure that my daughter has a clear and concise understanding of the work. The school has many activities and strives to have parents involved in each aspect of their child's education. The priniciple is 'present' day to day and has a hands on approach working with teachers and children on a daily basis. I can only hope to find a school as great for the reminder of my daughter's education.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My daughter has been attending Hernando Desoto (P.S. 130) since she was in the first grade. She is now in the third grade and we both like the school very much. The curriculum is well balanced the children are exposed to subjects such as, reading, math, science, social studies, amongst others. The fact this school has a large variety of after-school activities to choose from is a great asset. Examples of the diversty of the programs are: my daughter is enrolled in drums, basketball, and chorus. They also have a great after school program which benefits working parents like me.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2004
We are so pleased with PS130. The leadership of Mrs. Woo our principal and the teaching our daughter got in K were both excellent.

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Ps 130 Hernando De Soto
143 Baxter St, New York, NY  10013
(212) 226-8072
Last modified Ps 130 Hernando De Soto is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 130 Hernando De Soto Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top