Love all the teachers my kids had from pre-k to 5th grade. Each one of them brings in their own qualities. Some are very patient and creative, some are excellent in math and others are top notch in english.
I have two kids attending the tag program at PS130. My oldest has graduated and got into her first choice middle school just like many of her friends. The teachers are great. Principal Mr. Fong's door is always open and he welcomes any parent who needs to talk. The kids could use more physical activity in this school fabulous rooftop playground, but that is up to each individual teacher to decide given their demanding DOE curriculum. The kids could also do something else besides watching TV in the auditorium, and many do bring their own games from home. Overall, my kids have always done very well in all grades from pre-k to 5th grade. Like all public schools, the class size is big, 30-32 kids but this is mandated by the DOE. As a parent, you need to be involved in your child's academic education at home and not just leave it all to the teachers to do the job. If you do your part, you will be happy with your child's learning curve. Remember this is a Title 1 school so you can't compare it with other more fortunate neighborhood schools. Overall, the academics never fall short and the kids always perform extremely well in their state testing.
PS 130 now has a lot of young new teachers. The PA is getting worse. They always ask for donation (1st Notice, 2nd Notice and …….…) too aggressive. Yes. The donation is for support arts program at school BUT the lower grade students DO NOT benefit from it. Also some of the PA members had very bad attitude. Hope the principal or administrative staff realize the problem.
Administration always has an excuse for why things aren't going right, and instead of responding to parents' ideas and offers for suggestions, they keep focused on issues that should have been ironed out years ago (like an organized dismissal). Administration has poor screen time limitation policy in effect (they show movies to all the kids each day in lieu of recess EVEN IN GOOD WEATHER), and as a result, the teachers are becoming too liberal in their use of pointless cartoons and movies as a replacement for actual lessons.
Some teachers are better than others, for sure. There are too many who use TV in lieu of actually teaching our kids, and the administration doesn't care that they do! Teachers need to get more involved with PA, and need more support from administration. They have a hard job to do with limited time and resources. Parents want to support you with both time and ideas! The K and art teachers, who I had the chance to observed, try very hard to make the most of what they've been given, and are quite resourceful. K teacher was extremely organized and thorough, firm but still approachable. My kid did well in her environment. The first grade teacher is a yeller and some kids in the class do not do well in that environment; several have become reluctant to go to school daily, as a result.
I was pleased with how much work the PA does to support arts programming at this school, but the program so not benefit the K, 1st or 2nd grade levels. There are limited facilities at the school (no place to play for recess) and the screen time policy is ludicrous: every day after lunch, kids get shuttled into the auditorium to watch 30 min of cartoons or movies -- NOT educational content, but things like Elmo (for 2nd graders? ridiculous), Lalaloopsie, Bubble Guppies, Disney movies. Then we found out that their electives teachers, who have them ONCE A WEEK -- for "enrichment" subjects such as art, music, computers or library -- were ALSO just sticking them in front of TV programs for one excuse or another. Sorry, but I limit my kid's screen time vigilantly only to have the school just blows that up with over 2.5 hrs of TV each week! When this was brought to the attention of the leadership, they just shifted blame and told parents to speak with the individual teachers. Several of us want to pull our kids out but have no other options in the city's other schools. NYC DOE has failed us for a second year in a row.