Parents are not welcome in the school unless it's to bring food or for some photo op so the administration can falsely show how welcoming they are. Don't bother to ask questions because you get the run-around or no answer at all. The administration is more concerned about appearances of success than about truly educating the children. This is most evident during quality review time when they are abuzz re-doing bulletin boards with inauthentic "children's" work. This is not a well-developed school just a well-developed smoke&mirrors show. The G&T program is an absolute farce. RUN AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE if your child is offered a seat in this program and/or school. The few special ed parents I met needed to get attorneys or advocates or both to secure services or better school for their children.
Too many chefs in this school and no knows what the other is doing!!! They don't teach very well, especially if you have a child in special education. They're not really parent friendly, they just do the bare essentials to get them by. This school really needs a over haul, better administration and better teachers. This school has always had problems and to this date has gotten worst, in my opinion. I would not recommend this school to anyone I know.
My son is in the Dual Language program in first grade, this being his second year there, and my daughter just began in pre-k. I overall have been very happy with this school. The teachers are kind and friendly to students and parents. They are very much helpful in questions and concerns about my children's education. The arts programs are fantastic; last year my son took piano, vocal, general music class, drama, and art. They have a string orchcestra and a specialized arts intensive program for gifted children. There is a Dual Language program which teaches in both English and Spanish and a Gifted and Talented program. The drawback to this school is lack of parental involvement. If only more parents would get involved, this would definately be one of the top NYC public schools.
My daughter has attended this school since September 2009 and this is an excellent school. The principal and teachers are very caring and always willing to talk to you about your childs progress. P.S. 153 is a very warm and nurturing school, my child has made so many new friends. This school has a very good Arts program. We are so blessed to be a part of this school.
My son has attended p.s. 153 for 2 years and we are fully satisfied and over joyed with his progress and abilities. Not only has he made nice friends but the staff and system has been enriching in both the arts and sciences. the teachers are caring, disciplined and enthusiastic. we are very lucky to be a part of a great public school.