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PK-5
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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 760

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1458 York Avenue
New York, NY 10075

(212) 744-6562
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November 19, 2014
The staff IS rude and mean to the children. The Principal does not make herself available and she does not interact with families. The teaching staff is strong but young and inexperienced. The general environment of the school is cold, unfriendly. The grown-ups in the school don't seem to like children. Since my child has been there she has developed the I-don't-like-school attitude and this is a really smart kid who used to love school. They've taken all the wonder and joy out of learning in favor of drilling students for test scores. Overall, we've been very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2014
Ughhh. Great scores. Some very talented teachers. But a nasty, rude staff. Most of whom act as if they secretly wish they worked in a private Catholic school in the 50's where they could yell at children and whack them with a ruler for bad behavior. It's utterly bewildering that these people have opted for a job or profession working with children when they appear to hate them so much and have no tolerance for kids acting like kids. The front office is run by a woman who yells at parents and kids. The after school is run by a woman who yells at parents and children. The lunch staff screams if kids are too noisy but ignores bullying by older kids and aggressive physical behavior by the younger kids in the playground. The principal puts up with this and in fact models it. Rude, entitled and judgmental staff. Talented teachers and amazing parents compensate for such a poorly run and uncaring administration.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2014
If you want a competitive environment that is as good as a Private school if not better, then PS 158 is your School. The Principal is great,however, she does not suffer fools, so don't expect hugs over nonsense, the staff is amazing but also will not coddle you.From the guard that greets you in the morning to the teachers, PS 158 is formidable.They are kind and attentive to each student, they mix discipline and love in a way that conveys more a vocation rather than a job in Education.If you are lucky enough to have your child attend the Pre-k there, they will be reading and writing by the time they graduate and go to Kindergarden.Very grateful to have such a wonderful school. The PA is fantastic as well.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
If you want your child to be bullied and made to feel insecure in a learning environment, then this is the place for you. The principal is a bully, the teachers are bullies and the children are too. Parents bully each other and even other children. It all starts from the top and trickles down. The principal only cares about state test scores. She doesn't care about children or creating a loving, nurturing, comfortable learning environment for them. The principal, teachers and office staff create a hostile and uncomfortable learning environment. I'm sure some of the teachers are very good but they can't perform to their full potential because they are bullied by the principal and feel threatened that if they don't follow her rules they will be fired. From day one of the academic year it has been nothing but TEST PREP. My child has learned nothing all year but 'how to take a state test'. The Parent Association is involved and they raise a lot of money for the school. There needs to be a complete re-haul of this school before any more tax-payer's money is wasted. I'm very disappointed in our experience at PS 158.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
Fantastic school. My child is very happy in PS158 and is thriving. I am impressed with the quality of education, and leadership. Anyone desiring more cultural experiences for their children and exercise should take them to the museums and parks after school, on weekends and holidays. That doesn't make or break the school. There are many extra curricular activities already offered.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
Great school. Our daughter has been attending PS 158 for 2 years now and we could not be happier. The education is excellent, much better than some private schools when comparing skills of same-age children, the communication is very good and the PA very active. The school environment is very pleasant and the staff is very friendly when you are polite with them, which may not be the case of some parents. We feel the kids are safe and respected. And I agree with the previous review: it is the role of the parents to take their kids to the museums, parks and other cultural activities during the weekends and holidays. The school should not be blamed for that.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
Can a young boy or girl have a good education and a so-so 'childhood' experience? Are they mutually exclusive? That is the challenge at PS 158 and, if you are willing to risk your kid's experience as a child, then go right ahead to PS 158. Speak to the children and you will learn many of them could not tell you where the Met or the Guggenheim are located. Ask them if they can run in the play yard. Ask them how often they go on a 'class trip' 1/2 block away to John Jay park or to Central Park? Sadly, tragically, some of them do not even know these are choices and are important to experience. Parents, these things are important for kids to experience. And please stop being an apologist by stating that geez, there are 700 kids and grades are good so they must be doing a good job. It is a false choice. There are many shades of gray and a good, thoughtful leader (principal) always strives to maintain a balance between extremes. Is Zero tolerance sound in practice? Read, and you will learn it fails. Congratulations to the school for its good scores but, at what cost. Keep in mind, it is the UES with high parent involvement and low poverty so, keep the scores in context.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This school is run very well. The no tolerance policy for bullying and bad behavior is enforced for the benefit of all. I find it comforting to know the staff is tough enough to address issues effectively and efficiently. The curriculum is strong and as good as the private school my child was in previously. The PA is very dedicated and does an amazing job.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I have 2 kids at this school and we love it! The principal is great with the curriculum and the kids, and perhaps the review below is for the wrong school.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
The PA raises quite a lot of money for the school but they come across as very eager for money too! The principal is dismissive and unfriendly. Dropoff is not done in the safest way and you would never see the principal or the security guard at the gate when many parents have to drop their children off in the yard and run to work. There is more focus on the state tests and less on children's overall development. Your child will learn the basics but do not expect any enrichment. Arts, PE, music and science are very weak. Needless to say, we are no longer at PS158 and we are much happier now!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
We have one child, a first grader, here at this school. The best thing about this school are the teachers--they are all top notch--In our opinion, this is very important. The teachers work really hard to not only teach what they have to but also to make school inviting and fun. Much of the money raised by the PA goes to keeping teachers up on their skills--also something we completely support. My child is so lucky to also have kids from all over the world attend school with him. International Night is outstanding--parents showcase countries they are from or are interested in--there are too many count! The after school program is also very good--my son has enjoyed classes such as baseball and multi-sports. There is something for everyone and its really reasonably priced. We are very happy at this school and every time we think about moving away from the city, we think twice because we want our younger child to be able to attend PS 158.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
I have two children at this school and we love it. The teachers are outstanding and the administration has a clear vision on goals and curriculum...and they are willing to make the tough decisions to remove ineffective staff (which of course creates controversy, but in my opinion keeps the teaching levels consistently high). The children are safe, happy, and we are very satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
this is a great school that gets a lot of flack because it is big and has an effective but demanding PTA . My granddaugher needed some special attention, got the whole schools attention and is now doing excellent . The extra reading and after school progams are great . The kids, teachers , parents and administration are all enthusiastic and it just spreads . They seem to strike a great balance between discipline , education and creatvity .

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 2011
We are so excited to send our little girl into the 1st grade at this school. Her K year was outstanding and her teacher was terrific. I find many of the support staff to be very helpful, though they are often quite busy. I think the principal runs a no-nonsense tight ship; however, she has been very helpful when I've needed to call upon her. My daughter LOVES school. Oh yeah, the PE teacher and after school program Tai Kwon Do teacher are both awesome, too.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
GREAT SCHOOL..TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE WITH TEST SCORES. UNFORTUNATELY, A GOOD EDUCATION IS ONLY DETERMINED BY TEST SCORES IN TODAYS WORLD. I HAVE ALSO WITNESSED PARENTAL ATTITUDES TOWARD STAFF AND IF YOU ARE GETTING ATTITUDE FROM STAFF, YOU NEED TO SEE WHAT YOUR GIVING IN RETURN. MY FRIENDS AND I HAVE FOUND THEM NOTHING BUT CARING AND RESPONSIVE.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
My children have been in the school from 1st grade to 4th grade now and graduating next year. I am very happy and I feel blessed to be able to send my kids to this wonderful school. They are getting a great elementary education.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
The teachers are great. The community of parents is wonderful. The principal is very bad. Although she seems to do a good job focusing on test scores, she is a terrible communicator with parents and has managed to alienate many of us with her often rude and offensive style. The school does not thrive because of her. It thrives despite her. If she could just get past her defensiveness or whatever it is that drives her inappropriate and counterproductive behavior, she would probably see that just a little effort to demonstrate respect for the concerns of parents would go a long way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
The best teachers in the country!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 08, 2010
The teachers are wonderful and focused on the children's future. The children receive a complete education plus extras like art, music and after school activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 08, 2010
my daughter loves going to school everyday and learning, what could be better than that!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
PS 158 is a nurturing, challenging, and stimulating environment to grow in both academically and personally!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2010
I have had two children graduate from PS 158 over the past 5 years. The first one graduated with a very solid education. I can not say the same for the second child. Luckily, she did well on her own, but since she wasn't considered a struggling student they just left her alone. Most of the money that the PA works so hard to raise goes directly to the principal to hire staff to work with the struggling kids. The principal is interested in one thing and that is the test scores. This school has gone down hill and unless they change the focus and teach kids what they need to know instead of all the test prep. I was just told by other This years fifth grade class did poorly being accepted to the District 2 selective middle schools.....interesting???

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
Unfortunately, I will have to agree with the negative reviews of this school. PS 158 has been disappointing! The principal is aloof, detached, defensive, unresponsive, and ineffective. There are some excellent teachers however horrible and ineffective teachers are allowed to continue at the school in spite of protests from parents. The parents association is the one bright star in this scenario. This highly motivated and dedicated group of parents work hard to enrich the school. If you can get a variance...go to any other District 2 school!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
Beware if you are considering this school. First the good - the teachers for the most part are excellent. The administrative staff however is rude and extremely unprofessional. The principal is out of touch. For school lunch, they scream at the children with a microphone and regularly run out of food. Twice my son was served only french fries and chocolate milk!!! The science and music program are extremely poor. Overall this is a very unhealthy environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
I agree entirely that the staff, including some teachers, are very rude and unprofessional. That being said, I feel my child is still receiving a top education for a public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
The school is not clean, the staff, from the principal on down is rude to both children and parents, and there is way too much focus on test prep to the exclusion of any other instruction.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Ive had one child graduate, and go on to a top notch middle school. i have a fourth grader who is getting a solid education, and a ton of enrichment thanks to a hyperactive pa. its a large school, but no child falls through the cracks. ive been happy with all teachers, except 2, for the last 9 years. its very diverse, which is a good thing:)

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
I agree that the principal is tough and defensive and the office staff is rude and unprofessional.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
This is WORST school I've ever been in the world! The school staffs are amazingly unbeliveablely RUDE!! Be careful.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2010
Agree! The standards at the school are low in many respects- academically and professionally not to mention that the building is filthy. The principal is defensive and rude to parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
Unfortunately, I will have to agree with this parent. It has been downhill from 3rd grade forward. Total focus on test scores with little time for anything that will actually enrich the school experience. In addition, the school administration is not approachable or receptive to comments and suggestions-which is very unusual for a school in District 2.

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June 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
I am a parent of a 2nd and 4th grader. With the situations that have come up in the past 6 years I have yet to have a problem that wasn't solved in an intelligent way. My son got speech therapy as a 1st & 2nd grader which was terrific. He is antsy in class and the teacher met with us often to find answers to help him sit still & focus. My bright daughter looped with a CTT class K to first. She become excellent at her nurturing skills and the idea of giving back to others. She learned more by helping others. Have always been happy with the teachers even if it took a couple meetings to get the teacher to really know what we were looking for in the school. If you are a participant in your childs education they will do well anywhere.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
This is my son's second year (K and 1st) He had a very difficult time adjusting (Pre k he did 3 times a week). The school was very professional about it : changed his class on the first day for a more nurturing teacher took us both for a tour, allowed him to start the mornings at the council's office until he was ready to go into class. Not only did he get used to the idea but now he actually loves the school and has developed tremendously academically and mentally thanks to the personal approach.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2008
Solid reading and writing program. I am not a fan of the 'Turk' math program but that is me personally. Over all well trained teachers who know their stuff and continue to improve their teaching skills.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
My child is ending her first year of school here and we are very happy. Kindergarten at PS 158 has a been a great experience. My child's teacher was very knowledgable about literacy practices and helped all of the a=students develop into readers at their own pace.

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May 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
it is a great school it teaches alot to children and the teachers there teach us alot so we get prepared for the test

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
I have twins in the first grade. The school, curriculum, and teachers are fabulous. Here, the teachers are so dedicated and work with every student to his/her individual needs.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2007
I am an alumnus of this school and had attended it since second grade. It is an amazing school with a knowledgeable faculty and a lovely atmosphere. I wouldn't have wanted to go to any other school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating July 24, 2007
This school teaches to the avg./below avg. child. Gifted children will find the curriculum slow & unchallenging. Emphasis is placed on the failing children instead of providing enrichment for the majority of the students. CTT classes, 'mandatory' as per the principal, can be slow for mainstream students. Parents find Principal Alhadeff to be dismissive and distant, often staying in her office and hiding behind memos. The former principal had a better rapport with parents and staff. Few teachers attend school functions. No PTA, only a PA.

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November 28, 2006
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November 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
I have a first-grader at PS 158 and we are extremely happy there. The quality of the academics so far has been very good; the extra curricular activities are wonderful as are the enrichment classes like art, music, gym, circus arts, dance, etc. The facility, while old, is cheery and 158 is one of the few schools that has a wonderful bright cafeteria, gym, play yard and auditorium! Parents are extremely involved thanks to a wonderfully active PA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 02, 2006
Great school. Excellent parent involvement, dedicated principal and assistant principal, enthusiastic and caring teachers, and great after school programs. My daughter is in first grade and is enjoying going to school at 158. I am grateful we have a public school of this quality.

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December 24, 2005
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December 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
My daughter started at kindergarten last year.She had a wonderfull teacher and assistant. The principal is like Mary Poppins, nice but firm.Great school. Mark

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2005
I am a 'graduate' of PS158, class of 1936. The teachers were marvelous, and the curiculum opened a world made life intersting, and certainly helped to guide me through a professional career. All the usual academic subjects, expertly taught, were further enriched by introductory language study, meteorology (6th grade only), live nature study (Real live plants, animals, and reptiles), and more. I can only hope that this fine school, which I love to this day, is giving as much to it's students as my classmates and I received.

- submitted by a former student
August 28, 2005
There is an extremely high level of parent involvement at this school. The academic programs are excellent. The teachers for the most part are very good. The K-3 grades are better than the others. Only a few male teachers in 5th grade. Principal could use a few manner lessons. She is not very approachable. There have been three principals in 5 years. The language arts programs were cancelled as were some of the music programs. The test scores for math and english continue to rise.

- submitted by a teacher
August 08, 2005
Poor sports programs, decent art program, lacks true top notch music program, and has a wide range of academic programs, but does not cater towards the top end of students very much. has a lot of parent involvement and enough extracurricular activities to keep everyone happy, though it won't be turning out many athletes, musicians, or harvard bound students.

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July 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
Very good school. The teachers and principle are very involved. Parents are very active.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2004
Our family loves this school. I have a daughter in 1st grade and a son in 3rd grade. The teachers are inspired and the Parents' Association is phenomenal. The curriculuum is very academic and the kids do get a load of homework. But they love their school and the faculty.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2004
My daughter has excelled in every way in this warm and loving atmosphere. This was my first year at P.S. 158 and I hope to be there for many more.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2003
Personalized attention, high standards, encouraging and warm atmosphere; an excellent school.

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P.S. 158 Baylard Taylor
1458 York Avenue, New York, NY  10075
(212) 744-6562
Last modified P.S. 158 Baylard Taylor is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
P.S. 158 Baylard Taylor Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top