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499 West 133rd Street
New York, NY 10027

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(212) 690-5945
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
May 31, 2015
Many students go on to specialize middle and high school. There are even two former students who have graduated from Ivy League universities- Harvard and UPenn. Not too shabby for a school in Harlem in an underserved neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
May 31, 2015
My daughter often shares with me how important it is to treat people with kindness and " do the right thing because it is the right thing to do"

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2015
I feel that the school strives and delivers quality education. My child takes violin classes twice a week. One class at Lucy Moses ( at the Kaufman Center) and the second class at the school itself. The classes in the lower academy are relatively small considering it is a public school- 19 students in the class. This is just one of many partnerships the school have created to ensure that the student body is receiving a first rate education. Girls that Code, the National Dance institute, Chess in the Schools are just an example of some of these partnerships. Many of the students go onto specialize middle and high schools. The principal and her staff are hands on and very accessible to their constituents (students and their families).

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2014
While teaching at PS/MS 161 I enjoyed a successful school community because the team that worked there was professional and supported one another.

- submitted by a teacher

July 25, 2012
The elementary section is a nightmare. The Assistant Principal for fourth and fifth grade is a bully to both students and parents. The new principal, notwithstanding her numerous years as an assistant principal in the middle school is inept and seems to take instructions from the elementary school assistant principal. The teachers in the elementary school barely speak English. Many are young and have fewer than five years experience. This is reflected in their inability to manage the classroom. The school is also sadly lacking in diversity. The student and teacher population is about 85% Spanish speaking in the elementary grades. Many of these teachers do not know how to communicate with non-Spanish speaking children and seem to be uncomfortable having them in their classrooms. The result is that these teachers often unfairly criticize and unduly punish non-Spanish speaking children, who are then left to feel like outsiders.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2012
Honestly this school is awful, after inviting 7th and 8th grade there. I am a former student there and in the middle school students are not able to learn because of the students who miss behave. The school has adequate music department. Teaches are devoted to teaching but because of the reason most students miss behaving teachers have given up teaching.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
May 08, 2010
This school should be rated #1 school in manhattan because Ps161 on 133rd street all the staff and teachers help parents and children to get all the help that is offered including parents workshops to help parents get back out there in the job market me personally I have a medically challenged child going there and It is hard to walk away from my child on a daily basis to school knowing that my child is sick but not with Ps 161 I can leave my son there and know that he is in safe hands and getting the proper education that is recommended to a child I just want to say thank you.... and honestly I wish I had enough money to give the school they truly need it for so much on behalf of the kids...

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2005
I went to this school and in my case I found it pretty good. The teachers never stayed long but the things that were offered to us as students was great we had new laptops that one of our assisant teachers got for us.The only thing is that the classes are limited not everything is taught to you.

- submitted by a student

August 25, 2003
A very good school in which my two boys had developed their full potentials. Coming from a catholic school I could tell how much this school had done in our life not only academically but personally. This school is excellent with competitive staffs and a great place for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
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P.S. 161 Pedro Albizu Campos
499 West 133rd Street, New York, NY  10027
(212) 690-5945
Last modified P.S. 161 Pedro Albizu Campos is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
P.S. 161 Pedro Albizu Campos Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top