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Do you feel this school develops honesty, integrity, and fairness in its students?
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Currently, most people answered Neutral (1 response)
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Do you feel this school develops compassion, caring, and empathy in its students?
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Currently, most people answered Disagree (1 response)
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Do you feel this school develops respect in its students?
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Currently, most people answered Disagree (1 response)
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Do you feel this school develops persistence, grit, and determination in its students?
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Currently, most people answered Neutral (1 response)
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How do you feel about the amount of homework given at this school?
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Currently, most people answered Don't know (1 response)
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How effective do you feel the teachers are at this school?
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Currently, most people answered Ineffective (1 response)
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Is there someone at this school who you want to say "thanks" to?
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Currently, most people answered School leader (1 response)
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P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School 5

Posted June 02, 2016
- a parent
My daughter has been at this school for two years. It has been a wonderful experience. There are two fantastic dance and music teachers who coordinate several school-wide performances throughout the year. Each class performs a song from Pre-K to Second grade. I'm always impressed with how comfortable the students are in front of such a large audience. You can tell that their teachers prepare them well. The school also has a Lego Lab and an Engineering teacher. My daughter was really excited to program a robot in Lego lab last month. Her kindergarten class also has a theatre teacher work with them each week. I was able to go in and participate in a theatre lesson. (They held a workshop for parents and children after school.) The teacher had all of us tell stories about trees and then we all acted them out. (The kids just finished up a unit on trees.) There were all age levels from babies to grandparents there and she kept everyone engaged and having fun. My daughter has had incredible teachers in Pre-K and K. The staff is warm and dedicated. They work hard to engage and challenge all students. The parent coordinator is very friendly and helpful. The administration works hard to keep you informed about what is going on in the school (There are monthly Principal Chats, Parent Workshops and Coffee Mornings) and there are lots of opportunities to volunteer at PTA events like Family Fun Nights. Very happy with this school!

P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School
Grateful to: School leader

Posted June 02, 2016
- a parent
Ms. Murphy, the school principal, works very hard to bring great opportunities to the school like Magic Box Productions, theatre, dance, keyboarding, Math Champs, etc. My daughter was the first Math Champ of the year and Ms. Murphy made her feel so special. She really listens to children and helps them feel heard and powerful. A preschooler recently requested the school have a color day where all of the students get to wear their favorite color instead of the school uniform. Ms. Murphy made it happen. Our school is very lucky to have her!


P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective

Posted June 02, 2016
- a parent
Teachers work hard. They meet together often to go over student test results or work samples. They target kids who need extra intervention and work creatively to meet their needs. For example, my daughter is working above grade level in reading. Her teacher has worked hard to give her challenging material and keep her progressing. I've also talked with other parents who kids are struggling and are getting extra help targeted to their level. Teachers give lots of helpful feedback at parent-teacher conferences throughout the year.

P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School
Amount of homework: Just right

Posted June 02, 2016
- a parent
Homework for Pre-K and Kindergarten is a nightly reading log. There are some special projects like a hundred's day poster board. Students who need extra help might be sent home supplemental material. Teachers send home newsletters with ideas for things you can work on at home.

P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School
Develops empathy: Strongly agree

Posted June 02, 2016
- a parent
They pass out awards for being kind. Classes have Morning Meetings in the morning where they check in with every child. I got to watch several meetings during Children at Work. They have special songs that they sing together and a little dance to say hello.


P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School
Develops honesty: Strongly agree

Posted June 02, 2016
- a parent
The school has a Bee program. They have a chant that goes something like "Hear the Buzz. Be safe. Hear the buzz. Be helpful. Hear the Buzz. Be ready. Hear the buzz. Be Kind." They have a Bee Rally every month where teachers dress up like bees and pass out awards for being kind, helpful, ready, or safe. My daughter is really into it. They also do a playground unit in pre-K where they learn about rules and safety. Other grades use board games to teach fairness and how to get along with others.

P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School
Develops empathy: Disagree

Posted February 01, 2016
- a community member
The disarray of staff, leaves no room for consistent communication regarding students and their progress. The parent must and should enforce knowing progress if needed.

P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School
Develops respect: Disagree

Posted February 01, 2016
- a community member
They're focused on running programs and not the entire school. Authority is managed by several staff throughout the school year.


P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School
Develops grit: Neutral

Posted February 01, 2016
- a community member
It depends on how average the student is, a parent told me that certain students are pushed.

P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School
Amount of homework: Don't know

Posted February 01, 2016
- a community member
A parent told me there's inconsistent communication regarding homework as well. Early childhood should not have much according to the school officials, but teachers often send a packet of 4 to 5 sheets of homework for one evening.

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P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School
20 West 112th Street, New York, NY  10026
Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. (212) 534-7490
Last modified P.S. 185 the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School is a Public school that serves grades PK-2
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