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Students enrolled: 510

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210 West 61st Street
New York, NY 10023

(212) 757-4343
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March 13, 2015
THERE IS NOW A NEW PRINCIPAL! HALLELUJAH!! The new principal, Ms. Keville, is really working to help improve the school. The old principal was horrible and thank goodness she is no longer there.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2014
Great staff with a awful supervisors. I have been working in this school this year so I have an insider's point of view. There are many children with emotional disabilities, learning disabilities and behavior disabilities who are students here. Poverty is a difficult obstacle to overcome and this school mostly serves poor children. The classes are overflowing with children who have IEP's but there is only so much a teacher can do. The principal bullies the staff and yet never helps with any of the behavior issues. She doesn't meet with parents unless a catastrophe happened. The staff feels under-appreciated and harassed by the administration yet continue to do a good job in a difficult situation.

- submitted by a teacher

February 21, 2014
My daughter is in kindergarten this year. There are wonderful things and awful things about this school. There are 2 kindergarten classes and both have wonderful teachers. In fact, all of my daughter's teachers are great. She thinks her music teacher (Ms. Feder) is terrific and loves going to dance. However, the behavior issues she sees o a daily basis scare her. For what I see, nothing is ever done about the behavior problems and the same troubled kids come every day and create chaos in the school. The principal is invisible and when she does show her face seems incompetent. Overall, it seems a shame, because with the right leadership we might have another good school on the Upper Westside.

- submitted by a parent

December 06, 2013
My Pre K son attends this school 2013-1014. I am IN LOVE with the school, faculty, and parents (for the most part; but can only speak to the lower grades). This school has a reputation for being 'rough', which it is a little bit (20% in lower grades). The PTA and faculty are extremely dedicated to continuing to gendrify and grow the school. The faculty I face daily (teachers, admin and parent/teacher coor, aides are all so warm, amazing and genuinely want the best for these children. I have attended several PTA meetings and field trips and am so impressed with the organization, dedication and amount of work being put into this school to move it forward and be a more competitive option for the neighborhood. I highly recommend this school to anyone in elementary school.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2013
PS 191. This school works. Check the test scores, as the students move up through the grades their scores get better which indicates that the school is actually teaching the children. The partnership with museums is a plus. Music and Dance instruction in the lower grades is also bonus

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2013
This school is a disaster. I am a licensed NYS teacher, however, I am a substitute teacher and I subbed for this school last year. The principal is not visiable during the day. She is in her office. The only time I saw her is when I arrived and she was very abrupt and told me that I had a group of children waiting for me upstairs and I did not have time to go to the bathroom. I went to the bathroom. The assistant principal was available, (thank God) during the day and I and the co-teacher had to deal with students that were rude, obnoxious and unruly. I wrote everybody up and sent it to the principal via e-mail. I can't understand how a principal could let his or her school get so out of control. I would be ashamed if a visitor teacher or anyone came to my school and the students, especially grades 4 and up, acting as if their next school might be Spofford. I appreciated the help of the assistant principal and I feel that she should take over and the principal step down and call it a day. I am writing a memoir about my substitute teacher experiences and this school will be featured. This school and 111 in Queens run neck and neck when it comes to being unsatisfactory.

- submitted by a teacher

September 30, 2013
This school is horrible.. The administrative staff never gets anything done.. You will be calling and never get a call back.. Make a complaint to the board of eddy cation and still nothin gets done.. The 3rd grade curriculum is even worst.. My son came home everyday with one math problem and read a book.. He has state tests he has to take and this school was both equip to help him with that.. I transferred out as soon as I could.. If you have standards for what a school should be, this school will never hold up.. You've been warned.

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2013
This school is out of control, disrepectful students run in the halls, the staff is stressed out, incompetant office stff and supervisors. it should be reorganized or shut down.

- submitted by a community member

January 24, 2013
My son is in Kindergarten here and I am totally impressed. He is a mainstream student in an ICT class and he is truly benefiting from the amazingly patient, competent and driven teachers. These teachers care! At first I was nervous about sending him. However, the scores online DO NOT depict what is really going on there. They are working so hard at bringing up these scores and it is evident. The classrooms have ipads, laptops and smartboards. He is learning piano, dance and doing gorgeous art projects. My son has learned so much. The parent coordinator knows every student personally and takes such great care of them (and their parents). Everyone talks about how great the pre-k is but I have to say, the Kindergarten is wonderful too. Take a tour. You will be surprised.

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2011
I am the proud parent supporter of The Museum Magnet school for Inquiry Innovation and Imagination formerly known as PS 191. I am writing on behalf of my daughter to commend her Pre-K G-6 teachers for all their leadership, commitment, hard work, and support throughout year. I expected great things this year and I have not been disappointed. So often we hear complaints from parents and teachers that the other is not doing their job. It is hard for teachers to understand the strengths and challenges of parents and parents often feel like outsiders in the school world. So I am very thankful we are breaking down barriers fostering positive communication between teachers and strong school to home connection through face to face dialogue, emails, phone calls, weekly newsletters, etc... I believe it is vital to have an excellent rapport with your child's teacher because it will lead to better outcomes for your child. I highly recommend sending your child here very please with the curriculum!

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2011
We have had a great experience with the preK program this year. The teachers and the staff--particularly the parent coordinator, Damaris Carrion--are dedicated and wonderful. I am excited about the direction this school is headed as the Museum Magnet school. My son gets free art classes from Studio in a School and free after school yoga from Kids Creative. There have been field trips to the theater, a farm, botanical gardens and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There's a partnership in the works with Lincoln Center. And their winter and spring shows are not to be missed! (Blew me away, really.) Mr. Piccorelli, the music teacher, is great. I'm aware of the poor ratings this school gets and I can't speak to the upper grades, but I was very happy with the preK program and I have heard good things about kindergarten as well. We have had a wonderful experience this year and I see that this school is actively working to improve and best meet the needs of its students.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2011
I remember pouring over online reviews in the yr before my little guy started pre-K. I hoped to find a school that would be fun, challenging, and enjoyed; a perfect fit. His year of preschool (year before PS 191) was abysmal. He attended a wonderful, expensive, very social preschool. My son hated it. Going to school daily was intensely difficult. If you saw a mom with a stroller and a screaming thrashing child going up WEA during 2009-2010, that might have been us. What a gift this year has been. My son's teacher has 18 kids in her class. She is assisted by a full time teachers assistant, and during half of the year, by a student teacher. His teacher addresses my sons academic strengths and weaknesses. Ms. B. handles the behavioral difficulties that occur in any classroom, but seem to be intense at this developmental stage as kids try to be separate. The music program, and work with Lincoln Center Inst, field trips to look at one hundred year old buildings, sculpture, etc., is amazing. The teacher, asst teacher, principal, parent coordinator, music and art teacher have all been very receptive and accessible. With the magnet grant the future continues to look bright.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2011
My son is currently in the 7th grade. he has been in the school for 2yrs now. From day one the teachers, counselor, assistant principal have been supportive and provide me with information constantly in regards to his behavior both good and bad. My son has struggled with his behavior which in fact affects his grades but the staff has not given up on him and are working diligently to bring out his potential. Up until 6th grade my sons grades were nearly excellent and they are helping me to bring him back non stop.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2008
My son is in Pre-k and I must admit I was apprehensive before he started but am now totally won over. The teacher's are dedicated, professional and very qualified. Recently school uniforms were introduced and they have really added to student pride and a sense of community. The level of parent support is improving. There are regular fund raisers - raffles, bake sales etc. Ms. Carrion, the parent co-ordinator and the Principal, Ms Verdesoto are doing an excellent job at making this a great school.

- submitted by a parent

November 22, 2006
I have three children in this school and they are all very different children and this school manages to accommodate each child. One of my children struggles with reading while the other is in the gifted and talented program and the one who struggles with reading gets a lot of extra help it just really works out well for all of them I give the school two thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2006
My son attends P.S. 191 and it is a wonderful school, the staff is very caring and the Parent Coordinator Mrs. Carrion is very professional and always answer questions asked and not asked. i am looking forward to my son learning in this school I beklieve with the kind of teachers and staff this school possess he and all other children attending will go far.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2006
The new middle school here, Hudson Honors, is still a work in progress, but coming along quite nicely. I look at what my child has learned compared with what other kids know as well as what the high schools want and I am pleasantly surprised. I think they could teach to a higher level here, however, even though a good number of kids aren't at grade level. Threre is good after-school stuff and lots of extra academic help from the teachers for kids who want it--though some clearly need it and don't ask. Every kid takes Spanish too, and that is a plus. Bad thing is not enough gym time for these youngsters. But on the whole, a good staff, serious principal, and mostly well-behaved kids.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2005
This is my daughter's first year in New York City Public School and I'm very happy to have her at P.S.191. The class size is good (<25 in 4th grade) and her teacher is excellent. Academically I feel she is being challenged and is nightly bringing home useful homework, no busy-work. The staff at the school is incredible. Administrators are always available to speak with parents, and they make us feel welcome daily by either greeting us at the door, holding open house discussions, and even serving coffee regularly in the parent room where parents and staff can discuss school topics. The school works frequently with community projects to bring extra-cirricular activities in art, science, social studies, and sports to the students. My daughter is getting a quality education in a very pleasant atmosphere. I have an excellent impression of this school.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2005
The quality of academics is poor. It's hard for children to learn because there are too many kids per class, my child was in kindergarten in this school and he had 27 kids in his class'. He came home almost everyday saying he didn't learn anything while in school. my child is five years old he loved to go to school but now he don't want to go. 191 is not a good school.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2004
This is a great school I give it a thumbs way up. Anybody and everybodys child should go there.

- submitted by a student

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Ps 191 Amsterdam
210 West 61st Street, New York, NY  10023
(212) 757-4343
Last modified Ps 191 Amsterdam is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 191 Amsterdam Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top