My daughter is attending Pre-K at PS 191 this year and the school has been nothing short of amazing! All the staff have been wonderful - from the teachers, assistants and parent co-ordinator to the administration and principal. The staff are committed to creating a warm, caring, secure, fun environment. Pre-K children are learning through play and are excited about school and learning to read and write. They have music or dance daily and absolutely love all their teachers.
Many parents were initially apprehensive given some of the negative press the school has received but that really does not reflect the reality at the school at all.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.