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Students enrolled: 785

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292 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007

(212) 233-6034
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June 10, 2015
There are experienced, hard working, and talented teachers leaving this school because of the principal. Brand new and inexperienced teachers are replacing all the teachers who have left resulting in a very young and unprepared staff. Standards for teachers and children vary depending on the teacher or the child and there is no consistency in communication. The school does not use any research based reading or writing curriculum and the implementation of the math curriculum varies. I have not personally experienced any discrimination against my child, but I have heard some children with special needs have been 'counseled out' of the building with the principal saying, "We don't have that program here." My understanding is that parents are largely unaware of how serious the situation has gotten, but this kind of behavior should not be tolerated. Our children and our teachers deserve better.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2014
My daughter transferred into 234 because of a move. I chose 234 over citywide G&T and I do not regret it. While my daughter is extremely bright, she is not bored or under-stimulated. I am thrilled with her teacher and class. The community is extremely welcoming and Lisa is just about the most real and effective principal possible. I am thrilled with our choice.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2014
PS 234 is getting weaker by the day. The teachers leave each year in droves and the curriculum is so "progressive" that they don't give meaningful homework or periodic assessments. Not the school it used to be!

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2013
Our experience up until the beginning of third grade has been very positive. Great teachers, small class sizes compared to other downtown publics, supportive PTA. Somewhat agree with other reviews that achievement bar could be a little higher.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2013
We have two children at the school and find it a very caring and supportive enviornment. The principal is exceptional and she has a great eye for good teachers.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2013
PS 234 is like no other! the principal and vice principal are strong, compassionate, amazing leaders. the teachers are smart, kind and engaging -- really the best around. academically the school is strong but they also have a wonderful social and emotional component that really makes the kids happy, confident and curious learners.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2013
As a parent of two children at this school, I am happy with the quality of the education they are receiving. I believe all schools have challenges, yet this school has both the support of the administration led by a powerhouse principal, Lisa R., and an active and wonderful PTA. The staff is approachable and open to discussing all types of issues from academic progress, classroom dynamics, as well as social/family issues. I look forward to seeing how the school rises to the challenge of the more difficult state test to further solidify this school as an outstanding neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2013
The school fails to challenge advanced learners leaving them bored, overconfident, and prone to mischief. Most parents who expect their kids to move on to competitive middle schools hire tutors well in advance of the 4th grade state exams. This is a safe but over-rated choice for elementary years.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2013
The school makes you feel like stay forever.i fall in love with this school.the teacher are so loving so carding.i am so happy with this school.what a great school..........:)

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March 06, 2012
We have 2 children in the school and a third who has already graduated and I couldn't be happier about the whole package. We have had consistently passionate, articulate, engaged teachers who approach the evolving curriculum with thoughtfulness and creativity. It's not about rote learning or test prep -- they teach the kids how to be thinkers and keen observers. Looping enables the teachers to really get to know each child and the dynamic of the class. The PTA is unbelievably organized and effective with an incredibly dedicated and involved community. And Lisa is totally approachable and super smart. She and Elizabeth (the asst. principal) know and greet every child every morning so that even though its a big public school, it feels warm and welcoming.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2010
PS 234 is a great community, but the achievement bar is disappointedly low when considering the potential of the student body, the families' focus on education & the quality of the teachers. I am the parent of a 5th grader who has been under-challenged for the past 5 years. The school is doing a fine job of helping students who struggle & keeping average students happy enough. However, it does NOTHING for its most gifted students. At times, it feels like it is almost in bad taste (& definitely politically incorrect) to even raise their special needs. In fact, I don't think there is any awareness that gifted students have special needs. Instead, the school seems to function on the pervasive but erroneous notion, 'S/he will be fine; S/he is so smart anyway.' Addressing the distinct academic needs of this population would be a worthwhile challenge/goal for the Principal.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2008
My experience was similar to some of the other posts. While the community and general atmosphere is congenial and welcoming -my son was terribly picked on by a teacher who literally was picking on him in class if front of the other kids and sending him to the office instead of recess for weeks on end. My son was subsequently diagnosed with ADD, but I cannot tell you how many derisive and inappropriate comments I received from staff. I received absolutely no support whatsoever in spite of talking to the counselor and trying to talk to his teacher. Lisa was wonderful (When she was eventually told about the situation) - but she really needs to hold some of her staff accountable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 20, 2008
I have been a parent at the school for several years, with two children attending. I do not feel that the school overemphasizes test scores or even particularly emphasizes them. It is a homogenous community of very lucky children (financially as well as in terms of parent support) that enables them to arrive ready to learn and to obtain assistance if they are struggling. I have perhaps been unusually fortunate in that my kids have only had extremely professional, insightful teachers who completely wow me with their dedication, intelligence and ability teach to several levels at a time. One caveat: The school is overcrowded due to its fabulous rep.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 27, 2008
I agree with the last post. Lisa Ripperger is a great principal and I feel she will lead her team back to the quality PS 234 is famous for. My child had a terrible time with a teacher who had no comprehension or understanding of positive reinforcement - she bullied & picked on my son terribly, seriously affecting his self esteem. We're still working on getting past the last year. Other than that - great community and wonderful active PTA. Some staff were great, some very rude. It's a toss - if you get a professional this is an excellent school. In my case -we didn't.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 03, 2007
This school is tremendously overrated and has been steadily declining over the years. Lisa Ripperger, the new principal, seems to be making some meaningful changes, however, and has hired some excellent new teachers. Most students do well thanks to parent support and tutoring. Once a down-to-earth, neighborhood school, many of the 'new' parents have an air of entitlement without contributing time and effort to the school. For years, the parent body fought hard to open the wonderful new annex, which has alleviated overcrowding, at least in the short term.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2007
We're fortunate to have such an excellent school in the area, with such concerned, active teachers and parents. The new principal, Lisa Ripperger, is wonderful. However overcrowding is a huge issue and becoming more so. Kids seem happy and school environment is friendly and safe. Very active PTA, great music program, but we lost the computer room and the yard is getting very busy at lunch.

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2007
It is a strong school, but extremely overcrowded. Excellent after school program. Very homogenous student population. Way too much attention to test scores. Fine for a child that does not need too much attention. Not enough space or teachers to cover individual strenths of the child. Attention is given to hitting those scores. Small classrooms, no art room, computer room, music room. Not very happy with the arts compared to other schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 24, 2006
Look, the school is good, but they are downright fanatical about their position as the supposedly best public school in New York State. It's good to be in this school district, but I worry for the children who are relentlessly exposed to such a competitive environment.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2006
Great school-engaged, well-trained teachers. innovative curriculum-private school at a public

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September 13, 2005
Excellent school. Warm progressive atmosphere. Great level of parent involvement. Nice after-school program with diverse and eclectic activities. My daughter attended this school and then the local public middle school and was accepted to styvesant high school (with some help from a kaplan prep course)also, nice pta funded music program.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2005
I think that this is a wounder full school. The teachers great. The kids they pay attention if they feel that the child needs extra help they provide. They will bring it to your attention. They have great music art computer homework-help and some other school after school activities. I feel that this is the best school elementary school for your independent little one ,to start off

- submitted by a student

April 17, 2005
Great programs, wonderful facilities, active partents -- a terrific elementary school whose only drawback is its increasing popularity and overcrowding.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2005
When we moved to the area a few years ago, I was told we had the best school in the City. And I don't doubt it. My daughter has benefited from PS234 not just in terms of the high standard of teaching, but also from a happy and exciting environment. Even with learning difficulties, she is highly motivated and keen to succeed: enjoying the music program, afterschool activities, her special ed program, her classroom environment.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2005
The pupil teacher ratio is not good - ex. 30 to 1 in 4th grade and 35 to 1 in 5th grade. Math skill development is weak. On the positive side: good physical appearance, musical instruments available in upper grades, friendly security guard and office staff. Classrooms are pleasing to the eye.

- submitted by a teacher

September 09, 2003
My eldest son has attended PS 234 since Kindergarden. He is currently entering the 3rd grade. My daughter is now entering Kindergarden after a fantastic Pre-K last year. My wife and consider ourselves blessed with the amazing level of education our children have and continue to receive. I hope the new changes the mayor has made do not affect the success we have admired in the past. Thank you PS 234 for your dedication and performance!

- submitted by a parent

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Ps 234 Independence School
292 Greenwich Street, New York, NY  10007
(212) 233-6034
Last modified Ps 234 Independence School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 234 Independence School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top