Communication with teachers and administration is very limited, and frustrating. Anything which disturbs the carefully-maintained image of harmony and excellence isn't tolerated, even if it's masking serious problems among the staff. Creativity isn't encouraged if it disturbs the standard path of education set in stone by the school, and real-life examples and events are ignored in classrooms. The school is a safe and friendly environment for kids, but there are deeper problems being hidden by that facade.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.