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PK-8
Public district
New York, NY
Students enrolled: 510
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645 Main Street
New York, NY 10044

(212) 980-0294
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April 17, 2015
My child goes to PS/IS217 for the G&T class. I am posting this because I was one of the parents last year seeing the best school and hoping this would help. It is a unique school that G&T class has kids from the island, some from Queeens D30 (mostly from Jackson Heights), and Manhattan.No DOE school bus but chartered bus from Queens that parents have to pay for the private bus company) No school bus from Manhattan because traffic access to the island is only through queens. The rating 6 doesn't mean anything. I believe the rating is also considered combined with middle school, but middle school here is a different story and most of the students leave for another middle school. Look at each grade's score - in 2015 our first G&T 5th graders are graduating . Also having many international students here does affect the score. We gave up on our zoned school that has 10 rating and believing that this environment and warm small community is the best for kids. The facility is one of the best in NYC, and tons of greens and lawns and playgrounds around. You go to playground or library or walk on main street and always sees someone you know. We love being here every day.

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April 17, 2015
My son is wrapping up his kindergarten year in the G&T program at 217 and we have been really thrilled with our experience. He loves going to school and has a great relationship with his peers and his teacher. Under her guidance his learning (reading, writing, math, etc.) has exploded. She truly sees each student as an individual and offers extra challenges or support as needed. We love the clean, safe environment that the school offers and the attention that it gives to enrichment like art and music. All of that, and my son still gets to be a kid with lots of focus on outdoor time (a rare thing in NYC) and minimal time spent doing homework after school. We absolutely feel we've found a gem and are truly happy there.

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April 13, 2015
My son is in one of the G&T kindergarten classes and loves it. He started the year with pretty rudimentary reading skills (although probably average for a 5-year old) and now he reads chapter books on his own. I'm amazed by how much he's learned, but also how the teacher has instilled in him a love of learning and fosters his curiosity. He's so happy there. The school is in a beautiful, light-filled building with lots of amenities--music, art, yoga, science, Spanish. The administration is pretty friendly and accommodating--they welcomed all of the questions a nervous kindergarten parent might ask. We've had a great experience this year.

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February 26, 2015
My son is a first grader at PS/IS 217 and he LOVES his school. He is so happy to be there everyday and has had excellent teachers-- both in his classroom and in the many electives that he goes to each week. As a parent, I have had an excellent experience with the school. There are many important ways for parents to be actively involved and there are frequent family events, so that my younger child can also feel like a part of the school community. My son is excelling academically and benefiting from taking Spanish, science, computers, music, gym and art each week. I am grateful that my son does not have a burdensome amount of homework and that he gets recess and choice time, within his classroom. We are a very satisfied PS/IS 217 family.

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February 25, 2015
My son is a G&T student here and he loves it. The school is gorgeous, bright and modern. The teachers are excellent and caring. Every week my son gets gym, art, music, Spanish, computers and science in addition to all the regular schoolwork. Our PTA is very active and welcoming. They fund 8 week programs like Studio in The School, yoga, Living Library, NY Historical Society, ballroom dancing & more. The administration now seems to be in sync with the PTA and that's made a big difference. I highly recommend this school, especially if you care about your child having a well rounded educational experience.

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February 21, 2015
I have two children going to this school. My oldest is in the G & T class and my other is in the general class. The teachers are excellent. The school has amazing space! My kids love their teachers and classmates. It has a very diverse population, which I like. Wish it could bring in some more after school clubs/activities, but it has a good deal of enrichments during the school day. Overall a great school, which could be one of the finest schools in NYC in a few years.

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February 13, 2015
My son is in the G+T program. He loves going to school and has learned a great deal for his age. It is an ideal learning environment with supportive and accessible teachers in a spacious, light-filled, and river-view building. Parents are encouraged to be active and the PTA is welcoming and supportive of enrichments. The school supports the whole child approach - with arts, music, math, reading/writing, science, physical education, etc. We are very happy to have our son there.

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February 12, 2015
My child loves his school, and so do we. His teachers are warm and caring, and are providing a rigorous education without sacrificing time spent on helping him become a well rounded individual. He looks forward to going each day and is filled with excitement over all he is learning. The PTA works hard to raise money to support enrichment programs in the school. There are lots of ways for families to be involved.

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August 01, 2014
This school has a lot to improve on. Classes are over crowded except for G&T. Admin does not communicate well with teachers. Very high turn over rate where the best teachers are leaving under the leadership of an inexperienced principal and finding better schools to teach. PE, computers, and Music is offered which are all great programs but the kids only have it once a week if that.

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April 04, 2014
I had 2 elementary age children enrolled here for three years, during that time they had wonderful teachers and an excellent education. Despite the fact that some of the classes were bridge classes (combined grades) to compensate for overcrowding, I feel that my children received a great education and experiences. The PTA works hard to keep the art, music and other programs funded. There is a free afterschool program which also offers soccer and baseball to community kids. As a stay at home mom, I didn't need to send my kids to after school care, however they loved going during the long winter. Beacon after school provided lots of activities(art, languages, dance, and now musical theater and more). There are lots of wonderful families that attend the elementary school, however it seems that they move to other schools by middle school. The elementary school has been great and I am so glad we had it during on time on the family friendly Roosevelt island!

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September 08, 2013
PS Is 217 is trying. I agree that it does have much potential, and our son's first year at the school was positive following the G&T program. The teachers are supportive and skilled - they deserve much credit to the joy of learning. I was also wary of this school because of its low letter grade, but I understand that due to the transient atmosphere (there are a lot of transfers on this island and sometimes these students only stay for a year) this school will always be challenged to stay consistent in the testings. My disappointments come from the school's leadership as a whole. The principal does not have much respect from the other administration and it's hard for her to lead them. I am looking forward to the new leadership of the PTA this year to see if participation improves. Last year, there was a valiant effort, but again, since some of these families have no real stake in the community, the contributions are low.

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August 05, 2013
This school is lead by very weak administration, who are unwilling to listen or encourage the PTA, but at the same time, the admin beg the PTA for funds for any kind of enrichment, or school supply. The teachers are by and large fantastic, but without support from the lackluster admin, their hands are tied. I wish this school well, but I had to pull my child out after 3rd grade.

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August 04, 2013
Improve with the teaching and develop teachers skills so they can be stronger. Some teachers lack the necessary skills in middle school. After third grade get your child out.

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November 16, 2012
My child is in the G&T program here. I think this is an extremely good school with the potential to be a truly excellent school. The facilities are beautiful and modern, and I have been really impressed by the teachers. My child takes gym, music, art, and Spanish, in addition to her "regular" class. I have been really impressed with the principal and the parent coordinator. I was initially wary of this school because of its low letter grade, but going there has shown me that the letter grades are completely bogus (as I suspected). I agree with another reviewer. If the PTA can just get more and new volunteers, this school could easily rival some of the best schools in District 2. (The middle school is also less than ideal, but I see a lot of work happening there.)

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May 12, 2011
I love this school all the teachers put the children's needs into proper perspective. Throughout the school all the children learn about respect for one another and reponsablity toward there community. My daughter has been attending PS IS 217 since Pre-K. Her love of learning has been greatly rewarded by a staff that engages children and I feel that prepares them for the real world by rewarding the children for there hard work and respect with coupons to be cashed in for small toys and school supplies.

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April 18, 2011
My child is now in his third year at this school. I see lots of exciting things happening here. The administration is always available, I see my child's teacher as much as needed and have her contact information for questions or concerns, the school is well kept, the art and music program is a definite plus and my child loves the school which is most important to me!

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April 12, 2011
My daughter attended the school since 1st grade and I had consistent problems with the staff minus her 3rd grade teacher. In fourth grade I finally had enough and moved her after she told her teacher she was leaving the school the teacher packed her up and sent her home with all her belongings including good bye notes. Not one staff member contacted me to confirm this ! I feel like they wait until a child has completely failed to address any concerns.

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March 14, 2011
PS 217 has been a wonderful place for my son and for me as a parent. The school building is well maintained, bright and cheerful. The principal and administration are easy to deal with and committed to quality education. Best of all my son is thriving in the Kindergarten G&T class. He loves his teacher and classmates. His days are filled with wonderful activities - computers, science, music, art, Spanish, and of course reading and writing. Plus, the school and the PTA have organized fantastic field trips. We could not be happier!

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May 18, 2010
PS 217 has surpassed my expectations. My son has been thoroughly supported by his teacher and all the staff. They are always available to chat if there is a problem (or if there isn't one). I highly recommend this school.

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January 21, 2010
PS/IS 217 suffers because of its negative reputation lingering from years ago. Sadly, people who repeat the stereotypes have not even seen the school. My children go there every day and I can't think of a safer and more nurturing place for them to study. Last year (2008/09) PS/IS 217 was only 2 points away from grade 'A' from the NYC Department of Education. Math program is particularly rigorous, the test scores improved every year, and are now well above the state average. English language scores are somewhat lower, because the school has so many UN workers' children (ESL students). The teachers are excellent, and the Principal is terrific! Always accessible. And the PTA (http://ps217pta.org) has been doing so many amazing things for the school.

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January 19, 2010
Our daughter went to PS/IS 217 for preK & now goes to K. The school has great facilities. The staff is highly qualified. The class sizes are smaller than in most other public schools. The school offers in-class music and arts program, and many after school clubs. Among the cons, the G&T program at PS/IS 217 is new. The school is very international. Students come from 60 countries, and many of them are children of United Nations employees, who learn English as a 2nd language = lower average academic scores. These families can move to another country at any time, so the classes are not as uniform or as stable as some people may like. Location is not ideal for Manhattan families. People complain about the PTA, but from my perspective it is very active this year. Major improvement from what we saw before.

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August 23, 2009
My son went there for pre k and kindergaden. Ms Haya was the pre k teacher she showed that she loved the children but at times it was apparent that there was pressure that took away from he focus on the children. His kindergarten teacher was awesome. Stayed in control of the class and made learning unique, all the while indulging in questions and being in control. The office staff was attentive all concerns brought to the office were addressed. The biggest let down would be the parents, the lack of support made it hard for the pta as well as administration to be the most effective.

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July 18, 2008
The school has changed over the years. I have seen several principals come and go. The current leadership are young and innovative. My son's musical talents were nurtured well enough to get him admitted into a the specialized music high school. The new guidance counselor is tops. he responds well to the issues facing the students. many students lack manners or empathy... not the schools fault. Most of the teachers do a very good job and the environment is generally safe. one weakness is the lack of the presence of teachers of color.

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March 26, 2008
The is doing well, with wonderful teachers like Ms mcguinness. I believe the new programs introduced by the new Principal will further help the student.

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November 21, 2007
The School has a great team with good teachers and kind and ready-to-help professionals at its office. Since the first day I felt welcome. They are very well coordinated with the After School program (Beacon), what makes all easy for parents who must be full time at work. For my family the English as Second Language program was the most important. Mr. Hirsh and Ms D. did a great job with my two children and in two months only they are able to communicate very well. Thank everybody!

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November 04, 2006
This is good elementary school. It has very good teachers. Ms Stern(the first grade teacher is just wonderful). My daughter's 4-grade teacher-Ms Winik was remarkable. The school has very good parent coordinator who is always accessible. The school's building is the best.

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Ps Is 217 Roosevelt Island
645 Main Street, New York, NY  10044
(212) 980-0294
Last modified Ps Is 217 Roosevelt Island is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps Is 217 Roosevelt Island Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top