This is our third year in this school, including pre-K. Our daughter is in G&T program and we are very happy with our school. We chose this school over other options for many reasons. P.S./I.S 217 offers a variety of enrichment programs that deeply contribute to the children development, like music, art, etc. We love the fact that It is very international school. it has a beautiful space, bright cafeteria with amazing view at East River and Upper East Side, big gym and what's important a big yard that allows kids to have outside recess every day when weather permits (even in winter).
The teachers are excellent! For the third year in a row we have had an amazing teachers, very knowledgeable, nurturing and attentive. Our daughter comes from school very happy and we observe the progress she makes every day in different skills.
The school has very active PTA that does an amazing job in organizing different events like Halloween, International Dinner, Auction, movie and crafts nights, etc. We love all those events, they bring the community together, and they are fun and kids love them.
The administration is doing a wonderful job so our kids are getting quality education. Also, it is so nice that they know every child by name! which shows how much they care about our children.
We are very happy with our choice. It's a great school.
I have 3 children attending PS 217 in Gen Ed. We have been attending this school for the past 4 years and have been extremely happy with our overall experience. The school has a lot of extra classes that my children absolutely love and may not get at other schools (art, music, yoga, idig2learn, etc) . There is also a community vibe at the school that I have not seen at other schools. My kids really love all the special events that happen at the school (Halloween Carnival, Family Movie Night, Spirit Week, and Book Fairs, just to name a few) which has developed and nurtured that community feel. The school administration has also done an excellent job hiring teachers that have a sincere interest in the children they teach. My children have had excellent teachers that have helped them develop a love of learning.
My son is in second grade in the G&T program at PS/IS 217, and he has had a wonderful school experience. He is reading at a very high level, he's doing 3rd grade math, and most importantly his teachers inspire him every day to be respectful, to be curious, to work hard and to love school! He's developing amazing critical thinking, reading and writing skills at a very young age. In addition, PS/IS 217 is a wonderful community - as a smaller school, everybody knows my son's name, and he loves going to all of the great school events sponsored and managed by the PTA. The Halloween Carnival, auction, International Dinner, movie nights - he loves all of the events and really enjoys spending time at his school. Thanks to a dedicated administration, very active and involved PTA, and strong community ties, this school just seems to get better every year. Deepening the Cornell Tech relationship and the development of the green roof are just two of the many exciting things in store for this school - it has a *very* bright future. Although we, like many parents, aren't sure whether we will stay for middle school, we sincerely hope that the middle school gets stronger (or develops a G&T track) so that my son can stay at PS/IS 217 even longer.
Students are pushed in the classrooms, but in a way that is within reason and free of pressure. Kids are allowed to make mistakes and learn from the mistakes. They feel comfortable taking risks. Teachers have high expectations.
The teachers are excellent. I cannot say enough about the quality of teachers at this school. The teachers are in constant communication with families about school work, expectations, performance, upcoming dates and activities. Teachers have high expectations of students and the administration has a high expectation of teachers, constantly engaging them in professional development and requiring team meetings and collaborative planning.
The homework in the lower elementary is given weekly. I appreciate that it is open ended work for the most part, and always includes reading time. The homework is in no way excessive and primarily is in exercise in responsibility and a brief recap of what is learning during the school day.
I have two children at The Roosevelt Island School, one in general education and the other in gifted and talented. Both children are appropriately challenged and are pushed to their maximum potential. I am impressed with the teachers' abilities to manage differentiation of instruction for a variety of kids, abilities, and learning styles. The kids and families work towards creating a strong community, anchored by the PTA. We are thankful to have this school in our neighborhood.
My son has thrived at PS/IS 217. He is currently in second grade, in the G&T program, and he commutes with many other children on a private bus that takes students from Jackson Heights and Astoria to and from school each day. The faculty and staff are warm and professional, especially parent coordinator Ms. Lauraine. The physical building is full of light, with a large play area outdoors, a large gym and auditorium. The principal is committed to a quality education for all students. The PTA is quite active in raising funds for enrichments like art, dance, gardening, music, opera and architecture programs, and there are many opportunities for parents to be involved, via the PTA, SLT, chaperoning and classroom volunteering. I am excited about the development of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, which will mean great educational opportunities for students at PS/IS 217.
-A satisfied PS / IS 217 parent
Principal Mandana Beckman does a very good job of juggling the many needs of teachers and administrators, staff, parents, students and the community. She is patient and fair and always looking for innovative ways to do more for the school community.