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1700 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10128

(212) 427-2798
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November 12, 2014
I was a Lower Lab Kid over 20 years ago (EEK!) and have just completed my MBA. I credit the Lower Lab School with all of my life's success and am thrilled to see it has remained one of the city's top elementary schools. The psychotically involved PTA and quirkiness of teachers made the whole school feel like a family. I remember it being such a special, nurturing, challenging environment when I was there and I'm not sure how much has changed since my Spanish and Science teachers only recently retired!

- submitted by a community member

September 23, 2014
As parents of both public school and private school kids we are very pleased with PS 77. Class size is large and not for everyone if your child needs a more intimate environment. Parents realize that in a perfect world all other neighboring public schools should be on par with the program at PS 77 and that they are fortunate to get this education. New Principal is hands-on, dynamic and very approachable. Quite a positive way to start the new school year. We love that there are 2 classes per grade so all the kids get to know one another during their Lower School experience. Good idea to supplement physical education and the arts if you have the time, but this is true of all NYC public schools.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013
If you can get in--great. Responsive principal, wonderful GC, kids who practically teach themselves, tough curriculum. They even manage to integrate the high-performing kids w IEPs and the program seems to work well. Only caveat is the parents who take the whole G & T label a bit too seriously. Where are all these "geniuses" now? Also, the teachers can be spotty, but it hardly matters with this demographic.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2013
Our daughter's in the middle of second grade, and I can say that so far, our experience at Lab has been outstanding. Dedicated teachers, hands-on prinicpal (who's a bit stiff, but effective enough), active and involved families, PTA that raises enough money to have aides in each classroom (which is a big deal, honestly, and really helps). The curriculum is accelerated and engaging, but (at least so far) homework is not a big deal or overwhelming. The school's attentive to emotional needs, and has a strong peer mediation program that reinforces this. Overall, no reservations about recommending Lab to prospective parents.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2012
Undoubtedly this is a great school and the principal is quite good as well--especially compared to those of the other neighborhood schools. The teachers all seem fine as well. One negative to me is the parent body--there is major attitude here and everyone thinks his/her child is a genius. They may test well and get accepted here, but the middle school placement is nothing special. These parents also have a really negative touch-me-not attitude toward the kids in the special ed program, some of whom are really bright but have dyslexia or suffer from OT issues. They are treated by soem as lepers. Wake up, this is NYC people--and almost everyone has an IEP or "issues"!

- submitted by a parent

December 16, 2011
As a parent of a child currently enrolled at Lower lab I have been very pleased with the program so far and I know that it's the right school for my child. The program and teachers have exceeded my expectations and hopes. The school is nurturing while also challenging. The children are taught social responsibility and awareness. They have been exposed to so many cultural activities around the city. I can't help but feel that we are getting a unique and special experience overall as a family, and I know my child is getting a top-notch education. The principal and assistant principal are undoubtedly leading this school in a great direction.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2011
lab is a very social and close school with great acedemics and amazing teachers. with only two classes per grade you really get to know everyone and there is a very close community.

- submitted by a community member

June 29, 2009
The Lab is an exceptional school with lots of activities for the kids. With only 2 classes per grade the students really get to know each other and although it is among the best scoring schools in all of NYS, the environment is very warm and friendly. We couldn't be happier at this school.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2008
P.S 77 is a warm, nurturing, academically strong school for your child.The teachers and the parents are the heart of the school. Together with the students it is a fabulous learning community. The students continue to score amongst the highest in the state.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2008
P.S. 77 (Lower Lab School) has been a great influence in my life. It has helped me become more knowledgeable, both academically and socially. If it wasn't for the challenging academics, then I possibly wouldn't have made it into one of the best public middle schools in Manhattan. Now, in 7th grade, I am going to transfer to a private school, because of all the learning I have been taught.

- submitted by a student

June 27, 2007
Our child has just completed Kindergarten and we couldn't be happier. She has really enjoyed it while learning a tremendous amount at the same time. We always knew the Lab was a top school but I just checked the 2007 NYS standardized test results and the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades all scored in the top 1% of the state for both english and math and usually scored in the top 0.1%! Our child also learns about science, art, Spanish and music and has many field trips all thanks to a very active PTA.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2007
Lower Lab is probably the best public elementary school in the city. Literacy and math are very strong and Spanish, science and computer class are taught with a hands on lively approach. Last year the fourth graders made an impressive video reportage about their school, filming and interviewing teachers, staff and peers. Graduates are more than ready for Middle School.

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September 18, 2006
Lower Lab is a fantastic place- academically rigorous yet nurturing and community minded. Our kids are well prepared for middle school and have consistently gone on to top-notch high schools (my older daughter is at Bronx Science.) We have wonderful music, art and computer programs. We have a terrific peer mediation program and a student council with the other school we share a building with. We have a huge variety of community building events- fun raisers. We have an extraordinary parent body that works tirelessly to raise funds and help in any way possible to make sure the school has the resources it needs that the DOE will not provide. Parental involvement, both volunteering time and money, is one of the main reasons for the success of this school but at the end of the day, it is the excellence of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2006
My son graduated from the Lab in 2002 and it was probably the best elementary school education he could have gotten anywhere in the world

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February 15, 2006
although the class size is large, especially in lower grades, the teachers, and faculty are great as well as the parent body--the academics are good and the art and music programs are good as well

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January 26, 2004
I am a proud and happy Lab parent. My son started there in Kindergarten and as my out-of-town family has said, Lab School is a public private school. I guess there's something to be said for that assessment. Unlike most public schools, they have math, science, Spanish, music and art in every grade. Chess is important too. The 4th Grade puts on an opera that they write and produce completely. The parents are incredibly involved. The school has been responsive to complaints and special questions about my child. It's a great school. The building's not the best, but the teachers and the kids are.

- submitted by a parent
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Ps 77 Lower Lab School
1700 3rd Avenue, New York, NY  10128
(212) 427-2798
Last modified Ps 77 Lower Lab 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 77 Lower Lab School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top