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154 West 93rd Street
New York, NY 10025

(212) 222-1450
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May 07, 2014
Our son is in 5th grade. My wife went to UC Berkeley and I went to Harvard and a NYC private school. We are tremendously impressed with MSC. The teachers are extremely talented and fully engage the children in learning. Our child was inspired to become quite the reader. He has done very well on standardized tests. I was informed by a New York Times education columnist that the program is the same as that at "gifted and talented" schools. The school fosters a caring and inclusive environment. Each year one of the three classes is a mix of typical children and children with non-cognitive special needs. Recent changes include a terrific new principal. Most students are staying on through 8th grade. Many parents donate to supplement the school budget.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I am a new parent in the school in second grade after leaving private school. So far we are thrilled! The school has been warm and welcoming, the other familes are incredibly engaged and interesting. So far the academic component has been on par with our private school experience but culturally the diversity in terms of race, class and differing physical abilities has already been a huge benefit for my son's learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
Having just received the results of the state wide tests for 2013 that were the most rigorous tests to date, we were elated that our two children who have been at MSC for 5 years got very high marks. We attribute this to the excellent instruction which prepared them for the new "common core" standards. As a parent I have to say that I really appreciate the parent community which is full of worldly, creative, motivated and well rounded individuals. We feel especially fortunate to have such a nurturing and challenging environment for our children.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2012
i have a first grader and 3rd grader at MSC and its really a great school. i have looked at a few of the negative reviews and I find them puzzling given that I have never encountered a parent that seemed anything other than thrilled with the school. Maybe they are in upper grades or just got very unlucky with a teacher. We are very discerning parents in terms of academic rigor and I would comment that its a tad lax on that front, but its nothing that you cannot make up for easily at home. Bottom line, its a happy, well-run school with great teachers. In K through 4th grade, that is really what you want, and the fact that you drop off and pick up from the classroom is so massive since the teachers interact with parents and caregivers constantly, and its easy to foster good relationships.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
I recently toured this school based on a recommendation of a friend whose son goes here. Based on my tour and my friends own happiness with the school, I'm considering sending my child there for middle school. I was quite happy with the Principal and Staff who answered all my questions and those of the other parents. The tours were lead by parents whose children currently attend the school. This gave me and the other parents on the tour an opportunity to speak to a parent who currently has a child in the school. No question was off limits. I also reviewed the school's State test scores, which show that compared to other schools in the area the school does well. My advice to any parent considering this school or any other school for their child is to do a tour, speak to other parents, review the state tests and tour other schools in the district to compare. Only by doing that will you be able to make a good choice on which school is right for your child. While I did read the comments and respect people's opinion's. I don't feel that they tell the whole story about the school. Not every school is right for every child. For me this school is right for my child.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2011
I used to attend MSC back in the 90's and It left me very unprepared for Middle school. I used to attend it back when the location was on 110th St. We used to knit, sit on rugs and have no strong academic challenges. I was very unprepared after i left the school, Hopefully now it has changed.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2011
Manhattan School for Children (M.S.C.) was an overly laidback school, to the point that it was ridiculous. I don't think that we began doing decimals until around fifth grade, when the normal beginning for this is in third grade. We had no strong or consistent math system until around third grade, which meant that the adjustment to this system threw me, and others of my classmates off. I don't think I ever saw the principal while I was at school there, which was from kindergarden until fifth grade, and yet she resisted and crushed all the attempts that my mother among other parents attempted to make the school another place. Another reviewer compared her to "Mussolini" and this comparison is not inaccurate. She is not all involved in any of the activites of the school. If the school manages to be successful, this is entirely because of the magnificent teachers, although not all of them qualify as such, and the permitted parental efforts. M.S.C. left me ill-prepared for middle school. Thanks. I would like to grant the school negative stars.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2011
It was an awful environment. If you look around just a little, you will find unhappy former students and their parents who either left the school or wished they had. :(

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2011
I left MSC with an amazing feel of accomplishment after being there from kindergarten through fifth grade,in the class of 2010-2011. I left prepared for starting the DELTA program at BTW middle school. EVERY teacher, and faculty member of their staff does a superb job at helping all students. Teachers recommend books based on the students interest in the reading material type and reading level. Teachers help every student, and teach in an amazing way. Recess has various activities in progress, such as kickball, basketball, jumprope, mini ball games, and just friends hanging with each other. I never had more than forty five minutes of homework, if that. All teachers I've had thoroughly prepare us for any upcoming tests, months in advance. There have been VERY FEW incidents with bad monitors, who's behavior quickly improved after the principal was alerted. Special subject teachers are amazing at what they teach including art, dance, drama,sometimes music, storytelling, etc,and a brand new technology advanced greenhouse. Students in the elementary school are escorted by their classroom teacher to specials, and back again, with their teachers for usual subjects. This is an A+ school!!!

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2011
This school has the reputation it has because the parents are so involved. The principal runs the school like Mussolini and if you are not in lock-step with her craziness, good luck. The teachers live in fear of her, the board of ed can't control her, the parents know if you are not on the bus, you are off. The curriculum is a big fail, but sadly, it's the best of the worst in the area. MSC is a great example of how the NYC school system just doesn't work, no matter how much effort is put in. I've been there 3 years, and I feel forced to move out of the city.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
We have had wonderful teachers, met special friends, and become involved in a caring community. MSC is a place our kids feel safe and happy, and enjoy learning!

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2010
My kids and I love this school, all the teachers that my girls have had through the years have been EXCELLENT! thank you MSC

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
MSC has always felt warm and welcoming. I now have two children attending. So far the teaching staff have been able to keep up with my children's academic needs while never making the work seem tedious or arduous. We have been lucky with our teachers; they have motivated their students to do an excellent job. MSC also has many extras that make it seem like private school, such as Art in a dedicated Art Studio, Dance in a beautiful dance studio, Storytelling, Drama, French, not to mention all the wonderful tie-ins with Teacher's College and Lincoln Center.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
my kids like going to school each day. they are learning, are supported by teachers, they have good friends, and the community is friendly.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
This is my daughter 2nd year in MSC. The teachers are very professionals and school staff are all very nice and friendly. My daugher loves the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
I'm a parent at the school and I'm sorry to hear that another parent isn't happy. We've been at the school for three years and have had nothing but stellar teachers who are 100% committed (coming to school on extra days to meet new families, working with other teachers on their own time for staff development, etc.) They also have amazing credentials. And while it might be true the administration can be a bit frosty at times, the fact that we have small class sizes and a limited number of classes per grade is a big plus. There are 9 kindergarten classes in our zoned school! Not the case at MSC.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
We've been at MSC for 5 years. The parents and kids are fantastic. Sadly, the quality of teaching has diminished over time and it seems directly attributable to a poor administration which is completely, and seemingly intentionally, isolated from the community. It's hit and miss as to whether you will have a fantastic teacher or a less than average teacher. There is no consistency, and the administration does not listen to parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Great community - truly diverse, well rounded and strong. Also fantastic, caring, positive and helpful teachers and administrators.

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January 24, 2008
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November 25, 2007
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November 06, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 29, 2007
We have two children at MSC, and we are in our 4th year at the school. MSC has met, and in some areas exceeded, all our hopes for an elementary school. It's a special place.

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July 29, 2007
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June 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
This is a fine public school that specializes in family involvement and nurturing all children. There is a rich arts program. The interdisciplinary curriculum weaves literacy and math throughout the day.

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February 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2006
MSC has been a welcomed community in which to start our family's NYC school experience. Our concern that the schol was TOO progressive was not real. Our hope that our the new Kindergarten teacher would work out was met and surpassed. This school rivals private schools in the attention and emotional support paid to the kids. However, there is too little diversity in our classroom for my preference and the breadth of extracurricular options (languages, chess) don't start in the younger years as much as I would like. Overall a great place for Kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2006
Wonderful school that promotes the community and a sense of respect. Friendly, qualified teachers.

- submitted by a former student
November 29, 2005
The academnic programs are pretty good. In Math class the students are taught how to manage expenses while living on their own by having them do research on how much rent they would pay (they acutually look for an apartment in the newspaper), how much it would cost to purchase and finance a car, etc. It's practical learning. The ELA classes encourages students to be creative and to 'feel' what they write. The social studies programs include visits to places in New York I never knew existed. There really aren't any afterschool clubs that encourage the children to partipate in extra curricular activities and the sports program is not the best. I do see alot of parent involvement and commaraderie. They do reach out to parents to be a part of the school. I do like the fact that the school is culturally diverse. Like the world.

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November 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
October 12, 2005
In my opinion MSC is a great school! They have young teachers with new ideas and energy. The classes are well rounded and include test prep for high school as well as a good art program. I do wish however, they had more extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
MSC is truely a great public school! Parents are extremely committed and volunteer their time generously. The classrooms are bright and airy and have lots of materials. There is a science lab, a dance studio, an art room and a nice auditorium.

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September 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
This is a full-on parent involvement school, and it works! Parents provide the funding, staffing, etc. to help foster an incredibly involved and nurturing environment for the children. The school inside is bright, open, and incredibly organized. It's tough to get in since there are some 250 applicants for only 60 or so spaces, but it's well worth the effort. The principal, Susan Rappaport is approachable and works to accommodate parent needs for the best interest of her students. The arts are woven into the daily curriculum. The playground is well designed for the lower grades. The teachers are committed. We have friends with three of their daughters attending and all they can do is rave about the school, the teachers, the parents, the kids, and the principal!

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Ps 333 Manhattan School For Children
154 West 93rd Street, New York, NY  10025
(212) 222-1450
Last modified Ps 333 Manhattan School For Children is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 333 Manhattan School For Children Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top