As the parent of a child with special learning needs I can honestly say that this school falls very short when it comes to understanding and addressing special needs. There is also significant turnover in staff. I have experienced 3 principals in four years. It is April and both of my children are being taught by permanent substitute teachers that were "student teachers" in September. Safety is another major concern. The building is shared with a high school and students are coming and going at various times of the day. The yard where children play is exposed to 47th street and only blocked by a tennis net. I have never felt that my children were safe or properly educated at Midtown West. Many parents love the school and there are a few fantastic teachers. However, in general it is just not the place that many say it is.
I do believe this school promotes honesty, but when the staff isn't always honest, there are problems relaying that message to the students. The school boasts school safety and protection for all students, but it seems like they are concerned with "some" of the students, not all of them. If the school favors the parents, then they are very helpful and concerned for "that" student. I don't think they would allow anything horrible to happen to any of the students, but favoritism definitely runs deep at 212.
Curriculum could be more rigorous. Success Academy is down the street and their children are leaps and bounds ahead of our kids in the same grade. Very sad, considering they have all grown up together.
Transferred in from a progressive private school and we love it! Wish we had gotten in sooner and saved thousands on tuition. Teachers and student teachers are great, excellent enrichment programs in school and in afterschool programming. Diverse student community. Caring and visionary leadership by principal and aministrative staff.
Just a really friendly, warm, relaxed little school. Only two classes per grade and the teachers have the kids for two years, so everyone gets to know everyone well. The principal is very warm and genuinely seems to enjoy and like and get kids, and they like him back. The diversity is a real strength, as is the highly involved artsy musical parent body. It can get chaotic there, but cheerfully so. The school is like a family, in that you see its flaws but you can't help loving it. The Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations are always a highlight of the year for me.