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New York City Academy For Discovery2
Posted March 25, 2015
- a parent
Flandro & the wonderful teachers that started PS306 & made it a family have slowly dissipated. The bonds created with our children r priceless& immeasurable. Flandro knew how to treat staff, parents & kids. At events many teachers would be there with their family, such a wonderful & rare thing. I used to boast how great the school was& that it felt like family, all the teachers knew all the kids & parents. We were encouraged to be a huge part of our children's education at school as well, not just at home, &we were made to feel welcomed by the school. Teachers& parents didn't mind putting in extra time& effort because there was mutual respect& admiration for one another, &boy did the children benefit, so much love& concern at school from teachers (I mean who ever heard of such a thing) it seemed like something from the movies, but it was our wonderful reality. She was a genuine, welcoming smiling face whenever you walked into school & was truly a leader. She created a wonderful school& it is so sad to see what it has become. It feels cold &uninviting that I don't feel comfortable calling in to ask questions anymore. It s NOT teachers that make this school feel cold& uninviting now.
My kids are doing excellent despite this school being below average. The teachers do NOT check my kids homework. Other students check it and whatever the teachers "review" only has check marks on top. There are no corrections or any other indication that the work was actually read by the teacher. I have two kids in the school and this has happened with several of their teachers. Last year, most of the kids in my son's class stopped doing the homework because the homework was never checked. After a complaint, the teacher is now teaching the fourth grade class. Later, I learned that Parent Helpers place the check marks on the homework and noting that it was done. The school crammed way too many Common Core concepts in during the month before the test. My kids knew the stuff before because I work with them but I felt badly for other kids because there was way too much new material. Since the test, based on the homework, I don't feel like they are being taught rather the teachers are giving homework for the sake of give homework and waiting for the school year to conclude. It's no wonder that the test scores are so low. Moving my kids to another school next year.
My son just graduated from kindergarten. I love the teachers in this school. So far he has had two excellent teachers for pre-k and kindergarten. I dislike the office staff. They are rude and not helpful at all. And they are popular for sending out late notices with events and/or days off. As long as you can deal with a snobby office I would receommend this school.