This school produces test scores and whatever is necessary to get their city funding. They provide a poor community for parents and children. You can't walk into the school without being asked for money. The after school program that helps kids with homework does not even check their work and they charge astronomical fees for no homework help. Administration is completely rude and won't talk to you unless they are pushing some sort of agenda. The principal might as well be a car saleswoman. She never wants to chat about the children just push test scores down your throat or asks for money. Last year in PTA the largest complaint most parents had was there was no sense of community. The school's solution to develop community was to charge kids money to come watch movies in the gym. They spare no expense at PTA meetings on dinner but at graduations they are pinching pennies and ask the parents for money to pay for graduation ceremonies, but the staff has a lavish year end dinner at a fancy catering hall. I put my child in several different programs at PS 46 and she came out of most with nothing.
My child has been going to PS 46 now for 5 years and will soon be graduating and PS 46 has been a great learning experience for him. Mrs. Goldberg is a very involved principal and it is through her involvement that the kids and school have succeeded so well. All of my sons teachers were fantastic and my son has progressed so much from when he initially started. The school has prepared him with the skills he needs to begin his next stage in middle school next year. I am grateful for what the school has achieved and I look forward to having my other two kids attend. My only wish is that the school would offer PreK so that my other two kids could start sooner.
This school, from the principal Mrs. Goldberg on down to the paraprofessionals, is the best. You couldn't ask for a more loving, nurturing, caring, well run environment dedicated to learning. My boys are in fourth grade, and have gone since kindergarten. The school is also special in the services that are offered, with a range of therapists on site. If your kids need special help, this is a wonderful place for them to go.