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67-60 80th Street
Queens, NY 11379

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(718) 326-2111
(718) 894-3026
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January 23, 2014
This School needs to work on a safety procedures. I was in the office and my niece came down from her class unattended, without any adult supervision. Students should be accompanied by an adult when they get out of their classroom. They should not roam around the hallways alone. I was shocked to witness my niece come to the office all alone. She's only in kindergarten.

- submitted by a community member
December 19, 2013
this is great public school for public.great Principal with excellent leadership.this is the place where your kids should study.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
My school is P.S Is 49. This school is where 3 of my children attend. I feel the teachers do not prepare them well during the school year. They only taught this year for the state test. Once the state test was over, the rest of the spring no tests were given and all learning stopped. I also don't feel fond of the new math teaching methods for the children. My children found it more confusing and I had to constantly send them for tutoring elsewhere. I have bright children and I am very involved. Any parent who is not your child will not succeed here besides my child telling me how the math teacher plays candy crush on her phone during math lessons. I am disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
To the comment below. The ignorant comment assuming I am friends with the lunch lady Don't know her personally except for a hi how are you. As a teacher you must have a class full of angels. My daughter came to 49 from a private school where there was no discipline. When one child acts up the others seem to follow so she is teaching a no tolerance for that kind of behavior. For anyone that doesn't appreciate a disciplined child 49 is not the right choice. My daughter tells me everything that goes on in the lunchroom and it seems some just like to over exaggerate.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
The lunch lady is horrible she miss treats all the children. She has been investigated a number of times and someone actually blew up her car. She screams at this kids like a crazy woman and nobody's child deserves to be yelled at like that THEY DO NOT DESERVE IT. she punishes the whole lunch period for one child talking. That's unfair. How would she like it to be treated the way she treats those kids. The only one that is loud and disrespectful is her and her friend that wrote the comment below. Many parents have pulled their kids outta that school because of her. She bullies them. Ask any kid. If she can't deal with kids acting like normal kids she shouldn't work in that school. She also says how she hates public school and the kids are animals and that's why she sent hers to private school.

- submitted by a teacher
May 23, 2013
My child has been a student at ps 49 since 3rd grade. She is now in 5th. The teachers are terrific. The principal is exceptional despite his lack of ability to communicate well with parents. He is great with the children and for pushing them to be all they could be. And that is what is most important.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2013
This school gives to much homework for the 3 grades and the test are crazy.i email to a certain teacher every time I email she doesn't response to me at all.But I think this will be her last year going here.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2012
Special needs parents BEWARE: there is a paraprofessional that works in this school that exploits special needs students by claiming they "hurt" her so she can get out on disability. She also speaks to them inappropriately. Principal knows about it, does nothing and your child gets a bad name. This current principal does not care for special needs students. He cares about test scores and making his school look perfect. If your child needs a special ed. setting, especially self-contained, LOOK ELSEWHERE!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
This school is awesome!!!! It has so many things for the students to do. This school is great!!!!

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2012
My daughter has been in the school for two years now. She loves her school, teachers and classmates. This school has an amazing teachers and educational program. Non of the Queens schools offers so many trips ,activities and cares for your child that is way this school should be graded high.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
My daughter attend this school since she was in Kindergarten, the teachers are very young but most of them with a lot of experience, some school staff are rude, some are very nice. That's true, the school is very crowed since the last two years. They used to have more programs for the students, overall I think the school is good, my daughter loved it and she never complain about bulling or anything like that. Now we are moving to L.I. and trying to find a good school as well. My daughter is so sad

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
I graduated in '05 and all I must say is that many of the teachers are inexperienced, some try their best.but are almost terrified under the dictatorship of the principal who has control of every aspect of the school.

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2011
I transferred my child to PS/IS 49 from another school because she was not academically challenged enough in her old school. This school exceeds my expectations. She absolutely loves it. So far, I love it as well. VERY glad we made the switch.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2011
The school has become too overcrowded. There are children without desk who sit at one large table with backpacks on their chairs. The classrooms are not set up in an orderly manner. Any grade can be on any floor so you can have say, Kindergarten and Fourth grade right next to each other. The older kids have to carry their supplies from one class to another and sometimes their backpacks the whole day. This is from grade 4 and up. Sometimes the backpacks are heavy. I weighed today's backpack at 13 lbs! Teacher quality is fair at most. The staff is rude. The lunch room aide screams at the kids for the slightest thing and than punishes the whole class for something one or two children did. The punishment can range from not going out into the school yard to play to cleaning up everyones trash in the lunch room You are better off walking to the school because if you drive, you will search for parking and sometimes park 4 blocks away. That's on a bright and sunny day. During the winter it's worse. The academics are fair at best They have a strong art background which is nice to have the children learn but math is fair, and their reading is selected only from classroom books.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
If the first day is any indication- this school stinks!!!! Full of pompus staff who seem to think they are doing us a favor by doing their jobs!!!! Every family gets a letter about start dates and needed supplies. Would it take a lot of effort to put 3 or 4 lines explaining how the process works ? especially for the nubies ( our little 4&5 years olds entering kinder) hmmm: at this time you will bring your child here if it's dry, here if it's raining - you must separate at this point, will not walk the child in, we will not tell you who the teacher is or what room they are going to- oh , and by the way- we don't want want the supplies on day one ( so dozens of parents aren't toting big heavy bags while standing panicky amidst the chaos). Unless the entire staff turned over this year there is no excuse for the lack of organization- a diheartening embarrassment!!!! One plus- there's nowhere to go but up !!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
Great community school, with strong academics (especially elementary grades) and amazing music program. This school is very into the arts (music and fine arts), because of the principal. Wonderful teachers, strong leadership and very active PTA. The school is now K-8, and is yet to graduate its first class, so let's see how school evolves in next couple of years. Hope it stays great, since there is increasing problem with overcrowding. Overall, despite not being perfect, I would recommend this school highly for elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2011
I was so glad to see the 2-star review by another parent. I rated this school 1-star sometime last year and somehow my review disappeared. I agree 100% with her/him that the teachers are excellent, but the staff is far from it. It started from the first day we went to enroll our child in the school, we got a very smug look from the staff like they were too good to talk to us. The principal is an extremely arrogant bully. Not towards the kids, but just ask some of the teachers. (I personally know a few that refuse to work there because of him.) Don't get me started on the Lunch lady. Many people I have talked to say she should be fired. Anybody gets slightly out of line, she screams and makes them stand against the wall. She is constantly screaming. It's a lunch room full of 5 & 6 year olds. Of course they're going to be a bit rowdy. Someone once remarked, "You're nerves would be frazzled too if you had to deal with this every day." My response, "So quit, and let someone who can handle it run the lunch room." Other parents whom I have warned not to send their kindergartener there have come to regret it. I'm glad I took my child out. Very happy and doing much better at new school.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2010
This school is wonderful, has great staff and wonderful teachers. The atmosphere is always inviting and everyone is a cheerleader for their school. My son's academics are strong within high percentiles and I'm very happy that every child is challenged individually.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
Great teacher wonderful principle. They really do care.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
My daughter has been in the school now for 2 years. At first, she struggled to stay on top because the school has very high expectations and unfortunately she did not get a good foundation from the private school she came from (OLH). With the dedication and support of her teacher (Mrs Mollin) and us she survived her first year and loves the school! She worked very hard and saw the rewards!!! Mr Lombardi is a great principal and all of his staff is outstanding! This year, my daughter, has Mr Schumaker and she loves him as well. She wakes up happy every morning to go to school and returns home just as happy. I'm so glad the school goes to 8th grade now. What a dumb mistake I made to not put her here from Kindergarden. This is an outstanding school!!!! Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
P.S. 49 means the world to our family. This is what it comes to our minds when we think about the school: peace of mind, safety, creation and implementation of new approaches in education and in discipline, everyday commitment/dedication to help improve our children/parents and community's lives. My 2 daughters were attending this school. Now only 1 attends it, the 8 year-old one. She is 3rd grade and loves her school. My middle- schooler and 12 year-old daughter is in 7th grade. She did her 6 years of elementary in P.S. 49. To know that she was leaving the school was a great challenge for her to accept. I am very at eased now knowing that she has adjusted well to the middle school that she goes to and her performance is as excellent as when she was in P.S. 49. Whenever she has the opportunity; she visits it. P.S. 49 is an excellent school with a great principal, staff, teachers and students. A school which is always on the change, on the move!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2009
getting stronger and stronger! very happy to see how my son excels.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2009
Great principal, very involved. Match and reading programs are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
I recently put my daughter at this school and so far my daughter has shown me all that she has learned. Mr. Lombardi and his staff are excellent. The PTA members are on top of all things that have to do with our childrens' education. I am beyond happy with what I am seeing so far at PS/IS 49. Great job and I look forward to hearing and seeing new things at the school. My daughter loves Ms. Bruno (Kindergarten teacher) - great job Ms. Bruno.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
I go to IS49 and I started there this past January. My old school never helped me, I didn't understand anything they taught me. Eversince I started there I thought it would be exactly like it was before. But when I got my 1st report card back I 1st chacked my Math score, I got a 3 out of 4! I was so surprised because I knew I failed Math in my other school. Plus the extra activities I was in it boosted my confidence, I realized that I could do better than I did in the other school. Now that I am in 6th grade I will set higher goals and hopefuly acheive them.

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2009
I like PS 49. At first I felt a little discouraged by the attitude of the teachers telling me that my child won't succeed, however, we have proved to them that anyone can succeed. I have a child in Special Education, and I was hoping that all the programs and all the information they provided me, would have gone through, my child would have done better. I do give them credit for trying hard and working hard with him. In regards to the principal, I have never met him nor had any interactions with him. But I believe that a true leader needs to be good to the people he leads and that includes teachers, administrators, and students.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 30, 2008
PS 49 is a great school! It is socially, economically and academically diverse. There are many programs in place to assist the struggling student such as 37.5 minutes, Learning Leaders and there are enrichment programs for the advanced student such as Advanced Math, architecture, art, chess, etc. There is also a 3rd, 4th and 5th grade band as well as an afterschool fitness program and Studio in the Schools art classes. The principal may not make everyone happy but I believe he does the very best he can for the children by getting the most 'bang for his buck' with his limited budget. The school has an open door policy for parents and you are never made to feel like you are not welcome by any of the professionals in the building.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 01, 2008
I love this school. My child is happy here. The principal is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 07, 2008
This school is not as great as they say. Only the needy kids are getting help. If your child is not one of them, he/she would have to be on his/her own.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2008
PS 49 is a great school in all aspects, excellent staff

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2008
I have a child in 1st grade and one starting Kindergarden in 09/10. I think the school is a great school. My daughter loves Mr. Lombardi so much. He is very pleasant with ALL the children, he really cares about them and their education. That is all I care about. Whether is a political leader or rough on his staff or rough around the edges or not so firendly to some of the parents who cares. As long as your kids are going to his school and he treats them with respect and a kind heart and they feel safe and are excelling who cares. I give PS 49 an A+.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2007
i graduated this school last year and it is the best if i could i would continue here the teachers are great i miss you all.

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2007
I am the parent of a second grader at P.S. 49 this is her third year in attendance. I have to say i am very happy to have my daughter at this school. I feel that the staff and teacher give 110% at all times. I am thrilled that as a parent I am always welcome in the school in fact I was thrilled to attened open schools week (I was there three out of four days} and be able to see how my daughters teacher teaches her lessons so that I can mimic that at home to continue to help my child learn. I think that it is great that wether your child has been on the school for 2 years or 2 weeks the staff not only knows the child by name but they also know you, I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
My two children started in PS49 this year and are very happy with their new friends and teachers. I am also very pleased after having met with the teachers and sitting in at one of the classes. My one complaint however, is with the administration staff. They were very unhelpful during registration, and when I have had to meet with them throughout the year they acted as though they couldn't be bothered with my questions.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
I cannot be happier about this school. The principal Mr. Lombardi gives 100% to the school including his office to create another classroom. I would rate it 10!!! The teachers are great..my daughter attended kinder and i cannot be happier.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
I think this is a great school, my daughter is in 1st grade and just loves it she thinks her teacher is also great looking forward to having her there till the eight grade once the construction is completed.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
November 14, 2006
I am a former student that graduated last year. I am shocked anyone would say the princable is bad. My 6 years at P.S 49Q was fantastic. I sugest anyone who is looking for schools go here.

- submitted by a former student
August 04, 2006
I feel compeled to respond to the first review that suggest the principal is inadequate. My son graduated frm 49 in 05. He transfered from another school where he was struggling. He excelled in time due to the academic stratagies that are implemented and is now in 119 maintaining an 85 average. I have another child that is starting the 1st grade at 49. I am proud to say my children attend 49. PS I love the pricipal, he can be tough but management is difficult and not everyone can be happy all the time.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2004
I am not a parent of PS 49Q, but a former student. My time at PS 49 was a good time, except for my final year, when the current principal arrived. The man is not an educator, he is a politician, and if I had my way, he wouldn't be allowed to go near children.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
I love the school. The teachers are devoted to the student success. My child was in 4th grade and she even surprised me how well she did no the ELA. The principle is one of the best, open for parents recommendations. I have base to compare since we move from ps 101, in addition my child has attended a college based nursery and pre-k. Thanks! I am really glad that my child is in ps 49

- submitted by a parent
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Ps 49 Dorothy Bonawit Kole
67-60 80th Street, Queens, NY  11379
(718) 326-2111
Last modified Ps 49 Dorothy Bonawit Kole 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 49 Dorothy Bonawit Kole Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top