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30-45 42nd Street
Queens, NY 11103

(718) 728-4646
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October 24, 2015
Teachers,staff& administrators are generally kind,responsive and organized.With so many students-and probably not enough support staff-one can understand the protective "maintain order" vibe.Have noticed there is better outreach to parents this year-but you really have to check those notices and emails,or you will miss a lot. Have attended many events at the school over the past few years, from family nights to class song& dance presentations and more.Communication can always be increased/improved; some parents are not aware that every week there is designated time for teachers to be available in class to talk with parents;you just need to send a note in advance to your child's teacher.Dismissal crowd control is an issue.But as we all grow with the luminous new building, those issues can be better resolved.Our child likes the school& also appreciates the afterschool program there.I wish all the students could get outside more during recess, to the beautiful playground.With hours of serious classtime they need that fresh air.In any case,thank you, PS70 Queens,for a safe, caring academic environment.

- submitted by a parent

June 12, 2015
Lack of enrichment. Lack of pretty much everything here. Big money renovations make it a tempting selection but nothing else good to say. 3 years here so far. I've never seen an art project, no recess- kids must sit quietly assigned boy girl boy girl at lunch year round and if they talk they are given work to do. Huge gym but maybe once a week gym session -that often ends up as a study hall without chairs anyway. No attempts to ensure exercise. Huge homework packets, teachers/office staff/authority figures are abrasive, impersonable, jaded, aggressive, punish first think later mentality. My child is a quiet kid in a rowdy class whose class is routinely punished for what seems like a teacher at her wits end struggling to maintain control impossibly. No fun posters, few class trips or school events. Few words exchanged in parent teacher meetings. Principal is a tyrant, spends budget on construction instead of the kids, can be often seen in screaming matches with parents or ignoring them like she is a celeb running from paprzzi. Kids are grouped into classes based on smarts- they are wrong at times and a kid in the wrong class will either struggle or be brought down. As early as 2nd grade the bottom class is written off as a lost cause- how's that for helping shape future? Strange & unsafe dismissal practices. Kids line up outside all at once and parents grab them and go- from the sidewalk. Security is so tight inside no adults allowed- you cant even walk your child in the door if you are a late arrival or pickup you have to stay on the sidewalk. I've actually seen parents make a run for it with security chasing them down the hall to remove them from the building. But on the flip side no security once school is over, kids are herded outside in cold heat rain snow- and anyone can come up and grab one. It's appalling. No effort put into teaching - it truly must happen at home or guess what? It doesn't happen. My child who once loved school so much the little love would cartwheel there- has grown to dislike school, fear school, aspire to end the school career at first opportunity. My child has barely progressed bc the teachers just don't have enough attention to go around. The school we were at before seems like a long ago dream. Stay away- if you must, move away to get out of this district. Or if you are stuck, buy lots of Starbucks gift cards to stay on top.

- submitted by a community member

October 07, 2014
This school is terrible. Incompetent and disrespectful administration. Parents should avoid this place like the plague!

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2014
We took our children to school (PS 70)today for one and only one reason: to have them take the mid-term test. Instead, they spent the day playing in a school where the principal and many teachers did not show up and where the test was only assigned to what they call unfairly and redicously "top classes". My anger today is the result of accumulated frustration at this school's principal frequent malpractices. This page would not suffice to mention every instance of wrong doing going on in this school, but parents should come together and take serious actions against the carelessness and lack of professionalism of the said principal.

- submitted by a parent

December 20, 2013
Definitely I am not satisfied with the way students and parents are treated here. Being your kid a smart kid, or a struggling one, they are treated as natural liar or at best as raw material that need to be feed beyond age limits and without any respect for their personality. As a parent, you need to be a strong, courageous and smart fighter to confront school leadership (if it can be called so) with their shortcomings, lack of managerial skills, lack of trust in kids and their parents. This last one, I believe is contagious in that school. Although I sympathize with teachers and their hard work, I still believe that generally they do not respect children or even try to understand different personalities.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2013
This school is unprepared to handle the influx of children from different backgrounds and languages, and overall they do a poor job. Some of the teachers try their best, but others are just not up for the job (Ms. Perozzi, for example, if she is still teaching) was a bad teacher. She found it easier to blame the students, but forgot that a bad teacher like her can t teach. The principal, of course, agreed with her staff and did nothing to improve the bad teaching methods of Ms. Perozzi. Some teachers because of their tenure do a mediocre job hurting these children. This school is in great need of a good leader, not someone with tenure but someone with the adequate experience.

- submitted by a community member

November 04, 2012
only saving grace are the teachers who still care about the children unlike the inept principle Her Royal Majesty Queen Geller, at one time she was probably a good teacher, but like most people placed in positions of authority it just went to her head. This school is so mismanaged and micromanaged its core duty to educate is lost and children suffer in the end. The school is all about rules, guidelines, and procedure. Parents are kept behind yellow lines and barricades herded in like cattle at dismissal violating fire department maximum occupancy codes and creating a dangerous condition for the children.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2012
Had horrible experiences with this school. If you have a good child do not enroll them here. The principle doesnt handle any situation well. My child was bullied and got hurt on a frequent basis and she basically dismisses everything as if its not a big deal.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2011
My daughter attended PS 70 for Kindergarten and 1st Grade and I can tell you that the school is grossly overcrowded. The school aides cannot keep their eyes on all the children during reecess and as a result children are hurt - by accident or in fights - every single day. The principal appears to have an open door policy but simply does so to pacify a parent an often seems to have her own agenda. My major objection is that they mix non-english speaking students with english speaking students and expect the children to teach each other the language. As a result, my child was not learning to her potential. Myhusband and I both attended PS 70 as children and were thrilled to be able to have our daughter attend until we realized things certainly have changed!

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April 04, 2011
I am now a 8th grader .When i was in this school it made me feel like home i loved it. The teachers work hard to teach the students, also the staff are great. It is a safe environment. I RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL!!!! e

- submitted by a community member
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October 12, 2010
I love PS 70 because the school staff and the community are 100% dedicated to the children!

- submitted by a teacher
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May 19, 2010
I have a child in Pre-K. I have been most impressed by the openness of the school's staff to help get new parents acclimated to the environment.

- submitted by a parent
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April 27, 2010
My daughter went to PS 70 and had the best experience and the best teachers. A great school for our neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
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April 17, 2010
PS 70's dedicated staff does a great job of engaging and inspiring the students.

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October 14, 2009
good school & good teachers.

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June 28, 2008
This school gets an A+ from our family, My daughter is entering 4th grade and has been there since Kindergarden, before moving to the city my parents dreaded me enrolling my daughter into the'New Yorks City Public School system' We interveiwed dozens of expensive private schools. This school toped any of those schools. It has a happy medium of teachers that go the extra mile, an involved principle, and staff & medium # of students per class- about 18/22. Very family oriented, I cannot say enough about this school!!

- submitted by a parent
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January 11, 2006
PS 70 have wonderfull ESL especialy Mr Cutler. He help my son so much. Thank you so much Mr Cutler.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2004
I like the school because I see my son progressing day after day, also I want to be thankfull to every one and specially Ms. Diannis my son's teacher K-201 because of her great work.

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July 24, 2003
Two of my son have gone to this school. Its a wonderful school. When you walk in, you can feel the warmth and family like environment. The Parent Association are wonderful, always doing fund raisers and programs for the kids

- submitted by a parent
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Ps 70
30-45 42nd Street, Queens, NY  11103
(718) 728-4646
Last modified Ps 70 is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 70 Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top