The "more credit than it deserves" reviewer is way off and I assume has some sort of grudge. The bottom line is that PS 85 is a nice cozy school (quite nurturing) and the kids are happy there. The Gifted & Talented teachers and classes are very good, and the general population classes are decent, depending on the teachers (there are some bad apples).
The school is in no way shape or form "military" like and the security is quite friendly in every way - seriously they are all extremely nice. I've not met a single "rude" staff member, the worst you'll find is the school bus coordinator who is incompetent but otherwise not unpleasant.
Yes, the principal is a steam roller, and not in a good way. She will shout over any and everyone and can be more than annoying, but she's not completely tone deaf - it is possible to work with her when approaching her properly. I'd say she's a typical NYC public school principal, and although most people don't like her she does genuinely care for the kids first before her own interests even if not many will agree with her methods.
To the parent that just reviewed PS 85 and says that it gets more credit then it deserves. Is this really what you believe or are you just a troll? If my child was at a school as you described, I would spend more time getting my child in a school that fits my needs or my child's needs then taking the time to post in great schools. As a parent of a child that has been in the school for 5 years, and is in the school often helping the school and all the children in the school, I have not seen what you experienced. Is the school perfect? no. But based on the state tests, if you believe in them, the school children are performing above the rest of the local schools. My child looks forward to go to school everyday, so I don't see her observing the same thing you observed in school and she is there everyday. Sometimes, its the school. Sometimes, its the parent and sometimes is just a troll. Which hat are you wearing? I think I know.
My son transferred from a private school, which was terrific until the school brought in a new teacher, who's methods were not effective and I found my son losing interest in school. He has been at PS 85Q since Sept 2014 as a 4th grade student, after a short transitional period I can see improvement. He is becoming more confident, a better reader and enjoying math, science, and the enrichment program the school offers. He is also enrolled in Serious Fun Afterschool Program and enjoys the classes he takes. He is getting more physical activity and has friends of different ethnicity and backgrounds. The school is a jewel, the pricipal, staff and teachers are pleasant, helpful, and doing a wonderful job.
This is a nurturing community/school. My child is very happy, is learning, has great teachers and lots of enrichment. The school is always trying to improve and is very accessible. Lots of engaged parents, too and a very diverse community.
This school is a gem and serves a very diverse population, both in terms of backgrounds and learning styles. It has ELL, Special Ed, General Ed and G and T and the school embraces them all. The principal is straightforward and accessible, the teachers are caring and engaging. My child is in the gifted program and her teachers have been fantastic. I think all children are valued and the school is not afraid to incorporate technology and new approaches to learning. There is a great science lab/teacher, music, robotics, chess, etc. and also a great afterschool program, Serious Fun. Couldn't be happier. It's a special place where children are happy!
This school is dedicated to the children in all aspects. Teachers are 100% in my book. My daughter has been in the school since Pre-K and even before that she wanted to be in this school. It's like a family to us.