My quiet, high-achieving daughter was overlooked in favor of borderline and at-risk students, whose progress would help the school win more points in the annual quality review. They were on cruise-control when it came to helping good students do even better.
The school administration, particularly Principal Foglio, routinely shut out or shut down any parent who dares to voice a complaint about their methods and curriculum. We were amazed to uncover the amount of under-the-table dealing and questionable teaching that goes on at PS99.
I am a parent of a child who is considered an above-average student. My complaint has been echoed by a number of parents of above-average students, who are too afraid to speak out for fear of repercussions. From what my child has told me, my child has been paired off time and again with children who have emotional/behavioral/academic problems. My child has been expected to help out in play acting and/or tutorial sessions aimed at improving the children with emotional/behavioral/academic problems. So, instead of helping your above-average child further advance their academic skills, and or provide them with a nurturing atmosphere where the above-average child is able to further expand socially, they are being exposed to situations that could instead negatively impact and/or hinder them in the future. Trying to work with the administration, in even a civilized manner, to extract your child from these kinds of situations will only make you an enemy of the administration.
My child is going to sixth grade this year. He has had a great education here at 99. He's been here since kindergarten. Anytime I've had questions I've gotten answers from the teachers and the parent coordinator. Even the administrators are happy to answer your questions. I've dealt with them a few times and seem professional. It's true that the students don't get much play time outside in the annex but how can they if the school doesn't have a real playground. The parents that complain about this should realize this. I have always taken my kids to the playground and to extra activities outside of school. My child loves the school and all the teachers.