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2 Russell Place
Queens, NY 11375

(718) 268-7231
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June 11, 2014
A parent Posted Jun 11, 2014 My child went here for 2years and loved it. We move a lot and this school is leaps and bounds better than any other school she's attended. The teacher here are inspiring and dedicated to the students. They not only teach the standard lessons, they teach them things they can use in the real world. They have unique activities the kids get to do,like ballroom dancing or field trips to Philadelphia. The staff is excellent. It has a great safe, secured environment. It's in a beautiful old school with a winding staircase inside that has classroom pictures of the original students that went there. It's in the best neighborhood in Queens. There parents at this school that can afford to send their kids to a private school but send them here instead because the school is just that good.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2014
Stay away from PS 101 "School in the Gardens." We know families who who have moved from their homes here specifically to get out of the zoning for this school. We have been at this school for almost three years, and the academics are at a low level. Because of high class size and lack of teacher assistants, kids get almost no individual attention, and are stuck learning at the lowest common denominator. Parents in this zone have to spend a lot of money on Kumon for their children to keep pace with their peers at other schools. The school's NYC "report card" indicates that violence is a problem there, and indeed we know of serious incidents. In addition, despite trying time and again, a teacher rebuffed our requests for a meeting to address concerns. We were only able to see the teacher at the semester parent-teacher conference (6-minute limit). Certain high-level administrators are notoriously obnoxious. Children tell the parents that teachers raise their voices and engage in other inappropriate behavior. PS 303, 196 and 144 are nearby; they are rated higher in most of the NYC schools' "report card" criteria, including better student test results. Go there if you can.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2013
My niece just started the third grade. She is a bit disappointed none of her close friends are in her class. She enjoyed and did well in the second grade due in part to a fine teacher. PS101 has an excellent after-school program and a great website with helpful links. We look forward to a prosperous year ahead. My niece sees her friends at recess, and is anxious to make a few new ones.

- submitted by a community member

August 07, 2013
My school is PS101Q school in the garden, I am the parent of a 6 and 7 year old and find the school to be wonderful with very caring teachers and faculty.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2013
I have mixed feelings about this school. Our son began kindergarten late in the school year. It was his first experience in kinder and first time attending school full day. The admin/staff lacked any empathy regarding how this transition might be for my son and our family. Fortunately, our son ended up doing very well and settled in quickly. It's a very "academic" program, with no time for play/exploration. My son likes school, although, does complain about the lack of discipline, and wonders why the teacher can't get the kids to "behave." We do love the numerous field trips and special performances. Although, we have a big problem with the showing of videos during incliment weather when the kids can't go outside. We've spoken to the school and they have all the regular excuses. There are schools nearby that have come up with more appropriate solutions, so I know it's possible. Further, some of the videos they show are inappropriate, for which there is no excuse. We actually purchased some more appropriate vids for the school, only to have them show 1 just once. To me, this says much about the school leadership and general attitudes/understanding about young children.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2013
My family of four moved to Forest Hills specifically to attend P.S. 101. We'd heard so many wonderful things; we started the school year full of enthusiasm and hope. I immediately wrote a $1000 check to the PA. I chaperoned every trip and volunteered to read to the class. Then things went drastically and dramatically downhill when our son's kindergarten teacher went absent without a return date for six weeks. Unable to hire a "permanent sub", the 24 kids were subjected to a different overwhelmed sub everyday. Standards dropped: curricula were ignored, even bathroom and snack protocols were abandoned; a culture of bullying sprang up. Human rights violations became commonplace: kids peeing in their pants, going hungry, and being pushed down stairs. We tried in vain to hire an assistant to help out, but the mere suggestion of it evoked disdain from the PA and skepticism from the new principal. We descended into a surreally hellish series of meetings that, in their exquisite illogic, don't merit description here. Finally, after much anguish, we transferred our son into a private school, obliterating, once and for all, our very reason for moving to Forest Hills at all.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
We just hit pay dirt with our new principal, Ms. Paniagua. In just a month's time, she has reinvigorated our entire community. Change is a comin' and it's going to be great!

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2012
This is a great school. It has both the feel of the community and that of a private school right in the middle of Queens. I bought a home in this area just so my child could attend. The principal is outstanding and the faculty is very good. Kudos! I am very pleased

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2012
I have somewhat mixed feelings about 101. On one hand, the parent community is superb, there are many excellent teachers, and it has a really good environment overall. On the other hand, my son (who has some behavior difficulties) has not been handled very well. I feel that his initial problems were exacerbated by the way the school handled them, and I feel like they often make decisions based more on their image than my son's betterment. The school is more intolerant of behavior issues than most other schools, which has its good and bad sides. Unfortunately, my son has mostly gotten the bad side. That said, if I had a kid with no behavior issues who could sit with hands folded listening to the teacher, I think this would be an awesome school for him. But deviation does not go over well, and I feel like they don't know quite how to handle it.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2012
5 stars and excellent combination of parents,teachers and students working together it feels like a great team

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2011
No complaints. Just excellent. I simply love the way they treat kids when they do great.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2011
My son is in second grade here now, and I am very impressed with the school on several levels. For one, the parent involvement level is unbelievable. Parents are very involved with all areas of the school and it feels like a community. For another, the teachers have been very good, attentive, and able to zero in on my son's needs. The kids learn and they like it there. Beyond that, the school is always in very good condition. Floors are clean, papers hang in orderly fashion on the billboards, etc. While this may seem unimportant, it says a lot that they pay attention to detail.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2010
The first day of school for kindergarteners this year was like a cattle call. Children as young as 4 years old go to the bathroom or the office with a buddy -- the buddy often returns to the classroom alone -- not escorted by an adult as parents had been told in orientation. The school considers walking from circle time to desks, or stretching between worksheet sessions, to be enough movement for children. It ignores all research that play-based K is best, instead deeming play something for pre-K or after school (in between homework sessions).

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2010
My son is starting second grade after coming into the school two months into the first grade (we had recently moved into the neighborhood). The school went all out in making him feel as comfortable as possible. He has ADHD, and the school worked a lot with me to find solutions for his classroom problems. By the end of the year, he was in a much better place. In general, I'm impressed by the school's leadership and the parent involvement is great. As a working single parent, it can be hard for me to be as involved as I'd like, but the parent coordinator and the administrative staff have been extremely helpful. One negative: I think they load the kids with too much homework, at least in first grade they did. We spent a couple of hours a night on homework.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2010
I'm not impressed. There are too many children in each class, and the classrooms are extremely small since this is an old school. There are 26 kids in kinder class, one teacher, no aide, so no individual attention. The school does nothing to deter or do they investigate people bringing their children from other communities. There is alot of bullying that goes on in this school, they are supposed to have a zero tolerance policy. They turn their cheek to it and do not inforce it. I agree with other parents, the constant letters home asking for donations is harrasment. The school supply list at the beginning of the year will cost you $200.00. They even ask you to send 3 packs of copy paper ! This should be asked as donation only. They can save on copy paper if they stop asking for monetary donations.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2010
I am definitely agree, the website is a treasure, full of update information. And if we still cannot find what we want, we can email to our parent coordinator, she will guide us!!! The principal is sending regurlaly some information about school too. Just ask to put on her mailing list!

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2010
I agree with the parent from March 27th. School letters were sent out to parents informing them that the use of the temporary dismissal exits for certain grades are extended due to ongoing playground renovation. However, my class DID NOT receive this letter. I had to get the information from another parent from another class when I was headed to the wrong exit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 22, 2009
I love this school. My son has been in PS 101Q since Pre-K and he is now in 6th grade. The Education is very good.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 03, 2009
The school for the most part is a great school but I have to agree with the parent who posted May 14,2009. There is a lack of communication and a lack of organization. And now with all the sickness going around they are not notifying parents as to how many children are out sick or being sent home. I guess their fundraisers and needing more money is priority over our children's health

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 14, 2009
My daughter attended this school last year for Pre-k and now this year she is in Kindergarten. At first i thought pre-k was nice and once we got into kindergarten it was totally different. The classes are over crowded to begin with and the teacher can not attend to each child's need. Another problem is the P.A - there is barely any direct communication with them except for the endless letters we get with requesting for donations. The lack of communication with the principals lacks as well. In the end this school is overcrowded and they have a non-stop request for financial donations.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 22, 2009
PS 101 offers a rigorous program along with special events and parent involvement if you are able to take advantage. The PA runs a great afterschool program along with a lovely mother/son and father/daughter dance. Unfortunately, these parents also have their own agenda and other parents who would like to be more involved tend to hesitate. There are events like Family Game Night, Art/Technology Fair and performances headed by the talented music teacher. The administration holds evening workshops as well as the workshops held in the morning. There is also an enjoyable Parent Book Club that is run by Ms. Gold,social worker.This school has dedicated teachers who work hard to educate our children. I find that the principal is approachable and tries hard to make this school a warm and nuturing environment. Nothing is perfect, but I am glad that my child attends this school and so is she.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 19, 2009
At first sight the school seemed nice and the staff seemed to be sincere and on top of things. This is not my experience now. I find the head staff to be unreliable and not knowledgable in communicating with children and parents. I am trying to transfer my son midyear (thats how unhappy with this school I am), to another school. I would highly reccomend really talking to parents who have already been through this school for a few years. Also there is a high rate of bullying and the staff seems unable to determine the source of the real bullying. I found my son was safer in Morningside heights school than out here in nice Forest Hills. I truely regret ever enrolling him here and feel he has lost out on this years education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 30, 2008
PS101 was a great school for my kids, both have moved on to middle schools. It gave them a solid base and the skills to test into 'select' schools.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2008
We have had a mixed experience at PS 101...class sizes are large and there are no aides in the lower grades; some teachers are fabulous and others clearly 'coast' (as was the case with our child's K teacher); administration seems to be trying to improve communication with parent community but there is a great divide and a clear 'us' and 'them' atmosphere. Some specials such as music are excellent, while others (such as science for the younger grades) are sub-standard. I very much agree with the parent who described the PA as an intense and small group of parents with their own agenda. It seems that many parents hesitate to get involved because of the cliquish vibe the PA gives off and the constant harassment for more and more monetary donations.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2008
Key reason for our move to Forest Hills Gardens was this public school. Excellent location, dedicated teachers and parents who are actively involved make this a GREAT school.

- submitted by a parent

November 23, 2007
This school has been fantastic so far. Teachers and principal respond immediately to e-mails and letetrs. Its almost like a private free of cost. And to top it off- its in a secluded beautiful setting. Moved here just for this school- and have very few complaints. Teachers are highly qualified and principal runs the school like a well-oiled machine and she and assistant principals are constantly checking in on the classrooms. Older kids help youger children- just a great environment!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 22, 2007
This year the school is moving full speed ahead after the upheaval of leadership changes. The staff is unbeatable. There is a new assistant principle who is kind and supportive. For public it is tops.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2007
I concur completely with the comments submitted in October 2006 and December 2005. There seems to be a peristent state of confusion concerning the curriculum and the level of competence/dedication of teachers within each grade varies greatly.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2007
I came to this school from independent private and have found it to be superior. The teachers are all certified and able to teach all levels. The new principal is finding her way. The teachers and excellent student body make this school a public school that works.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2006
I have 9 years experience with 101. New principal well meaning. School may be really good again in future, but now is in flux. An aura of confusion pervades the place. Not every class gets both art and library. They get one or the other (sometimes). New ideas are introduced, then discarded mid-stream. New curriculum (Balanced Literacy) implementation is inconsistent. Pressure to teach specifically for state/citywide tests is overwhelming. Many kids bussed in now from outside neighborhood so overcrowding is an issue. Lunchroom is so noisy, the aides seem on edge. Some experienced fine teachers have retired in past two years. Parent involvement consists of a small group of intense parents, some with personal agendas. Positives: neighborhood feel, great place for pre-k through 2nd graders, great afterschool program run by P.A., new fulltime music teacher.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2006
This is a good school for kindergarten. As with any school it depends on the teacher.

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2005
PS 101 provides quality education in grades K-3. Grades 4-6 are not as consistent in their quality. Unfortunately, the less competent instructors are have been blindly supported by the administration. The high test scores are more a tribute to the dedicated parents who support student work with outside tutors etc.

- submitted by a parent

October 22, 2005
My daughter attended PS from 101 from 2000 until 2005 the quality of academic programs were excellent at PS101. The educational environment at the school did a great job of preparing my daughter for one of the top prep schools in the city, she is doing well at the new school.PS 101 has an good chorus thanks to Mr.Cooper, who even though he was retired, he returned to ensure that the annual school prodution was a success.The school has a very good art program. And the librarian Ms Cook is priceless. The PTA is great I still continue to get e-mails of the activites. The school has various afterschool clubs and activities (sign up early).

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2005
I went to this school in the 60's and my son, after spending two years at an excellent private school in the city, switched in second grade to PS 101. The school has not changed in 50 years. The teacher's seem overworked, and class sizes are at approximately 26 students. The teacher's, although adequate, do not take any time nurturing each child's individual potential. They are shuttled around and scolded if they speak out of turn or do not stand in line. There has been no quality parent teacher interaction. The emphasis is on how nicely the child conforms; and the threat of being left back is used often as a precaution. No effort is made to smooth out problems with friends, and no attempt was made to help my 7 year old make the transition to his new school. We have also been through 2 principles and 1 interim since september.

- submitted by a teacher

March 28, 2005
Both of my kids attended this school. There was a bit of turmoil at the beginning of the school year (04) because the principal of 9 years retired over the summer, but there is a new principal in place and she seems very warm, caring and pro-active. There is a very strong parents association and this keeps both the principal and teachers on their toes. I highly recommend the school to parents living in the district.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2003
This is a wonderful school. Our children are extremely comfortable here. Great parent involvement. Teachers are fine academically, but a few need to work on their parent relationship skills.

- submitted by a parent

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Ps 101 School In The Gardens
2 Russell Place, Queens, NY  11375
(718) 268-7231
Last modified Ps 101 School In The Gardens is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 101 School In The Gardens Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top