WAY too much homework with very little support. I used to have my daughter saty after school for a more one on one approach but sadly the DOE thinks it is more important to have time for parents to meet with teachers. The teachers are rarely in meetings with parents so the time they are required to stay at school is for naught
I have had a favorable experience so far. The teachers are wonderful but the principal leaves a lot to be desired. Mr. Grill will always find an excuse as to why we do not have this program or that program available to students. We are constantly being told, we are not a title 1 school so we do not get the funding needed to make certain programs readily available to students. The bottom line is if he knew what he was doing, he would learn to manipulate the budget so we could have more programs.
P S 232 QUEENS The culture and climate of this school are excellent. The leadership, instruction, safety, and caring are beyond excellent. This school provides the most positive learning environment. This is no small feat with Mayor Bloomberg running the school system !!!
If you have other choices, exercise them. The main drawback to this school- unfortunately, is it's principal. He'll give the "we're one big family" speech at the start of the school term, then it becomes crystal clear when you need to deal with him that he is nothing more than a representative for the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). He'll put the well-being and comfort of the teachers ahead of your child's. Another observation- the atmosphere is HIGH stress, and is obvious if you look at the expressions on the children's faces when they leave school at the end of the day; or stand near the timecards at the start of the day and see the mayhem created by the teachers (and the expressions of misery) as they get their daily assignments. The bottom line, you're better off in a school that actually cares about your child's education and places more emphasis on a nurturing environment for learning. Also, the grade for this school has severely dropped off in the last couple of years- so proceed with caution.
This school is way overrated and if a child has special needs the principle and staff will target the child with false documentation to have the child removed from the school. This has been going on for years all to save money in the school budget so it can be used on the not so smart Belle Harbor children and not a child with special needs.You can judge a school by how it treats its weak and sick and this school gets a BIG F
Our school has opened its arms to the special needs community by offering support to parents of special needs children once a month. It is also very involved with the community (advertising local events, participating in parades).