Our experiences with PS 196 have been very positive. We have two children going to this school. Even though we're relatively new to the school, and can't speak for all teachers, all teachers we had with our 2 kids were great. They were very responsive to inquiries we had, either via class notes, or via e-mails, and very supportive and caring. When there were times that we needed to discuss with the teachers, they made time and met with us, despite their busy schedules. Principal Ms. Migliano is fair to all, encouraging and understanding, but at the mean time, she is strict and enforces disciplines. Assistant principal Ms. Koaz is warm and approachable. She always has sweet smile on her face. Parent teacher coordinator, Ms Maurer, is very responsive and helpful. The school runs a working parents friendly afterschool program, and Ms. Maria, who heads the afterschool program greatly understands those parents' need and difficulties making there on time for pickups on occasions. As for the yelling part, especially of the administrative staff, we've seen it outside of the classroom, and wish the school will work on that, and encourage the staff to give more loving and friendlier instructions to the kids.The workload of the teachers is huge, for one teacher teaches both math and ELA to 30+ kids througout the day, but this problem is beyond PS196.
- A parent
Quite simple they are terrible. Most are burnt out and can't handle the class size, they make grading mistakes and often have to teach to such a broad spectrum of students, from non-native speakers to math whizzes that there is not individual attention at all.
They do, but not intentionally. The classes of 30 to 33 are above average in size and so if a students wants attention they have to have grit and determination. Most well behaved, quite students get lost in the crowd.
Principal expressly told parents that a teacher is not under any obligation to respond to a parent's email. The teacher told my child it's ok not to finish his homework. Bullying is tolerated at school. What kind of school is this?
PS196 This is a terrible school. All they care about is the state test. The learning process is deteriorating and there is minimal homework. The administration mismanages this place in a shameful manner