Both my kids go to this school. One of my children are in the G and T program . So far with all the teachers both my kids have had , I have nothing but amazing things to say about each and every one of them. The school itself is truly outstanding !!! The entire staff is very friendly and very professional. They really go out of their way for their students, and most importantly the teachers make sure that learning is fun for all children. The fact that my children are excited to go to school every morning is just priceless to me as a mom !! Which parent wouldn't want that ? Thank you PS 209 for giving my children an outstanding education and an exciting , safe and very fun school experience.
I have only positive things to say about this school and Dr McDonnell. Both my children go to 209...one in the G and T program and one not. Both receive a great education and Dr McDonnell does a great job addressing any issues should they come up. She knows all the kids by name and during all my interactions with her she clearly demonstrated that the kids were her priority.
I also pulled my child out from the school. Principal played politics and would not do anything to improve the situation. The school only emphasized teaching for standardized tests. Not much value in teaching.
I am an alumni from 209 and now am a college student. All I can say is that it was the best school I ever went to compared to my junior high school and high school. The staff for the most part seemed very dedicated and interested in helping us learn. I am seeing a lot of negative comments about the principal, I believe ms McDonald. When I attended she was vice principal and then became principal during my last two years. I generally liked her although I can't say that she knew everyone by name. She was happy all the time and was obsessed with smiley faces. To this day I think about visiting my old teachers at 209, except one which i advise you of, the science teacher, ms. keegan. She did not teach my class much from the 3rd to the 6th grade. She would make us copy pages of notes from the board and make us watch eyewitness videos. Then she would test us without really explaining jt and everyone would fail. Otherwise, the school is highly recommended!!
Principal should resign. She has an ego, knows everything, yet doesn't know anything. SHe is not a parent so doesn't know the first thing about dealing with kids. I'm glad I smartened up and transferred my children out. The teachers are ok, not great, but then again, these teachers have to go by NYS standards so they basically have to teach for testing which really is a disservice to them since that can't teach anything other than for standardized tests. ANd this school is really focused on these tests and I have heard that they repeated hold kids back and make them go to summer school when they really didn't need to go. BEWARE!!!!
I agree, the principal should resign and start a career in politics instead because that is all she cares about. Each year, since my daughter has started there, each teacher emphasizes the importance of the State Tests and they all complain about how large the classroom sizes are. I admired that they cared about these State tests, until I found about all the politics that are involved. I have not seen her or any of her teachers do one single thing to help my daughter succeed in her school. As soon as they see your child is struggling, instead of the teachers actually doing their jobs and teaching your children or checking their homework, they mandate that your child get evaluated and go through all kinds of testing and deal with social workers. As soon as you mention to her that one of teachers is not performing well, she becomes nasty and will NEVER take the blame and nothing is done to correct the situation. After four years of only negative news about my daughter and no results, I am pulling my child out of this school that only cares about money and not the well being of my child. Good riddance!
School can be much better with a new principal who actually cares about all the kids and not just the Alpha program. Principal expects all the kids to be at the level the alpha kids are, and that's just impossible. If your child does not score 3's and 4's and isn't a high achiever, then expect to get a phone call or a note from the teacher asking you to get your child evaluated for special services. My daughter is now entering the 3rd grade and I must admit that I am very nervous because of all the horror stories I have heard regarding the standardized tests and how this school has held back children because of them not doing well on the test. So I guess the no child gets left behind doesn't exist to this school. STill haven't made up my mind if I will bring my daughter back here. If your child is not in Alpha class then you are better off going elsewhere.
I agree that the principal does not care, but the rest of the administrators care about the children continuously. Although, the work they gave was child's play (was not in ALPHA class, but got into SP in Jhs 194) I was always bullied in the school as well.