Students enrolled 1087
School leader MR. DAVID BISHOP

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60-85 Catalpa Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385

(718) 821-8121
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4 stars
Based on 36 ratings

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September 21, 2013
My twin sister and I graduated the year of 2009. During that time, I was a shy kid who enjoyed getting grades. I was a victim of getting screamed out by the people in charge when they got in a bad temperament. I remember one teacher who had saliva spewing out of his mouth, yelling to me about something that happened in class a week ago. I think that not everyone can be teachers. Yes you can get a diploma from any college but if you don't have the patience to teach kids. Please do us a favor and don't teach. I think there should be an inspector in each class to watch over the teachers antics. Even if the students are behaving in the " wrong way" they are 10 year olds or even younger who needs a calm way of discipline.

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2013
I am a fifth grader in p.s88 it is a great school i will graduate this year. this the best school ever.the teachers are great. even though we have no recess its better because we don't wast time like other school they have Greater Ridgewood and other programs like the recreatinal program chorus, newspaper and lawclub. Bulling is not permited. the only thing is that the lunch stinks. I am sure that if you went there you will be succsesful.

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2012
My son graduated from this school in 2011. This school is terrible, educational level is very low, my child didn't learn much. He went to very good middle school totally unprepared, he was way behind other kids and needed to catch up a lot. There is absolutely no communication between parents and teachers. I am glad that my son is done with this school and doesn't have to go back there :-)

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2012
I have never heard of an elementary school that doesn't have recess. My son is only six and is expected to sit from 8 in the morning until two in the afternoon and they wonder why their test scores are bad. Studies..and common sense...show that young children need physical activity to help them learn and focus. I am heartbroken that this is my zoned school. My bright and creative child is starting to hate school.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
VERY DISAPPOINTED MY DAUGTHER IS IN SECOND GRADE SHE DOESNT HAVE A LOT HOMEWORK AND THE TEACHER DOESNT HAVE NOT PATIENCE WITH THE KIDS SINCE THE SCHOOL STARTED IM BEEN ASKING THE TEACHER HOW MY DAUGTHER IS DOING AND SHE SAID THE EVERYTHING IS OK BUT WHEN I CHECK THE REPORT CARD IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT IS LIKE SHE DONT CARE ABOUT THE KIDS VERY IM REALLY CONCERN

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2011
Love this school!!! The teachers are great and so are the principal and the vice principals.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
I am extremely disappointed with this school. First of all the kindergartens are allowed to walk to class by themselves. There is a very rude Security Guard that sits on a stool doing nothing but yelling at the kids and parents just because you are trying to make sure your child made it to class okay. The classes are often overcrowded and filled with teachers who have no real compassion to teach. There is one field trip a year, only one gym class if you're lucky a week and not much too often in the extracurricular activities. The kids just sit there hour after hour supposedly learning. My son is only 6 in the first grade and he Hates School!! Thanks to the unconcerned principal and teachers! Way too go PS 88.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2011
I thought ps 88 was a pretty good school despite that over the years it seems to have declined a bit not what it used to be and there testing scores have gone down even notice that they are behind in class work compared to other schools in the area but the great teachers they had made up for it until my son needed special education services it has been a nightmare no one there is able to help or willing to work with you once your child has special needs teachers begin to quickly turn there back on kids that have education issues and the school would rather get your kid out to another school then take the time to set up the best educational plan for the child you need learn the laws and education process to be able to advocate for your child when it comes to dealing with ps 88 or they will pull a fast one on you

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
First the kids are made to wait out in the yard for their teachers even in the winter. Something I did not do because I'm not making my kids wait half an hour outside in 20 degree weather for a teacher. Second the gym teachers act like they're running a boot camp, threatening to fail kids just because they might be unprepared a whole *3* times out of 200 days of the school year. Third, most of all the teachers are less than enthusiastic about their jobs. One teacher even told my child that he shouldn't bring his advanced study book with him because "he shouldn't know that yet". Only a very small handful know and like what they're doing, the rest unfortunately either cannot handle the kids or don't know enough about their respective subjects to teach them. Both my kids came to me telling me that they learn better with me, with NO training in teaching, than they do in school. However, the one incident that sealed the deal was when my kid was attacked, defended himself and the counselor had the audacity to imply that he was wrong to do so, that he should have gotten up and "talked" about it!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
My daughter is in 2 grade. I used to be happy with her school, but lately I have a lot of concerns. Her class is huge 30 children, she get very little homework. They never go on any trips, the teacher keeps telling the kids that she is tierd. There is no airconditioner in the class, and with temepratures hitting 90+ the kids are miserable. You need to keep in touch with the teacher!!!! They will never call you. I have a tutor for my child becouse she is being neglected in the classroom. Too many children and a very tired teacher.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
My son attended this school since kindergarden. At first it was a really great experience. Until about the third grade. Once the Principal Ms China left, this school has taken a real turn for the worse. My son hardly ever gets homework. His class was 4 units behind in math than other 5th grade classes of friends that went to other schools. I finally got his class changed but only after i could provide proof of the issues. So now i have to hire a tutor to help him catch up and prepare for 6th grade. I feel like no matter who you go to for help, you are always met with "No". Unless you are part of the clique, the parent/teacher coordinator, who is suppose to advocate for the parents, is the least helpful. I really wished I would have pulled him out of this school earlier. My sister has thankfully transferred my nephew out. If your child must go to this school because of the zone, you have to pay clsoe attention to the progress (or lack of) in your child's education. Stay very very present & active and be prepared to fight for your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2010
My older daughter graduated this school this year and my younger one is in 3rd grade, so I've been with this school for almost 7 years. This school is great, the teachers are fantastic. I recommend this school to the people who what to achieve something in there lives.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2010
My daughter hasn't begun attending this school. I'm very concerned that it has NO ARTS or MUSIC curriculum. This is an elementary school when kids need that kind of stuff as much as any other subject. The people who work there have so far, been nothing but kind and helpful so I can't complain about that.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2010
This school is wonderful she has a great teacher to engourge her

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November 12, 2009
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October 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 15, 2009
Its a really good school,and gives my child all the attention he needs

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June 18, 2009
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May 25, 2009
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March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
This will be my daughters last year and she will be on her way to JHS. I am pleased with the Education she is recieving here and will truly miss the teachers and Principal from PS 88. Everyone here shows so much interest in the childs education. The staff is great as well as the Teachers and Principal.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
The principal and all of her staff work together like a well oiled machine.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2008
this school is the best and has very good teachers and support staff and they stimulate the parents to participate with the school activities and good workshop. to guide our kids for a good future.

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June 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
Principal isn't the best. She don't know how solve the problem, she only yell, but i like the teachers.

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no rating April 09, 2008
This school has wonderful and caring teachers, tha staff are friendly and helpful. My daughter has always been happy with her teachers as am I.

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April 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
The princepal isn't the best.She yells at us.But the teachers are great. i liked it better when dr.m was princepal.But send your kids their it is a nice school.

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November 27, 2007
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August 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
I have lived in Ridgewood for 8 years and have had all 3 of my kids attend P.S 88. It is truly the best school in the district. I currently work in LI but I am still commuting because the school district I work near has a horrible school system. I feel very fortunate to have my kids attend a 'great' public school.

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September 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
December 29, 2004
I have to say that the stress level in the school has gone down dramatically since the new principal took over. Although Dr. M did a great job running the school, we believe the school now has a more happy/calm feeling to it. It makes our kids WANT to come to school and learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2004
This is my daughters last year at P.S. 88 and I am very sad to see her leaving this school. All of the teachers and staff are wonderfull. It is so hard to say how much I have loved the school and the staff. Every one here has made my daughter's elementary school years the best it could be.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I currently have a daughter and neice attending this school, I have to admit I feel very lucky to have both especially my own daughter attending this school. When the teachers first let the parents know of their goals with you child, I can assure you they will achieve them, the attention and the caring that the staff and Dr. Margolis show these kids is wonderful to witness. I see my daughter wanting to apply herself in her school work and not feel hesitant about it. Dr. Margolis is strict yet very loving towards her students, the day my daughter has to leave the school I hope I will find her a school just like P.S. 88.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
I had 3 sons who went to this school. I would just like to say, the school and staff are great. Dr. Margolin runs a tight school, and it works. I have moved out of state and hope my youngest gets the same challenges in his new school tha he would have gotten here. The school and classes may seem crowded, but every child is taught at his level. Ps 88 is a great school and if you have a child going here, consider yourself lucky. Enjoy the year.

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Ps 88 Seneca
60-85 Catalpa Ave, Ridgewood, NY  11385
(718) 821-8121
Last modified Ps 88 Seneca is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 88 Seneca Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top