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PK-5
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Staten Island, NY
Students enrolled: 975

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80 South Goff Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10309

(718) 984-1021
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September 28, 2014
My daughter has attended PS3 since kindergarten, she is now in the 3rd grade. I am very happy with her academic performance. My experience was great with the Principal she gave me personal time and was very aware of my child's situation. My daughter loved all of her teachers, including her Para's. The staff has always understood and been very helpful in accommodating my daughter's severe medical condition. No complaints.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
PS 3 is NOT the place to be. The teachers are wonderful and are the only saving grace about this school. The administration is horrible. They never return calls. You have to ambush them by surprise in person during the school day to get any kind of answers. They never have PTA meetings at night so working parents can't attend. When you do bring up an issue at a PTA meeting Ms. Wilson shuts you down and says she'll talk to you in private but disappears. On the surface it seems like a good school with good programs. However it is overcrowded and you feel like you constantly have to fight to get basic things for your child. If Ms. Wilson and Ms. Papa were no longer there the place would be great. Until then the school is going down the tubes.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2014
My child is in the Gifted & Talented program. The score for this school is absurd and should be a lot lower. It is completely overcrowded due to the principal allowing special programs there despite the problem. The principal does not allow the kids to play outside at recess & have silent lunch due to being understaffed. A Kindergarten child left the school and was wandering the streets due to being locked out of the building. She finally made her way back in without any staff knowing she was gone. Ms. Wilson is completely unreasonable and sticks up for the teachers no matter how wrong they are. The music teacher had a nervous breakdown in my child's class (viewed by parents) & had to be removed by the AP. Ms. Wilson smiles in your face and then never calls you back or makes herself available to talk about any significant issues. The school has the lowest test scores out of the several schools in the area despite being in an affluent area with gifted students attending the school. If you have a choice please do not send your child here. You will be completely disappointed. I'm looking at having my child removed from the class & placed in the PS 8 G&T.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
My child goes to PS3 and over all the teachers have been great. On the other hand the Principal and assistant principal have not been great at all. They pay no mind to parents concerns or safety of the students. The principal makes decisions on whims that are not in the best interest of the children., The principal also has a bad attitude. and does not listen to the staff of the parents. Her way is the best way even when it is far from the best way. If by chance you should have a meeting with the principal. be prepared to wait for hours and then find she slipped out a side door. This is just the actions of a coward. Bottom line is the principal does not know how to run a school or communicate with parents or staff. This could be a much better place but it will not be until the principal is replaced.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2014
I think the rating of this school is unjust. Wonderful and caring teachers. ECC has the best principal we could have hoped for - I did not have much interaction with principal from the main building though. The amount of activities done with kids is great. Have not met a teacher I did not like here. My child is happy here. Learning well. What else can I ask for. Oh an although it is probably the same at all public schools - it really is nice that kids get a free breakfast and hot lunch is available for under $2.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
PS3 is not what it seems to be ! Horrible treatment of your kid is quarantined! Anyone who works there can turn around and decide to tell your child what to do and how to do so,how he dressed and if you will try to bring it to the principle attention ,well,it will be all your fault ,because ,everyone who works in ps 3 are Always right ,even if they decided to slap your child or made him feel miserable to tears ,it a all perfectly explainable to the principle of this school! I would never leave my child there ,it's just really upsetting that harm that school is already done !

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
The principal at this school just wanted to pass the buck today!! My son doesn't get off at his bus stop ..I go crazy looking for him for nearly an hour and find out that he got off at the main building for latchkey.. He doesn't belong there!!!! According to staff at the annex they thought he was on the earlier bus!! What??!! So he's been missing for what is now 2 hrs. and I'm just being notified? Her answer to me was well he was never actually lost he was here the whole time.. I said well to me he was lost cause no one told me where he was.. When I received the phone call on my cell at 4:00 I was told to call the school (regarding my son) I said to myself, ok I'll call them as soon as I get him off the bus.. No son on the bus!! Her answer to me then was well no one answered the phone .. I said I called u less than a minute later for the next 20 minutes no answer!!! Don't turn this around on me that I didn't answer the phone !!! Then has the nerve to tell me well isn't this the first time this happened? I said yeah .. Well it's only once .. I said yeah once in just 2 wks!! Imagine if I let him do this til the year of the year?! This is the first and last Mrs. Wilson!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
I am sorry that some people have had a horrible experience at PS 3. I have really no complaints. My son is in the Talented and Gifted program and ALL of his teacher were wonderful!!!! My other son has had some issues with his teachers but nothing major. I am happy with the school and I don't understand if you have such issues with a school why would you let your child continue to go there? Maybe some of the problem was you?

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Just to be clear - I DID NOT LET MY CHILD STAY IN PS3, and NO THE PROBLEM WAS NOT ME AND ALL THE OTHER PARENTS WHO HAVE POSTED BAD REVIEWS HERE! Hooray for your child, Im glad he is having a good experience!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2013
THIS SCHOOL IS FAILING MY CHILDREN! My children have been going to P.S. 3 since kindergarten. They have had a wonderful experience until they entered 5th grade. The 5th grade math teacher should not be allowed around children. All she does is hop around the class, yelling at the children, getting in their faces and telling them they are all going to fail or they are all going to cry when they get their tests back. What kind of teacher does this? Maybe if she taught correctly the failures would not happen. Parents have complained to the principal and assistant principal and they do nothing at all. They tell us she is a good teacher, her grades on the state test are good. I don't think they will be this year. This school, their teachers and principal should get a big old F. PLEASE DON'T SEND YOUR KIDS TO THIS SCHOOL!!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
THIS SCHOOL IS AWFUL ! MY child is in a 12:1:1 (special Ed). His teacher is wonderful and so is his Para . But when it comes to Mrs. Wilson And Ms. Pappa you will get a face wash. THey are not fully equipped for special Ed class nor do they care about these children who need the equipment to learn visually and by touch. THe most mind blowing issue is they are housing a child who draws pictures of children/teacher shot by him in blood. I feel this school should get an F. DO not send your child to school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
It is not only about a learning process. It's about relationships and environment in the school. The main principle of P.S. 3 is "See Something Say Something". The staff including teachers is awful! They teach kids to tell tales about each other; they are totally out of responsibility for kids and all what they do - just complain about each "wrong" step a child did. To show how they care are they blow a tiny and really unimportant thing to "the elephant size" problem. But they are absolutely silent and idleness when the situation demands their attention. In addition to this, some parents from this school follow suit and just spy on other kids from the class during common events, and then spread slander to the class teacher to point to how their own children are great, and how other children are bad. Is it s a normal practice in all TOP public schools? If YES, I wish my child goes back to his private school.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2011
Really love this school. Both my children have had problems with some more agressive children and the teachers and administration handled the bullying promptly and effectively! I just wish that the academic expectations were made a bit clearer to parents. Otherwise , it really is a great place to be!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2011
P.S.3 used to be the place to be! Sadly, this seems to be no longer true! My sisters children are now attending and she is not happy. The new admististration seems to be unapproachable, and they seem not to have that same lovely, caring attitude that I felt just a few short years age. However, she has stated that the teachers are very nice, but there seems to be a discontect. What is going on?

- submitted by a community member
February 26, 2011
I'm sad to report that this is a school of promises broken. There are a lot of great ideas but no motivation to improve. The Gifted and Talented Program in particular leaves way too much to be desired. It is basically non-existent. The PTA meetings are complaint sessions where the Principal is berated for an hour. The school trips are anything but educational - the movies? C'mon! The children have never been taken to the exquisite cultural center on Staten Island, or to the many many historical sites on The Island. There are virtually no books in the library, and the music program was discontinued. There are two courtyards in the school, a perfect place to plant a garden, both are unused. Lots of potential here, nothing but disappointment. If you have a choice send your child elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 12, 2010
I have taught for a long time and worked with other administrations and staff members. This administration and staff are professional; which is not always the case. They deeply care about the children and go above and beyond for them. The other day a first grader came to school with 12-18 month old clothes because his parents couldn't afford clothes and the PTA, other parents, and staff brought in clothes for this child. I am blessed to be a part of this school. The parents and children are amazing adults and children. What a great school!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 12, 2010
I have never met a more devoted Principal in all my life. Mrs. Wilson addresses each individual students needs. Parent coordinator is wonderful. Teachers are very concious about there job, but few can be very disrespectful towards the students; students should be addressed in a more appropiate manner.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
Why do you love P.S. 3 Margaret Gioiosa?

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2010
P.S. 3 has a great parent teacher relationship. We are a small school with great spirit and teachers who really care about their students.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 30, 2010
they do a great job and the children really excell

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2010
I love P.S.3 because the staff members are so dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
I love P.S. 3 because the teachers are so dedicated!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
The place to be: to learn, to share, to create, to motivate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2010
99% of the teachers are excellent! The Principal & AVP's are very "hands on". They outreach to the Parents. Website is kept up to date and very informative. School calendar of monthly events is very current. They care for the kids, they outreach, educate and provide opportunity & growth. They also teach the kids the importance of community, helping the community and being part of the community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2010
I love P.S. 3 because it provides a safe and nuturing community that focuses on meeting the individual needs of all its students !

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
This school is truly a community that cares. They help to make the children realize that we can all make a difference in many ways. They also try to make learning fun and that it continues beyond the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
My children have received an excellent education from individuals who really care about their learning needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
My children go there and I also went there as a child, We have some really great teachers....

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
My kids have been blessed to have such wonderful teachers throughout the years at PS 3!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
Such fantastic programs and incredible collaborative staff, wonderful students. Well rounded arts and academic curriculum.

- submitted by a teacher
October 21, 2010
Why do you love P.S. 3 Margaret Gioiosa?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
We are in desperate need of another administrator. Our Principal has not been afforded the budget to have one. Classes and programs have been discontinued amongst other major things. Our budgets were cut dramatically and we need to stick together and help our Principal save our school. This vote is for my daughter and all the wonderful parents of PS 3

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
Because it s a great learning environment for young children and the staff lives, eat, and breathe all the principles that they are instilling in these children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
My grandchildren receive an excellent education at P.S. 3.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
This school needs that money badly. They've lost their art and music program.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
because I have the best teacher in the world.She is the kindess most loving teacher...

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
The teachers are the best and they do the most they can with the little they have. PS 3 is also 1 of 4 schools on Staten Island that has the District's Gifted & Talented program. They need this money so the kids can have Art & Music!!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
The teachers are wonderful. My son enjoys going to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
Why do you love P.S. 3 Margaret Gioiosa? My kids love to go to school every day to learn new things.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
Great teachers, great PTA, my kids love their school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
They care so much for my kids and all the kids. That is what really makes a difference between schools and how far the children will strive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
The environment is one of caring and encouragement!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
I love it because it provides my daughter and son with a sense of community. The teachers, staff, and families are absolutely wonderful, and as a teacher myself I know how important it is for children to gain funds for programs that have been cut in recent years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
WE Always come together!!! Great principal, Great teachers !!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
Wow. My daughter came to the school in 2nd grade. I was happy, but now shes going into 5th grade. Her year in 4th grade she said was HORRIBLE. Her teacher was horrible, The homework was so outrageous, The teacher didnt care when she got made fun of a few times. Like cmon! Now, about her teacher was she was mean and the work she gave was so much at one time and then she came home with like 10 sentences for words, 3-5 math pages reading for 30+ minutes like, give these poor kids time to even eat. Honestly it just shows the teachers just give work and dont even care about the kids. How horrible.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2010
hello. i am a 5th grade here at PS3. im going to be upset when i leave PS3. i wasnt to big of a fan (actually i wasnt AT ALL) of my teacher this year, but my friends are here. i just got my yearbook on friday and i know when i look at it when i start junior high in september, im going to miss this school because i had amazing memmories ever since i started her in pre-k!! goodbye ps3 =(

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2010
i pick my child up and drive her to school .. theres lots of traffic. the cops just make it worse. and she complains about how their not allowed to talk in the lunchroom? your serious? no talking in a lunchroom? well there sorry that there teachers have them on a talking watchdown. my child struggles with spelling - we try to help her every night. before we were aware of this one night she came home saying her teacher yelled at her for spelling a word wrong. the teacher helps her. thats when we found out she needed help. we did better then the teacher. Horrible. This gives me chills

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 15, 2010
The school was running alot better before the new principal. Now as a parent we can not get to talk to her. I never see her around the building. I feel the parent coordinator does more then the Principal. This is an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NOT A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. I think she forgets that.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 13, 2010
My son came from a private school he is in the 5th grade. He has excellent teacher mrs. buccini.I am so glad he came to this school. he has made so much progress this year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 13, 2010
my son and daughter both LOVE the school. Mrs. buccini is the best . Everyone always has a smile on their face. It is such a warm environment. What can i say PS 3 is the place to be.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
great parent-teacher-administration collaboration great learning environment

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 13, 2008
My daughter Just started P.S. 3 last week she is in Kindergarten a 12:1:1 class. I am so impressed by this school already, the teachers, staff and most of all the Principal is Wonderful. she is so friendly and I love thar she is wandering around the halls and is involved with everyday activities. I am so glad that me and my husband chose this great school and like they say P.S. 3 is the place to be.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2008
My son just started P.S. 3 last week and already I am very impressed with what I see.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 19, 2008
My son is in kindergarten and I am so impressed by how well he is doing. I give credit to this great school and how caring and attentive everyone is. The Principal is wandering around all day and is so involved in everyday activities...so important to me. Very happy I chose public over parochial.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
P.S. 3 is the place to be! I have a son in 3rd grade and a daughter in 1st grade, and they are both thriving. The teachers are wonderful, and the curricculum is interesting and keeps the kids on their toes. I could not have asked for a better elementary school for my children.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2007
This is a wonderful school. Have a 2nd grader and a 5th grader. My 5th grader is upset that this is going to be her last year. But, shes excited about middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2007
I absolutely love this school, it has been a great experience so far with my son who is in 2nd grade. His teachers have been great, and they get better every year. My daughter is in Pre-K and she is loving it too, they are very excited each day to wake up and go to school. We love it

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2005
This is a small school where everyone knows your childs name. Which depending on your child, can be a good thing or a bad thing. My child is only in the first grade, so my opinion is limited. So far its better than O.K., but not Great.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
P.S.3 really is the place to be. It's a wonderful school. Kids make friends that will last a lifetime. I graduated from P.S.3 two years ago, and I miss it a lot. There will never be another school like it. It may not be the biggest school but it sure is the greatest.

- submitted by a former student
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Ps 3 The Margaret Gioiosa School
80 South Goff Avenue, Staten Island, NY  10309
(718) 984-1021
Last modified Ps 3 The Margaret Gioiosa School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 3 The Margaret Gioiosa School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top