After being displaced for over 10 months due to Hurricane Sandy my kids and I are so happy to be back at PS 41. We are so grateful to the principal, parent coordinator, teachers & the PTA who were all so wonderful and gave us the support we needed. After having to place my children in another public school and seeing the difference in education we prayed to come back home & back to PS 41. I know many parents don't always agree with our principal but let me tell you she gets things done and runs a tight ship and I feel confident in saying my children will be prepared once they leave to middle school. And trust me when I say as a parent who has seen the other side of the system I wouldn't want my kids anywhere else!
Both my kids go to ps 41 . They love their . Teachers n staff are great. I like how,they have alot activites for family n kids to be involved.
This school claims to be a Bully free Zone School . That is a load of you know what ! My child was bullied & harassed by other 3 other students on a daily bases it made my kid not able to concentrate on the work , grades dropping ect . When going to the principle to help in this matter she pretended to care when all it is was ,is a decoy to get you off her back . Like that saying goes "here no evil ,see no evil " .. The teachers however are only in it for the paycheck .and fear the principle . It is very sad what this school has become . Almost like a dictatorship . Sad ! very sad !! what is even more sad is they reward the bully by putting them in an honor class instead of taking more sufficient measures of the proper discipline . It has become a case no justice . If I were you I would seriously consider either private or another public school ! Don't send them to 41!
Both of my kids attending this school. See lots of parents complain about the principal. I think she is not a parent - friendly person. However, I see lots of things done for the school, and it all that matters to me. Honors class is MORE then great. Dual program is fantastic. Teachers are demanding and it works for me. I like a load of homework. We are so happy with the school. My older daughter is going to 2nd honor class. Little one is going to kindergarten dual program. Cannot be happier.
The staff and students at PS41are wonderful. The PROBLEM with this school is the principal. She is the ultimate BULLY. The teachers are very unhappy there strictly because of her. Look at the NYC DOE School Environment Learning Survey. Year after year, this principal gets the worst, if not one of the worst, ratings from the teachers. Yet, nothing is done about it. In the meantime, teachers inform each other on a daily basis of where the principal is each period if they know and they do this out of fear she may pop in and belittle them. She cares nothing about staff or students, just herself. The assistant principal simply parrots whatever is commanded of her, with no regard for staff or students either. Try to avoid sending your students to this school. You need a school where the principal truly cares. This one does not. She just cares about herself and becoming a media hound with bogus events like the "We are going to college" stunt she pulled last year. If you are a teacher looking for a position, this is the LAST school you would want to get a job at. Again, look at the NYC DOE School Learning Environment Survey. It says it all.
Both of my sons attended PS 41, my oldest graduated in 2009. My younger one would've loved to stay, unfortunately we moved to PA in 1/10. My sons & I loved the school, I can't say enough positive things about the school, the faculty & even the PAL program. As a single working mom I couldn't participate as much as I wanted, but the opportunity for involvment was always there. My older son transferred in February of 2nd grade, after I left my abusive husband. He struggled with many issues from the seperation and starting a new school mid year. Thankfully the teachers supported him & helped him adjust, when he graduated he was doing great & entered IS 2 honors program. My younger son also dealt with the divorce, plus he struggles with severe anxiety & ADHD. His teachers & I worked together with him; thanks to all the collaborative hard work, he became an ideal student and remains that way. He's being awarded at graduation, for maintaining honor roll status all year. Thanks to PS 41s strong educational foundation my son is graduating 8th grade having been on the honor roll every term of middle school. Additionally my sons are still ahead of all their classmates in honor programs.
The teachers in this school are fantastic! Unfortunately, the administration has got to be one of the worst in NYC. The principal is a big time bully. If you look at the results of the Learning Environment Surveys for the past year(posted on the DOE website) you will notice that she has the lowest ratings of all the principal on Staten Island. These results are based on the responses from the parents and the teachers of the school. The students, PTA, and teachers get 5 stars. The administration gets 0 stars!
this is an excellent school, one that I am proud to send my child to. It's a shame that there are parents who feel that the PTA does nothing & are a bunch of bullies. They are great VOLUNTEERS, who spend THEIR FREE TIME earning money for YOUR CHILD's school. The principal and the PTA have an excellent friendship & are always looking for ways to do things for the children.
Response to the below Re: PTA. I agree with the parent. The PTA parents are non-responsive, and lack a certain etiquette. If you volunteer to do this job, then you should do it right, don't insist that we need to walk in your shoes. Don't like it, don't care enough, don't do it. With that said, I generally love the school. My son loves the school, and I haven't had any problems other than those with the PTA. The principal needs to have a little more control over them, which she doesn't seem to want to take.
The principal is not the leader of the PTA. THE PARENTS ARE!!!!!! When I say walk in my shoes I am asking you to try and do the job that is unappreciated, thankless, and unable to satisfy the whole. We need to think of the whole student body not just individuals. We do this because we care enough to be involved in our child's education. We care enough to want to make our children's school the best. What we don't like is people criticizing this job that we volunteer for. Thats when we invite you to come and do it better. A wise woman once said if you can't do something yourself you criticize others who are doing the job no one else wanted to do. The parents hold election once a year come and stand up. Take a position and then tell us what you think. Tell us how much we don't care then. Until that time don't talk about stuff you don't know about .
wonderful school, but unfortunately the pta are very super-sensitive and immature woman who represent this school in a very bad way.when problems or differences arrise rather than making a bad situation better they make it worse by bashing, bullying and insulting the parents which have concerns They want to hear all problems as long as it does not involve them if so they run around complaining that the parents should walk in their shoes and do as much bla.wouldn't it be funny if the Principle was to do this everytime a parent complained of something?instead she thanks those who support her.
I think it has a really bad staff and Principal, she likes to patronize the parents and does not resolve problems. You do not feel welcome in that school. I'm so glad my daughter does not attend to that school anymore. It was a NIGHTMARE!!!!
This school keeps us informed of the important issues that are going on in the school and pertaining to our children.
The PTA offers a ton of great family activities, such as a monthly Family Fun Night and Halloween costume contest. The principal is very accessible and meets with parents once a month. Hard working teachers who go beyond to meet with parents and help children learn.
great family-oriented small school. good teachers and PTA. we love it!!
The school staff make me and my children welcome at school. The teachers go above and beyond to make sure my children are learning in the classroom. The school PTA offers Family nights were children, their family and school staff get to have fun and interac with each other.
My niece and nephews attend this school and have been getting a very good good education.
Principal and teacher are maintaining childs interest in learning and try to accomodate for childs needs. Honors class in the school is one of the ways to have top children to keep interested in the studying and accomodate thier higher needs in learning.
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