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PK-5
Public
Staten Island, NY
Students enrolled: 769
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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250 Kramer Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10309

(718) 605-1189
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October 03, 2014
My child has been attending the school for the past two years. Great school. She is doing well academically.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
My daughter has been in ps56 for 3 yrs now. I absolutely am so satisfied with this school the principal staff security are awesome and very friendly, if I ever had an issue it was resolved within that same day. They do not tollerate bullying and I love the fact that when I drop my daughter off in the morning the lady that's in the front of the gate knows my daughter and every single child names that walks in the school yard! It was such a great secure feeling for me that the staff at ps 56 treats my daughter and every other child like their own. Took all my anxiety away I am now sending my 4 yr old to ps 56.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2013
I really do like this school, sp much that I dont want to move out of their zone. Mr. Scali is great, dont know much about Mrs.Derose though. I have truly liked each of the teachers my child had for the last 3 years. I will say that having worked at several PTA functions I have been exposed to other teachers, gym teacher is nuts!! She is rough and constantly yelling (witnessed this with kindergartners), her field day isnt fun because the kids cant be enthusiastic at all. Also Mrs. DellaSanti terrible, all she does is yell, I witnessed her berating a 5 year old child for talking as every other child was doing the same. The whole time she yelled and yelled, if you cant handle kindergartners maybe you should be in the upper grades. Overall I really love the school

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2011
There is nothing special about this school. It's in a nice neighborhood and that's about it. I have two children there, one in kindergarten and the other in 3rd grade. There are no options for working parents as far as after school programs, getting on the waiting list for OST is nearly impossible as they never answer the phone nor do they return messages. There is also no Eagle program for advanced students. Every week they send home letters asking for money or supplies or both. It's frustrating as a single parent trying to give my children the best and having no support. I agree with the other parents that felt their office staff is rude, they are. They have absolutely no compassion. My son's teacher called me at work because he wasn't working fast enough! He's in his second month of kindergarten! They have dances with no snack or drinks (where did the $5 per child go?). This school made me regret moving here and has made life harder both financially and emotionally.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
I agree also that the children of the PTA moms do get special treatment.One time at the book sale,I saw that kids whose mothers were on the PTA had the most popular books put aside for them so that they were sure to get them.And,at the plant sale,the PTA moms put the best flowers and plants aside for themselves.And it also amazes me how it is always a PTA moms kid that wins the awards.The Principal is very caring,the assistant principal I barely notice,the office secretaries are nosey and rude,and the Parent/Teacher Coordinator thinks she runs the school.Most of the teachers are good but,some could be better.The school is mostly kept clean except for the bathrooms,my kids have told me that they are filthy and they will not use them.Overall it's an okay school but,nothing to brag about.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
I am disappointed in this school even though my children are doing well. There is no paid latchkey program here and to get into the UAU FREE program with only 120 seats is almost next to impossible. There is no support for working mothers. I have yet to get my child in Girl Scouts at the school for 3 yrs now. Every year I call and am told she is next on the list. The doors do not open till 8, there are no options before that. I have been up at the school several times this years and the children are loud, rude and running around. The teachers don't tell them not to behave that way and neither do the parents. I went up for a breakfast with students and parents in which kids were freely running all over and it was acceptable. The faculty is afraid of parents and the squeaky wheel gets the grease here. I'm not happy and looking into other schools for September as I want my children in a more controlled environment and where the favorite PTA moms children always get the best of everything and the working moms children get the shaft.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2010
I transferred my children here from PS 3 because I found that 3 was not academically rigorous. I am extremely impressed by the teachers at PS 56. My children are engaged and are being challenged on a daily basis, which leads to their academic growth. Mrs. DeRose stands out as a wonderful and caring assistant principal and there is a strong PTA. The school is also kept very clean. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2010
my grandson goes there and he is learning so much,the teachers r wonderful and the school is kept so clean. he loves to go, does not give a problem. so they must be something right

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2010
The staff is very involved and considerate of the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2010
P.S56 is my favorite elementry school. My son graduated with great grades and I have to thank the wonderful teachers he had. My daughter is a 4th grader and is doing well. All the para's are helpful, and the PTA try their hardest to raise money for the school. Thank you P.S56 and Mr. Scali for wonderful memories!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2010
The teachers and staff and very nice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2010
Its a great school, wonderful teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2010
i would be glad to vote :)

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
My Son Learn So much....I'm suprise, teachers are great, take time their time. So far....Love this school

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
I think the teachers my son has had in his ,now, 5 years there, have taught him wonderfully and he enjoyed going there.I never felt that they lack on any teaching in any area and if help was needed it was always offered.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
I have been a PS 56 since its opening in 1998. I will now watch my 3rd and final child graduate. My children had one wonderful teacher after the other. My older children still some and visit their teachers with fond memories.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
It is a great school with great parents wonderful programs, and a helpful staff...

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
my daughter feels at home, the teachers are wonderful and there is great communication.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
Great program, excellent teachers/staff...Very happy on this school

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2010
it is an excellent school

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
I love P.S. 56 because each individual student is treated with such care.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2010
It's the best school of New York! My son Nelson attended PS56 until two weeks ago... we moved to Italy ten days ago... because I have a breast cancer and I came here for the support of my family and for the medical care. The only thing that I miss so much... it's PS56, more than my house. It's a best place to learn and grow up! Lisa

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
They take the kids safety very seriously.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
We have great teachers and great families! P.S. 56 is a good place to learn and grow!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 21, 2010
My grandson goes to the school and has allergies to many different things and the school works with his parents on this issue ..... The school work is high quality and my grandson is a better student due to this.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2010
PS 56 would be just a building...had not it been for the determined teachers who work with every child, smart or struggling, to seem achieve.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
All PS 56 teachers are wonderful and I find my son receiving the highest quality of education. He enjoy's going to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
I love the teachers at PS56. They are some of the most professional, caring and nurturing teachers I have ever come into contact.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
I am very happy with the education my daughter is receiving in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
Our school is the best! We have great teachers, a wonderful support staff and an excellent school enviornment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
PS56 provides an outstanding education and social foundation for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
PS 56 IS A COMMUNITY THAT WORKS HAND IN HAND FOR THE ENRICHMENT OF ALL.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
PS 56 is an excellent school with great teachers & staff. The parents are very nice and it is a welcoming enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
The teachers are great and go out of their way to help their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
P.S.56 is a wonderful school where dedicated staff really care about the children. It is a great environment where the students really do learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
Very good teachers, Principal is very involved with the students, programs, and activities, good after school program. But lunch aides need to practice patience and learn they do not have to constantly yell at the students for small issues.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
I think the school is a great place for kids to learn, they are all so caring. The teachers and staff are always very accommodating. My daughter loves her school and all her teachers. She has made some wonder life firends. She has grown in her studies and has improved in areas where she was not doing so well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
My daughter just started and so far so good. She loves going to school everyday and comes home just as happy. She has been learning alot and the school seems to care about their students

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
The teachers and parents make the school very special. It is safe, clean and just a great atmosphere to send your children. The kids have fun learning. P.S. 56 offer so many extra fun activities for the students. By far the best elementary school in Staten Island.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
I feel the school has improved since Mr. Scali became principal. The school is also always very clean,

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
We as a family love P.S. 56. Our principle, PTA, office staff, teachers and paraprofessionals have all been wonderful. They have gone above and beyond for my daughter over the years. Thank you P.S.56.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
Best school in Staten Island! Cares about our kids & best education! My daughter is in 5th grade and has had an amazing elementary school experience all around!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
fantastic teachers and staff. my son had learned so much over the past 4 years there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
Great teachers and a beautiful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
I like the environment of encouraging reading

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
i have 3 children in PS56,the oldest just graduated from PS56 and the other two are in 2nd,and kindergarten..ALL of my children are and have had wonderful learning experiences at PS56..its more then a school,its a family.The teachers,staff,volunteers..everyone goes above and beyond.my children are happy,comfortable and well educated.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
Love the teachers, love the staff! A great family-friendly school that promotes learning and leadership.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
P.S. 56 the Louis Desario School

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
one of the best schools on staten island

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 18, 2010
I am a school aide there , great working enviroment

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
I am very happy with my son's education thus far at PS 56. He too got the teacher that everyone warned us about and she is wonderful. Please don't listen to rumors as everyone deserves a chance to make an impression. My sister even requested her for her son who is entering K in the Fall.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2009
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October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
I am so pleased with my son's education so far at PS 56. He is in the first grade, and just when I think there cannot be a better teacher than the one he has, we are blessed with another dedicated professional . Mrs. Bergonzi, in pre-K, was so loving and kind yet firm, and gave my son the best foundation for learning that any parent could ask for. In Kindergarten, the grade where we learn the basis for everything in life, Ms. Netzel was the most wonderful, involved, truly caring person, and treated each child like her own. My son was more than prepared for first grade under her guidance. Now, in First Grade my son's teacher is Ms. Eisenberger. She has taught reading and writing skills that her students will use for the rest of their educational life. Everyday Math, however, still has not won me over.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 18, 2008
My son is new to this school and is in kindergarten. His teacher is the one everyone warned me about, and i must say that she is nothing like what some people have told me. If u get her for kindergarten give her a chance and please do not listen to what others say. she is tough but loves her students and the feeling is mutual. The school itself has very high standards for the students and the parent coordinator is a doll. She is willing to help in any way possible. All in all i am very pleased with the school and it's staff. the board of education on the other hand...

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2008
my two daughters go to ps.56. one is in seco nd the other one in fifth.. my daughters have learned alot and i thank mrs cappola for giving my daughter the foundation for her yrs to come..... im so proud to be a part of ps .56

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
I absolutely love this school. I have my 2 sons attending this school and they both love it especially my husband and I. thank god I have to great wonderfull teachers my kindergarten who loves Ms.Pulice, and my second grader ms.Ferioulo. Ms.Ferioulo is a wonderful teacher, my son xcame from a different school plu he had some reading problems and Ms.Ferioulo sat right beside him helping and make sure that he is up to date with his class. I absolutely love her, I wish she could be his third grade teacher. Ms.Pulice very loving my kindergarten loves her, he has learned alot with her. I hope that all teachers could be ike them loving and caring, let's see.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
My son is in kindergarten and each day he leaves school in anticipation for the next day. His teacher is Ms. Netzel. She is so dedicated and passionate, it pours out into her teaching. I am certain he will enter into 1st grade prepared and confident. I wish all teachers were as devoted as Ms. Netzel.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
Thus far, I am satisfied with the school. My child is in kindergarten, and leaves school with a smile on her face. I believe that my child is learning, happy and served well. She will leave kindergarten more than ready for first grade. My advice to parents who have children entering K in 2008 is to reserve your judgement and give the teacher time before you waste time and energy getting stirred up by uninformed parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
Great school...but my son comes out freezing from the air conditioning,I mean I'm thankful that the school has the luxury of air conditioned rooms but,it needs to be set comfortably so that it's not too cold.And,my son says that the bathrooms are disgusting and unsanitary which is a shame because it is a beautiful school.The teachers are friendly and caring.And,thank goodness for the new,better Principal.Overall the school is fun for the kids and they follow an excellent curriculum.Just one more thing,the schoolyard needs to be repainted.In the past the schoolyard was painted by parent volunteers,hopefully we can do that again and get the schoolyard looking good again for our children.I'll be the first to volunteer.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
my son has gone to this school since third grade. the teachers are excellent. they push the children to do their best.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
My son is now finishing the first grade with Ms. Netzel. I am so very pleased with her. She is a wonderful person and a great teacher. He also had Mrs. Fitzer and Ms. DePasqua. Now my daughter is starting pre-k in sept.07 and we both cant wait for her to be in the same school as her brother. She wants all the teachers that her brother has had. Over all I absolutelt love the school and I am really confident as a parent that my children are getting the best education from the great teachers at P.S. 56

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
Great school! Teachers are wonderful, Principal Scali is doing a great job...PS 56 is a great school for a strong education. Only complaint! The school's secretary's aren't polite or pleasant at all.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
I have been pleased with P.S. 56 overall.

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February 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
This school needs to know it is a school with children and not a prison or library. Children should be able to speak to their friends at lunch and not sit silent. This school also needs to offer extra curricular activities and get a new principal.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2006
The students get music, art, library, gym and science. The parents are encouraged to participate as much as they can. The schools scores on the 3rd and 4th grade city and state testing was great last year. The teachers are wonderful and experienced.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
I find the school to be very good. The teachers are excellent and the students really learn. My son has done incredible in this school. I am currently having issues with my daughter's education in Kindergarten and hope to resolve this soon.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
The principal needs to be more parent friendly. She talks down to people and is unyielding in her ability to help or understand. The PTA is great and the teachers are very educated and professional. I have 2 children there and have been somewhat happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2005
This school lacks direction and must get an administrator who's vision is improving the children's education not her image!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
I am very disappointed. We have here a state of the art education facility and we re not really using it to our advantage. Learning and development is everything. If we educate ourselves, we will only benefit us and our children. There should be more parent involvement. Give the parents more homework instead of them not showing up for the workshops. So it takes a half hour a day. It s part of our children s education. These children are our future.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
I am very pleased the way the school is run, especially since our new principal arrived. She is great. She's always there for the kids, I've seen it myself. It's a great school, with caring teachers and a very hard-working PTA. This will be my son's last year in the school and I will miss it. He's been there since kindergarten and we have many great memories and have made many, many close friends. Mrs. Feliciano

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2003
Ever since we got a new Principal in Sept.this school seems to be running like a circus.We really need someone that knows what they are doing. Also, the teachers and aides need to have better attitudes.

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Ps 56 The Louis Desario School
250 Kramer Avenue, Staten Island, NY  10309
(718) 605-1189
Last modified Ps 56 The Louis Desario 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 56 The Louis Desario School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 76 reviews. Top