Academics are strong. Arts are included. As a lottery school, for which you must care enough to apply for your child's admission, most parents continue to be motivated. My son has made new friends from many different parts of Staten Island. The grounds also house Board of Education offices and security personnel. Contrary to increasing safety this seems to lead to more traffic and less scrutiny of the many cars driving onto the premises. Another area of concern is inadequate outdoor playtime, at least for the youngest children. While the oldest kids have great sports facilities the youngest classes must take turns between one playground and the quad. Also, once the weather turns cooler or damp the decision-makers often keep them indoors at recess watching movies when they would be perfectly fine outside. Recently the sports fields and drainage have been redone so we have high hopes this situation will improve.
There is ample exposure to music, art, movement and gym - at least once a week each. Additionally there are Family Arts Night Programs. Since the arrival of a new Principal (Ms. Buckheit) the school seems to be more conformist than in the past. Looping has been eliminated, they adopted the new city-wide curriculum even though they were exempt, there are more opportunities for parental involvement, and there is more 'fun' allowed (such as in class birthday parties, which were previously banned.) There was conflict for both students and many teachers in switching gears to the new curriculum. As in many schools now, there are tutoring programs offered (usually afterschool) to prepare for mandated testing. The fact that the school is K-12 alleviates the painful hunt for a good middle school, but does sometime mean that lower grades have different days off, etc than other elementary schools in the area.
Intensive academic program with plenty of homework and parent participation. Strong emphasis on all types of art and music programs. Great sports program, wonderful school. Major flaw is uncoordinated entrance and exit of the premises. Traffic flow and safety in and around the grounds at morning and afternoon are poor. Plenty of school safety officers that offer no assistance to crossing children or traffic patterns entering and exiting the one egress is unsafe and frustrating.
My daughter has been at this school for 3 years. She's done nothing but blossom. I love how everyone she comes across knows who she is and where she's supposed to be. It gives me a lot of peace of mind knowing she's at a safe place everyday. Her teachers have been excellent and the after-school program staff are very caring. However, most of the people I've come across in the administrative staff have been no help whatsoever. I think that if they don't think you look 'right' they don't treat you well at all.
My children attend this school and it's nothing special! They make it out to be so great but it's not. The teachers are nothing special. The only reason I leave them is because it's safe and small compared to other schools.
My sister just graduated from the 8th grade in this school and left only because she was accepted into a specialized high school if she had not got in sje would have loved to stay in this school. Its from k to 12 th grade the children and staff are wonderful. Go Petrides.
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