Both my kids go to this school. One of my children are in the G and T program . So far with all the teachers both my kids have had , I have nothing but amazing things to say about each and every one of them. The school itself is truly outstanding !!! The entire staff is very friendly and very professional. They really go out of their way for their students, and most importantly the teachers make sure that learning is fun for all children. The fact that my children are excited to go to school every morning is just priceless to me as a mom !! Which parent wouldn't want that ? Thank you PS 209 for giving my children an outstanding education and an exciting , safe and very fun school experience.
I have only positive things to say about this school and Dr McDonnell. Both my children go to 209...one in the G and T program and one not. Both receive a great education and Dr McDonnell does a great job addressing any issues should they come up. She knows all the kids by name and during all my interactions with her she clearly demonstrated that the kids were her priority.
Love the school and the staff Dr McDonald is great as well as Mrs Fernandez my kids are very happy their Thank You for making my kids feel good
I also pulled my child out from the school. Principal played politics and would not do anything to improve the situation. The school only emphasized teaching for standardized tests. Not much value in teaching.
I am an alumni from 209 and now am a college student. All I can say is that it was the best school I ever went to compared to my junior high school and high school. The staff for the most part seemed very dedicated and interested in helping us learn. I am seeing a lot of negative comments about the principal, I believe ms McDonald. When I attended she was vice principal and then became principal during my last two years. I generally liked her although I can't say that she knew everyone by name. She was happy all the time and was obsessed with smiley faces. To this day I think about visiting my old teachers at 209, except one which i advise you of, the science teacher, ms. keegan. She did not teach my class much from the 3rd to the 6th grade. She would make us copy pages of notes from the board and make us watch eyewitness videos. Then she would test us without really explaining jt and everyone would fail. Otherwise, the school is highly recommended!!
Principal should resign. She has an ego, knows everything, yet doesn't know anything. SHe is not a parent so doesn't know the first thing about dealing with kids. I'm glad I smartened up and transferred my children out. The teachers are ok, not great, but then again, these teachers have to go by NYS standards so they basically have to teach for testing which really is a disservice to them since that can't teach anything other than for standardized tests. ANd this school is really focused on these tests and I have heard that they repeated hold kids back and make them go to summer school when they really didn't need to go. BEWARE!!!!
I agree, the principal should resign and start a career in politics instead because that is all she cares about. Each year, since my daughter has started there, each teacher emphasizes the importance of the State Tests and they all complain about how large the classroom sizes are. I admired that they cared about these State tests, until I found about all the politics that are involved. I have not seen her or any of her teachers do one single thing to help my daughter succeed in her school. As soon as they see your child is struggling, instead of the teachers actually doing their jobs and teaching your children or checking their homework, they mandate that your child get evaluated and go through all kinds of testing and deal with social workers. As soon as you mention to her that one of teachers is not performing well, she becomes nasty and will NEVER take the blame and nothing is done to correct the situation. After four years of only negative news about my daughter and no results, I am pulling my child out of this school that only cares about money and not the well being of my child. Good riddance!
I agree that the principal does not care, but the rest of the administrators care about the children continuously. Although, the work they gave was child's play (was not in ALPHA class, but got into SP in Jhs 194) I was always bullied in the school as well.
A great and safe school in a very nice neighborhood. Teachers are excellent and very dedicated. Alpha classes are challenging. Very active PTA and parents involvement.
this school is the best!!! there is no other like it!!! i think that the two parents that are saying bad things about it have no clue or there children are just not doing well in this school- why not then send them to another? if the school is so bad take your children out of it! this school is so caring and my children adore everything about even my friends with children in private school are jealous and are thinking of taking their children and putting them in this school!!!!! ps 209 is amazing and they have so much to offer for the children--- their plays are amazing and the kids are wonderful in them, this school is one of the best schools in queens--- dare to find another one like it believe me you wont be able to--- ps209 is above all the rest!!!! bellieve me !!!!!
If your child is not in alpha class, this school is not ideal. Principle is only focused on the alpha class. Alpha class will not accept new students even your kids improve dramatically. Principle is not nice and kind person. She is very compelling, not listening parents' opinion. She only cares about rating of the school. Some kids with not good manner are directed not to speak to evaluators of the school. During ESL exams for 5th graders, teachere misadministered not to answer some questions and some kids end up with no score. Principle's response is dull and not friendly since this incident happened not in alpha class. I was not satified with this school and principle.
I guess my review will not hold on for too long, because it is HONEST. Principal is very self centered and only interested in getting more money in her pocket. She collects misbehaving kids from the whole district, then dumps them all in one class. There is a "madhouse" in the classrooms, but parents are not allowed ( except open shool week) so no one knows what is going on. There is a bullying in the 1 and 2 grade already, but she cares less. Would not even talk to a parents in person. I would not be surprised if she changes the tests answers just to get a better scores and bonuses for herself and those who serve her dearly . Bad School!!!
P.S. 209 is an important part of our community. Great dedicated teachers.
Because the administration cares, so far we have great teachers and families get involved.
Although the school seems to have dedicated teachers , some of whom my child loves, I don't think the principal has the children as her top priority. The PTA is frequently being turned down, and at a recent talent show where 30 kids performed, the principal didnt even acknowledge the kids' efforts. The principal has obvious favorites and her disdain for her non favorites is never hidden. Afterschool programs are often turned down or not even considered, the parent coordinator has brought extremely little to the table in regard to new, innovative programs, learning opportunities or outside funding. My child's teachers have all been excellent, but the overall leadership of the school is grossly lacking. It's the principals way or no way....which is a terrible method when running a school
Most teachers are great. The music teacher and science teacher are dedicated.
We are very happy that our children are at PS209. It has great teachers, friendly administration, and involved parents/guardians. It is located in a very nice family-friendly neighborhood, very easy to find parking nearby if you want to volunteer at school.
I love this school because it feels so friendly. The community atmosphere is incredible and I know this is the best school for my children
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