This schools is not what I expected. I'm very disappointed about the student to teacher ratio. My daughter was in a class of 32 students last year and only one teacher and no teacher assistant. The children have no recess which is fundamental for a childs developmental milestone. There are only two aids in the cafeteria for the children and a lot of bullying goes around. Many teachers have no patience with the students and there is a lot of screaming. There is favoritism amoungst some teachers to students and some students believe that their teachers hate them. The DOE should be more on top of schools like this.
I am a very happy parent because this has been my first year and I am very happy with this school and my son grades, he did very well and this school has a lot to offer the kids, we have a very good principal and vice principal. The parent coordinator Mrs Joseph is wonderful she help the parents and give them the information they need. My son kindergarten teacher Mrs. Sylvia Doreste is one of the best teacher, she been there very long and she is great with the kids. The school gives lots of workshop for the parents so there can help they kids improve in there grades. Ps 97 is in a wonderful community which I am very proud off.
Im very happy with school. Mrs Joseph -Parents/Teacher coordinator is excellent, Mrs Doreste teacher of my son in Kindergarten is GREAT.She works there for 25 years. Other teachers are very good too. My son passed Gifted and Talented test but I did not change school due to the fact that school is the best in district 27. Love this place. A lot of activities for children and a lot of workshops for parents :)
I graduated June 28,1949, I had some good days and bad days, but I really liked school. I still am friends with a school mate. Would like to get in touch with many more. Hope to hear from you. Be well and Be safe.
I attended P.S. 97 grades 2 - 8 from 1945 - 1952 and have many fond memories, especially of the Forest Park outings in 5th grade. It was feared that I would just wander off if not closely watched, so my favorite girl friend was assigned to hold my hand at all times.
Interesting My 2 borthers my sister and myself went to PS-97 from 1958 -1966 I went on to highschool in 1963 and the army in 1968 ( VIETNAM WAR ) but saw no action Followed by my brother and sister in 1964 and 1966 WOW it has changed since we went there it went from grade 6 to grade 8 in those days VERY GOOD school we are all nrea retirement after working 45 years we are rich but everyone cant be .... A good place to get a start in life .... lots of memories ...
My first child attendent this school back in the late 1990's and I now have 8 year old second graders attending. Ms. Ingram is a very dedicated and involved principal. The Parent/Teacher Coordinator, Mrs. Joseph is amazing and constantly updating us on events and progress. The teachers are not there just for a paycheck, but show personal interest in each of their students. This school has evolved and improved inmensely over the years and has become one of the best schools in the district.
I LOVE this school sonce iwas little my name is Karla Jacome Ms.greene if you read this know that i miss you and i hope to see you soon i always remeber all the times : )
I am the after school dance teacher at P.S. 97. My name Is Deneille Loprete. I own the dancing school in Woodhaven for the past 24 years. I love working at P.S 97. It is one of the best schools I have ever worked for. Ms. Ingram is a devoted principal who cares so deeply for her students ,and families. She is constantly striving for new and exciting ways that enable the students and parents to excel. The parents and students of P.S.97 should be honored to have such a wonderful person like Ms. Ingram as their leader. The entire school should thank Mrs. Josephs every day for all the terrific work she does in your school. I have never seen a Parent Co-ordinator work with such devotion. She is amazing!Everyone that works at 97 is so special. What a place!! Your lucky if your child attends that school.
My daughter attends kinder garden and I can not believe that she can read and write already- I am very impressed with the school! I love PS-97
The school may aparently show that it is on the standards for a regualar education, but when it comes to special programs (12:1), it is not recommendable. The school does not provide the program as it is designed in the IEP. There is too little help for parents with children with disabilities; children do not get counseling, and sometimes, they wait months to receive a mandatory therapy such as the physical therapy. Another issue is the staff and/or teacher of this specific classroom; they often complain that they cannot handle the classroom because of a misclassification of the students. Overall, it is a poor or non-favorable environment for disabled children.
The teachers of P.S. 97 are exceptional. I've had a great experience with the teachers my children have had. They have a passion to teach our children. This is more than a job to them. They give their all to the children who attend P.S. 97. Teachers I commend you on your hard work and your eagerness to teach all the students that go through your classroom doors. Parents get the praise in our parenting skills when our kids do well, but we should also praise our teachers because they are with our kids most of they're growing years. Thank you, to all the Teachers of P.S. 97 Submitted by Lillian Perez, a parent
This school ROCKED!!!! The teacher are well mannered and they will teach your children well if you have to choose a school for your child choose P.S. 97!!
Some of the teachers at P.S. 97 Q have been there for years. They are amazing teachers. They go above and beyond for the kids. Wonderful School!
I have been so happy with Forest Park School. My daughter went to this school since kindergarten and now she is in the ARP program at MS210. My son is now attending Forest Park School, he is in 3rd grade. I have been so lucky with the teachers assigned to them. A teacher's dedication to each child is very important. I want to say that these teaches at PS 97 are dedicated. A proud parent. Mrs. Burgos
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Ps 97 Forest Park on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Ps 97 Forest Park, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.