PS 191 AMSTERDAM

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210 W 61ST ST
NEW YORK, NY 10023
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Phone: 212-757-4343
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: New York City Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 14:1
  • Students/Grade: 55.5
  • Number Students: 555
  • Number Teachers: 50
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Maria Verdesoto
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (22 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (20 Reviews)
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    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-29
    "Great staff with a awful supervisors. I have been working in this school this year so I have an insider's point of view. There are many children with emotional disabilities, learning disabilities and behavior disabilities who are students here. Poverty is a difficult obstacle to overcome and this school mostly serves poor children. The classes are overflowing with children who have IEP's but there is only so much a teacher can do. The principal bullies the staff and yet never helps with any of the behavior issues. She doesn't meet with parents unless a catastrophe happened. The staff feels under-appreciated and harassed by the administration yet continue to do a good job in a difficult situation."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-12
    "My daughter has gone to PreK and Kindergarten at this school. My job is in education, so I know what a great school looks like. This is a great school. It has a bad reputation and maybe it wasn't very good in the past, but that is no longer the case! The staff cares deeply for the students and it shows. The teachers are fabulous. My only complaint is the principal could be a bit more polite, but she gets the job done. There is now chess once a week during the school day. There's going to be a new media center this fall. I am confident my daughter is getting a great education here. This school has been much maligned but it is a GEM."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-21
    "My daughter is in kindergarten this year. There are wonderful things and awful things about this school. There are 2 kindergarten classes and both have wonderful teachers. In fact, all of my daughter's teachers are great. She thinks her music teacher (Ms. Feder) is terrific and loves going to dance. However, the behavior issues she sees o a daily basis scare her. For what I see, nothing is ever done about the behavior problems and the same troubled kids come every day and create chaos in the school. The principal is invisible and when she does show her face seems incompetent. Overall, it seems a shame, because with the right leadership we might have another good school on the Upper Westside."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-06
    "My Pre K son attends this school 2013-1014. I am IN LOVE with the school, faculty, and parents (for the most part; but can only speak to the lower grades). This school has a reputation for being 'rough', which it is a little bit (20% in lower grades). The PTA and faculty are extremely dedicated to continuing to gendrify and grow the school. The faculty I face daily (teachers, admin and parent/teacher coor, aides are all so warm, amazing and genuinely want the best for these children. I have attended several PTA meetings and field trips and am so impressed with the organization, dedication and amount of work being put into this school to move it forward and be a more competitive option for the neighborhood. I highly recommend this school to anyone in elementary school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-20
    "PS 191. This school works. Check the test scores, as the students move up through the grades their scores get better which indicates that the school is actually teaching the children. The partnership with museums is a plus. Music and Dance instruction in the lower grades is also bonus"
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