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    K280 - School of Journeys (PreK at Bishop Ford)
    K280 - School of Journeys (PreK at Bishop Ford)
    Street:
    500 19th Street,
    City:
    Brooklyn
    State:
    NY
    Neighborhood:
    Windsor Terrace

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 09-Nov-2020
    Subject:  4's
    Comment:  A few key differences between Beansprouts and K280:Where Beansprouts is very organized, K280 is absolutely not and it will grate on your nerves. I had 2 friends this year who didn’t get their class assignment until AFTER school had started and the administration was not responsive. And one got two assignments! I don’t know why they’re like that, I had a totally different administration when my oldest went but stuff like that happened then too.One of my favorite things about K280 is the cluster classes, there are phenomenal Music, Art, and Movement teachers, like actual kid magician teachers. Also Science class with an actual lab! But the wonderful Science teachers from 2 years ago are apparently on sabbatical or retired, so I can’t speak to the new one. But I don’t think you’ll get that same level at Beansprouts.One of my other favorite things about K280: it is an actual slice of NYC’s population. Kids from all kinds of families go there from all over Brooklyn, and you just don’t get that level of diversity at Beansprouts.How Reggio Emilia K280 is definitely depends on what teacher you get. We LOVED our fantastic teacher and hope we get her again, but I’d say she was Reggio-lite.There is no dedicated permanent outdoor playground at K280. They have been saying for years (said it on my tour 2 years ago): “This is the year we’re getting one!”, so who knows. They have some mats and play stuff set up on a blacktop instead. Beansprouts has multiple playground spaces.A note on the commute to K280: honestly was never too bad. We easily caught the bus on 7th Ave and it drops off right in front of the school. Beansprouts does after school pickup from K280, so if you do end up going, and do that after school you may only have to commute there once a day!
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  It's an amazing place. Despite the fact that it's so huge, the classrooms are so intimate. We love all the cluster classes, ie. extra classes everyday for science, music, art, library, and movement. My 4 year old has become such a thoughtful person, ready to explore the world. One thing to keep in mind is you are now in the public school system - which means funding is not like it is in private preschools. Ex. the outside play area is a bit old and uninspiring, often the tools in the classrooms don't work, response from administration can be slow, etc. But if you can get past that, you're kid is getting an amazing (and free!) experience. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Better communication between parents and administration (not teacher specific, our teacher is amazing), particularly the parent coordinator department. It can be hard to get an answer or emailed responded to.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  We were dismayed by our experience with K280 this year and would not recommend it. It is very teacher/class dependent, and we drew the short end of the stick. We had a brand new teacher who seemed overwhelmed, was pretty disorganized, and complained about her students and paraprofessional staff to parents. The building is also overwhelmingly large and not much effort is made to make it a welcoming place for little ones or their parents--I was yelled at by an administrator when I made a wrong turn and ended up in the wrong hallway, for example. The whole Reggio Emilia curriculum was also overstated; again, probably really class dependent--our class stopped going on 'journeys' after a few weeks because of some classroom management issues, and the parents were never informed. There were also several switch-outs with the teachers' aids (I think the team of 2 completely turned over in the 10 weeks we were there), which is too much change for little kids just starting school. My kid did love the science cluster class, but was very stressed out by everything else. We moved him mid-year to a private program (luckily found a space), and he is already much happier. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Beyond the issues we faced in the classroom, communication with the administration was a bit last minute and disorganized--for example, parent teacher conferences were announced and set only a week beforehand. Also, some classes are dropped off or picked up in special "cluster" rooms first thing in the morning or at the end of the day (art, science, etc.), which can be a bit disconcerting for little kids getting used to such a big place. I'd suggest they consider grouping classes in 6 month age groups--ours had mostly Jan-May birthdays who were already 4.5 at the start of the year. The few fall birthdays (3 year olds) had a harder time. Finally, if you need after school care, it is really hard to change after-school programs. Everything fills up, and, if you need the coverage, you're pretty much stuck with your original choice unless a miracle happens--we were under the impression it was much more flexible.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  We had a great experience at K-280 last year. The kids got to explore outside every day and go on little adventures to nearby parks and playgrounds. I often saw my son's class while I was out and about with my toddler. I was also very impressed with all the cluster classes – science, music, art, gym and library. My son kept a journal in both his classroom and science class, and I enjoyed going through it with him to see what he had been learning. They also go on a lot of field trips around the neighborhood. It's amazing how much he grew and matured during the school year. I believe it was the perfect preparation for Kindergarten. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  It is loving environment. I love their education approach. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  Amazing afterschool options. Especially pleased with Brooklyn Nature Days. Though an other option we tried was bit unorganized. Lots of activities going on at this school and in the classroom that require parent participation. Administration is slightly disorganized (ID cards for parents to use at pick up/drop off still not ready for some by end of January). Parents basically supply the teachers with nearly all materials and supplies, even basic cleaning supplies. Most of the classrooms are visually cluttered. Journeys didn’t happen nearly as often as advertised during tour. Amazing speech therapist, pretty decent OT and PT. Lots of changes in classroom: kids leaving to go to private preschool, kids joining mid year, several paras coming and going. Teaching is sometimes too project based instead of focusing on the process. Teacher is doing a great job prepping kids for K academically. Would not send my kid there, if doing it over. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? A consistent way of communicating with parents (like Konstella) instead of teams of paper every week. More thoughtful approach to teaching with less cluttered classrooms, focus on process instead of end result, more journeys, more support for teachers from admin, etc.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  We are very happy with k280. The teachers are excellent - energetic, creative, adventurous, and caring - and my daughter loves school. I like that they go to the park every week even during the winter (though I’ve heard this depends on the teacher). … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? I wish public schools had healthier lunches but that’s a nationwide issue.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  The program offers art, music, science, gym....so many opportunities for children to learn and thrive. It's very well run, and despite it's large size, is able to retain a very community-like feel. My child likes this school. She loves all the different programs. Connecting to other children in her class has not been as easy as it was with her prior program (beansprouts). … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Our teacher at K280 is not as communicative as some of the other classrooms, in regards to sharing updates on what is happening within the classroom. But they are always extremely kind and loving to our child. I would also change the "blue mat" area outside - it's a playground that needs a glow up.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 12-Nov-2019
    Subject:  Bishop Ford Pre-K - experience?
    Comment:  My two cents is that it is very Teacher dependent. There are bad teachers as well as good. Our first went to K280 are second will not be going.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 12-Nov-2019
    Subject:  Bishop Ford Pre-K - experience?
    Comment:  I live in Kensington and my twins just started pre-K there in September. We are THRILLED with it. We chose K280 (Bishop Ford) over others in the neighborhood specifically because of their amazing program. The principle of K280 is the very well thought-of principle of PS10 - Laura Scott. She was tasked by DeBlasio to create a flagship pre-K center and given the freedom to design it. She's created a Reggio-Emilio inspired program where the teachers follow the interests of the kids and create the curriculum based on "inquires" that each class comes up with. They go on "journeys" around the neighborhood to discover new things and are empowered to follow their curiosity and learn through play. My kids absolutely love it and come home with lots of projects and stories of their day.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Oct-2019
    Subject:  Universal Pre-K Default Site
    Comment:  Echoing the praise for K-280.It may seem like a “default” because of the size, but we and many families actively chose the school and were very happy with the teachers and school philosophy (child-centered, hands-on learning, focus on social emotional development, lots of outdoor time).Bonus: there’s also a wonderful on-site after school program called Play date Everyday that fosters social emotional learning too.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Oct-2019
    Subject:  Universal Pre-K Default Site
    Comment:  Just wanted to mention that K280 the “pre-k center” is wonderful.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey
    Comment:  So let me begin by saying that I toured 25 pre-k programs before ultimately applying to K280. Yes, bananas, I know. All to say, I saw small, competitive, private programs, mid-size programs within elementary schools and full on pre-k centers, larger ones like K280 (452 students this year!). In this general neighborhood, we’re spoiled by the number of options available to us and there is a reason why K280 is the jewel of the Mayor’s eye and is the model for all other pre-k programs that came after it. It’s a great school and we’ve been pleased with our kid’s learning this year. From touring so many programs, what became most apparent was that K280 has a level of resources and access to facilities and opportunities that you don’t get standard in smaller programs - a large science classroom, large art classroom, large music classroom, huge gym, outdoor play area, to give a few examples. And being under the umbrella of a stellar elementary school like PS10 means it also pulls from the resources provided to those elementary students - this includes shared programming (my kid came home telling me about the Chinese acrobats they had perform in the auditorium today! Not to mention the laser show, the theatrical presentations, and the Harlem globetrotters who also apparently did a show last fall to name a few), as well as shared administration who are all great folks. The classrooms are all large, well-lit, and by the end of the year, so whimsical with decorations, it’s hard not to fall in love with the space. One of the main things I learned while touring so many programs is that beyond identifying programs that are conveniently located, I wanted a program that would be a solid option for what would be a very transitional year, which for us was putting our kid in a program that looks and feels like an elementary school but has the resources and gives the attention necessary for a four year old. After this year, I’m fully confident that the transition in to kindergarten won’t be so jarring for him. As for the teachers, I think the same goes for absolutely anywhere you go - there are incredible teachers and there are not so incredible teachers. There are teachers who are going to mesh well with your family and some who won’t. And there’s no picking who you get. So I’ll leave it at that as I don’t think it necessarily speaks to K280 itself nor do I think that any drawbacks with a particular teacher has equalled any particular drawback to learning for our family. Our kid is still very happy each day, loves to go to school, and has made lots of strides this year. DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What you would change: Without any hesitation, my number 1 complaint and the complaint I very regularly hear from many other parents is ineffective communication. For all the wonderful things I can say about this school, the communication from the administration is awful - confusing, unclear, and tends to be at the 11th hour - leaving very little time to plan, prepare, or for it to be remotely effective. If you’re a parent who really likes to plan and look ahead at what’s on your calendar one or two weeks ahead, I’d encourage you to get involved by being a class parent or joining the PTA. That’s the quickest and most efficient way to stay on top of what’s coming down the pipeline.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey
    Comment:   Teacher depending. Would not attend again DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What you would change: Communication
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey
    Comment:  We were very happy with our choice to send our daughter here. Despite the school being huge (25 pre-K classes!), we felt like this was a small, tight-knit community because of the kindness and conscientiousness of the teachers and staff. I was worried about there being too much of an early focus on academics, but that was not the case at all. Instead, we loved the hands-on, child-led approach and. felt like the school offered the right balance of structure and play/free time for 4-year olds. DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What you would change: The one area where I would suggest some improvement would be communication, which at times has been a bit disorganized and spotty. On a few occasions, email announcements were sent late (or there was conflicting information between announcements from different sources, eg parent coordinator, administration, website) and sometimes the information was not presented in a way that is clear. Other times, it felt like we were getting incessant, extensive information, almost too far in advance, about random things. It is usually nothing hugely important, so it’s more annoying than truly problematic, but if you are someone that needs a lot of advance notice and clarity about things like PTA meetings or book fairs, this might bug you. (This issue did not extend to our specific class-the teachers have been great at communicating to the group and one on one, via email and the class web page.)
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey
    Comment:   We've had such a great experience at this school. Our son loves his teachers and all his friends in class. He has grown so much while attending this school. They have amazing programs and a very involved PTA. DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 03-Dec-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  We are really enjoying our experience at K280 and HIGHLY recommend it. I was a little worried about the experience of going to a school for one year, but honestly the advantages have been amazing, particularly that the school is entirely catered to the needs of a 4 year old. It is very community oriented, so even though its 450+, it doesn't feel like it and the teachers are communicative and thoughtful. I have seen real growth and maturity come from my kid. There are dedicated MUSIC, ART, SCIENCE, GYM/MOVEMENT, and LIBRARY teachers! There are some communication hiccups from the administration, but honestly they are much better to deal with than our previous preschool. The other worry I had going in was the bathrooms, which are located down the hall and not in the classroom, but it didn't phase my kid a bit. Free early drop off is a bonus too! About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? I wish it had on site outdoor space.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 03-Dec-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Amazing school. We've had 2 different classes with our 2 kids, and both teachers have been incredible. Warm and caring, responsible and creative. The philosophy of Reggio Emilia encourages children to ask questions and the teachers base the curriculum on the kids' interest. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? nothing
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Great program. We were a little nervous about switching our kids out of the private preschool to go here, but we’re glad that we did. And it’s free! It’s well funded and has great teachers. The classrooms are huge too. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals .
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  We love our teacher and the philosophy of the school. All of the “special” (gym, science, music, etc) teachers seem great too. Facilities are very nice. Don’t love the administration- participate principal Laura Scott. She gives lots of lip service but not a lot of action. I feel that when I’ve voiced concerns to her she’s unfairly blamed the classroom teacher for faults of the administration. Gary Nusser (VP) is much better but obviously doesn’t have the power that Ms. Scott does. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Engaging amazing teachers, appropriate curriculum, playful space About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Amazing enrichment programs, art, gym, library, music, all excellent.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  We love this school - it's so great, for at least a year, for our son to be the same age as everyone else in the school, and for the administration to be solely focused on the needs of the Pre-K kids. That said, I do think the whole Reggio Emilia thing and the "School of Journeys" concept is a little oversold. It varies from class to class, but often the journeys just consist of going to the nearby playground or even just playing in the grass in front of the school. Also, we got a pretty blah teacher at first - Tonia Townes - who basically refused to speak to parents, never emailed us about what the students were doing, and always seemed so disorganized. Our son didn't seem happy, and started to lose interest in the subjects he used to love, like art. Vice Principal Gary heard our concerns right away and had our son moved to a new teacher the day after we met with him. Now our son is with a wonderful, kind spirit, Shannon Smith, and he is excited about everything they do. They do go on more field trips and have been exploring interesting topics like "community" and now robots. There are many ways for parents to participate in her class, but we also know she's got it covered. It's not exactly a school for academics, but at this age, all these kids need is to learn how to make friends and not have their natural curiosity squashed by grownups. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Great school! 24 PreK classes, so seemed very big the first week, but that means so much resource; separate science, art, music rooms, big play space, library, etc. We LOVED all the teachers. A very exceptional bunch! Principal is terrific too. Can’t recommend this school more highly - it’s well worth the long walk from center slope!!! About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? Parent coordinator not very helpful, so sometimes hard to get info back or know who to ask.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  The learning philosophy is great, and despite its size, the facility is well organized and well-run. They have a lot of extras - separate teachers for art, music, library, gym/movement, science. My child loved the fact they go outside pretty much every day, weather permitting (although there were plenty of days this winter I thought they could have been out and they stayed in). About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? There could be more consistency in communication to parents both from the individual teacher, the administration and the PTA. I felt as though we didn't get a lot of communications related to the actual learning and structure but mostly about things like fundraisers. My child's teacher also could have been much more communicative, but I think it's individual to her as other friend's had different experiences.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 02-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My son loves K280! It is an amazing gem of a school. He loves all the friends he has made, and is becoming an eager learner and independent kid. His class is warm and friendly, his teachers are fabulous. They have "cluster classes" in science, art, gym, sign language, and library - just like he will experience in elementary school. Somehow a school of 500 four-year-olds is as warm and friendly and supportive than a tiny daycare or preschool (both of which he attended previously). Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, outdoor space is limited but they go to neighboring parks and on journeys in the neighborhood. Communication from the administration is a little disorganized and sometimes confusing - but the teachers and PTA do a good job of keeping everyone in the loop.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Type: Universal pre-kAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsReview: We loved the program! It's well organized and well run.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing, it was amazing!
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:   Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Type: Pre-KAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsReview: We love this school and the program. Engaged teachers and staff, strong leadership, amazing diversity and incredible culture. A very special experience and place.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? More streamlined method for communication with parents
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Type: Pre-KAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsReview: My whole family has been really happy with the PreK program at K280. My twins love going to school everyday and have learned so much while having fun. The teachers are kind and knowledgeable about this specific age group, and the entire school is built around inquiry-based learning, allowing every class to customize to its students. The Science cluster and sign language were huge hits with my kids. There is also a focus on social-emotional learning, belong the kids adjust to separation, a class environment, other children, etc. There is a lot of choice time and outdoor play (there is a blue mat area outside and a playground a couple of blocks away). The classes also take various field trips throughout the year; our class went to Tiny Scientist twice, Greenwood Cemetery, Giocare Playschool (for a workshop about Jackson Pollock), Park Slope Performing Arts (during an inquiry about plays and the theater), and a special program through Prospect Park. Although it is a very large program, it never felt big in a bad way; it did have some great benefits from its size, though.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The communication from the school (not the classroom) was often last minute and sometimes confusing.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:   Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Type: Pre-KAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsReview: K280 is phenomenal. Our son had a great year. He grew so much, going from a hesitant kid to a kid excited and running to school, with real friends, relationships, and interests away from home. The school is a full-on real school experience. They have a dedicated science room (with 2 science teachers), a music room, art, gym, and a cute and safe outdoor space. They really get the play-based curriculum and how to nurture little kids. His teachers were wonderful and we found the administration helpful and responsive.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? We wished the school security was a bit more substantial. There is 1 guard at each entrance (2 entrances), but they didn't seem terribly aware and certainly didn't make us feel like they could handle much. All the kids (over 400!) arrive and leave at the same time, which especially at the start of school feels really chaotic. We got used to it and the guards did seem to know everyone by mid-year, but we wished there was a better way to do drop-off, and that the security felt more...secure.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:   Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Type: Pre-KAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Has a music room, science lab, an art room, auditorium and a gym..Review: A child driven program, the teachers were very compassionate and loving. Lots of outdoor activities, journeys, and trips. Large auditorium for indoor gym time, especially on bad weather days it was very handy. They had a science lab, an art lab and music room where the kids learned through play and age appropriate activities. My son's only complaint was the quiet time which is a state-mandated nap time for Pre-K. PTA was strong and well organized, did a lot of fun events for the kids. They also had free early drop off which was very flexible.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I will not change anything it was really an awesome experience.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 28-Jan-2017
    Subject:  South Slope preschool/pre K advice
    Comment:  We loved 280 as well, and will be very happy to send another child there in 2 years :)!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 28-Jan-2017
    Subject:  South Slope preschool/pre K advice
    Comment:   She is now at Pre-K 280/Bishop Ford, and we could not be happier. It is a wonderful, special place with great culture and community. Teachers and administrators are engaged and responsive. Your child would be lucky to go there.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  I love everything about this program! There are TONS of kids, yes, but that means you see adults and kids from all aspect of your kid's first 4 years - friends in class, friends from preschool, neighbors, friends from gym classes, etc. My son loves it, tells me about lots of new stuff he's learning (hello - buoyancy?!?). I feel like we're spoiled already for next year's kindergarten experience!!About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Seriously, I can't rave enough! This wasn't the most convenient option so it wasn't our first (or second) choice. But I'm so glad it happened!!Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: Loves everything about it, except getting there! Long walk for us, but well worth it.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: Overall, this PreK experience has prepped my kids for K extremely well. They are able to go from full time Nanny to part time nanny/part time school, then to full time school (which for us means no nanny next year but instead they stay at school for the afterschool program). This taught them what going to school means, in a low risk environment. I love that.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Since it is a PreK center the students are from all over and will go to schools all over. The AWESOME benefit means it is way more diverse in student body than my kids will get at their zoned K school. The drawback, however, is we are creating relationships with people we likely won't see much next year and that's hard. Given the pros though I don't know how I would change this other than loosen zoning restrictions on K-5 but that seems a little extreme.Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Location: 19th st Windsor TerraceReview: Loved the teachers and emphasis on science and "journeys" in community. Principal and Assistant Principal very engaged and dynamic. Dedicated to school. No complaints.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? NothingReview submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: My kid loves this school. She especially enjoys music and science.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Improve outdoor play space facilitiesReview submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Location: 19th Street between Prospect Park West and 10th AveReview: We absolutely love this school. The entire school is Reggio Emelio based- inquiry based. This means the kids go out on walks called "journeys" every day and as the kids discover things on their journey the teacher then brings those interests into the classroom and develops lessons around them. Each classroom is unique and has artwork hanging around the room that pertains the childrens journeys as well as other items. The teachers also work with the kids on social behavior, dealing with strong emotions and working as a team. There is a lot of opportunity for parents to be involved if they want to be and even thought the school is very large, there is a sense of community among the parents, kids and teachers.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsReview submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: Great teachers and love the programAbout the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I wish they had better outdoor space for play. But they get out a lot for their daily journeys.Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: The program is excellent. It's inquiry based and no 2 classrooms are the same. The children get to express themselves and help determine the curriculum. They include sign language, science lab, music and creative movement in different rooms during the week. There are lots of opportunities for parents to get involved and the teachers are wonderful and caring.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, has a great faculty!What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Better breakfast options for in-classroomReview submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: Our son loves his teachers and his class. I love that they try to get out and in the neighborhood on their journeys as often as possible, often going outside more than once a day. They are not stuck in their individual class rooms all day. They have a library, science room, music room and indoor gym and auditorium. There is early drop off and free breakfast for all. They also have free lunch although my son doesn't eat it.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? If I had to pick something I guess better outdoor space. It's pretty minimal. But they make great use of what they have and take journeys to a local playground which allows the kiddos to stretch their legs and learn how to walk together. I wish it was a full elementary school, I'm afraid we will be disappointed next year after such a great experience here.Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: We loved K280! I wish my child could have stayed beyond preK. Once the kids are acclimated to the teachers and each other, they take local (walking) journeys to play grounds, businesses, Prospect Park, etc. It's a wonderful way to expand upon an already rich classroom based inquiry curriculum. Students also experienced cluster classes of music, art, science, and movement 1-2 times/week in their own stand-alone class rooms in addition to having these elements incorporated into their regular classroom experience. The school opened a lovely library at the end of the 2015-2016 year.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? If there is a downside it is that the former high school facility has been retrofitted for preK, meaning no toilets and sinks in the rooms, grown up size toilets, etc. But the administration did a good job of adapting the space for the audience.Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: Nurturing, stimulating, wonderful progressive education in a diverse, rich environment. Our kids adore the school! The size is not actually overwhelming. The teachers and administrators are consistently fantastic. We know a lot of parents there, and they all seem quite delighted with the place.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Put a forest across the street, improve DOE meals, and maybe reduce class size. But, given real life constraints, we are over the top grateful for this wonderful school, and would choose it again in a heartbeat. A wonderful first school experience for our kids.Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: She enjoys her new friends, her teachers and the specialty classes like science, art, and gym. They go on walks in the neighborhood regularly.About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I wish they had outdoor space, but they do a great job without with regular walks to the playground.Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: Love k280, school of journeys. The teachers are lovely and the kids get lots of experiences outside their classroom. My son loves it and feels very proud of his "big school". And the afterschool options are great.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why?Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: The school has great leadership and welcoming environment. The program is inquiry play based. My daughter loves it and wants to go to school even when she is sick.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? More communication from teachers as to what they are learning.Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey