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    P.S. 372 The Children
    P.S. 372 The Children's School
    Street:
    512 Carroll St,
    City:
    Brooklyn,
    State:
    NY
    Zip Code:
    11215
    Phone:
    (718) 624-5271
    Neighborhood:
    Gowanus

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 03-Dec-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Our older son goes to kindergarten at The Children's School/PS 372. He also went to pre-k there. We couldn't be happier with the school. The class sizes are small, meaning he had 5 teachers and 18 kids in his pre-k, and 3 teachers and 24 kids in his kindergarten. It's a unique program because the entire school is ICT. Even though my son is in general education and doesn't have an IEP, he benefits from all the extra adults floating around the room (OT, PT, etc) and from pairing up with kids of different abilities to teach each other. I think people usually only consider skin color or religion when they think of diversity, but ability is another interesting aspect of that. It's a small, empathetic school, and we are so thrilled we got a spot. The on-site after-school program is also a blast and very affordable. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? They have no early drop off.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 04-Jun-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  My son goes to The Children's School for pre-k (and also just got a spot for kindergarten), and we LOVE IT. It's such a great school. He's also gen ed. The teachers are great, the school community is lovely. I really feel like getting a spot there was like winning the lottery. He's learned so much. In his class of 18 pre-k students, there are 5 teachers (one gen ed, one special ed, two aides, one student teacher ... plus, from what I understand, there's OT and speech therapy seamlessly integrated into the class for kids who receive those services, and it's just added teacher interaction for my son too.) I think some people only think of diversity as skin color or religion, but there are so many different definitions, and I think ability is one of them. My mom is in a wheelchair, so interacting with people of various abilities is important to our family. (Even though the school has a TON of stairs and there are no wheelchairs there, you know what I mean.) I really can't say enough about the school. The afterschool program is also excellent and very affordable.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  My son is in 5th grade at PS 372 in Gen Ed. We've had a very good (if not universally positive) experience there. I think the school community and administration are very warm and supportive. But, as with most other schools, not every member of the faculty is exceptional. We were satisfied with our zoned school, but chose PS 372 because it was smaller and so our son could experience the diversity of ability. This has worked out well, because all students benefit from the extra teachers in every classroom. They also have a very strong arts program.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  I've been a PS 372 parent for 9 years, and when my 5th grader graduates in June, I am going to miss the school a lot. It's a wonderful environment, very accepting of all kinds of learners, and I really like the new guard (the old principal left and his vice principals retired, about a year and a half ago). Inclusion is a fantastic model, and I have been humbled by my initial narrow assumptions about special ed, which I presumed imposed limitations on gen ed learners. I have found the opposite to be true: that my notions were the limiting ones. The teachers do a great job of creating inclusive communities within their classrooms. There is a lot of trust.The admin and teachers are communicative and responsive to parents, particularly in the younger grades, where they use Responsive Classroom techniques (you can look up what that means online). I have two children (both gen ed) and I felt like the school served them both well in different ways. My current 8th grader seemed well-prepared academically for middle school and has done well there.You can't beat the teacher to student ratio - I don't think my kids have had no less than 4 adults in a class, and it's usually 5, and once it was 6.I'll never forgot something a teacher said to me about my older child, who was in 2nd grade at the time, which was essentially: We're not here to turn your child into the kind of learner you think they should be. It's our job to help your child identify her strengths and rely on them; to create awareness and build strategies around her weaknesses, and teach her to see herself as whole and capable - not "good" or "bad" - when faced with adversity or challenges.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: The school saved our life. my child is getting all the attention that he needs and the therapies are in house and I love that it is a diverse, ICT format. If you're looking for public school with supports, this school was one of the early founders of this model that others use today.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, In-house therapy, ICT modelWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I don't think I would change anything about the school. It is going through a transition at the moment a very positive future thinking one. Its great to be a part of the change.Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey