About This School
In 2011, PS 50 Frank Hankinson School had 15 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The New York average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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PS 50 Frank Hankinson School Reviews
My daughter joined PS50 in the first grade when she was selected for Gifted & Talented. PS50 already had a GT Class and opened a new class for students passed for GT in to the first grade. PS50 was not my first choice but because the first choice had no vacant seats, we had to go for PS50. And I am so glad that we ended up at PS50.
Her class teachers Ms. Quiles (1st & 2nd) & Ms. Quest (3rd) were phenomenal. My daughter lost her dad when she was in the first grade (just three months after she started with PS50) and all this time the principal, teachers, other staff, PTA & Parent Coordinator have been VERY supportive to both her & me. Teachers were excellent - very skillful in helping kids maximize the use of their potential & identifying new talents. The school has band, violin, NY philharmonic, recorder, art exhibitions, drama, great after school programme with chess, cheer leading, sports and also latch key & summer camp for a very reasonable fee.
PTA is very involved so do the class moms. The new Principal Mr. Santello is a true leader who sets examples. During the school bus strike when there was so much of traffic at the morning drop off, I have seen Mr. Santello controlling traffic with other parents from 7.30am, every day. PS50 showed the best performance in Staten Island at the recent CCLS based State Exams. Academic staff really worked hard to achieve this result.
School is in a very white neighborhood. We being South Asians, never have experienced discrimination. The only little incident that happened in the first grade (kids are too young to understand good & bad), the teacher attended to then & their and asked the white girl to apologize. I got to know all that months later so apologizing took place without I getting involved in it.
Minus points I see are, not having a spelling bee, quiz, scrabble kind of challenges for well above average students and not having an intensive foreign language programme. I think having 2 GT classes, there should be more challenges.
Its a safe neighborhood, clean school, awesome school community and THE place for a kid to be in. I am an absolutely happy parent.
If you value recess, then P.S 50 is not for you. Your child might be the lucky one, if his/her class is given a pitiful 15 minutes of recess once a week. The administration claims this is due to being understaffed, and they do not have money in the budget to hire someone to watch your child. Your child will just have to deal with the pent up energy, and try not to let the restlessness affect their concentration in class. It seems the admin. is more concerned about their union contracts rather then what is best for you child. My child is in the 1st grade G&T class this year. There is a much greater emphasis on reading/writing in this school. Math & Science assignments are NOT challenging at all. During the G&T open house the kids showcased thier violin skills. Then violin lessons were cut from the budget. There is not much difference, between G&T and the regular curriculum
If you do decide to send your child to this school, at least get involved with the PTA (seems to be the only avenue) inorder to fight for improvements, otherwise settle for an average education.
Good Luck to you!
This is a fantasic school!!! The teachers, principal, and everyone else are extremely helpful. This is truly a school where the children come first! I am very happy that my child goes to PS 50!
Well, when I went there as a kid there was this teacher, Mr Romano
who liked to hit kids. He thought it made him look like a big man.
I literally watched him bounce my friend from across the street up and down like a rubber ball in the cafeteria. Then there was Mr Wegner who used to like to humiliate me at glee club practice where I wound up quitting. He also threatened to slap my my face just because I happned to be smiling. My 4th grade teacher, Mrs Cecileone who used to favor certain students and also humiliated in front of the class. Bottom line, PS 50 left a very bad taste in my mouth for the remainder of my school years. I had ADHD and at the time they didn't
have the clinical diagnosis so most of the faculty didn't understand me or chose not to understand me. Not all my teachers were bad.
And I know today things are alot different. But people should know the dark side as well about PS 50.
I Really like this school........This is my child's first year and there is a lot of parent involvement and that's great. There was a student-dad basketball game and a student-mom basketball game. There is much more. I really think this is a GREAT school. There is great teachers and the principal is really nice. If I had to rate it from 1 to 10 , i would give it a 10.
As a parent who has never dealt with the NYC school system before, I wish to convey my graditude for all the teachers and staff at P.S. 50. My child has learned to much in her first year. Not just ABC and 123 but also about citizenship, community organizations and just being a good person. I hope the rest of her years at P.S. 50 are just as wonderful!
I love P.S. 50 SO MUCH! this year my class has experienced Ballroom Dancing with Mrs.Attanasio and Mr. Riley class. it was so fun. All the teachers are so nice.
this school is great. lots of teachers still are here from 1980 to 2009.mrs. corbo the art teacher is working on a 5th grade sculpter called the "comprehanisoin tree.p.s50 does great stuff.this school is the best!