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About This School

P.S. 181 is a public middle school in New York. The principal of P.S. 181 is DR. LOWELL COLEMAN and can be contacted at lcoleman@schools.nyc.gov. 1,114 children attend P.S. 181 and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 9% of the P.S. 181 students have "limited English proficiency." 76% of the 1,114 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at P.S. 181 is 13:1. Middle School 246 Walt Whitman is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
  • Sports

    • Basketball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 86% 86%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Hispanic 10% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Asian 0.7% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 83%
Limited English proficiency 9% 8%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I'm a parent. My daughter is in the the third grade. This school is getting better. They have afterschool programs for the kids. The principal Dr. Coleman is gobe. We have a new principal Ms. Lawrence. She seems nice and trying to fix Dr. Coleman mess. As for the teachers they are pretty good. Hopefully the school test scores will go up and yhe students will do better.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school has wonderful teachers who do their best but without the support from the principle they are very limited with what they are able to do. I've heard teachers talk with great enthusiasm at the beginning of the school year and finish with disappointment. I am grateful that my kids had the privilege of being thought by them. It's unfortunate so many of the teachers are leaving. Mr Coleman needs to and has to go..... and let someone with vision and support for our kids to take over. Why does our kids have to fail before someone intervenes? Parents involvement (PTA) very poor he likes it that ways because lack of information means lack of knowledge. Lets see if takes an "F" to get him out.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a Child who goes to this school....... I am in the 7th grade...... Dr. Coleman is a great guy... he does everything he has to put these kids in a good standard... But the kids don't listen.... not all kids who go to this school are bad.... Some are Good... Some are bad..... I have been going to this school for 7 years now.... I Love the teachers and principles...... they are nice and respectful..... they care about the children....... But I promise you... soon this schools is going to change and become a great school..... it's just that... these kids need to pass......

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a hot ghetto mess from the top to the bottom. If the principal were more concerned with the PROPER running of the school instead of which suit he's going to wear the students wouldn't behave like mindless hooligans. You've got to do better Coleman. P.S. 181 is a failure because of YOU!

  • (2 years ago)

    i felt sorry for the chancellor who vote dr.coleman in IS FAVOURITE WORDS ARE THE CHANCELLOR PUT ME IN I WANT TO SEE WHO CAN GET ME OUT as a parents we a tired of him he needs to resign he dont love kids the school need help we also need intervention for the kids there also

  • (2 years ago)

    this school is terrible!!! this principal is self centered and does not care about the kids. Most of the teachers are good but without support from their principal they cant do much. My daughters in the fourth grade and i cant wait to get her transferred into a new school. the lower grade teachers and assistant principals are wonderful but as you go up the school falls apart!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers in the school are good but the principal is quite arrogant . The aides are quite rough and are always shouting at the kids

  • (4 years ago)

    I graduated from this school many moons ago and my son is currently attending this school. From what I see not much has changed. The teachers are great but the students are horrible. I feel sorry for some of these teachers who have to babysit these kids. From what I see the majority of these kids are undisciplined. they play too rough with each other curse climb gates and scream. It has a real circus meets rikers island feel to it. Dismissal is chaotic. Children get out at the new york avenue entrance and just sit there. no one tells them anything. people are trying to enter with strollers struggling to go up stairs while students and parents are making there way down. The water fountain in the Gym area has been broken all year long and so has the clock in the hall beside the gym.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son attended this school and i currently have nephews at PS 181. The teachers are great and are gems at this school. The only problem I have is the lack of parent involvement and this isn't all due to a lack of parent involvement but is more because the people who have been long involved in the PTA para programs committees and other family related have put up a 'iron wall'. They are not welcoming and do everything possible to make you say 'to hell with this I'll just work with my child at home'. This is from experience. I once typed up a letter to notify parent of an upcoming election... (6 weeks in advance) the letter was not sent out until the 5 b4 the election. Time for new faces! Other than that the school is great

  • (8 years ago)

    My children attended ps 181(2005 -2006). Couldn't wait to have them transfered. Both of their teachers were exceptional (grade 1 and 3). However I was truly appaled by the unorganized after school program the early morning drop off and the attitute discipline and overall behavior. Absolutely disrespectful to parents to adults on the whole. It would take me on average 25 mins before I collected them. Useless security guards/attendants/administration useless.No one cares its a paycheck. That's all.

  • (11 years ago)

    I am the mother of four children three of who have already left PS181. My last child there is entering the fifth grade. I am a very active parent and was the PTA president for a year. The school is equipped with many resources to provide the students with an adaquate education many children are falling far below the standards. Althought there are some exceptionally talanted and professionally competent teachers I believe that the failures are the results of poor teaching styles and inexperience. There is little or no motivation for the students by many teachers and children are often spoken to inappropriately. Parents are prevented from getting involved in many aspects of their children's education. The PTA have been linited in their function and many serious concerns are often dismissed. There is a great need for more of the Arts to be included in the cirriculum as well as afterschool programs.

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