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About This School

P.S. 8 Issac Varian is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of P.S. 8 Issac Varian is MRS. ROSA MARIA PERALTA, who can be contacted at rperalt@schools.nyc.gov. 1,219 children attend P.S. 8 Issac Varian and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 30% of the P.S. 8 Issac Varian students are "limited in English proficiency." 87% of the 1,219 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at P.S. 8 Issac Varian is 14:1. P.S. 51 Bronx New School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 9% 6%
Hispanic 73% 66%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Asian 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 83%
Limited English proficiency 30% 21%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I graduated from P.S.8 in 2005. I spent 5 years there. When I first got there I barely understood any teachers I had from kindergarden and 1st grade since Albanian was my 1st language. I was in jeopardy of repeating kindergarden but the old school was too crowded and space finally opened up at PS8. !st grade was also a fail but things took a turn for the better when I was placed in Ms. Lopano's 2nd grade class. I got the pleasure of sticking with the same teacher for two years who cared and taught me english math social studies and science for two years. She definitely tried to make it interesting but she got to bond with each child and worked with us independently. With her help I was able to switch from her 4th grade class into the honors class. (I cried the day I found out Ms. Lopano would no longer be my teacher because I had grown so attached.) She set me for life and without her I don't know how I would've gotten to where I am today. I'm graduating from high school in a month and going to attend college in the fall. Thank you so much Ms. Lopano & P.S.8 you changed my life! With love Filomena

  • (2 years ago)

    Unorganized and has tons of bullies you wont get any tests back from your child's teachers they are just there for their pay checks. The principle hardly speaks English. All in all the school is a mess. My nephews cousins and children in my building attended and attend P.S.8. I checked the homework of one of the kids today that i tutor the teacher wrote on his paper good job Jose and his name isn't even Jose. Then she wrote do your spelling words and wrote it "speeling". They school is always doing these things to try and make it sound good but its horrible. Our children do NOT get a proper and good education there. I was there 10 years ago in 5th grade too and i remember my first day of 5th grade in December when i transferred from Brooklyn. A girl asked me if i was a virgin and i was just so shocked to hear that (I came from PS112 that year) It was a very strict school and well PS8 was just a joke the teacher was careless and we didn't do anything that whole year. Seeing how things are now with the children i know who attend PS8 now not much has changed at all. Try and send your kids else where if you can.

  • (2 years ago)

    back when my son was in this school he would get bullied almost every day by hooligans. he told me he had to report a group of 10 or more kids beating 2 children up behind a preschool building because they were "different". some of the teachers mostly staff were caring and nice. some were very mean though. my son was once threatened by a teacher that he would be kept in a basement with out doing anything. including water. him and other innocent children were also being treated badly mostly because of their new (at the time) detention system. the detention teachers would make him and others tire their hands writing paper after paper and charging them money for pencils. he only went to detention because he missed homework. instead of calling me or any other guardian/parent (this goes for all the other students) they threatened him and sent him to detention until 1 hour past. others would receive more then 3 hours! I'm relieved i took him out of this school. he has made only little friends because of most students being quick to prejudge him by his ethnicity and were generally racist. i recommend staying away from this school!

  • (3 years ago)

    I love the teachers and they are well equipped to teach our children caring and because of the clinic within the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is in the second grade There academc program is phenomenal . It is a large school but his teacher is caring and teaches at a good pace- Not too fast and not too slow. I would recommend this school with out a doubt.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to this school and remember the caring teachers and staff. P.S.8 was a great school to me.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love and like to study my children at p.s.8

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