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P.S. Is 178 Holliswood is a public middle school in New York. The principal of P.S. Is 178 Holliswood is MS. JENNIFER AMBERT, whose e-mail is jambert@schools.nyc.gov. 484 students attend P.S. Is 178 Holliswood and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 3% of the P.S. Is 178 Holliswood students have "limited English proficiency." 42% of the 484 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at P.S. Is 178 Holliswood is 15:1. I.S. 238 Susan B Anthony is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 16%
White, non-Hispanic 56% 20%
Asian 22% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 49%
Hispanic 17% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 38%
Limited English proficiency 3% 9%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I have two daughters has been at PS 178 for 2 and 4 years. It is a small school where everyone knows her. I love that type of school setting and I'm very happy we are at this school! Her teachers are extremely helpful and the principal and staff work greatly solid and I really appreciate their tough and wonderful work. Submitted by a parent

  • (11 months ago)

    My child has been at PS 178 for 4 years. It is a small school where everyone knows him. I love that type of school setting and am very happy we are at this school! His teachers are very helpful and the principal and staff work very hard.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two children at The Holliswood School. One is about to graduate and will be attending Xavier High School in NYC. I believe that my son received an excellent education during his years at The Holliswood School. There are many extra curricular programs for the children to join. My son participated in rugby since 6th grade and loves the sport. The principal is very helpful and ALWAYS makes herself available. She speaks to all of the parents and knows all of the kids. The school is very small and everyone knows one another.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been going to this school for 9 years! I absolutely love this school. Since we are a small school (compared to others) everybody knows everybody. The principal even knows every kid's name and says "Hi!" in the hallway. The art program is great and the band is amazing. We have sports teams for a variety of sports as well as acedmic teams that compete like the math team. The school has such a diverse group of kids it's amazing! Everyone is so tolerable and open about their culture! The teachers are always open to students. (Especially in Middle School) You can tell your teachers anything. We're just one big family! Also just last year we became a "blue ribbon school"! No matter what you like to do we have it. Recycling club? Of course! Math team! We've got it! Band? Sure! Art? Yup! Computers? Yes! Robot building? Of course! Penny Harvest? Yes! Drama club and acting? Yes we have it! If you're looking for the best school around then go to PS/IS 178 "The Holliswood School" D

  • (3 years ago)

    I really think that 178 is one of best schools I have ever attended. The school makes you feel like you re at home. The teachers know you very well and the staff is overall incredible. There are Smart Boards in every room of the middle school classes and I realized some schools don t have the money to buy these high technological things. The homework amount is very decent not too much not too little and if you get lucky some days you won t have homework at all. D

  • (3 years ago)

    Its a great school w/wonderful teachers!

  • (5 years ago)

    The middle school part of this school is very good but the children are not treated any differently as they were in the elementary part of the school. My child has been attending since kindergarden and she is now in the 8th grade. She used to be very enthusied about doing homework and going to school but now she is reluctant to go. The school is GREAT academicaly. The new pricapal seems to be adjusting well. Some of the teachers don't know how to handle some of the students and some of the students on variance are very disruptive. Some of the teachers also treat the students rudely but they are all very well learned and great at teaching. Many of them use e-mail as a way of communicating with the parents which I think is great. Overal this is a pretty good/great school and I would recomend it to others.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school. It is the best school in the whole entire world!

  • (5 years ago)

    I got tranfered here from a troubled school and I like it alot there. There's smart student and they're nice.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school but the PTA needs to get in touch more with new parents. They lack relationship building with other parents and shows up in the lack luster events & fundraising.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am really happy to have my children in this school. The teachers here are very friendly and good in teaching. Mrs.Hobbs and Mr.Kolcek are also very nice. Hats off to all the teachers!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am so glad that I switched my daughter from private school to Holliswood PS 178 in second grade. We just started here April 2007. There is no comparison. It's like going from the Disneyland of schools to the real thing. She is now in 3rd grade & in just 5 months of Holliswood she jumped from reading slightly below grade level to a 4th grade reading level! The teachers are amazing!--well prepared creative with a great understanding of child development re their approach to studies as well as the kid's socialization. Order and discipline is excellent and tactful. The school goes out of its way to create a 'private school' cohesive atmosphere. Mrs. Corley the Parent Coordinator and Mrs.Hobbs the Principal are also amazing and very receptive to parent questions & issues. All of my concerns were addressed promptly and thoroughly. The PTA is also strong and wonderful. Great school!

  • (7 years ago)

    178 is a terrific school. The academic rigor makes it one of the best schools in NYC. It houses an excellent art program and band. The teachers are great!

  • (7 years ago)

    This schools has a 'private school' environment. A very diverse group of kids. I love it. I have 3 children attending there right now. Mrs. Hobbs the Principal and Mr. Kolcek the Asst. Principal are very approachable and friendly. We love you!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very happy with most of the teaching staff. There are a few new techers who are new to the staff and unfortunately a high level of maturity and professionalism has not been demanded by the administration. The administration is not very helpful. Some parents feel that the administration priority is not the children which it should be. The school had a very good special education department which over the past two years had been disappearing. The feeling when you walk into the school is not a happy family. It is very cold and unwelcoming. They are moving K-8 where they promise everything a middle school has but I have not seen this. It seems to be an extention of the elementary school just with bigger children.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is what makes living in New York easy. Beautiful houses excellent school. This school is competitive helpful to parents and very concerned about each kid. The principal knows all the students names! Unlike most most NY schools here the students excel way above par. This school has a very divers student population and a good mix of cultures. This school has an excellent special education program as well as a general education. My kids are excited to go to school. This school is what public schools should be.

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