What does attending an international school look like through the eyes of a child? That’s what filmographer-father Jerry MacKay (Littleflick Pictures) set out to find out….
PS 45 – A Child’s Eye View | Jerry MacKay
It was over a year ago that we were looking for a new school for our daughter, Penelope. She had already attended several childcare facilities, but it was now time for the big-time…PreK! Like all parents in Buffalo, we experienced the stress and anxiety of finding the perfect place for our child. While we wanted to enroll her in a public school, we were well aware of the trials and tribulations that the entire public school system was undergoing.
Our close neighbor gave us a tip that we will be forever grateful for. As a long-time administrator for the Buffalo Public Schools, she offered to give us a tour of one of her favorite schools…PS 45, International School. Up to that point, all we knew about the school was that most of the International students went there, and it was near our home (the school is on Hoyt Street on the West Side). We had no idea what to expect, but we agreed to check it out.
The tour showed us what a warm and loving place PS 45 is. From the principal and administration to the teachers and support staff, everyone seemed truly happy to be there. The school had one of the top rates of attendance in the public school system, which I thought was an excellent sign. We were also extremely impressed with what the kids were doing in PreK. A teacher showed us how the kids were writing sentences. “Isn’t this supposed to be a school with kids who don’t speak English?”, I thought. “How are they already writing sentences…in PreK?!” And their handwriting was pretty darn good…even better than mine (although to be honest, this isn’t saying much…my handwriting is borderline illegible).
Penelope was accepted into PS 45, and her first year in public school couldn’t have been better. Not only did she receive an excellent education, but her exposure to so much diversity was invaluable. She literally made friends with kids from all over the world.
We also just learned that New York State has officially removed PS 45 from the under-performing list, and it is now a school in good standing. I guess they finally figured out what we already knew!
To thank PS 45 for being such a great place for Penelope, I offered to make a short film about their PreK and Kindergarten program. I hope the film helps parents learn a little about the school, especially those families from other countries who might not be familiar with our educational system.
If you’re looking for a PreK program in Buffalo, I’d highly recommend checking out International School 45. Tell them Penelope sent you!
PS 45 – International School
141 Hoyt Street
Buffalo, NY 14213