Not according to Kyle Spencer of The New York Times.
This Could Be the Foodiest School in New York profiles PS 150, The Tribeca Learning Center. PS 150 is another "private public", with amazing food and food learning offerings for its young students. I said:
“Food — what it means and where it comes from — is central there,” said Emily Glickman, an education consultant.
As Spencer noted in her recent article, Way Beyond Bake Sales: $1 Million PTAs , thanks to active parent involvement, numerous public schools in affluent zones are now offering private school-style amenities to students. I think it's wonderful that thanks to the hard work and generosity of many city families, a significant percentage of people don't need to spend $40,000 a year on private school education to still be able to offer their children a rich elementary school experience.