Bronx >K-12 Schools > St Mary Star Of The Sea School
580 Minnieford Ave, Bronx, NY | Directions 1046440.854532 -73.788961
Neighborhoods: City Island
Horrible School! The PRINCIPAL MUST BE CHANGED!!!!!!! – My experience with St. Mary's has been horrible. I'm was very surprised that the parents are not involved with the school. Many of the children (90%) are commuted from Coop City. The school offers free bus service provided by the City which also picks up children attending the neighboring public schools. My son was bullied on the bus by the public school kids and when I complained, there was nothing that the school can do since this was a free service offered to me. Many times the bus did not arrive on time or would not pick up the children at all without ample notice to the parents; often leaving the parents to scramble for transportation. The computer classes are combined with their homeroom class. There are no outside activities (especially for the PreK) children. The principal's is a dictator rather than a mentor. The teachers are afraid to speak and often do not communicate with the parents in fear of losing their jobs or causing controvery. It's quite evident that everyone is afraid to speak. It's a very sad situation for a school that has so much potential. Someone should investigate the representation and speak to a higher level about this situation. St. Mary's lost the enrollment of (2) children. The teachers are mentally abused!!! I am not exaggerating this complaint! You have to see it to believe it! I really hope that someone can help the teachers of this school and the school itself!!!!
Good School – Having two children in this school and having had my children in other Catholic schools I can tell you there is a big difference at St. Mary. They care about education and building up confidence and family values. I can safely say other school on the same grades Don't stack up.
St. Mary Star of the Seas School – My experience with St. Mary's has been jaw dropping. I'm amazed with the low participation of parent activities, there are no isolated computer classes for the children, the playground is limited with activities (especially for the PreK) children. The principal's attitude is evidently "her way or the highway", and in speaking with the teachers about the school progress, it's quite evident that everyone is afraid to speak. It's a very sad situation for a school that has so much potential. Someone should investigate the representation and management level of this school and help it prior to have its door closed due to lack of management.
Bronx Parents' Educational Prayers Answered at St. Mary, Star of the Sea! – St. Mary, Star of the Sea School is a small, academically rigorous school, and it does not seem to have the noise and discipline issues that the local public school (P.S. 175) reportedly has. Also, its student body is more diverse racially (predominantly African American, with Hispanics and Caucasians well represented and increasing in number [yes, we "clamdiggers" from City Island are here!]) and more diverse economically (both extremes: families of modest means on public assistance and those of well-compensated professionals). Surprisingly, this mix works beautifully, with no apparent tension. As a result, our child's outlook has broadened considerably.
St. Mary's academic calendar is at odds with some working parents' tight schedules (limited time off to cover gaps in the school's schedule). Examples: On the first Friday of each month, dismissal is at 11:30 in the morning, with no aftercare available. Every Wednesday, school is let out at 1:00 in the afternoon (with aftercare available). Similarly, the school is closed for two full weeks for the Easter recess. On a minor note, street parking for student drop off and pick up by car is often tight; the church parking lot behind the school is unavailable, as it is used for buses and as the school's only playground. Sadly, after spending up to a decade together, St. Mary's close-knit students scatter after their eighth-grade graduation to different public and parochial schools in the greater NYC area.
However, despites these issues, the experience that St. Mary?s offers students is unparalleled. We highly recommend it.
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