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St. Leo Elementary School

Private | PK-8

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $280,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,480.

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Posted September 2, 2014

So tired of all of the sour grapes that have been going around lately. In life and in this country of ours we are allowed to make choices. If these people who are talking about why other families have moved their children looked into the REAL reasons they left , they will find it is not because of the school, the faulty or the beliefs being instilled. It was because the answers that they were given to issues were not what they wanted. They didn't get their way and they stomped away angry like so many others in this thankless society that we live in. They had a choice and they chose to leave. Those people will not be happy anywhere that they go. No place is perfect, but I can personally attest to the feeling of family that you get at St Leo's. There is a very positive feeling and my children love their teachers. I can't ask for more than that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2014

Since the last school year, this school has deteriorated. The reason for this is a lot of bad decisions made by the new principal and the complete absence of curiosity for understanding and ignoring parents. Every person demands respect especially when parents finance the education of their children. They want to be sure that their children are taught values such that are required on the profile of the school (Catholic) That is why many parents objecting to this treatment moved their children to other schools. Please, think again before you choose this school: Do you really want a school like this for your children???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2014

I attended school there 8 years ago for 3 years. I personally disliked one religion teacher in specific. She was very rude, screamed a lot, and not a welcoming person to make you feel like you belong. She screamed at me Infront of the whole class for 5 minutes bc I didn't have a composition notebook and made me cry. She lowered my self esteem as well as made me feel like I was extra in the class. (First day of class) . Every student was and is afraid of her. She was constantly screaming nonstop. Besides her, everyone else was nice and welcoming. And i did learn a lot there. It made college easier by getting used to the hw load. I personally wouldn't recommend it bc students should feel comfortable with their teachers making it a better enjoyable learning environment .


Posted April 19, 2014

If you want to know how this school performs academically, ask to look at test scores without the names of the children. This should be made available upon request. Also, another good idea, is to go to the local police station, and ask if there have been any complaints against the school or parents. this should help you decide where you want to put your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

We love St. Leo's and all of the support! This school is resilient with new staff and faculty they have persevered keeping the students and their education first in mind.


Posted April 10, 2014

We Love St. Leo's! Being new to the area when our children started school,we were nervous about not knowing anyone or the school system. St. Leo's provided a friendly, family atmosphere that made us feel welcomed, but even better than that, St. Leo's continues to give our children the education they need to help them develop both academically and spiritually. This faith based environment is helping us raise our children to be intellectual and independent. The administration, faculty and staff are responsive to the needs of our children and they encourage and foster ways for all students to make the right choices. Students are exposed to so many different elements of education from the academic curriculum, the music program and extra curricular clubs to a fabulous sports program that offers different sports during each season of the year. An active Home and School Assoc. provides additional activities to raise the level of fun and provide a feeling of community among school families. The school also offers before and after school care so I know my children are safe until I can pick them up after work. It's a wonderful environment for our kids and I highly recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

Saint Leo's is a great school! The negativity that I am reading is disheartening. Just as in other places, there are a few parents that feel that if situations are not handled the way they would have liked, then the place is out of control...WRONG!!! Reading those negative comments, I can see those people being the ones who wrote the reviews. Our kids are good kids! The faculty and staff work with our kids to teach them everything they need to succeed academically. The level of core values stressed in our school environment is commendable. The negative complaints come from those who will never be happy and haven't taught their children that kindness is important to succeed in life. I was at an assembly a few weeks ago at the school. The kids were attentive and courteous ! The students greeted parents with a kind word and they were respectful to the students and principal as the assembly went on! That is to CORE value of our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

Choosing a Catholic school is a choice. It's a blessing and a privilege to be a part of the St. Leo's family. There's always a few bad apples that try to spoil the bunch and I have watched as some have tried to tarnish the good name of this GREAT school. I have seen amazing things happening at this school and quite honestly the positive things happening are overshadowing any of the slanderous comments some unhappy campers make. The principal of this school has made strides to raise the academic bar and keep students challenged. Supported by a great staff of teachers who all work together to create the amazing feeling of family at this school the children of St. Leo's are learning and having fun. The HSA and Sports Group have worked side by side with the staff and administration and provided a tremendous amount of positive programs and events that only help to facilitate the family feel. My family was accepted with open arms and are grateful for the blessing of that. I am sad for anyone who feels differently but I would suggest that often times you get what you give. It's a choice to be here and privilege to be able to see all the positive that St Leo's offers.


Posted March 25, 2014

Some choose to look the other way of things that go on in this school and I say the same for the principal as well. Very unprofessional in handling situations.


Posted March 21, 2014

I am a student at St. Leo's Catholic Private school. I have been here my whole life because my brothers went to this school and my brothers got such a great Education there one has gotten over 5 scholarships And the other is a mechanic. I have a great education As we'll and St. Leo's School has helped me achieve my biggest Goals in life (so far) All I have to say is it is and amazing school and I recommend going there Going to this school!


Posted March 20, 2014

I am a very proud St. Leo's parent and don't understand all the negative comments. As a private school, YOU make the choice to be there, so why stay and complain? There is nothing worse than someone who goes through life pointing fingers at everyone else and never sees themselves as part of the problem. With that being said, St. Leo's school is the school to go to! Not only are my children getting an excellent education, in classrooms with the most modern technologies available to them, they are loved and nurtured by the faculty and staff. Our new principal has brought new life to the curriculum, activities and morale and I can't wait for what's to come. As a bonus to all of the wonderful friends my children have made, I have made the BEST friends and developed the greatest support system I could ever want or need. THANK YOU ST. LEOS.
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Posted March 20, 2014

St. Leo's School has been a blessing to me and my family. My children have attended this school since Pre-K and all of the teachers and faculty are wonderful. Our new principal is a wonderful, energetic young woman whom the children love. She has made such positive changes in the short time she has been with us. She has taken control of the school and of the safety and well being of our children. Lately, our school has been overwhelmed by some dramatic parents who have a hard time letting teachers and administration do the jobs. Anything negative that is being said about our school is simply sour grapes from unreasonable people. Parents need to start making their children accountable for their actions instead of always pointing a finger at those around them. Teach your children humility and integrity instead of undermining other adults in their lives. The behavior demonstrated by these parents is disgusting and embarrassing. Our school is a great school. I am looking forward to a fresh start in 2014-2015 when all of the negative people are gone. September can't come soon enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

St Leo's school is a waste of hard earned money! My daughter came from a public school because of bullying. I assumed that just MAYBE if we tried a catholic school the results would be better.......WRONG! My daughter has been accused of doing things to students which I DO NOT believe. She is new and just trying to fit in and that has been a challenge. My daughter had about 10 friends when she started here and within a matter of a month they all stopped calling her because the "princess of St Leo's" aka bully told these girls they are her friends and cannot associate with my daughter or else!!!! These " teachers" who watch kids at recess are too busy flapping their lips that they don't pay attention to what is actually happening. I have spoken to the teacher and principal about the girl(s) involved with the bullying. I was VERY angry and maybe I didn't approach it/them in the right way therefore I have not received the proper action but they should still honor my concern and keep eyes peeled on these students regardless!! So, in conclusion, I am now removing my daughter from this school and homeschooling her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

I recently graduated from St. Leo's. And I must say, I have no regrets in going to this school. I am a student who receives good grades and is considered one of the top of my class. Although, I had friends who were only average, they still received as much attention, assistance, and guidance as everyone else. I remember when I was still very young, and the new principal, who will sadly be leaving us this year, took over. This principal is firm, supportive, and kind. They have COMPLETELY transformed the school in a marvelous way. This school incorporates religion in everything it does. Whether its a subtle lesson about accepting others, or if it really calls for it, a short, yet meaningful talk face-to-face with the students. There's always going to be problems. If you're strong enough, you can face it head on. But this school faces problems with you, as a whole community. This school gives you opportunities to grow however you want and at whatever pace. Whether you want to sing, learn a different language, play sports, create, go hiking, it really has it all. I hope in the future, I can send my own children to a school like this one.


Posted March 3, 2011

The school is not a good school, that does not have a religion class everyday for 8th. A lot of the teachers are rude to the children and ever since the new principle came, this school has turned into trash. I would not recommend sending my child here as a parent that used to have a child attending this school.


Posted July 12, 2010

the school is ok i guess but they could have done a little bit better with teaching the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

St Leo's is a great school! We moved to this area 2 years ago and my daughter was in catholic school before so we put her to St.Leo's. She is happier than in previous school,loves her teachers and has more friends than before.I am happy because St.Leo"s School teach my daughters (now2) not only basics but also faith,good values and everything that good catholic should know. Thanks for everything to our Pastors Father Bart and Father Jim that they support this school so much, teachers and parents who are involved in everyday school life! May God bless them and God bless the St.Leo's School !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

I am a recent graduate, SLS Class of 2009. I had been in St. Leo's for almost 10 years, and never regreted it. The teachers are absolutely fantastic, and are always willing to help you get your grades up. Throughout the course of my journey in St. Leo's, I felt like I was learning something, and people really cared about me. SLS IS a family, and a very tight-knit community, who does everything to help you learn more about yourself and your faith in God. Their love and support is something that I forever hold SLS close to my heart, and I'm sure to the hearts of others.


Posted October 3, 2009

St. Leos' is a school where all good Catholic Chrisitian values are taught to our children. So we think. We should practice what we preach. A church and School with so many ex nuns would God want you all to be such big gossipers now . Change is suppose to be good right. How come our new principal allows this ask her. Why is parent's allowed to be on the faculty. Other teacher's there send their own children to different schools right.Everyone knows how all the good things that happen at St. Leo's gets around. They should not forget who pays all their salaries. How can the children be happy in this kind of atmosphere. Change is good and it's time the diocese comes in and does just that. So St. Leo's can be a good Catholic School again.


Posted August 26, 2009

i think St Leos is a warm, nurturing environment as well as excellent academic standards. The principal really cares about the children. Smartest thing i ever did was to select that school
—Submitted by a parent


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White 67% 52%
Hispanic 22% 20%
Two or more races 8% 1%
Asian 3% 8%
Black 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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300 Market St
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
Phone: (201) 796-5156

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