No rating

GreatSchools Rating

St. Rose of Lima School

Private | PK-8


Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:


Living in Freehold

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $260,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,490.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
Based on 3 ratings
No new ratings
No new ratings
Based on 2 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

19 reviews of this school

Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted September 10, 2014

I have 3 children enrolled in St. Rose of Lima in Freehold and I highly recommend this school. I can not say enough good things about this school. From the academics, to the respect that the teachers have shown my family, to the wonderful activities both extracurricular and family centered, I couldn't be more happy. Aside from team sports, there are after school activities ranging from robotics, Legos, magic, tennis, bowling, art, and much more. Despite what some other reviews have stated, the academic curriculum is challenging and does meet current educational standards. I had my oldest child evaluated for summer enrichment and he placed 1 to 2 grade levels above his grade level in all subjects assessed (according to an assessment tool based on the national core curriculum standards). Just check out the school's scores on the Terra Nova. I don't even live in Freehold, but still choose to send my children to St. Rose because of how I've seen my children flourish and how much they love attending school here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2014

My child was a student at St Rose of Lima. I would not recommend this school to anyone. The administration is antiquated and needs to retire. They are back in the 1950's and haven't changed their methods to keep with the current educational standards and practices. Also. the administration is not skilled in dealing with parents' input. They promise to address your needs and then never do. They bury their heads in the sand in hopes that you will go away instead of handling the situation appropriately. They are very unprofessional in the way they handle parents. Other parents that have left the school site the same issues. Do not waste your time on this school. My child is now playing catchup to all the education she has missed. They do not care whether or not your child is progressing to state standards and in my opinion are far below what other schools are doing curriculum wise. The administration made promises to my child and then denied they ever did. It was a terrible experience for her!! Do not waste your time on this school you will regret it if you do.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2014

I was a student at Saint Rose of Lima in Freehold, New Jersey. The school teaches at an EXTREMELY slow pace and does not meet any standards. Students don't care and neither do the teachers. The teachers had to rely on one of my highly intelligent classmates to question whether or not something that the teacher was teaching was right or wrong. It was really sad. The school also REALLY REALLY focused more on using a ruler or being neat than whether or not you got the answers right. This school also favors some students over other students. The girls who were neat and neurotic about using a ruler on their paper were VERY MUCH FAVORED. I highly suggest going to a different school. The administration is very mean and not helpful at all. In my opinion, they hide behind the cloak of Christianity, but continuously act in a non christian and loving way. Please DO NOT waste your time on this school.

Posted October 17, 2011

From personal experience I would not send my child to this school or recommend this school to anyone. I have a learning disability, my fourth grade teacher refused to have me tested she told my mom I was lazy, I am currently working on my Masters in School Psychology. This school is not focused on the fundamentals, instead they are more worried about how I held my pencil and a math game instead of making sure I knew the difference between a verb and an adverb or that I can work with fractions. I also was the victim of a lot of bullying, from both students and teachers. I was called names and physically assaulted on the bus. I would get detention for forgetting my homework while other students would not have any repercussions for forgetting their homework or projects. I feel that this school has favorites in every grade, if the Principal does not like the parents your experience will be terrible. The school does not value the individual student they do not practice the basic Catholic fundamentals that they state in the overview.

Posted June 21, 2011

My son attended this school from pre-K to 5th grade. It is a wonderful Catholic school and the Catholic foundation that he received was GREAT! If you have a student that does well in academics and has an interest in sports this may be a good alternative. However, they are lacking in extra programs like music, computers and drama. Also some of the teachers are still of the "old school" mentality - real tough!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2009

I have had a wonderful experience with both preschool for 3's and 4's and kindergarten and this year in 1st grade all seems well so far. A really great school and yours kids are in good hands
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2009

I could not ask for anything more from a school. They have me involved in my childs school and that is very important to me and at the same time my 1st grader tells me Mommy I hope that we can go to St Rose till I am in 8th grade and is so very happy there. My other daughter is in the preschool program and it is the best I have ever seen. The teachers are wonderful and so loving. I have 2 younger kids at home still and they will also go to St rose for 2 years of preschool and then be there till 8th grade. Wonderful place to be
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 10, 2009

My three girls have been attending St. Rose of Lima School for the last five years. We have been so happy with the experience at the school. My girls are receiving a fantastic education while being involved in many of the school programs offered. We are so happy that our girls are surrounded by such a wonderful group of teachers, fellow students, and school families.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 28, 2009

When it came time for my husband and I to select a school for our two children, St. Rose of Lima was an obvious choice for us. Both my husband and I attended the school and we have many fond memories. St Rose of Lima provides a safe and nurturing environment for our children. The teachers and staff are amazing and the students love their school and are extremely respectful. Academics are top notch, athletics are competitive and there are so many extra activities and clubs, all interests should be met. I would strongly recommend St. Rose to parents considering elementary schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 28, 2009

St. Rose of Lima School has provided my three children with an ideal environment to learn and grow both academically and spiritually. Dedicated teachers coupled with a committed administration and engaged parents, creates a true sense of partnership and community. I only hope that the high school my kids attend meets the same high standards set by St. Rose of Lima.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 1, 2009

My son is in Kindergarden at St. Rose Of Lima. Really happy with the choice of sending him there. It is a wholesome community oriented environment where Religion is part of daily life. He has developed significantly both academnically and socially at the school and has improved self-confidence. A great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2009

Our family has been part of St. Rose of Lima School for 8 years. Throughout these years, St. Rose has consistently demonstrated its commitment to academic excellence and Catholic education. Sr. Patricia Doyle, the school principal, is a devoted and experienced leader; the school has received Middle States accreditation twice since 1991. Our children are well-adjusted, well-disciplined, and very happy at this school. We highly recommend St. Rose to other families in the area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2007

We went to St. Rose because of concerns for the Freehold borough elementary schools. At the same time, we also put our house on the market. We are now thinking about staying because of St. Rose. My wife and I find the teachers to be very caring and attentive. The class sizes are normal (although the lower grades pre-k and K are smaller than normal). There is also a real sense of community amongst parents and amongst the children. I am really torn about moving now as I feel that St. Rose is what I expect from a school for my children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 24, 2006

Our daughter is entering into the 6th grade and never wants to leave. She has had a great experience with a wonderful education. The sports program is great as well as the other after school activities. The parents are involved however, as they are advancing into the higher grades it is kept at a minimum. The security and safety at the school is great. We are glad that we chose St. Rose for our child coming from a public school setting. The religious aspects of the school are encouraging.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 12, 2005

My child is in the 4 year old program. Compared to the schools most of our friends are sending their children too, this school is amazing. The things my child has accomplished up to now is reassuring me we made the right decision.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 2, 2005

Academics are outstanding. Extracurriculars are adequate but community also offers many opportunities for sports, arts and music. Parents are encouraged to be involved in many aspects and are always welcome at the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 5, 2005

I think the school is a bit overcrowded and I'm always having doubts if the cost justifies the education. My Children most likely will go to public school next year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 1, 2003

You will not find a better elementry school than St. Rose of Lima. Respect, Responsibility and Religion are considered just as important as the traditional three 'r's' of learning. The building is spotless and the students receive the best of everything from computers, library resources, science lab to programs and playgrounds. The teachers are caring and dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 10, 2003

This school is top notch. The teachers and principal really put the time in to make this school special. The principal is really hands on. Safety and discipline is also great. I have yet to hear of any safety or discipline problems. I would recommend this school greatly. And you never know, Your child may be the next bruce springsteen. He is a st rose alumni and does fund raisers for the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.


Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

Unfortunately, this school doesn't have sufficient data to generate an academic rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 52%
Hispanic 2% 20%
Asian 1% 8%
Black 1% 19%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious


School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Trenton
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
  • {{date}}
Export calendar
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...


To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

51 Lincoln Pl
Freehold, NJ 07728
Phone: (732) 462-2646


Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »


Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

Intermediate School
Freehold, NJ