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PK-8
Private
Old Bridge, NJ
Students enrolled: 378
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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81 Throckmorton Ln
Old Bridge, NJ 08857

(732) 679-4700
(732) 679-6062
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April 24, 2014
There is nothing about this school which makes it seem exceptional, especially for the price of tuition. The teachers are mediocre to average. I have a daughter in first grade and some of the information in the assingments are not even accurate. The class sizes are extremely small and still teachers cannot answer specific questions about their own students.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
I have 2 children enrolled in St. Ambrose and a third on his way when he's old enough. I live in Old Bridge and have visited with the Catholic schools in my neighborhood as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. I decided to go with St. Ambrose because they were the warmest and most impressionable school to me and my husband. Meeting with the principal and the teachers my children would have sealed the deal for me. Compared to fellow neighbors that send their children to another Catholic school and some who use public schools, I can see that my children are much more advanced. I think the people that wrote negative comments are either bitter parents OR people just commenting from surrounding schools to make our school sound bad. If you are a concerned parent, then take the time to meet with the principal to discuss your concerns and you will be pleasantly surprised to see those are just plain untrue posts. Your choices you make will only make sense to you and that's all that matters. As far as myself, my husband and my children...we are happy with our choice.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
What a joke, don't waist your money. I am so glad we have moved on. Some of the teachers need to watch how they treat the kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
the opportunity here is wonderful for the kids growth and potential. i highly reccommend this school

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
I am very excited about all of the positive changes that have taken place over this past school year. The new principal is a breath of fresh air! So many new ideas - he is extremely hard working and looking out for the best interests of all of the students. If you have a good idea on how things can be improved he is all ears. The teachers have remained the same - caring, dedicated, educators who will do everything in their power to help your child be successful!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
My son has been attending St. Ambrose for the past 3 years. The teachers are committed and caring. I have been very impressed by the academic curriculum . There are multiple sports and after school clubs to take part in from Kindergarten on up to 8th grade. My son really enjoys attending St. Ambrose and there is a true sense of community there.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
St. Ambrose school has been a wonderful experience for my children. I have three children attending this school and each learns very differently. One of the most impressive things about this school is the quality, patience and care of the teachers for every student. They strive to make sure every child succeeds, academically, socially, and spiritually. I am very happy to recommend this school to any parent interested in giving their child a full, well-rounded education and great school experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
My son attended St. Ambrose for Pre-K through eighth grade and went on to attend both an outstanding Catholic high school and Catholic college. Despite a diagnosis of "visual perception impairment," my son was nurtured and very successfully educated in a caring Christian environment by excellent teachers. The faculty of St. Ambrose is top notch and, under new guidance and leadership, the school will only improve on its already impressive record of turning out young men and women who are more than ready to conquer higher education and contribute to their communities. My child was safe, happy, and well-educated at St. Ambrose and yours will be, too.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
As a former student, I believe I can give a realistic view of St. Ambrose. First off, the situation with the bullying is in no part the faculty's fault, it is the students; they're kids, they do whatever it takes to be popular, and yes the mothers are much worse than the kids. In the arts, the choir is great, the instrumentals are great, as were the plays when I was there. The art program is good, yet kids just never seem to have a huge interest in it. The music class however, is awful; it is more of a religion class than it is music and all I learned from it was the 7 composers. Religiously the school is strong; the classes are good, but the mass programs that we had to do were just terrible. In science we certainly learned and the teacher tried to make it interesting, she was just a little much though. History was the best, a teacher with a passion for teaching who was so under appreciated though. English and reading were great, they picked interesting books and I actually enjoyed reading, the writing was well instructed too. Spanish was the best it could be, I had it twice a week and the info taken helped a lot in high school. The gym program was repetitive, but fun anyway.

- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2013
Bullying is not tolerated. St. Ambrose is a great school, but it is definitely not a miracle maker. The principal deals quickly on any report of bullying, and there are definitely consequences to the behavior. However, you have to remember that the school did not create the bully. That began at home probably because some parents are very reluctant to discipline their own children.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
Unfortunately, the bullying at this school persists. There was so much hope but the popular kids and their mothers continue to behave as they did under the old regime. The teachers are friendly with these mothers so they never reprimand these students. The sad part is that some of the younger teachers, themselves, are being bullied by these students. There is a lot of disrespect towards nice, good teachers. Their parents believe for some reason that their children are above the rules. Why must a good teacher who is kind be treated in this ugly manner every day? Especially when these students parents requested the teacher. It's awful to listen and watch each day as this teacher is mimicked, made fun of, hurt by a bunch of spoiled brats. The school will be a better place when they leave. Lets hope they take their mothers with them!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
If you have left this wonderful school then I hope you find the peace and happiness that you are searching for. The rest of us are quite happy here and find SAS to be a second home. Most of our children are thriving and loving life at this school Almost all of the children are involved in after school activities and there is a real sense of family and community here. There is a solid foundation of Christian values and a sense of goodness among the teachers and parents. These parents are good people trying to create a moral, spiritual and academic future for their children. St. Ambrose is a blessing and I am grateful and blessed to be able to send my daughter here. It is okay for those few who have left St. Ambrose to move on now. Obviously this wasn't the best fit for you. You are happy, we are very happy and that is as it should be. Turn your energies to your own family and live a happy life. We are so good here.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
Im have to say my family is extremely happy with St. Ambrose School and community! My children also love to go to school in the morning because of the teachers and the environment, just to mention a few. I wouldn't have them anywhere else! I must say that the negative comments that are being posted are borderline harrassment, please let those of us who are attending the school continue to be happy where we are! Also, I don think an individual can tamper with postings, maybe the site found them offensive and took them down. Thank you! A very happy and proud St. Ambrose parent!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
All I have to say is kudos to the new principal and new pastor who have reignited the spirit of St. Ambrose. Together they have driven out the malcontent and cancerous parents that have done nothing but plague the school. It is quite sad that one particular parent that is no longer a member of the St. Ambrose community can find nothing better to do than continue to slander the school and administration. I for one am thrilled that this parent is now gone, and I know that my sentiments are shared by other parents as well as teachers and administration. We will pray for her that God will grant her the peace that she needs to move on with her life. Saint Ambrose School has always been a wonderful place academically, socially, and spiritually. I'm happy to say that it has gotten so much better in the past four months, and will continue to flourish and grow.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
I have put two children through this school. My youngest is now a freshman in high school. I can now say with absolute certainty that St. Ambrose prepared my children well for high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2012
Very good school, students are taught well academically and also receive good teaching in religion, moral value, etc.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
I am so happy that the school has such a wonderful new leader with great experience and a clear vision for the future of St. Ambrose. The teachers will finally have the support and leadership that they have been lacking. So many new and exciting changes are coming, and I'm so happy to be a part of it!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2012
teachers are wonderful school is great why else would we spend the money instead of sending kids for free to public and why would you if its that bad doesnt make sense cheerleading is not mandatory take them out anyone that thinks they can do a better job at volunteering their time for anything at school should do that most of you do not even step up when people are needed!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2012
My daughter attends this school and although I have problems with the school and some of the teachers, I have not had a problem with the cheer program. I do feel that the curriculum in the school is the same as some public schools in the area, but is more advanced than Old Bridge public schools. The principal is around if you need him but has told me on more than once occasion that he lets the teachers make decisions. No matter where you go you will have problems, every school has the bad teacher or the bullies. There are teachers that should have retired long ago and there are teachers who actually care about their students. Regardless of any of it there is no reason to openly attack the school of the cheer program. My daughter got hurt more times in basketball than she did in cheer. Its a sport and things happen. If they do not inform you it must mean the "injury" was not severe. If you have problems take them out of the school, out of the cheer program, or both and see if you are happier somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
The school has great teachers, but academically can do better. So far, so good, will see as the years go by.

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2012
I have children attending St. Ambrose School and I am completely satisfied with the education they are receiving. The Administration, Faculty and Staff are most caring and are always available to help in any way possible. The students are in a christian environment where they are safe anc cared for at all times. I take exception to some of the postings here since obviously some of these parents have their own agenda.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
My children are students at St. Ambrose who are beginning to look at Catholic High Schools in this area. There is no perfect school and people complain everywhere they go...but I truly wouldn't have put my children at any other school that I could have chosen from but this one. I have actually dealt with our Prinicpal recently with a bullying concern involving my child. He gave us a huge amount of his time, spoke perfectly to my child and built him back up, then dealt with the problem effectively. I have a daughter on the cheer team as well. I am grateful for the program and it's well run by coaches who care. It's just as safe as the local Pop Warner team and All-star teams, which my daughter also participates in. There are certainly sour grapes everywhere and they would probably complain just as much somewhere else as it is their nature. I'm confident that St. Ambrose will be around for years to come and continue to be a wonderful enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
St. Ambrose provided my children with an above average education that allowed them to excel in high school. They were accepted to all of the catholic high schools they applied to. Academic scholarships were also awarded to them because of their achievements. There are a variety of athletic teams the children can join which are run by very dedicated and caring coaches. The teachers & staff are wonderful! St. Ambrose School was definitely the RIGHT choice!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
We looked at a few other schools in the area and are happy with the teachers at St. Ambrose. There are a lot of after school activities and the aftercare program is good.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 19, 2009
St. Ambrose has a lot to offer. My son has learned so much. The curriculum is very strong and the teachers expect a lot of hard work but are patient and helpful. A really nice school for anyone who wants a school that is about learning

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
I have two children attend this school. The teachers are patient, the community is very friendly. I believe a lot of learning goes on in this school. I am happy with my choice.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2008
From a parent who has had two children go through the school and is about to bring back the third after trying out a different school........ my children were both well prepared by St Ambrose for High School and have done exceedingly well. My oldest is now off to college and is well prepared for it. When I look back, the lessons they learned at St Ambrose have been priceless. Overall it is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
I am a very involved parent at St. Ambrose and my oldest has just graduated with an academic scholarship for catholic H.S. I feel that it reflects well on our academic program when many of our students are offered scholarships to catholic H.S. Like any school, there is always room for improvement but improvements are being made and parents are listened to if they take the time to be involved! I still have other children in the lower grades and plan on keeping them at St. Ambrose. Two years ago a new principal and pastor were assigned to our school and they have made many changes to make us a stronger school. There are many team sports/clubs especially in comparison to other catholic schools in the area. I agree that our music and (sp)language could be stronger but would definately recommend St. Ambrose school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2008
When I enrolled my children because of the 'advanced'cirriculum,I now realize what we really need is an 'updated' cirriculum.This school is the definition of 'Old School'.One minute they are being worked to the bone ,the next they are watching Tom and Jerry.I wonder if anyone there knows anything about how a child needs to gain a love of learning.Coloring and watching videos is not my idea of a music cirriculum either.This school continues to puzzle me.The children also need to have an opportunity to get alot more active.More health/excersize ed. and more time outside.Some of them look like they are going to break from the everyday grind. I could go on but I feel sorry for the school.One more thing,are children supposed to be watching VH1 in Catholic school?

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 27, 2007
I think the school is great and I would recommend it to anyone. My son loves the school and cant wait to go to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2007
St. Ambrose is a great school but like many schools always has room for improvements. Need to improve the music curriculum or lack there of and the language department needs to be reassessed. Realizing St. Ambrose doesn't receive the same amount of funding as the local public schools, they still do a great job overall with the money they do receive. My daughter has spent many years at St. Ambrose, she's happy and loves learning. That says alot about the school... just has to revamp music and language curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
I do no think St.Ambrose is wroth the money I'm spending. Education wise,I've had countless problems with the teachers,lacks greatly in music and foreign language,and some of the rules are ridicoulous. My daughter hates St.Ambrose but continues to go because she loves her friends.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
My child has just about completed her first year @ St Ambrose (pre-K), and I feel she has learned a great deal. I compare what she does with other children her age, and I feel that she is ahead of the game. Her cousins her same age (4 years) do not know many of the things she has learned.For example she knows how to spell #1-10,she can write every letter of the alphabet and can put simple words together such as cat, hat etc. The teachers are amazing.She seems very happy there. Parent involvement is O.K. Her progress is amazing and I feel it is b/c of the teachers at St. Ambrose. I would recomend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2007
I am a parent of a student at St. Ambrose. The school provides the children with strong academics and excellent moral and religious teachings. The teachers are engaged, dedicated and care deeply for the children and families of the school. I highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 05, 2007
Im a student [uppergrades] and i love it here.its nothing like a public school

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2007
I'm a student at this school, higher grades(6-8) and In my opinion its more like a public school then Catholic.

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2005
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November 21, 2005
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September 16, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 16, 2005
St. Ambrose school is very good with their choice of teachers but has trouble keeping a principal for a very long period of time. St. Ambrose has good techniques for teaching children. I hope that they add more activities and they have more extracirricular activities. I also think that in music the children should be allowed to play an instrument. They do not have many extracirricular activities, but the ones they have are good. The level of parent involvement is a little low so I would suggest maybe a talent show to get the parents to help understand what their child and friends are interested in. Otherwise this school has an outstanding reputation.

- submitted by a parent
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St. Ambrose School
81 Throckmorton Ln, Old Bridge, NJ  08857
(732) 679-4700
Last modified St. Ambrose School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Ambrose School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top