Students enrolled 382
School leader Teresa Barton
Type Religious

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3335 Country Club Road
Bronx, NY 10465

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3 stars
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October 27, 2014
There is a very large problem at this school. I'm pulling my children out. This school is a joke. PIng pong at gym, an art teacher that yells at them. Lunch Mom's who SCREAM at my children and refuse to open water caps and thermos's. My children are so unhappy every morning and when they come home every afternoon. All of the K-1 parents love their "new school" but like the posted below said just wait. Save your money. There is no security at the school and anyone can walk in and walk out with your child unannounced. Even the great teachers are unhappy and it's starting to show in their teaching. Don't try to request a teacher unless you're a popular parent. You also have aides subbing for your kids who barely have high school diplomas. Such a disgrace.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2014
You new parents think it's so wonderful check in with me again after 3rd grade and see if you feel the same way !

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2014
I think the Villa is the best choice for my children. They are learning so much and have lots of friends. The campus and facilities are wonderful. They recently had an ice cream social and the cafeteria was packed. Parents that I talked with are happy that the Villa provides a warm and loving environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
Villa is a beautiful school with caring and dedicated teachers, with the exception of one or two teachers who can have favorites. My oldest son, now in college with a 3.7 GPA absolutely loved VMA and has maintained friendships that could only be fostered in a family oriented school. Villa taught him to study hard, challenge himself, and most of all, to embrace spirituality. At times, he had difficulties getting along with some of his teachers, but truthfully that could happen in any school, after all that is part of life. I taught him to deal with it and move on. This too was a valuable lesson that helped him build character. I have another son and he too loves VMA. He is excelling in all subjects because he studies and is of average intelligence consequently teachers love to teach him. The school may not be perfect in everyway, but it does allow our children to succeed in many areas of life. I feel at ease dropping my son off every single morning knowing that he is safe and is in a learning environment where he feels comfortable. Keep in mind that if one or two teachers aren t supportive to children, one should not generalize the behavior and put the entire school down.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
I am a former student and have several children in the school. There are pros and cons to every school. The staff is nurturing and caring. I do agree that the lunch ladies can be unfair at times. (My children have come home with many stories. I guess giving someone a little bit of power....) The academics are great until 3rd grade. Although I liked both 3rd grade teachers on a personal level they did NOT teach well. The 4th grade teachers had to do A LOT of "catch up". 2 of my children went through 4th grade and I was very happy with both of them. The teacher that was a referred to as a "disgrace" taught my daughter to LOVE writing. I am concerned that the 4th grade is going down to 1 class. I pay this high tuition so that my children can have small classes. I am also concerned that some of the "teachers" are not certified teachers. This is VERY concerning to me..especially with state tests and common core. I honestly think that the school can be so much more if there is teacher accountability and they implemented the public school curriculum. I HOPE that VMA improves as I do not want to have to take my children out.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2014
I think the Villa Maria is the best school in the bronx.. As a former student, former and present parent, I recommend this school highly...

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2014
To the parent who posted on June 24. I am the physical education teacher you are referring to in your post. You said my daughter, who taught your daughter, is a disgrace because your daughter needed a tutor in her class. I just want you to know that not everyone feels this way. So many parents have told me that their children have had wonderful experiences in her class.They said she makes learning fun and truly cares about her students. And yes, while teaching the advanced classes, she does push her students to succeed, especially to meet the demands of the challenging Common Core Standards. Drop by my office and I will personally give you the names of all the parents whose children have thoroughly enjoyed being in her class. In fact, I will also give you the names of the many third grade parents who had requested to have their child in her class in September. My daughter has never been "a disgrace". I am so proud of her!

- submitted by a teacher
June 30, 2014
Villa Maria has its high and low points, as most schools do. I am a recent graduate from the school and am about to give my honest opinion on the school: Pros: Most students are friendly and open the doors to new students with open arms. There are many nonacademic events that make the school year even more enriching for your child. MOST teachers are excellent and care a lot about students, but there are exceptions. It is a very safe school in a very safe area. IT is also a close knit community. Overall, the school will build your child morally and spiritually. This school is far from perfect though. While the teachers are great, the lunch ladies can be vicious at times, and quick to punish all students for a select few troublemakers. The same goes for the assistant principal. While the social studies and religion teachers are both excellent, most of the others can use some improvement. ELA class should have more reading and writing, instead of endless grammar worksheets. One math teacher gives extremely long tests composed of drill math equations. Favoritism is a huge factor in this school. It can be unfair in many occasions. This could be a perfect school, with some changes made.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
The second grade teacher is drinking her coffee in the morning instead of teaching the children. When the children come in to class there is seat work on their desk. Maybe she should teach a lesson and put the coffee down before giving the children work.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
Yep folks it's happening the Villa Maria is now going to 1 class per grade. 4th grade will be one class. Thankfully my daughter is going into 6th but this is the beginning of the end people. Keep opening up those wallets and writing those checks. I have to say the comments below are true. This school is so bad. I'm stuck here and my daughter's tuition was willed to us otherwise I would pull her out in a heartbeat. The lower school parents should be happy because the gym teachers daughter is gone. Nepotism at it's best. I had to hire a tutor when my daughter had her. She was a disgrace. On a positive note, it's a pretty school.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2014
Great School, Highly Recommend: I'm amazed at how well organized and structured this school is. My child was one of those affected by the school closures, otherwise I would not be able to afford it. My child loves the school so much so, he wished he could've been there from Kindergarten. I can't speak on favoritism, because I nor my child have experienced any of this. I have spoken to several teachers and the principal on many occasions and they have always been nothing less than gracious.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
I was going to send my child to VMA, but my child was accepted to a great puiblic school with an amazing enrichment program, therefore we decided to go with the public school. We put down the 200.00 deposit ealy in the year and asked for it back. It hs been weeks and still no refund. I called the school directly and the response I get is that they didnt have to give us the money back and that since they did it will take some time.... really? After calculating the monthly fees at this school, I'm not sure if it was worth it. The kids have to either bring in cold lunch or you but hot lunch from a third party which will run you about 120.00 additional per month. I think what really sold us was the grounds but after getting a lot of feedback, I heard VMA is not the same. Im not hear to bash the school but I think its all an inside job. I rather have my child in a school that she wil be non bias.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
I was just reading some of these reviews ,,, And all of it is true, some people were happy where others were not, , don't take anyone's word , just see for yourself,, My child is a former student, we had good and bad times at Villa, .. Just remember, each and everyone is entitled to their own opinion... wishing everyone the best..

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
I am shocked by some of the reviews and the false information people have posted. I attended the Villa and my son is now in school there. The school is in excellent condition, with a relatively new gym/auditorium. The Villa building was renovated within the past few years. He attends the after school program in the cafeteria, there is not a mouse in sight. Yes, parents who are known may be greeted by teachers and spoken to in a friendly manner because anyone would treat someone they know that way. The teachers are kind, caring and want their students to succeed. If your child has trouble focusing or learning disabilities, then this may not be the school for you. Tuition is expensive, but it's a private school that has to run on something. Schools with churches have additional church fees and end up being comparable or more expensive than the Villa. I'm happy to send my son there!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
The Villa is and will continue to be a top-notch school for academics. You can see people ranting about fees, etc. but near-by catholic schools do the same type of fundraisers and charge similar (or higher) fees. This is one stat you cannot deny - Villa students are matriculating to the best high schools. Look at other neighborhood schools and compare their matriculation stats. They are not as solid as the Villa. Sure, there are always complaints and things we all like to be improved, but all and all the Villa is going to provide my children the important foundation to excel in life, and my children are happy.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2014
My children have excelled far beyond my expectations, as have their peers. Do your children a favor, accept their limitations, teach them to have pride in their talents and enroll them in a school where they will flourish. A school with a rigorous academic environment is not the right choice for every child. That does not make your child less intelligent. It makes your child human. One of my children did not graduate from VMA because he needed extra attention and to learn at a slightly slower pace than his classmates at VMA. He is very bright but needed a more one on one school where his intelligence could shine through. He is now in high school and a high honors student. Every child is different and parents need to recognize their strengths and weaknesses and provide them with an education that best suits their needs. Please do not bash this wonderful, caring, educationally exceptional school. It may not be the best fit for every child, but for motivated students, the opportunities offered here are endless. I hope you find the perfect fit for your child like I did here at VMA.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
This school should really be shut down, and reopened with new staff! You have this beautiful school, gorgeous campus and excellent computer lab, science lab , gym and top notch equipment, etc. the problem lies in the administration, teachers and principle. I had a very negative experience at this school and pulled my child out in 4th, since then an honor roll student and happy. I know at least 20 families that did the same. If you love this school you are in dreamland and just looking at the water views! Wake up, take your child out and let them experience a real education and happiness!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
As a former student at the Villa, I can attest to the fact that I was well prepared for high school, college and life. I found the teachers and administration welcoming, knowledgeable, and hardworking. I think any child and family would be lucky to be part of the Villa family.

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2014
Please do not judge an entire school on one person's opinion. My experience with the Villa has been exceptionally positive and I remain a proud parent.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
Science lab is rarely used although my child enjoyed it when the teacher occasionally took them. Library was always "movie day" as my child put it. He did NOTHING in library & computer. Thrre is so much they COULD be doing in those classes. School has no "spirit" and is truly only concerned about making money. Can't wait for my child to graduate.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
This is my child's first year at this school. We love it very much. My son is getting a wonderful education and all the teachers and staff welcomed us with open arms. As a parent, I was a little worried at the start of the school year. Within the first few weeks my son and I, felt right at home. My husband and I are thrilled with our choice. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
Since leaving the Villa Maria my children have excelled in Math and Reading. Paying for more than 2 children at the school was hard on my family but we HAD to go to "the Villa". The school is a mess. The Principal and teachers from 4th -7th are truly a disgrace. They are underpaid and do not care. The school nickel and dimes you. If you have a problem there is no one to go to for help. The teachers walk around with nasty attitudes and DO pick and choose favorites. We were lucky to have left before we reached the dreaded 3rd grade on. It is sad you have to pay for like a parent stated below grades with subpar teachers just to go to a better year. I also agree that the children never use the science lab or the grounds. The cafeteria is overrun with field mice. We have been much happier at the new school. In all fairness k-2nd was great. I couldn't in my right mind continue at this school where the poor children have school bags that weigh more then them and still do not receive a quality education. I am on the side of save your money and look else where. As a side note I must say that's it is true that parents are cliquish and are extremely rude. Our new school really is a family.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
The school is beautiful - right on the water. They have a great gym. Lots of activities to use the grounds like track meets, field days for the kids, Spring fair with rides & games, family picnic, etc. When my child graduated 8th grade, the ceremony was so well done. They had a slideshow of pictures from kindergarten to 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
The comment below is totally bown out of proportion by a bitter parent (who I know) who has nothing better to do. I am one of SEVERAL parents who think that the 3rd and 4th grade teachers are AMAZING and do not yell all day long. This years 4th grade class is a lot to handle so I don't blame the teacher for not taking them down to the lab! However, they do have lab in the classroom using a balance scale, reading thermometers, graduated cylinders, and other experiemnts that teach them how to follow the Scientific Method. My child LOVES it!! My child is continuing to learn so much in every subject, especially in art, music, computer, library and physical education. You will not regeret sending your children here!!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
The Villa Maria is a great school from k-2. Those teachers are amazing & experienced. The 5th grades teachers are amazing too but the 3rd & 4th grade teachers are HORRIBLE! You are left paying tuition for grades where the other parents tell you "once you get through 3-5th, 6, 7, 8th are amazing. In 5th grade you still have to deal with the 2 worst 4th grade teachers EVER! They don't communicate nor do they care. They yell at the kids all day long and pick their favorites & if you're not one of them boy do you feel it. Even favorite parents who walk the school like they are on payroll. The school is a waste of money. Don't fall for the science lab on the tour because guess what the kids NEVER use it. The computer class is a joke as kids only learn to play games while their peers at other schools are learning how to edit movies in the 2nd grade. The school forces the kids to take an Italian class for 3-5th grades only & my children watch bootleg movies in Library. The grounds are beautiful but guess what you don't use them & unless your child plays basketball there is nothing for them to do at the school . Save your money and look else where. We did and couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2014
I sent my daughter during her beinging school years( prek-2) which are the most crucial years for childern to develope basic arthamic and cognitive skills. Only after we took her out of the school did we realize that she was way behind the average student in a good public school. Now she is in 8th grade and struggling.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2013
At VMA teaching is not a priority and if your child is a not an honor student you may end up spending a lot of time homeschooling your child. My daughter often came home with tons of homework and no understanding as to what the lesson was about. When I asked if the teacher went over the material she would tell me no! but yet they would have time to watch movies and play games.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
They nickel and dime you to death. I do see my child improving year to year but let's slow down the tuition hikes. $43.00 fee to sign up for the new online payment service? I would write more but I have to go sell raffles, candy, wrapping paper, 50/50, etc.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
Do not believe anyone at this school! Stay away! They have moved the tuition to an outside fee company which we are responsible to pay, not the school us the parent's. A fee to pay our tuition on top of the privilege of us having to teach our own kids as they are sure not learning anything here. They want us all to register but are not giving us the tuition for next year and if it is not sent in by 3/31 we will be charged a late fee but they will not give us the tuition. How is someone suppose to buy something and not know what they will be paying. This is crazy. Go to one of the other neighborhood schools, maybe your child will learn something

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
As a graduate of Villa Maria Academy, I can truly say that I am disgusted with those of you who harshly judged my school on an internet site. I graduated in 2012 and will continue to sing it's praises. I am horrified that a teacher would post a nasty review like that. Also, even though I am Hispanic I was never singled out. In fact I was an Honors student and even without the Regents I was able to get into the high school that I wanted with a scholarship. I can honestly say that I made amazing friends while I was there and will continue to thank the teachers that worked to teach us and help us prepare for the years to come.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2012
Hello fellow parents, I was a recent graduate of the class of 2012 and I must say if you are thinking of sending your child here dont do it especially if your child is a minority such as black or Hispanic. I say this because I was a minority at villa I am Spanish and dark skinned and I was always singled out by the parents because of this. Regardless of race the parents are nasty and cliche. If your not married and a single mom your the talk of the town. The teachers are gossipy and will insult your child if they feel like but this only goes for the younger grades. Music class is a joke you don't learn anything except for singing songs. And another thing from 4th to 8th grade they only push the honor students to do well if your not in honors forget it your tossed aside and ignored. The honor students are the pride of the school not the"average kids". Yes this school does have regents but guess what the only one they have is the only one which is the math regents and guess again who are the ONLY students who get to take them, yep the honor students. There is a bunch of unfairness in the school even parents are bullied by other parents it's disgusting

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2012
I agree with the last poster. Opinions of schools are subjective. What might be good for me, won't be good for you. THis is like a trip advisor for schools, the comments must be given some thought, then you make a decision. My child left the Villa mid school year and started a new school in the Bronx. The turnaround has been nothing short of amazing. Better grades, better focus, better attitude. Does that make it better then the Villa? Not sure! but the facts are the facts. If you are happy at the Villa, God bless!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2012
As I read the comments posted I felt i needed to respond. I believe there is such a variation in comments because it depends what grade your child is in. I agree with the comment about the current 5th grade class. There is so much going on that it also sickens me. Nothing is being done by administration. However you may not find the bullying in some of the other grade levels. We will also not be returning next year.. Congrats to the science fair winners.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2012
As the parent of 2 current VMA students, I am extremely pleased with the quality of education my children are receiving. The Junior High curriculum is excellent, with Math and Social Studies programs that have exceeded my expectations. I am equally as happy with the programs in the lower grades. VMA was my first and only choice when I was contemplating my children's educational futures and if I had to do it again I wouldn't change a thing.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
Villa Maria Academy is an excellent school. I am a proud graduate of the Villa. The teachers at Villa are extremely dedicated, compassionate, and intelligent. Villa has been like a second home to me. I will definetely send my children to VMA in the future.

- submitted by a community member
October 14, 2011
I can honestly say that there is no other school like the Villa in the Bronx. Having a child who graduated from the Villa and one still currently in the school, I can say with no hesitation that my child was well prepared for high school. I have the great faculty at the Villa to thank.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
It has been revealed that 100% of 8th grade students received a 3 or 4 on their Math state exams. That is a 100% success rate. Good work Villa - I am so glad to spread the good news.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
Took my child out! School used to have a great reputation; however, this is not the case anymore! The school has poor administrators running the school. The principal basically allows teachers to get away with doing whatever they want. The teachers who are also parents of the school have their own agenda. I agree with the other posting about Catholic values. The school is supposed be run by the nuns; however they do not enforce what they practice. What a shame! People think they are getting a better education because it has a campus overlooking the water! Keep your water, my child's education is what matters and not the favoritism that is shown at the Villa Maria!!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2011
Extremely glad that my child is out of the Villa Maria Academy. The school is extremely over rated. Do not spend the extra money on this school. Just because it has a beautiful campus, doesn't mean you get a better education. Teachers are not first class and are extremely biased towards their favorite. If you have a child that can basically learn on their own, then the Villa is for you. If not, do not send your child there. They claim to be a Catholic-based organization, however Catholic values are not enforced at this school. Poor administration and teachers who only care about their favorites.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
Unfortunately, Villa is no longer what it used to be. I agree with the parent that said there are some administrators who have overstayed their welcome and most definitely there is no leadership from administration instead the leaders are clicky parents and teachers who have their own agenda! There are alot of great people, teachers and family who are still there but there is too much politics and whose who and who has what... I finally took my son out and feel so relieved and much happier that I don't have to return there in Septmember. School should be ALL about the kids and Villa is not that!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
Thank god the school year is at the end. I regret sending my child to this school. I did so in thinking being new to the area that it would be convenient to have my child go to an area school. WELL, I was wrong, Some parents, (not all, some parents were very pleasant) apparently have nothing else to do but complain all the time without taking any action against the school itself. I had to approach my child's teacher THREE TIMES during the school year to fully explain the assignment. Trust me, I hold two masters therefore, I think I'm intelligent enough to understand the curriculum at VMA. I'm just not convinced that the teacher fully understands what she is teaching, I personally have first hand knowledge of other parents sharing my same concerns. This leaves me with the administrators at VMA, they lack leadership, knowledge, awareness. I feel that maybe some have overstayed their welcome as administrators. I admit that the tuition is high but I am willing to pay for a QUALITY education. At VMA, you will not get such. As a parent, I can not support nor recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
I am an alumni of VMA, who got my education from Pre-k through 8th grade. I was a student during the fire and so on and I never at one moment wanted to leave. This school goes beyond education and creates a community within a classroom. I am now in college with most of my friends I made through the years at VMA and I am extremely blessed to have spent 10 years at VMA. The academics are what you make of them. The teachers may come off easy but if you do your work, you will succeed. This is the same in any educational environment. The Villa made me well-rounded and gave me values I still cherish and practice today.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2010
Finally, without a doubt in my mind, I can honestly say that my 2 Villa honor students, who I transferred to St. Benedict School this year...are finally happy and feeling challenged. Moreover, the professionalism from staff towards parents is something that I was truly grateful to experience. It was a smart move both for my children and me. I, for the first time in years, feel that I can drop my children off at school and not worry about them for the entire day.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
This school is embarrassingly overrated and over priced with teachers who are burnt out and do not teach! Many students need tutors and are not prepared for high school. Yes, looks lovely from outside, but the sad truth they have a beautiful science lab that is rarely used, they play games in computer instead of learning terminology and application and programs necessary for high school! The teachers, staff and parents here all seem miserable and a very unchristian atmosphere of hating, gossip and jealousy abound! The school is great until you get to the third grade...then it goes downhill. Many of the teachers are not certified teachers and are just there since they know someone and they totally do not care about students or parents...we are the 'wailing wall' and never try to understand, listen or fix any problem. Students are leaving left and right!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
Took our child out , no longer a good school surviving on there reputation and beautiful campus only.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 22, 2010
I have two kids in the school and have been happy. Its not perfect, but if your child is motivated they will do well. Biggest problem are parents who have unrealistic expectations for their child. No school or teacher will make every child an Einstein. Discipline could be more consistent, and the ELA teachers could be better. Overall, a good choice if you want your child to have a solid Catholic education.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
I Love this school it is EXCELLENT I highly recommend this school

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
Villa is one of the top 5 best schools in the bronx and its the most beautiful school you could ever go to! Mostly every child in the classroom gets honors and they are always on point. Trust me your child will go so far in life if they go to villa! Like my daughter!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2009
Wonderful, wonderful kindergarten teachers, but after that it's all downhill. Yes, the grounds are beautiful, but the academics are lacking. The teachers are not top notch. It's very expensive and yet it's not the quality you would expect. Many people are leaving, and it's no wonder why.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2009
This school is perfect for kids 5-14. my child loves it and the teachers are verty nice to the parents and kids.they also have graet plays that are preformed and a big but good campus.i love the villa maria academy

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2009
I have been in this school for 10 years and I have graduated this year. I do not recommend this school to people. ELA is the worst class and this teacher does not teach. I absolutely love the social studies teacher even though his classroom is a disaster. My math teacher was wonderful this year, I have never done this good in math my whole life. The science teacher is a very fair teacher and knows how to control her students. The religion teacher for the 7th and 8th graders is wonderful. She knows how to teach a class and give the students the information they need to know. Although I do not recommend this school, I will miss my years here terribly.

- submitted by a student
April 02, 2009
Amazing my daughter currently goes there and the staff is wonderful!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2009
Its okay. I go there now and I don't recommend it to people. The school is to worried about a child breaking the rules then its teaching skills. Some teachers are very nice, but some don't teach. I am a Junior High student. Some classrooms are a disaster, some teachers don't teach and some are excellent. I have been in the Villa since first grade. Before that I went to public school and my mom regrets taking me out. I got a better education at public school then I ever will get at the Villa. ELA is a disaster with the teachers teach. Our social studies teacher is great but his room is horrible. Our science teacher is excellent. She knows how to control a class, she knows how much work to give and not to give, and she is a very fair teacher. I am a sixth grader here.

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2009
I am currently a student a the Villa. I have been there since Pre-K and am now in 8th grade. To me, I love the school and all my years there mean alot to me. The teachers, some of them, are great! The math teachers for Junior High are wonderful. I do dislike the teaching in some of the lower grades and feel that the teachers could be much nicer but you do get the education you need. I am on the Honor Society, if that proves that the teaching is somewhat adequate, and i have had honors since 4th grade. Some of the Junior High classrooms are a total dissaster ( no actual teaching going on whatsoever). But for some reason, most likely my obsessive studying, I am passing with honors so I really cannot complain. Overall, I definately will miss my years here.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 11, 2009
I currently have two children in the school. I feel there is no assistance to help kids who may be struggling. Notification is not given if there is something wrong. You realize it when it is report card time. There are teachers too new to be teaching kids in the upper grades. Don't bother paying $250.00 for the Tach review, it's a waste. Currently I am not a satisfied parent.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 07, 2008
I put my daughter in VMA after hearing it was a wonderful school. I am not pleased with the 'teaching'. I find myself homeschooling her after classes. Homework takes a couple of hours to complete. There is so much emphasis on testing that I dont find the children are enjoying what they are learning. They are learning so they can do well on the next test. I am afraid my daughter will just not enjoy learning because of the high emphasis on exams. 'Learning is Fun' should be added to the learning process. I agree with the comments related to children being singled out and told they have a problem. This is a common practice and I feel the teachers should have the experience to address the variouse situations that arise.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
I am currently a Junior in College and I am very surprised by these negative comments left. When I was in the Villa it was the best school in the area and students were pushed to reach their full potential. However, the amazing teachers that I had while at the Villa are almost all gone today. My experience there was amazing and I will never forget it. It prepared me for Highschool and in a way also college. They pushed us to excell in our academic performance and prepared us for what came ahead. Taking the entrance exam to get into highschool was easy because our teachers prepared us beyond what we needed to know. As an alumni of the school I would HIGHLY reccomend sending your children here. It provides a warm environment where children grow not only academically but also as a person.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 15, 2008
I agree with this school being considered a disgrace considering the tuition. I have three children in the school and I can't wait to take them out! I have been home schooling them since they started there!! Teachers are not teaching and supporting the students, nor are they making them feel good about themselves. If you complain for any reason, the other parents are afraid to speak up with the fear that their child will be singled out. The school has a habit of blaming the child and telling you that your child has a problem, when in fact the many of the teachers are not teaching to the best of their abilities! Specials are a joke- with the exception of Physical Ed. No language given. I can't wait to remove my kids and send them to a good school.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
If your child is an average student, you will love this school. If your child is really smart or just needs a little extra help, this is not the place for you! A smart kid will not be challenged at all and a child needing a little extra help with get lost in the shuffle. For the extra money they charge compared to area schools, they should have a better academic environment for kids in need at either end of the academic spectrum. Most of the parents have a 'not my kid' mentality which can a chore when kids have any conflicts.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 19, 2008
The school provides a very safe environmentand an abundance of extra curricular programs. However, the junior high grades do not seem to receive the extra support necessary to remain academically above average. In addition , there is a need for the students in middle school to be offered a second language to remain competitive with public school students. The tuition is relatively high in comparison with neighboring schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 19, 2008
My daughter is in Pre-K and for the 1st half of the year she came home with only coloring assisgnments! I think that they are not worth the tuition, as my child learned more in pre-school. With 26 kids in the pre-k class the teacher and the 2 aides don't seeem to have the time to really teach! I will not be sending my child back next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2008
I'm currently an 8th grader at Villa. I came from public school in 6th grade and it was hard to adapt, but now that I have, I'm going to miss it. The teachers were good for the most part, and I feel that we're well prepared for high school.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 02, 2007
I graduated Villa Maria Academy not so long ago, and I have to say that I absolutely adore this school. This school provided me with such a loving foundation. I currently attend Townsend Harris High School which is one of the best high schools in the nation, and I have to thank my Villa Maria Academy for guiding me and leading me to a great high school. I still find myself going back to Villa Maria Academy. If it were up to me, I would visit them every week. Villa Maria is a school you would want to send your children and grandchildren to. This school if definitely a definition of a 'family'. The teachers are very close with their students and really care for them. It's catholic foundation is also very strong. I attend a public school, but part of the Christian club at my school.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 18, 2007
Interesting mix in this school. Wealthy kids of the 'Country Club Elite' and middle class kids from other neighborhoods attend this school.. School has a snobby reputation and unfortunatly not all kids live up to the 'villa way' and are allowed to be as obnoxious as some of their parents because of financial donations (a lot of parents own business' and do donate money and or services). Grounds are beautiful and teachers are ok. Not much help if your kid isnt a 'natural' learner, you are on your own if your child needs help or tutoring. Despite some of the schools short comings it is still a good place to send your children for a catholic education and a suburban type setting in the Bronx

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 14, 2007
Not worth the money we spend in tuition. The children never have homework and get intrums like crazy! Beautiful grounds, nice faculty and staff, but not the best education. No child should be failing in this school with the cost of their tuition.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2007
One of my children graduated from the Villa. I felt she was never motivated in her work. Was never given the confidence she should have been given. Teachers in the junior high always allowed students to go from class room to class room during class time. Students don't do well because of the teachers they do well because the parents have them tutored. They should take a survey on how many children are tutored throughout the years there. I don't feel the homework should be taught at home by the parents it should be a review of what is done in class. Their specials are a joke. In all the years there I never knew what was taught in Music, Art and Computers.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
This school teaches only the bare minimum. When my second grader transfered to the local public elementary- he was woefully unprepared and behind in math and ELA. Technology and computer ed is completely absent. Lovely grounds with little educational value.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
The VMA school campus is beautiful; right on the water with breathtaking views of the Eastchester Bay. The gym is new (a couple of years old) and is used for all (or most) of the VMA parties. The school is very family oriented with lots of family events and parties (Halloween, Father-Daughter; Boys & Girls Club etc.) However, they have a big problem with class sizes with 28-30 children per class not unusual, particularly from K-4th grade. Lately they have had trouble with teacher turnover (retirements mostly), which means they usually bring in a very green teacher. Overall, a decent school that could be much better with smaller class sizes.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
Terrific School... Warm Environment.. Only drawback is class size... Wish they would keep the class size under 25 children in a class...

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
The grounds are beautifully maintained. It is a very comfortable setting for the children. two classes per grade lend a homey feeling. However,all grades are not equal. Some grades have two wonderful teachers and other grades have teachers who are just waiting their time to retirement. Administration doesn't really care for parents opinions. There is NO PTA. Only parent associations are for fund raising. Mr.Bernard is the athletic director. He is wonderful and really cares for the kids. Mrs. Peduzzi is an eighth grade teacher that goes beyond her call of duty. This school is not like the school its reputation was built on.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
My 2 children graduated from the Villa and I now have 2 grandchildren attending pre-K and 2nd grade. I continue to be very pleased with the quality of academics and teaching staff. Although the tuition is considerable and increasing every year, if you compare this school with other local Catholic schools you will see the difference is worth it. There is a feeling of family whether you are interacting with other parents or staff. The extracurricular activities have grown considerably since my children graduated and the after school program is run very well. The grounds are well-maintained and have a waterfront view that is beautiful. I think parent involvement has always been higher than most other schools. The mothers I have spoken with over the years are happy to use the opportunity to be part of their children's education. I would highly recommend Villa Maria Academy.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2007
This is a great school. I have had 3 children graduate from the villa and they loved it! They all got acceptted into great highschools. They all succeeded and were well prepared for HS.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
The Villa definately is more like a family. They also have some of the greatest teachers you will find, like Mrs. Bowser (who will be the highlight of your child's school days), Mrs. M, great teacher, and the two Jr. High math teachers are the top of their class (one of them, Mrs. Burkhart, is just one of those amazing teachers who is famous throughout the school). The sports programs are OUT OF THIS WORLD, but they are a bit weak in the arts. They have a Math honors class. There is A LOT of parent involvment.

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
Spaeking from personal experience only, my child was well prepared by Villa when he went to a competitive high school.Excellent program in the arts for music and art and sports. After school sports program is well run and after school care is also available. girl scouts meet almost every other week.Boy scouts started recently.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
When we looked at Catholic Schools in the area (Throggs Neck) we finally decided on Villa Maria because we were told that the class size was always kept in the 20-23 range with a T.A. in grades K-2. I have yet to see the class size under 30. After Kindergarten, the T.A. is shared between the 2 classes in each grade and spend a majority of the time doing administrative activities instead of spending time in the classroom. The school has been woefully misrepresented.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2006
It is a great school! Teaches students everything they need to know for highschool.

- submitted by a former student
September 27, 2005
The academic program is good, as well as the music, art, sports, and extracurricular activities. The Villa is very much like a family. Problems noted, however, are ever-increasing tuition and fees, and what seems like more students with behavioral issues. Still, the Villa remains a quality institution with a great reputation for preparing students for H.S. and beyond. Wonderful memories are made here.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
academic programs are below average and outdated. The only highlight of the schools programs is the sports or thoserun by the parents themselves. The school limits the parenents involvement except for fund raising through the schools only parent organization are for fundraising and have no imput on what the school does academically or finacially. Parent concerns are over looked when it comes to teacher qualifications or ability to teach. Check the turnover rate of children entering and leaving this school you will find it alot higher then others in the area. The schools reputation was built years ago and has faded to a slight glimmer of what it should and could be. The teachers have no connection to there students. When the bell rings at dismissal one of the first things to empty is the teachers parking lot. The only exception is the sports department .Iam sorry my kids wet there.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 25, 2005
This is a wonderfull school, it has supper parent envolvement ! The children here are learning and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2003
My daughter attends Kindergarten at Villa Maria Academy. It is her first year there. I have to say I am impressed with her teacher's warm and nurturing method of teaching. I am plesantly surprised almost daily with the new things my daughter is learning. She described just yesterday how they were all able to look through a microscope and also explained to me about molecules. Parent involvement is required and this adds to the close knit feeling of the school. I feel secure that my daughter is safe there. The principal, Sr. Theresa, is easily accessable. The school is located on its own waterfront campus in a very nice residential neighborhood. They are in the process of building a gym/recreation center. The library is brand new and even has it's own stage. They have a brand new computer room with state of the art computers. Each day, classes attend a difffernt extra curricular class (library, gym, music, art, and computers). There are many fundraisers, and at first I was annoyed at the amount of extra fees but I now feel it is well worth the extra expense. My child is happy there and expreses unhappiness when she has to miss school due to illness - or if the school is closed. I will definitly keep my daughter here.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
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Villa Maria Academy-Elementary School
3335 Country Club Road, Bronx, NY  10465
(718) 824-3260
Last modified Villa Maria Academy-Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Villa Maria Academy-Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 89 reviews. Top