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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
Where is the children protection there is NO security in that school . Did they forget the innocent children and staff at the newtown school I had someone drop something off to my child class they got buzzed right in no questions asked he walked all around the school with any one questioning him so they say they have a " visitors pass protocol "what good is it if they don't inplamet it ??? Does another catastrophie have to happen for them to wake up and protect the kids and staff
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.
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.
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..
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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