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Holy Cross Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 72 students


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Posted February 5, 2013

I have two children going to Holy Cross School, since Pre-k 3. My older son is in 4th grade and the youngest in 1st grade. Both are in the honors list. The teachers have been nothing but awesome, when I have questions or concerns they have made themselves available and are very helpful. I must say that we get out of our children's education what we as paretns put into it. It is not the job of just the teachers to educate our children, we must be actively involved as well. We must engage the teacher, the staff and everyone in the school. It is not just their responsibility to build relationships and be pleasant to us, as parents again we must reach out and let them know that we appreciate allt he work they do...after all they are caring for our children. To the teachers, staff and Mr. Z, Thank you for the wonderful work you do.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2012

My son has been in this school for 4 years and my daughter has been in this school for 3 years. The students and staff are awesome. The original teachers of the school are the best. Some of the teachers that transferred in from other schools are (how can I put this?) not as good. Ms. Gomez, Ms. Soriano, Mrs. Flanders, Ms. Perez, Ms. Fernez, Ms. J, and a couple of other original Teachers get thumbs up!!!! Mr. Z is a great principal. The one thing the school needs is more extracurricular activities. Maybe some sports. Besides that I can't complain.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 9, 2012

I have two children .. a 7 year old boy and a 4 year old girl and recently (this year) started them at this school. My wife and I were advised by the principal of St.John Vianney whom we highly respected that although St. Raymonds was a bigger and more known school that Holy Cross was smaller and offered more personal attention. . My wife and i agonized over the decision about where to send our children for some time before deciding on this place. well sadly we are highly disappointed and cant wait for the school year to end. the administration staff is rude and very matter of fact. they make it seem as if they are paying you to send your children to them. my wife and i have been supremely frustrated dealing with them and refuse to continue paying TOP DOLLAR (ST RAYMONDS IS CHEAPER BY THE WAY) to send ouR children to this PUBLIC SCHOOL. i am going to end this here because i could write a book about the negative things at this school and how horrible this place is. my advice DONT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 6, 2010

(I was once a Holy Cross Student. I went there from PreK to 8th grade. So did my my little brother and cousins. If there one thing I truly miss from Holy Cross is the welcoming feeling you recieve there. ) really? when did u go to school there. i also was a student there, i hung out with a kid there. he also had a cousin and a little brother who went there. whats your name?? lol

Posted March 18, 2010

My son graduated from Holy Cross School 4 years ago. I have to give thanks and praise to Holy Cross School for their strong educational foundation. My son has held First and Second Honors all through high school and now has been accepted to the University of Hartford, in Connecticut. Thank you to the staff and to Principal Zalamea for recognizing him and recommending him for the summer programs at Fordham University two years in a row. Thank you!
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Posted February 15, 2010

I was once a Holy Cross Student. I went there from PreK to 8th grade. So did my my little brother and cousins. If there one thing I truly miss from Holy Cross is the welcoming feeling you recieve there.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 29, 2009

I give it no stars. After 6 years in holy cross, my sons reading level was that of a 3 greader yet they passed him in holy cross. My new school has brought his level up
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Posted February 9, 2009

I Have been in hcs for 2 years i am currently a seventh grader all that i have to say is that the jounior high is the best and i love my teachers Mrs. Wales,Ms. Diaz, and Ms. J ! they are the best and yes we do stwich classes every two periods but only on fridays we swich in the after noon. we dont have many extra corricular activities. one thing is the volley ball that is quite convincing. i cant wait till next year that we graduate. not that this school is bad but i just cant wait till im a senior =] SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 22, 2008

Principal Zalamea is a great man with vision and a plan. My family heard the comments from other families and teachers who wanted to 'remain the same...' Mr. Zalamea put his own personal touch on the school immediately and only positive things have happened since. Holy Cross is a school for Academics. You start preapring for SAT vocabulary and reading in the sixth grade. Public schools may have the same curriculum, however, we are a family at Holy Cross, and we take things personal. Deacon Bello is a beacon of light. I have had my own instances where I questioned certain approaches, not necessarily pertaining to the school, and yet, he spoke with me and personalized the conversation such...well, I thought I was talking to - I knew I was talking to a very caring man. Three of my children have and/or are attending the Holy Cross School. Great Parish and School....................
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Posted January 21, 2008

I had move from NY to Florida and the biggest disappointment was pulling my children out of Holy Cross. Their teachers were great! I was very confident in my children's progress. Their reading level increased as well as their study habits. I will recommend this school for years to come! I love it!
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Posted April 26, 2006

I think this school is first rate all the parents and teachers care endless for the children.
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Posted January 4, 2006

Family members go here and the parent/teacher communication is excellent! Nothing but praise and the kids are doing so well.
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Posted November 12, 2005

My son has been a student in Holy Cross School since the second grade. He is now in the fifth grade. I have seen him grow into a well rounded , young catholic who enjoys going to school. The teachers have been supportive and have provided him with a good educational foundation. Communication is encouraged by the principal and teacher staff. Accessability has never been a problem. My sons' test score for the national percentile have been within the 80%percentile and he has opportunities to grow socially with the extra- curricular activities provided. Though there is not an emphasis on sports, which is a down point, the out of classroom enrichment programs emphasize computer literacy, creative arts and music. Parental involvement is encouraged and most of it is reflected through fundraiser, carnival, and monthly dance socials to help support school and grade trips and renevations. Overall, the academic and social development provided for children at this school are satisfactory and , in my opinion, allow for a child to enter the high school experience, with a well rounded foundation.
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Posted August 6, 2005

This was my daughter's first year at Holy Cross. Ms. G the pre-k teacher was the best. My daughter is a realitvely shy child and she came out of her shell because of the teachers genuiune enjoyment and involvement with the kids. I hope her teachers going forward will be as caring and motivativating as Ms. G
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Posted June 29, 2005

This shool is fantastic all the staff arehelpful and great. Will recommand this school to anyone...
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Posted June 6, 2005

This school's pre-k, kindergarten and 1st grade teachers are pretty good. They are tough and give the kids a good amount of work. Even summer readings! My daughter excelled is her classes. Second grade teachers tend to more lenient on the kids, then previous years. This could be a set-back to the hard work your child has done this far. The school buses are ridiculous. On most days, supervision is not given for kids arriving at school. My daughter (5 at the time) was responsible for leaving the bus and admitting herself. Horrible experience! Another time, the teacher forgot to excuse her from school and she missed the bus, so we had to leave work and pick her up.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 63% 21%
Black 29% 21%
Two or more races 7% N/A
Asian 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
White 0% 52%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Ernie Zalamea
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  • Roman catholic
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