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PK-8
Private
Bronx, NY
Students enrolled: 267
 

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2962 Harding Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465

(718) 892-5359
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May 31, 2015
I'm sorry to say, but this school is not being lead in the right direction. Although a new intercom system has been place in the school this year, there has not been a consistently working phone for parents to call into the school since October 2014! Programs such as "Student of the Month" (which allow students to be positively reinforced and show their school pride) do not get recognized until MONTHS after a child has been awarded it. The school has not had a school play in over 2 years, with the reasoning always being pointed back to the Pastor (we are not a parish school any longer, he can't be the blame for EVERYTHING!). Kindergarten class this year has 40 kids, 2nd grade has 36...class size is a huge issue with many parents. Thank goodness we have teachers that try their best in the situations they are forced to be in. Lower grades used to have Spanish as a Special, that just disappeared and has no signs of returning. There is no Principal presence during school lunch periods, lunch recess, etc. Parents do not not get written monthly updates from the Principal on the state of the school/monthly events. Maintenance of the school is also a huge problem and not only things that require major repairs...things like sweeping, mopping, shoveling, polishing, etc. There is no doubt that there are many things that the school has to face that are out of their control, but with that said, we should be able to capitalize on the things we do have control of and we are failing miserably at it. I'm sorry, but after investing many years at this school...I will be unfortunately pulling my child out, I cannot continue to "wait: for things to change.

- submitted by a community member

November 07, 2014
Our child has been going to St Frances De Chantal School in Throggs Neck for over two year The teachers been great so far . There have been many new improvements in the school since my child started there . Some of these are the new intercom system, new cameras, new programs to help the children and new security cameras. Also new computers have been ordered and should be setup soon. New website is up and running - if you want to check it out - http://www.sfdchantalschool.org/

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2014
Unfortunely this is not the school it once was. I don't mean decades ago, I mean just a few years ago. This was a school on track to be a great school but under the guidance of the current principal the school is terrible. I nor anyone I know has ever seen the pricipal out of her office, in a classroom, cafeteria, gym or yard during school hours. How can you lead a school with your eyes closed? The teachers are outdated as is the curriculum. There is little or no disipline or consequences for bad behavior, especially in the upper grades. I don't even want to start to speak about the church pastor, who does less than zero for the students or families of the school and parish. There are to many better options nearby, so stay away!

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2014
Our child has been going to St Frances De Chantal School in Throggs Neck for over a year The teachers and aide have been great , and the Office Staff have been very nice and helpfull.

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2013
I love this school, my daughter is on her third year and she's getting a great education. The staff, the teachers, everyone is very "hands-on". Even though it gets pricey every year, but it's worth it. The school's secretary is a very lovable, caring and super helpful lady. I recommend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
I love this school. Come sep. 2013 my son will start his third year there. The teachers are wonderful and he has learned so much. I think that the teachers care about the kids. Not one day my child came home and complained about a teacher or kids picking on him. When he first started I was very concerned because he is black and the percentage of black is minimal. I was worried that other kids might pick on him and give him a hard time because of his color. Thank God the kids love him even the older kids. They would give him 5 and hug him when he is leaving. They are very kind to him so far. I'm looking forward to another great year. I would recommend this school to any one looking for a good school for their child, and I did recommend many.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2011
This school has come a long way in the 3 short years that my child has attended. I too was concerned with the "revolving door" of principals but can truly say that it had absolutely no bearing on my child's education. The teachers and staff are top notch, caring professionals who genuinely care about the students and their education. The school is taking great strides to better itself and it shows. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2011
The year has ended and all concerns that were taken to both the revolving door of principals and the pastor (yes i agree very open to meet) but no action was taken on concerns. I also agree with the posting from a teacher on "what is the real issue" because if that's not fixed, history will just repeat over and over again. the Home Assoc needs a newly elected team, they are a horrible representation of the parents. They are also the cause of some issues that occur and participate/start in the gossip. I am moving my children to a different school & I know that a number of other parents doing the same in the younger grades. my main concern is the class size they are very large & children are not receiving the quality of education they deserve. the younger kids..this is the foundation & if the school doesn't get it right soon the children will suffer in later years. The teachers are wonderful but can only do so much. I hope the new year will bring change with the new elected principal. I wish the best for the school but I can't take a chance with my children's education and "wait to see" what changes will (if they will) happen. Best of luck and god bless.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2011
As we come to the end of the school year, it is also our first year having our children attending this school. Yes there are issues between the Pastor and the revolving door of Principals. But, I have to say that if the Teachers were leaving, then as a parent I would most likely have a concern. At the present time we are happy and will be sending our children next year.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2011
A great Principal left! She was always open to meeting with and discussing concerns that arose . Parents...be fair...if "Another Principal is gone" perhaps there are other issues that need to be addressed.Yes, it is a wonderful community of great students, involved parents and dedicated teachers...but one must question., "What is the real issue here?"

- submitted by a teacher

September 09, 2010
My children were attending another Private School in the area and I was not happy with it but was unsure where to go but once I met the new Principal and she discussed her goals for the school I was very excited and decided to check it out. While looking through the school you could also see how much she had already done to make the school better for the children and bring the school to another level. The school has a music program with a band, art program, a great after school program, and she also added new technology into each classroom with Teachers that are trained to use it. The Teachers are loving and caring and go the extra mile for the kids. And the tuition is reasonable. i would highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 13, 2010
It is a good place to learn and the new pastor is doing a wonderful job. He put the kids first and it makes them want to go to school. My child loves it. Thanks

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2009
I have 2 children attending St. Frances and I am very happy. There is structure along with a great teachers. I don't think our strongest concerns should be gym teachers and after school clubs, if you want that go to the ymca. Our main concern should be in the education area and i am happy to say that my children excel in that area and it has alot to do with the teaching staff, but it does help if parents do their part at home. There are always a select group of parents that just need to complain about something and i'm sure this happens in all schools, however, I feel if you're not happy then leave! but they don't seem to leave and if they do its for financial reasons, not due to the education. Give St. Frances a shot, you won't regret it!!!!

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2008
My child has received an excellent education at St Frances de Chantal and continues to score above grade level on the ITBS tests. The teachers are dedicated and work very hard. Whenever there has been a question, the teachers have always responded. It's unfortunate that some parents complain about minor issues. Please realize that the majority of the parents are happy with St Frances de Chantal. This year the school has new clubs and a play is scheduled for the spring. Credit for this goes to the principal. When my child finally graduates and goes to high school, I know my child will be prepared.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 15, 2008
This school has turned out to be a great disappointment. At this point there is no gym teacher, no computers, and children in the fourth grade could barely put a sentence together. If this school does not shape up it will not be open for long. Many parents are talking about pulling their children out after this semester is over. One more thing some of the teachers should not be teaching children. they are rude and obnoxious. Children should not be afraid of their teachers.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2008
St. Frances de Chantal is a wonderful school where parents can know that their children will get a top notch education in a safe, nuturing environment. The values-infused curriculum in very good and kids are well prepared for high school. Excellence is the mission of the school and they certainly strive to help each child to reach their potential. There are a lot of enrichment activities. The teachers in each grade are really fantastic and devoted to the kids. You truly get a feeling of family at the school from the principal right on to the receptionist. Many families are have second and third generation students at SFdC...because it is a great school. I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a community member

January 28, 2008
The school needs more activities such as a club after school and the student council should be able to make more choices , but the principle, Mrs.Trignani is slowly making the school better.

- submitted by a student

September 21, 2007
Me and my friend are graduating this year. We were not prepared for 8th grade, and last year Ms. Harten made the school an uncomfortible and very strict environment for the students. This year, we are learning, and our new principal Mrs. Trignani is the nicest principal you can ever get.

- submitted by a student

June 04, 2007
The principal Mrs. Harten is excellent. I wish there were more gifted programs for advanced students, because they are not challenged enough.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2006
I go to sfdc school and i like it sometimes .. it can be a little strict at times... i am on a volleyball & softball team and it is very fun.... the teachers are very nice and support u alot.. From, student

- submitted by a student

January 24, 2006
I believe a good school begins with it's leader and I believe Principal Harten is a great leader and cares about her school, faculty and students. keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2005
This School has wonderful parent involvement. Parents association very strong. School is surrounded by a strong community with very involved parents. Academic programs are on target, and teachers are very good.

- submitted by a teacher

January 03, 2005
I have 2 girls in the school, one in the 8th and one in the 4th. I would like to let everyone know that the school itself is not bad. My children are challenged academically. The 8th grade math that my daughter is learning was not taught to me until high school. I would definitely recommend the school for all children to attend. The tuition and quota for fundraisers are high though. The basketball teams are great!!!I congratulate the coaches who are volunteering for these kids. Especially, Chris Albin.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2004
My daughter is no longer in this school, the principal does not take parents concerns seriously. She just brushes you off. Some of the teachers are wonderful but some are less then desirable. The tuition continues to rise but the school seems to be doing less. Save your money, send your kids to OLA.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2004
My children have been attending St. Frances for 2 years. The principal is wonderful with her strong leadership, faculty seems very organized and focused. School provides a sense of community with its many activites, parent home association is very active and provides a strong backbone to the school. Children are challenged academically and recognized with 1st, 2nd honors beginning in the first grade. I recommend this school for anyone looking for safe, secure, and academically challenging school. Like all catholic schools fees are a bit high, tuition, fundraising and church contributions.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
I think that the high tuition amount would be ok if we didn't have to pay such a high book fee and have to sell a quota during the year. It seems we are always buying new supplies and books anyway. Every week someone is asking for money. They don't force us to go to the school, but it certainly makes it hard for a single parent to keep their child in a Catholic school.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
Both of my children attended this school. My youngest graduates this June and I am so glad I will be done with them. I never thought I would be so disappointed with the Saint Frances deChantal. With all the bad changes they have made in the past two years I would not recomend sending any child there for an education. Since getting a new principal everything has gone down hill! Please think about it before you sign your kids up to go there, I think you could find a better place to put them even if it is not in the neighborhood!

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2003
I just recently graduated from this school and I would like to say that I wasn't prepared at all for high school math. The discipline in this school isn't strong. When there were fights nothing much would be said to the people involved. Also one of my friends wore a spiked bracelet to school; it was taken away from him and never given back. His mother called the school and the principal called her a bad Christian. She also said she would not return it. There are many other schools to take into consideration.

- submitted by a community member

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St Frances De Chantal School
2962 Harding Avenue, Bronx, NY  10465
(718) 892-5359
Last modified St Frances De Chantal School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Frances De Chantal School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top