No rating

GreatSchools Rating

St Frances De Chantal School

Private | PK-8 | 267 students


Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:


Living in Bronx

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $351,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,400.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
Based on 2 ratings
Based on 2 ratings
No new ratings
Based on 4 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

26 reviews of this school

Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted 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 The teachers are outdated as is the curriculum.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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted May 25, 2011

A great Principal left! She was always open to meeting with and discussing concerns that arose . 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

Posted September 9, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted June 4, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted July 6, 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

Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 52%
Hispanic 32% 21%
Asian 3% N/A
Black 3% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Grace Lucie
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious


School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of New York
School leaders can update this information here.


To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

2962 Harding Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465
Phone: (718) 892-5359


Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »


Add this school to compare

Nearby schools