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2780 Schurz Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465

(718) 863-9134
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September 25, 2014
Because all of the very outdated and negative comments i've decided to write my own review. I am a student at Preston High School and i can honestly say that the school is great. The teachers are fun and interesting and because the school is small you get more individual help and attention. The school is tough but 95% of the girls who graduate always come back and say that college is breeze because Preston really prepared them. And its very true. 80 minute classes and a block schedule give us a feel to the college life and teachers ARE engaging. Preston is a school big on sisterhood and we have monthly assembly's that focus on how to raise our school culture and avoid bullying. No students really get bullied. The same kids who say they dont like the school are the same kids that dont get involved and dont TRY to be apart of the school. The school is small, but everyone makes friends. There are clubs for everyone and the school is an all around great school. The school is challenging but it encourages students to get out there and join sports/clubs while maintaining high grades and focusing on college. WHILE also helping students have the "high school experience".

- submitted by a student
September 03, 2013
When I went to open house as a little 8th grader I thought to myself that this is the school for me. But when i got into the school, there were to many cliques and way to much criticism. I felt like an outcast. I thought eventually it might get better, but it got worse. I felt as if you didn't get straight A's, were on a sports team, or knew someone in a clique, you we're judge upon. I feel as if someone is always talking about me behind my back, not just the girls, but the teachers too. There's way to much work, and when you ask for help, its like the world is ending to the teachers. Aren't you there to help us? I feel as if everything is the student's fault and nobody else's. Hopefully when I get to college everything will get better. But for now, I'm going to have some fun with my friends and make the best of everything I have.

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2013
I have attended preston for one year as a freshman. I believe the only reason why I decided to choose this school was because I knew girls that were friends of mine and open house was a success. All the upper class men and teachers were nice. When I started it was not what I was hoping. The teachers pile and pile on work, the girls find cliques and leave you out. If you are not outgoing, smart, loud and preppy, you won't fit in. I did not enjoy my first year and I regretted coming to Preston. I decided to transfer and yet have to see if my decision was a better choice. Hopefully it is!

- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2013
I am an alumni of the school and while it teaches you to be tough, to fight for what you deserve and face the fact that life is simply unfair, it does not give you a valuable high school experience. I feel like I missed out on something special, because in this school the girls are constantly worried about their grades and how the bully teachers may treat them in their next class. The only thing I wouldn't take back from my Preston education is my best friend. That's it. Other than that, I feel as if I missed out on 4 youthful years and am trying to regain that youth in my college years.

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2013
Preston looks prestigious and happy but it's such an act. It's all about "compassion" until you have the slightest trouble coughing up tuition money and you're treated like a leper. Their great "community" is filled with rich, snobby, stuck up girls. This school is as catty as it gets. If you're not an adored A+ student then forget about getting any help with finding internships, SAT prep, programs and scholarships. Guidance counselors are not helpful in the college application process. You will be very discouraged. You pay tuition to get nasty public school lunch and sit in old broken desks. Most of the faculty and staff are Preston alum so you can expect the same poor attitudes from them as well. They say they have a "college prep curriculum" but with poor teacher quality, it's all busy work. Unprepared girls are forced into AP classes just so the school is able to say they offer the class. It's all about numbers with Preston. Busy work doesn't prepare you for college, education is about building foundations and learning how to THINK. Your daughter deserves SO much more, spend your money elsewhere. Stay far away from Preston.

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2012
This was the worst school I ever attended in my life. The teachers were dreadful. They had no clue what they were doing. Preston is all about being a "family" yet their teachers talk about all the students and spread rumors. It's sad. Everyone was horrible to me I wound up leaving and went to another highschool where I got a much better education and now a great career. The dean at Preston made my life terrible she is part of the reason I left. The girls who go here end up in Iona college with no job and children by the age of 23. You will have no future from this school. It's an overpriced rip off. The teachers and dean are really miserable and fake and sad. Had I stayed I'd probably had a degree from Iona 2 kids and be living in my parents basement like the rest of my class. (sorry guys)

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2012
Preston is a great highschool. The Class sizes are generally small but it is better to have small classes.Preston is a high-quality college preparatory school and education is top notch. It is a really good school

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2011
My daughter is a senior. I have not been very happy with the school. More so now that she is a senior. The guidance department is not very involved with the senior college process and do not say encouraging things to the girls as it relates to colleges. I should be receiving the guidance counselors pay check I am doing their work. The principal is not very involved either and the faculty is allowed to do as they please. The bullying by students and staff is terrible. Minority students are not given the same attention as the non minority students. Yes there are plenty of activities but what does that do for students that actually need academic and guidance attention. The activities look good on the college application but honestly they are looking for a well rounded student and you have more disgruntled students than well rounded. Pay attention to your students. Listen to their concerns. Lastly, minorities are entitled to the same attention than non minority students. Many of the staff that left last school year agreed with me and therefore are not a part of PHS any longer. I can't wait until my daughter graduates. I have been the parent, counselor, teacher, for 4 years!

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2010
I love this school; there are so many clubs and activities and your feel right at home. All the students there are so nice, and I love the school environment. There is a lot of work and homework, though. Otherwise I love the people there!

- submitted by a student
October 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2009
I Love the Activities! I'm in cheerleading and various clubs. The academics really get you going!

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2009
My daughter is going to be a Senior this year and is on the Student Council, and I would have to say that Preston is one of the best high-schools around. The faculty and staff never stop encouraging our daughters to get involved and stay active. I would recommend Preston to any parent who wants their child to be a productive member of the community.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
I am a recent alum of Preston High School, now attending an Ivy League university. Preston did wonders for me. I found the small, discussion-based classroom environment very nurturing academically, and my public speaking and professional skills were finely honed. What's so wonderful about Preston is that it enriches the whole student: a student who discovers faith as she discovers math and literature and science, a student who learns the facts AND how to present them in a clear, confident manner. All of the opportunity students dream of is available at Preston -- enjoy it!!

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 14, 2008
i'm a student currently attending, and i think this school is great academically. socially, it can be harsh. some people cannot handle 'different' in the school and it's hard for some people to make friends. they are quick to judge. also, i think the guidance counselors spend more time on the people with little or exagerrated problems than on the people with the real problems, like the depressed ones.

- submitted by a student
May 09, 2008
My daughter is finishing her freshman year at Preston High School. Great school for girls. The girls are super friendly, very smart, athletic, and the school has a great school spirit. Lots of home work, lots of clubs, lots of activities. The teachers and prinicipal are caring. They make sure that every girl is on the right track. My daughter whistles all the way to school everyday. I am sure she is in the right school for her. She is very happy and that makes me very happy too.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2007
I am a current student at Preston and I feel that Preston is a great school and is filled with opportunities. At Preston, not only is the academics important but they value building your own character and developing skills that are required to have a leadership role. There are many extra-curricular activities going on, such as heritage clubs, art club, yearbook, newspaper, & many more! Preston has three levels of courses: Regents,Honors, as well as AP. Teachers are always available after school or during study periods if you are in need of help or just would like to review something. Although at times the homework may seem like a lot, you have two days to complete it and it is very beneficial and gives you a better understanding of the lesson. Also, there is a lot of parent-teacher communication, as well as unity throughout the students in PHS.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 07, 2007
this school is not as great as i thought it would be. i am very disappointed because to my surprise there is no air condition and it is very hard to grasp what you are learning because all of the teachers move very fast. many of the girls first starting this school wish they would have chose another school because they do not enjoy the amount of work they have to do on the summer vacation when they compare it to their friends about to attend other schools. i believe it could be better!!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2007
this school is great in academics. It is sophisticated and one of the top schools in the bronx

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
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February 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
This is a small, catholic all gir school with beautiful grounds. I would recommend it better than any public school here.

- submitted by a former student
September 08, 2005
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July 05, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 09, 2003
Students are taught to respect themselves as well as others in a Christian, womenly manner. Integrity,leadership and good morals are key factors and are taken very seriously. Class sizes are generally small and adequate. The faculty is qualified, making sure to help every girl who comes to them for help, and all have efficient degrees. However, the distinguish between Honors and Regents classes is unnecessary. Some girls in Regents classes deserve to be promoted and are not given the chance to challenge themselves in a Honors class. Most transfer students who come from generally exceptonal high schools and have an overall A average are given that opportunity from the start. However, those who come from high schools that ar not considered as challenging in Preston's eye and have an overall A average are not given the same opportunity. Exclusive electives are only offered to those who are 'smart' enough to be admitted, instead of those who have a true passion for the subject. With that passion and natural inner-drive, it is almost inevitable that the student will push themselves as hard as possible to maintain a decent grade in the class. Therefore, because of how their curriculum is set up, Preston girls tend to focus on grades, averages, and rankings, instead of a sincere love and curiousity for each subject, knowing that along with their unquenchable thirst comes zeal, and with zeal, good grades. In addition, not enough is done about short skirts. The skirt length can be at times ridiculous, and in some cases offensive.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
As a parent of a daughter attending Preston, I must say that I thought the school would provide better leadership,a higher degree of professionalism, and better education. My daughter had a difficult time during her first semester at Preston and on her first evaluation (progress report) six teachers all had something negative to say instead of something positive to motivate and encourage my daughter. I spoke to the teachers on my own hoping that it would shed some light on how to motivate and encourage new students. For the tuition charged (which I believe is totally outrageous) plus charging each year for books (approximately $300), I should not have to explain to teachers how to motivate and encourage their students. I kept my daughter in Presenton because neighborhood schools were not good and Preston used this to their advantage by raising their tuition each and every year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 25, 2003
Preston is by NO means one of the highest priced schools through-out NYC. You do realize some private schools are more than $20,000.00 per year. At that rate PHS is a bargain. I believe it is a quality college prep school. It is a small school where most of the administration and faculty know each student. My daughter will go through the college application process this year and I hope that she does not encounter any problems.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
Preston is a high-quality college preparatory school. The education is top notch, faculty, for the most part, are excellent. If a student is having trouble in a class, teachers are always available to tutor either before or after school. Most of the teachers/staff also attend after school activities and sports events. My major complaint is that the homework can be overwhelming (I do not agree with the hours of homework). Girls should get involved in extra-curricular activties. This is so important to help the girls develope into well-rounded individuals. They make more friends and tend to enjoy school more! Preston is a very close knit community - parents, students, faculty and staff. I have a daughter that graduated and one attending. My graduate is definately ready for college!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
School is high quality, but students must make sure that their records & admission applications to universities & colleges are properly forwarded in a timely matter...this was not done in an efficient manner for the graduating class of 2003. This was reported to the principal & hopefully has been taken care of by replacement of the responsible(?) person so this doesn't happen again in the future. This school is probably the highest costing girl's school thruout NYC.

- submitted by a parent
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Preston High School
2780 Schurz Avenue, Bronx, NY  10465
(718) 863-9134
Last modified Preston High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Preston High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top