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Cardinal Spellman High School

Private | 9-12 | 1430 students


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Posted June 19, 2014

I graduated from this school and it's been a wonderful 4 years. It's really hard not to make friends here. If you just cooperate, do the homework, participate, and study you'll do just fine. Some teachers will stay after school to help you with anything you don't understand. They have a lot of extracurricular activities and events. The lunch is supposed to be high quality so it's pretty expensive. Your parents can put money in your I.D's as another way to pay for your lunch. I wish the gym classes weren't so crowded though. Seniors, juniors, and freshmen use the gym at the same time so it gets really crowded in the locker room. One thing I wish I knew is that if you don't use a school lock for the girls locker room, the gym teacher breaks your lock and you have to pay for a new one. For boy's, I don't think they get lockers for gym.

Posted May 2, 2014

Cardinal Spellman is a solid school. If a student does their homework, study for exams, and takes advantage of all of the extra curriculars, a student will do really well at this school. The teachers make it difficult for a student to fail as they give extra credit and find ways for students to bring up their grades if needed. There are 3 academic tracks: remedial (Basic); regular (Standard); and honors. Girls appear to do better @ Spellman, but boys can excel if they apply themselves. The sports teams could use new uniforms and warm ups (especially the boys basketball teams), but other than that the school is solid. If your child is studious, and you dont want them to go to public school, and you can afford the tuition, you or your child wont be disappointed in this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 3, 2014

Cardinal Spellman is horrible. I need to let you know what the teachers don't care and the students aren't in the right mind set when they get there. The standards are set to a low bar and the school can't be improved.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 16, 2013

I am applying to this school next year I have heard so many great things about the school

Posted September 1, 2012

The school is amazing! They do the most to make sure you succeed and are comfortable with the school, from Freshman year to Senior year! The school players are fabulous and put on Amazing plays. The best part is the Alumni are so active and are doing since graduating! Great School!
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 18, 2012

my son is in the 11th grade in Cardinal Spellman and I am so happy he is in this school. Great teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 24, 2010

My daughter is a senior at Cardinal Spellman HS. I too am very pleased with the education and the guideance that my daughter has gotten from all the faculty. This is my second child attending, my other daughter graduated in 2005 and is continuing her education at FIT. I also have an 8th grader this year that is also wanting to go to Spellman. As you can see this is Cardinal Spellman family. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2010

My daughter is now a senior at Cardinal Spellman High School. I have been very pleased with her four years there. The help that her counsellor provided during the college process was well appreciated resulting in my daughter being accepted to all the schools she applied. Four years ago my daughter said she wanted to attend Cardinal Spellman I was a little hesitant, but I am so happy she chose to go there. Parents give Spellman a chance and you will not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 30, 2008

I am extremely pleased with this school. The teachers are very dedicated and do everything they can to help each child succeed. The school itself is beautiful, and there are plenty of clubs and activities available. This high school's students go on to college, many of them with full and partial scholarships. I am very happy that my daughter chose to go to Spellman.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 3, 2008

I'm in 8th grade now & i cant wait to go to Spellman next year! I've heard nothing but fabulous things and I cant wait !
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 6, 2007

I love this school so much ! It's the best high school around , but very hard to get into . If your child isn't average or above average [85+average] , then don't even waste your time applying to this school . One of my children did acceptionally well on the TACHS test , but he had an 80 average and he did not make it. On the other hand , my daughter had a 98 average and she got a scholarship to this school . If your child is smart , they will make it into this school. - A Spellman parent
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Posted August 7, 2006

This school is the best of all High Schools in the Bronx. It is the most well rounded and diverse school. The quality of the education is the that I have seen. This school should cost more than it asks for because in reality there is no other school like this in the Bronx. This school prepares students for the real world, with it's diverse student body. there are a a lot of white, asian, black, and hispanic students. The school prepares you well for college, every year students are going to the best schools including,Harvard,Yale,Cornell,Columbia, and more of the others, just go to tothe website. Send your kids to Cardinal Spellman , and note the diffrence in a private education.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 23, 2006

One of the better Parochial schools in the Bronx. Discipline was focused upon. Sufficient extracurricular activities but sports teams are not competitive.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 13, 2006

Excellent school, The teachers there really care about the students. Great private education
—Submitted by a staff

Posted August 11, 2005

Spellman provided a well rounded, disciplined Catholic school eduction. I found a diverse student body with forwarding thinking programs such as TV Production. Most students go on to higher education. Great school spirit and sports teams. It was a hard commute from my part of the Bronx however.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 7, 2005

Still is The school to get accepted to. It is amazing that as the ethnicity of the neighborhood changes and the student population does as well, Cardinal Spellman still achieves one of the highest positive outputs in their graduating class.
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Posted July 12, 2005

20 years ago when I graduated at went to college, I immediately recognized the superior education I received from Cardinal Spellman. Last year my baby sister started her high school career at Spellman and I was presently suprised to find out that after all these years the high standards are still being maintained. There is a great school spirit and strong alumni participation. Many of the faculty are alumni also. There is a high level of care and concern for the continued growth of the school, well being of the students, and strict enforcement of high academic standards. I have fond memories of my high school days and the exceptional education I received allowed me to have a very successful college and professional career. It is still one of the best High Schools in the Bronx.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 22, 2005

My daughter is a freshman at Cardinal Spellman she loves it, there is so much to do there, and the school is very clean and organized, I would recommend that parents send there kids to Cardinal Spellman
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 7, 2003

As a former student, I agree with several things previously written. The overall quality of the school and its teachers are the best!! However, there is a weakness in the Math Dept. I believe Math is difficult enough in high school, so the Math teachers must really know how to get concepts across well. The Guidance Dept. was weak as well. I believe guidance councellors should be involved with disciplinary action. Overall, my education at Spellman was A#1 and prepared me well for college.

Posted August 27, 2003

Instead of teaching discipline and respect, students are trained to avoid deans out of fear. Disciplinary problems are 'solved' by dealing out weeks of detention. Over time, the students take it as a given that they will have detention every day, and break rules without fear. Fear and punishment are used instead of guidance. Educationaly, this school is abysmal. After the teachers went on strike for several months, I was forced to withdraw my daughter when the work was not being made up in class, they were still on chapter 1 in pre-cal by February!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 39% 21%
Black 38% 21%
White 17% 52%
Asian 4% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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