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Greek American Institute Of New York

Private | PK-8 | 60 students


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Posted March 27, 2014

I am a parent of a 2nd grader and one in kindergarten. Classes are generally small with the most 24. The few teachers I have met, such as Ms. Tere, Ms. Myint, Ms. Dafnis, along with assistants have been great and have given solid feedback about my children. The Principal along with the secretarial staff (Ms. Lacas) are approachable, friendly, knowledgeable and usually get back to matters within a day or two. Students are exposed to computer classes in the 2nd grade also. Greek language is instilled since kindergarten, study vocabulary words, using workbooks; students participate in plays and religious services all in Greek. As a non-greek parent and with the help of class workbooks and the internet, homework and projects are not impossible. On the negative side, for me, I wish there would be extracurricular activities after-school available to the younger grades, not just Chorus...maybe bringing in Boys and Girls Scout, and sports, etc. Basketball is offered to 2nd grade Greek students only. Also some Greek families seem to be very close-knit--which is great for the culture of the school, friendly and very resourceful and others seem to be "clique-y" (not so great).
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Posted March 19, 2014

Amazing Pre-k program. great to see mrs.julie greeting all the children and their parents every morning with her big smile. we are very to lucky to have an educator like her who takes care of our children and goes above and beyond.
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Posted June 17, 2013

My child went to the shining star preschool program in the greek school. The children play more than they actually learn academics. The teachers and principle worry more about what to ware for the week then their students. They act like its a fashion show not educational facility. They have little respect for the parents, only about putting on a show when it comes time to collect their money. Think twice before sending your kids here.
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Posted January 19, 2013

My child has been in this school since pre-k.The teachers are great and your child will get a good education.The school added an extra pre-k class and that is causing the first grade to be crowded with no space and poor air quality.The future of other classes will be over crowded,next year 2nd grade will be the next class to be over crowded,other parents say that they child will come home with greek homework, with no translation,leaving you with homework for your self and stuck.I would say the greek is only good to speak with your grand parents.In the real world spanish would be of better use.No music instruments avaliable,no air conditioning.
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Posted June 30, 2011

This school is an excellent example of what a school should provide for not only the students but the parents and community as a whole.

Posted September 14, 2008

My son attended this school for 3 years. I was not impressed, but kept him at the school for the convenient location. They do not expose the students to other cultures except for a brief mention of Martin Luther King around his birthday. If you are a parent that is of a minority ethnic group as we are, reevaluate your options. On another note, when my child was there, the discipline was dealt unfairly.
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Posted April 13, 2008

My daughter is in Pre-K and just loves going to school, we talk about her day at the dinner table and she always tells us what a great day she had. All the teachers are great, they are nice and sweet, to the children and parents. Mrs. Aida , Mrs. K, Mrs Toni and Mrs. Julie are the best.
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Posted April 3, 2008

As a student I should say that this an amazing school, and I really enjoy being here in the seventh grade. The community is wonderful, the kids are great, and the teachers are amazing. I would love it if my friends all went there, they would love it!
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Posted April 2, 2008

My son atttends the Pre-K program at the school, my son loves to get up every morning to attend school. The teachers in this program are nurturing, attentive and loving to all the children. Ms K, Mrs Julie, Mrs Toni and Mrs Aida are all amazing ladies, I hope that these women are still here when it's time for my daughter to attend school. Without these teachers I don't think that this program will be as sucessful.
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Posted March 29, 2008

My daughter attends the universal pre-k program and she and I both love it! The classroom is big and asthetically pleasing. The teachers in this program are wonderful, kind caring woman who go the extra mile! My child is in a safe ,warm, nurturing environment where she can freely express herself. Miss Toni is one of her favorite teahers! The principal and the rest of the staff are dedicated to the children and respectful to the parents. This school is a wonderful place to send your children. I love it and I highly reccommend it!
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Posted March 20, 2008

I am the Mom of several children who attend GAI. Our Principal runs a tight ship. Having a principal who teaches at this school is great.The principal makes it a point to know each and every child, parent by name and is on top of what goes on in/out of school. What more can we ask for when you have a superfluous teaching staff and non-teaching staff. I love it when my children call me the teachers name or vice versa, what does that tell you? Parents at the school are very involved and we all look after each others child. Sending our children to GAI gives us peace of mind knowing they are in a safe and well disciplined ora. Parents of GAI know whats best for our childn; morals & values. Foundation is strong at GAI!
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Posted March 9, 2008

I love this school. My child attends pre-k and the teachers are wonderful. They treat the children with respect and they are extremely nurturing. The entire staff at GAI are professional and caring. They have the best interests of the children at heart. I would reccommend this school to anyone who wants a quality education for their child.
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Posted November 2, 2007

I enrolled my daughter in Pre-k at this school. They were seemingly great and nuturing. The class was big and there were five teacher/assts. She's now been there several years and each year is worse. While parental involvement is not lacking, teacher proessionalism and common sense is. There are inconsistencies that the school tries hard to downplay. There are students that are kept in class although it is so clear that they have problems that this small school is not equipped to deal with. Also, there is no room for learning about other cultures. If I could do it again, I would not choose this school.
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Posted September 22, 2005

Both my children graduated from GAI and overall I must say that it provides a nurturing and caring environment. You don't get as many extra curricular activities as you would with a public school, but nothing compares to the peace of mind you get as a parent knowing that your child is being looked after while in the facility. No matter back is your background everyone is welcomed with open arms.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 10% 1%
Hispanic 10% 21%
Black 4% 21%
Asian 1% N/A
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

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  • Anne Prokop
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3573 Bruckner Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: (718) 823-2393


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