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Fordham Preparatory School

Private | 9-12 | 990 students


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Posted January 12, 2013

As an alum from the early 90's I still look back on my Prep experience as hugely influential in my personal and professional life. The environment is outstanding and condusive to learning and developing responsible, respectful young men. Definitely plan on sending my sons there. Do I wish the tuition was less? Of course. I see some negative comments are aimed at facilities. My priorities would be to retain well-compensated faculty and staff. I'm less concerned about paint jobs and new carpeting.

Posted April 17, 2012

Worth every penny and then some. We don't regret sending our son and he is very happy with his experience. We've found the faculty to be very caring and engaging. The work is rigorous, without a doubt, but if you're not up for the challenge don't enroll here. There's something for everyone, not just jocks or brainiacs. I can't say enough positive things about the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 21, 2012

If you value your son's education and your MONEY, you will NOT send your son to Fordham Prep. The facilities are dirty. The faculty can vary from useless to COMPLETELY useless to just plain mean and cruel. Think it will get your son into a good college? Well if you consider paying 17 grand a year to get your son into U of Scranton and Loyola, colleges public school kids get into with ease, than I guess its worth it. Sports teams are a joke. Oh, and don't forget the 70 hour service requirement. I've heard of criminals getting less hours for a sentence than this project (not to mention if you don't finish it, you don't graduate). All in all I hated this school and there is no way I would ever send my son here. Trust me, send him to a school like Riverdale Country School, Fieldston, or some boarding school. If your going to pay for school, than at least make it count, or just send him to public school. You can read all the other reviews of parents just bragging about how good the school is to make themselves feel better about wasting 17 grand a year, or you can take my advice, from someone who actually went through the misery of Fordham Prep, and CHOOSE ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 8, 2012

I graduated from Fordham Prep over a decade ago. Despite my expectations and perseverance, I regret to say going there was the worst 4 years of my life. Although the school was rigorous, the education and counseling I received was superficial. Overloading students with work and information without pointing out meaningful patterns is not my idea of a good education. Perhaps Fordham Prep is better now, but based on my experience, the school is overrated. But just don t take my word for it. Compared to other schools, including some whose tuition is less, Fordham Prep s list of famous alumni is unimpressive. For example, Cardinal Hayes can claim a NASA Astronaut and Super Bowl Champion (who plays for Pittsburg). Fordham Prep can make no such claim. Personally, I wished I had gone to Bronx Science or Brooklyn Tech. And this admission is a profoundly sad comment for me to have to make.

Posted July 17, 2011

I attended the Prep, and took all honors and AP level coursework, including 4 years of Ancient Greek and 2 years of German. The faculty and staff treat the students incredibly well. I keep in contact with more than a few former teachers to this day. The academics are incredibly strong. After graduating from college (Fordham College at Rose Hill), and looking back on my education, I realized that the standout years for personal growth and true depth of educational experience were the years I spent at Fordham Prep. The commitment to growth in their students that every teacher brought to the classroom was amazing. Many teachers were (and still are) heavily involved in the extracurricular activities and sports as well. The skills that I developed while at the Prep had me head and shoulders above many of my peers at Fordham University. In particular, my critical reading and writing skills were honed to a significant degree by the many papers that I had to write throughout the year in most of my classes (including for math classes!). I am not exaggerating when I say that my 4 years at the Prep were among the best of my entire life, and that it was a truly amazing experience.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 30, 2011

I attened the university, but the prep school was on campus, and I interacted with the studends on several occasions. They seemed to be bright and well taught and interested in the world.

Posted October 22, 2010

Academics comparable to "ivy"prep school;;location on university campus a huge plus,;religion not emphasized,making non Catholics comfortable;,debate, theater and sports the best at this level;somewhat immature discipline policy;prepared me well to compete at Vanderbilt University;made great friends at the Prep.Would do it again.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 12, 2010

The teachers are amazing! My son actually likes going to school!! He never did before!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 24, 2010

Fordham Preparatory School has a long tradition of preparing young men for college. The school is located on the picturesque Fordham University Campus and offers students some of the benefits of the University at young age. The curriculum is comprehensive and offers students a wide variety of honors classes as well as advanced classes (some of which offer college credit while in high school). Fordham is a wonderful school and will undoubtedly prepare each student for college and beyond.

Posted June 4, 2010

I am most impressed with the quality of the teachers and how they understand boys. The boys at the school truly care for each other and respect one another. This is a Catholic school but the boys are given freedom to express themselves. The faculity is available daily for consultation. During junior each student participates in an Emmaus Retreat. When the boys come back you can see a true change in them. They become "men for others.' Fordham Prep is a gem in the Bronx and is a place that young men can get a great education.

Posted March 30, 2010

My son is a junior at the Prep, and has had a fabulous experience at the school. He is participating in 2 varsity sports(ie Crew) one of which he would never have been able to take part in at a public school. Academically the school is very challenging, and any student will be well prepared for college. The students have a special camaraderie that I have never seen at other schools. The staff if helpful and very supportive of the boys as well as their families. Fordham Prep was the best decision that we ever made for our son...
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Posted December 24, 2009

My son is a sophmore. The school challenges the students and prepares them to excell on the collegiate level. Any parent will get their money's worth. Expect your son to be motivated by the competition.
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Posted November 4, 2009

Fordham Prep builds the movers and shakers of America! While I was at Fordham, I never thought that the amount of rigorous work given at the school was wholly necessary for me to do well in a postsecondary institution, in short I thought I was overkill. If it wasn't for Fordham Prep not only would I not be prepared for the work that my college constantly challenges me to complete everyday but I wouldn't have some form of enjoyment in any of my classes. Academics aside I've forged bonds with some of the closest friends I will ever have in my life and their closeness to me competes with brothers in my fraternity and much of my own family. Most importantly I have learned a lot about myself while going to Fordham. I did not realize my own capacity to deal with such a stressful environment in such a rapidly changing time of my life. While I didn't necessarily enjoy those stressful days at the time I look back at them at the present moment and realize that they have had a profound impact on me as a student and a human being as a whole. The staff and the teachers are always willing to help the student out as much as they can and the school actively creates more than enough opportunities to meet or exceed the student's standards of their academic, social, and especially spiritual aspects of their lives. I'm sure I'm leaving out a whole lot about Fordham Prep and I acknowledge that I'm just one story from the population of the many men that have had the honor to be educated in such a fine institution.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 16, 2009

This is an excellent school. The courses are rigorous. There are a lot of club activities after school. My son enjoys playing Math games and Chess after school. For those students who prefer to have challenges academically, the challenges will be real. The school is tough but tough is love.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 19, 2009

My son loved this school - it's a wonderful place to learn in and become part of. It's a terrific place!!
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Posted May 15, 2009

Can not say enough about the stellar academics at this school. Teachers stay after school, they are not the first ones out of the parking lot! My son knew he was cared for, spiritually, academically and emotionally. At any time, he could ask a teacher or coach for advice. Best money I have ever spent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 14, 2009

After graduating from Fordham Prep I did not have any problems in college. The workload almost seems easier! It was a great school with some of the most dedicated faculty as compared to other schools. My brother attended Regis High School, yet the lessons I learned in hard work and determination, along with the Jesuit beliefs, take Fordham Prep onto a higher level of education. I would say that Fordham Prep is a place where a student will not only learn, but grow into a successful man!
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 16, 2009

The academics are clearly better than average, yet there is much more to this school than the academics. As a life experience it can be absolutely excellent, as it was for me. But, beware, it's not for everyone!

Posted December 18, 2008

Unlike other upper end Catholic high schools in the New York Metro Area, Fordham Prep is not a trick or a scam. It is probably the best school in the New York area because of a variety of reasons. First, it is a true mix. There are students of all backgrounds there which cannot be compared to any school in the area. Second, the faculty is truthfully devoted to the students. Third and finally, it produces good and successful graduates. It is unfortunate it doesn't get the credit it deserves when it comes to reputation/college admission. It probably is a better school than Regis despite Regis' reputation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2008

i love fordham. my son goes there now hes a man he turned from mike to michael. it is like no other school.except regis/xavier it is safe to say that it is the best schol in the tri-state area, although their displine is ver harsh
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 52%
Hispanic 14% 21%
Black 5% 21%
Two or more races 5% N/A
Asian 4% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Robert J. Gomprecht
  • All boys
  • Roman catholic
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441 E Fordham Rd
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