There aren't any great schools. Bricks are made from things like clay, and calcium. And some paints may even be toxic. Not very conducive to feeding the brain or the spiritual well being of children. To put it simply the people who teach, care, and give of themselves are the builders of minds, spirits, and the soul. It's these people, the educators of St. Andrew Avellino school who perpetually give of themselves and come from a place of discipleship that lay the groundwork and nourish the foundation conducive to the edification and success of all their students. There are great teachers,teachers who get involved, who preach and teach compassion, fairness, and protect those children who are in need of immediate attention. They are the principal, faculty, and staff of St. Andrew Avellino. That's what makes us a step above the rest. That's what makes us irresistible.
I am a Parent with multiple children in the school. St. Andrews is a warm, loving community of learners. My children are well adjusted and are developing friendships that will probably last a lifetime. In addition, the scores in both ELA and MATH routinely beat all schools in Queens. Frankly, this school is a gem. If this school was in Manhattan there would be a waiting list a mile long. The community and education is comparable and on level with the independent schools.
I am a former parent who has three children who graduated from this school. They are now in high school and college. The upper grades prepared my students so that the transition to high school was seamless. The teachers treat you like an adult and unfortunately today too many children need their hands held as referenced by the negative comments. As for bullying it is not tolerated and their have been anti-bullying meetings held but parents do not attend. Maybe some parents should take an active role in their childrens school instead of making comments. This school is worth the price. You cannot argue with their results.
After reading some of these comments, I feel the need to clear up some very significant in accuracies. First off the second grade teacher has never been the principal of the school nor is she in any other type of administrative position. The principal also has a zero tolerance for bullying. All issues are dealt with on an individual basis and are handled with great care. Having been in the school on numerous occasions there is a very joyful atmosphere throughout the building where students are engaged and enthusiastic about learning. It's a shame that disgruntled parents or students are using this as a forum to bring negativity to such a terrific school!
As a graduated student from SAA, my Review is not coming from a biased parent, it is a Primary Source... My overall experience was poor. For the amount of money you are paying for your child to receive a "Great learning experience," is simply a useless investment. The 8th grade dictator as i call her, made my SAA experience miserable. (And you all know who she is) She simply is and always will be the perfect example of a walking talking Tin Man, with not the slightest essence of a heart. This said person, Deliberately targets students that lack the ability to defend themselves. You can actually tell which teachers are parents and which teachers are miserable tyrants. I have seen teachers look the other way when a fellow classmate was being bullied. And sadly the sense of favoritism is strong among students that are related to and/or whose parents are members of the "mothers club."
This school has a extensive history of bullying. EXTENSIVE. I am not a disgruntled parent but a FORMER STUDENT, who was a victim of merciless cruelty at the hands of my fellow classmates, literally being spit at, no exaggeration, while teachers, administrators looked on and did NOTHING. This school has always been dominated by cliques of parents that are very involved with the parish, and as in my case, these were the parents of the offenders, the worst bullies. Don't waste you money on tuition at the substandard school when public schools in the area are far superior. Unlike the public schools they are accountable only to themselves which allows for bad behavior to run rampant.
It's a shame that one or two disgruntled parents are the only ones choosing to comment on Saint Andrew, but that is usually the way. We are into our second year at Saint Andrew, and, although the actual building may not be in the best condition, the faculty, high-parent involvement, and various after school activities offered, more than make up for it. The faculty work wonders in the classroom and go much further than just teaching academics; they teach morales, discipline and responsibility, something that can't be found at public school. The newer faculty are also bringing new elements and further bettering the school. These few allowed words aren't enough to describe the wonders of the principal, Mrs. Hanna. She is so invested in the school, cares so much, and her door is always open. She even checks and signs every test graded so she knows what's going on in her school with both students and faculty. She is funny, charismatic, and so much more. Not only does the school have a STELLAR music program and various sports teams, they also have a very reasonably priced morning and after school program. This school really cannot be beat!
st andrew avellino was a good school but has declined in the last few years.
I attended this school from pre-k to 8th grade. I graduated from saa a few years ago and I am appalled at these comments. The st.andrews I grew up in taught me to be a charismatic young lady and taught me to respect my peers. Any school you will attend will have its ups and downs and kids will be mean but it was by no means swept under the carpet. The principal handled it making us understand how wrong we were. Not only this but you are extremely prepared for high school. I love st.Andrews and the people I attended school with will forever be my saa family.
Sue "Susan Kennedy" former 2nd grade teach, who then became principal of this so called school, was verbally ABUSIVE to my child, again, and again, and again.This so call 'teacher' has been given full rein at this school, given promotions etc. She is a disgrace to her profession. The truth is what it is, this woman is honored by this school, AND is an ABUSIVE EDUCATOR, she should not be in a school environment. Do you want to BUY into this school with this history.
I am not a disgruntled parent, but a former student, who suffered terrible bullying here, while teachers looked on and did nothing. From what I have heard not much has changed. The test scores that they present are a fraction of the picture, buyer beware, remember to look behind the curtain at this particular school before sending your child here, they can't rewrite their history.
The proof is in the scores! This school scored as the top Catholic School in the Diocese if you don't believe it go to the websites and see the proofI. Not just theirs the city and state sites also! As for those previous reviews it sounds more like a disgruntled parents with an axe to grind. Look at the numbers and educational value of this school my family has sent over ten children through this school and have been nothing but successful. Don't let disgruntled parents cloud your judgement. As they say to be the best you have to beat the best and St. Andrew Avellino is the best.
I've seen kids get picked on because they can't speak right. It happens in the classroom right in front of the teacher. The teacher simply ignores it. The staff are pathetic and only favors the kids whose mothers help out at the school. Public school is better. At least the teachers have some sort of intelligence.
This is a school with a lengthy history of bullying. Years and years of it. The teachers look the other way, therefore send a message of "it is acceptable to treat others this way." Buyer beware, the public schools in the area are a much, much better way to go. What went on and goes on at this school, the public schools would never tolerate. The Catholic School are still to this day sweeping their shameful behavior under the rug.
Bad......very bad school. Teacher... didn't know how to teach and socialized with kids. Principal..... doesn't have a good manner. You can call or email me ,for my bad experiences when my son entered to nursery school 2010. Now,my son is at another katholic school,He is very happy the teacher are very,very,very good and knowledgeable. The principal very,,,very,friendly and good..... This school supposed not to get a star rating. POooooooor.
I absolutely love Saint Andrew Avellino school. My children have attended SAA since Nursery school and each teacher has been wonderful. My children love going to school. In response to the other comments made, the nursery teacher was warm and compassionate. She had a genuine concern for my child's well being and I can guarantee she is a kind and effective teacher. Thank you Saint Andrew Avellino school. I highly recommend SAA to all my friends.
This is a horrible school. The majority of the students there are mean and they pick on innocent victims, and the staff there are just horribly rude. They seem perfunctory in what they do. Do not send your child here unless they want to suffer. By the way, the principal is ignorant in what is happening at her school.
We had our son went to the nursery; he was time out on the first day. We asked "what can we do as parents to help" and Ms Tara reply was "I don't know!!" We couldn't believe our ears. You guess it, our son is no longer with the school and he is progressing and happy and learning every single day in other school. We share the same experience and totally agree the review posted by this parent.
My son is currently in PreK. I cannot believe how much he has learned in the past year. Mrs. Maggy is excellent with the children! Her teaching skills are superb. The school is very clean and nurturing to the students. If you want a home away from home, this is the place to be. The school is very pricey considering the neighboring schools and the fact that they don't provide lunch. I will keep my son in St. Andrews as long as I can afford it, but its definitely not price friendly.
What makes this school a great value in education, discipline, and an enriching environment for my children is the inspirational leadership of the principal that sets the tone for the faculty and administration who work together with the childrens' best interests in mind. The principal is to be commended for actually knowing each and every child by name and being amazingly 'hands-on' in her appproach, being accessible to parents, teachers and very importantly to her students. She puts in incredibly long hours from early morning to late evening as I witness being a parent who uses the heaven-sent afterschool program's facilities which is the saving grace for many a working parent.... The academic standards in effect really challenge my children and I believe is greatly preparing them for the rigors of a academically challenging HS where I hope they will attend.
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