"Top State Tests Scores"
Students enrolled 310
Hours 8:10 AM - 2:50 PM
School leader Mrs. D. Hanna
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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35-50 158 Street
Flushing, NY 11358

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3 stars
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November 23, 2014
I've had 2 kids in the school for 8 & 5 years. I've certainly been very happy with the education. More than that, I've been thrilled with the internal sense of community at all levels.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2014
I have been a volunteer at St. Andrew's for many years. I am very saddened to see some of the comments that people post on the site. This is an outstanding school. Every time I enter the school I see and hear happy children! The principal is definitely hands on I would never tolerate bullying in her school. It's too bad that the majority of the people who are happy and content with the education their child is receiving do not post to this site to counteract the negative comments. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for the best education out there!

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2014
This school is FAR from a safe environment. Its has a history of doing NOTHING about bullying NOTHING it was allowed, and modeled by many teachers who were bullies themselves! An extensive history, the past cannont be rewritten,and has been swept under the carpet at this school. NOT a good place for children.

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2014
Parents who are looking for a safe, loving, challenging environment for your children will find that Saint Andrew Avellino is the BEST! It starts with Nursery and ends in the 8th grade. Please do not listen to negative reviews! I can guarantee that there are ulterior motives to the negative reviews. Check it out for yourself. Look at the test scores! They blow every other school out of the water. You are doing your children a disservice by not sending them to SAA.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
There are not enough words to express how wonderful this school is . My children are so blessed to apart of such a wonderful enriching community. The principal has a open door policy and always available to take any concerns or worries that you may have . Not every principal knows each child and siblings by name and gets to know every family member by name that walks through the school. I was surprised that every test paper is signed by the principal Mrs. Hanna . This year was very special my son received communion and was taught by an amazing women Mrs. Kennedy. I know she has been teaching for over 40 years because I also had the honor of her being my teacher. She has such an amazing way of making you feel Gods Love . My son embraced religion this year with such compassion and excitement that I have Mrs. Kennedy to thank. There are special people in this world and from my personal experience Mrs. Kennedy is one of a kind. Our children need a strong foundation to survive in the world they need discipline and respect you will find this at St Andrews.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
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.

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
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!

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2013
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."

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
st andrew avellino was a good school but has declined in the last few years.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
October 14, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
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.

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2011
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.

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- submitted by a student
June 03, 2009
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.

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no rating January 13, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 14, 2008
St. Andrew Avellino is a gem in the sea of mediocrity. The faculty and administration is exceptional in how my child's educational goals are being formed. The school environment embraces the diversity of the community. The classroom teachers are sensitive to each child's uniqueness. The Principal, a former teacher in the school, knows every child in the school by name, grade, and interests. The computer program is complete with site safety features. The creativity that is developed and nourished through the art program is second to no other program in the City. The music appreiciation, chorus and instrumental program rounds out my child's sucesses. The aftercare program is a life saver for working parents. St. Andrew Avellino School prepares children to be come contributing members of thier community.

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August 21, 2008
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September 11, 2006
My daughter was a transfer student to St. Andrew's during the seventh grade last year, and she immediately felt at home. The principal was very friendly and energetic, and the students were very welcoming. The teachers there are excellent and very patient. The afterschool activities are wonderful for the student to get involved more. I would highly recommend this school for any child, no matter the age.

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February 21, 2006
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February 12, 2006
With a child in 7th grade and two high schoolers that graduated from St. Andrew Avellino, I highly recommend this extraordinary school. One of the best things about it is the priciple. You know that your children will be treated as if they were at home with you. She is highly compassionate and caring, and knows every child and parent in the school by name. Each teacher has thier own special touch to add to a marvelous mixture of a nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
My child just completed Kindergarten and feel that he is prepared for 1st Grade due to the wonderful teacher he had. The school has a computer program, art program and music program. They also have an oratorical program beginning in Kindergarten which is great because it provides an opportunity for the children to become comfortable with speaking in front of groups. The school has an annual Art Fair which displays the childrens' amazing art work. They have an afterschool program that is very popular. The school has a Mothers' Club, Fathers' Guild and a Parent-Faculty Organization. Extracurricular activities include a Chess Club, CYO Basketball, Baseball, Track and Instructional Basketball.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2005
The academic standards of St. Andrew Avellino are high and impressive. The text books have been updated since the standards were raised in the past two years. The material in the books prepare the children for the state exams. My child is assigned homework every night in different subjects. Homework is always assigned for reading and math every night which I find important because it reinforces what has been taught for the day. Most of the children graduating are attending catholic high schools with high academic standards. The disciplne and respect are a priority which is needed nowadays. The teachers are highly qualified and available to work with the parents. The principal knows the children by name. She is loving and commited to the children. What a true leader! The children are happy to be part of the school because they are treated with respect in a family type atmosphere.

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St. Andrew Avellino School
35-50 158 Street, Flushing, NY  11358
(718) 359-7887
Last modified St. Andrew Avellino School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Andrew Avellino School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top