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Our Lady of Fatima School

Private | PK-8 | 561 students


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Posted May 21, 2014

I love OLF and my 3 kids are there for 4 years. They learn so much more than my nieces and nephews in other schools. They really care about the kids and keep it strict. The always want the kids to be respectful of the classmates and the teachers. I see alot of teachers doing sports and clubs after school. My husband and me are so happy and also my kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 11, 2014

well... this school is okay. Most of the kids are name callers or just plain rude to their class mates. They give you detention for hugging.The technology is terrible because of old 1990 dell desktops. Many of the teachers are mean and never have a laugh in the class. They don't have gym, art room. This school is not what i thought it would be.

Posted August 28, 2013

I went to this school. I would have to say that it needs major funding. In the school there are very old dell computers. I think Ms. Zelic has been there way to long. she has been there ever since my mom has gone to sunday school. our school needs more programs. there needs to be a pta. the kids that I went school with lifted there skirts or shirts for the boys. I think people keep your children were they are now. some teachers are good and some aren't. I think if this school more parent and teacher communication it would be better. the teachers have been there for a long time that it looks like they hate their job.

Posted August 5, 2013

I have mixed feelings about the school.Love the discipline&respect they encourage towards the teachers and each other as students.Love that they don't do fundraising, however,I am concerned that the lack of fundraising is to the school's detriment.The computers are SO outdated.There are NO enrichment programs(most programs are to help the kids catch up-which doesn't look good), parental involvement is discouraged.There is a "no running" policy during recess (I feel, due to an irrational fear of liability),there are no sports teams (but have the field to do the coaching in but won't- again l think, liability fears), and there are 30+ kids in each class.ALL notes have to be hand written-NO email communication is allowed w/teachers,which I think is antiquated in this day and age.ALL notes have to go through the principal.The school could use a breath of fresh air and change in administration, as Ms.Zelic has been there far too long.They should let outside agencies (for enrichment, sports, other programs)come in(like they do for music) and offer their programs if parents are willing to pay. I would. My children speak spanish,would be nice if they offered Mandarin too and maybe French.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 1, 2013

My granddaughter attended this school. In my opinion they don't follow their Mission Statement and Philosophy.

Posted March 19, 2013

The worst experience I have ever had in my life. They do not believe that a parent must know how their kids are being scored and they cannot give a clear explanation about their method of grading.
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Posted December 9, 2012

First of all, this school has a lot of programs for their students. Second, students are offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Third, the respect for one another is like the 1950's era. Fourth, 3 private play grounds and parking. Fifth, teachers and principal quality and leadership excel. Sixth, Speech lab and SETTS tutoring available. Seventh, Title 1 Math and Title 1 Reading available. Eight, Staff is educated and so are the parents.
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Posted February 28, 2012

You get what you pay for. My DD went there for nursery, the class is dirty, the teacher said that they clean the toys there 2x a year and had 19 kids in a small class with one teacher and 2 assistents, the teacher once told me that they barely had space on the floor for nap time.That's crowded!!! If you have a strict diet for your kid, forget it! They have pastries, candies every week, if you ask them not to give it to your child, they won't, but in the other hand, it's not fair he/she doesn't have it, while everyone else gets it. But it is afordable, if you have to work and you don't have any other place to take your child to, your kid is safe and they have plenty of activities during the week.
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Posted June 27, 2011

Our Lady of Fatima School's foundation is comprised of excellant teachers, outstanding principal leadership, challenging programs and great community involvement. The students are given guidance, knowledge and exposed to an environment that supports their freedom of expression and praises innovative thought.
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Posted January 1, 2011

u will not find a better catholic school around...that is why so many children register there every year. They start educating the children when they are 3 years old and they send them off to high school at age 14 years well prepared for life. The staff is very caring and the education is great. I have sent 3 kids there and if I had more i would send them. Also, the children learn so uch about there religion, they taughrt me. Register if u can, they usually have waiting lists to get in.
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Posted April 4, 2010

great school, great teachers, great principal, great kids, great parents
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Posted April 3, 2010

I moved my 2 kids from another catholic school to fatima and what a wonderful difference. They are learning so much more. There is great discipline, good religion, and terrific teachers and staff. If you are searching for a school try Our Lady of fatima. They will give you a tour anytime and they have lots of Open House dates. You will love it
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Posted February 2, 2010

My child went to this school for preschool and I quickly got him the heck out of there! They always made me feel like my child was only another check in the mail for them and parent involvement was nonexistent. The teachers were good people but EVERYTHING my child learned that year(ABCs, numbers, etc)he learned at home. I never felt like I was getting my money's worth at that school and for the what they provide, your child's better off at some daycare. I was extremely disappointed in this school and wouldn't recommend it to anyone!
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Posted December 22, 2009

I'm new to the school this year and so far I'm not happy with the school. The children act like public school kids, no discipline. Parents way of thinking is also that of public schools. One would think that children in catholic schools are better behave... not here. You are paying for what you can get for free at any public school. Presently I'm thinking of changing my children next year to another school.
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Posted December 16, 2009

It is a great school!! love it, and teachers care for all the children. I like how they prepare them for the studies are demanding and of high quality. My son goes since he was in kinder. He also loves his school.
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Posted November 10, 2009

This school is perfect and great in education and kids learn well. I just love the school and it is just perfect and clean and calm and very secure, it's actually the cleanest school I've been to As a student i really love this school and recommend it to parents and guardians.
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Posted October 13, 2009

I think OLF School is great. Principal and teachers are very dedicated. Yes, classes are big. But we, as parents, want our kids to have a good education and accept that.
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Posted June 19, 2009

I dont recommend any child to go to this school, they don't help the children to pass
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Posted June 15, 2009

big class size ,students act like public school kids .teachers like to complain alot without working on the problem.
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Posted June 11, 2009

i don't recommend it to anyone they stuff kids in classes and my kid keep getting sick as i believe have no time to clean .they have a very a councelor with a very strange character to deal with.early children classes are 27 kids and they ready to accept more kids at any time.very hard to communicate withteachers
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 71% 21%
Asian 19% N/A
White 8% 52%
Black 2% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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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  • Cassie Zelic
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  • Roman catholic
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25-38 80th St
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: (718) 429-7031


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