« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
PK-8
Private
Jackson Heights, NY
Students enrolled: 579
Before care: No
After care: Yes

Contact this school

3527 82nd St
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

School website
(718) 639-9020
Nearby homes for sale
Map of St. Joan of Arc Elementary School address.

Profile Completeness

ADVANCED

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
October 18, 2013
My daughter is 36 years old and she studied at St Joan of Arc, now her son is attending Prek-3... Education is amazing and kids learn values that help them thru their lives

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2013
This is a great school. My daughter is in third grade and she loves going to school here. The teachers are wonderful and the principal is also very nice. They expect the kids to do theri work and thats great because it teaches them responsibility for their future. They dont hassle you about tuition they work different payment plans with you. I transfered my daughter from Our lady of Fatima because I felt St Joan of Arc academically is way better. I do wish they would serve lunch but other than that i have no complaints. I have recommended this school to a lot people and have not heard any complaints.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2013
The comments made about the school and principle being too strict don't make sense. My neighbor has a child going into PS 230 in September for six grade. She has to read an hour to an hour an a half a night and every night write in a reading journal book. My child is going into six grade at St. Joan's and has to read 20 to 30 minutes each night and has 4 book reports to do in July and August. I think the negative comments are from parents whose childrens are not well behaved and cause trouble and they are mad because the teacher and principle tells them. I am very happy with the school. Maybe you should go and visit to see for yours selfs.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2013
My child was in Pre-K 3 with a student whose parents would not work with the teacher, social workers, and principals. The two comments here about not to put your child in this school and how the teachers use time out too much are false. Teachers work with every child. Some children belong in special ed and this sounds like the complaints this same parent made to me when I came to pick up my child. My child was pushed by this child. The child hit the teachers, kicked them and threw a chair. When my child was almost hit, the teacher, assistant, and principal called my house to let me know what happened. The next day that same parent stopped saying hello and stopped complaining about the teachers and the school to me. A week later I heard that this child was told he could not come back. Parents don't want to hear about special ed but some of the children need a different school. St. Joan's is not a special ed school. Maybe this is why these two comments are here. I am not Catholic and have been welcomed and am very happy with the school. I feel the teachers and principals listen to my concerns. Im finally in a school where unruly kids are removed.

- submitted by a teacher
June 18, 2013
this is a horrible horrible i am honestly begging you to not to put your child if you love them in this school

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
Time out is used when the teacher and assistant teacher feel the child needs to step back from a class activity. Each time a child is given a time out, the parent is notified by the teacher and given the reason in order for the child and the family to work on a specific behavioral objective. Assistant teachers earn $11,000 a year! They hold a minimum of an associate's degree and usually apply for that position in order to learn from a lead teacher who holds, at least, a bachelor's degree. Degrees of every teacher and assistant are posted on the school website. (www.sjaschoolny.com) How many schools post the degrees of their staff? It was decided by the teachers so that parents know the qualifications of the faculty. SJA School is a very structured and disciplined environment where children flourish. They appreciate the structure and arrive with huge smiles each day. Students graduate and attend challenging high schools in the public sector and private sector. Open houses are held every day of the school WITHOUT APPOINTMENT. Tours are given for any walk in. Since the school provides this, it gives a parent to see how every class is conducted. Come and visit!

- submitted by a teacher
May 13, 2013
As a parent of present students in Pre-K 3 Mrs. M's Class and Pre-K 4 Mrs. Fitz's Class, I can only praise the teachers for their hard work and dedication to our children!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2013
The principal is not an educator, is a dictator!! The kids of Pre k can even have a break of his so restricted rules and the professors don't have another choice to follow his rules put them time out very often to these little kids, assistants teacher don't even have vocation of teaching, just the paycheck, don't even have studied to be around kids of 3-4years old, they complained about the behavior of your son of 3 years old all year!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2012
I am a student from St. Joan Of Arc and I have been attending since Pre-K. I am now in 6th grade and I would like to say this is the best school for your child. Some reviews complained about the 25 book reports. We have to do these according to the government not the school. Others were upset about not having recess. I believe grades Pre-k through 3rd have recess. Another review mentioned that we don't have enough exercise and that's why we are overweight. This school is not meant to be a personal gym. We have gym once a week and we go up and down stairs A LOT. I never felt stressed out because of too much work. This school prepares you for the real world. Yes, we are very disciplined. I recommend that if you are thinking of putting your child in this school, put them in BEFORE 4th grade so they can get used to the environment and the teachers' expectations. We have special classes almost everyday such as art, music, computers, gym, and library. We learn math, science, reading, language arts, social studies, religion. In the cafeteria, we are to sit down because just imagine about 250 students roaming around a room. I hope I have answered all the questions you had in mind. :)

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2012
My husband and I met with the principal, Mr. Fruner, last week and we have to say that we were quite impressed with the school. The children in all of the grades, are very polite and disciplined. They seemed very interested in their school work. The children stand up to greet adults and use words such as "thank you," and "please," even the little ones. No disrespectful brats here! Mr Fruner patiently answered all of our questions (and we had many). This is the kind of discipline that one needs to be successful in life. We decided that our children will attend this school in the fall. -Mr. and Mrs. Farhat

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2011
Although the school is very academically rigorous, it is a very punitive environment. Children are under enormous amounts of stress and in a state of fear. Ultimately, we felt this was not the kind of environment our child would thrive in. We wanted a more relaxed atmosphere that fostered a love of learning and an emphasis on individuality both of which seem to be lacking at SJA.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
I've had my son in this school for many years now, and while I appreciate the education provided by the teachers, I feel that there is room for improvemnets. To start, the staff can become more 'human' in the way they treat children. 2nd - under the new management, the demands on the kids are way too high and I'm afraid that it may end up being to the students' detriment. My son's always been motivated and responsible, yet he feels the tremendous pressure put on by the school. In 4th grade he is to read and complete 25 book reports, not including projects for science and the other subjects, and in the 5th grade they will be required to complete 30 book reports. I overhear my son and his peers talk about the fear instilled in them by the school. Students are mocked and ridiculed by teachers when they forget things or when they do not do well on an assignment. I wanted my son to complete his elementary studies in SJA, but I don't think that this will be possible as I would like his curious spirit to remain intact. At times I feel like I'm paying big $$ to have him broken down. We've discussed this, but I'm told that this is the way the system is. ~A sad parent.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
They don't have recess time. Even during lunch hour the kids are supposed to stay seated in designated spots. Too much discipline is imposed on the kids. They are not allowed even to take off the sweater. They have some great teachers. I have hopes it will get better if they get more humanitarian.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2011
St. Joan of Arc received a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award in 1996 and still is as of present has this status because they have the best teachers. My children graduated from this school with honors and kudos to these teachers who molded and inspired them to be passionate in their learning. This is with special mentions to Mr. Mazza, Mr. Wilhelm, Ms. Napolitano, Mrs. Collins, according to my children. My daughter who is a sophomore in Archbishop Molloy High School just recently won first in a medical research essay contest out of eighty bright students from different schools who attended a three month HPREP (Health Professional Recruitment and exposure Program). My son who goes to Bronx Science High School as a freshman student has been doing exceptionally well in Mathematics and other major subjects. My two children are products from St. Joan of Arc during their grade school and I want to say thank you to these excellent teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2010
It is a fine school . I really don't like how some of the teachers can get very mean and tell us to shut up , It gets really hard . i don't like how the colors of the walls are such dark colors and all the rooms very dark . I do like the the Education they give you their and the principal . I also do not like how gym class is only once a week and half the time you don't run around and play . You don't even exercise . And their is a lot of over weight students because of that .

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2010
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
November 07, 2009
SJA is a wonderful school with caring teachers. We feel lucky to send our son there where we know he will receive a solid education. SJA raises the bar high for the students and helps them learn. The new principal is great. He is a visionary who nurtures a love of reading. Also, the school is very structured and the students learn discipline. We look forward to many great years to come as our son grows.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Great school, great teachers, and great students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
St. Joan of Arc Elementary School is dedicated to our children. Our teachers are devoted to given the best to our children and making sure they understand what they are learning. Our school incorporates our parents and teachers to work together for the success the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
It is truly like one big family, but firm and very disciplined at the same time. A great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
It's one the school in my area that offer a excellent curriculum and It's not to expensive. St.Joan of Arc School has a Blue ribbon award which tells a lot of the school as well as the best-caring teachers i have met. Excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
SJA Rocks because we have dedicated teachers and parents who care not only about their child's education but also about the social and emotional well being. Our new principal is leading our school in such a positive way, SJA is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
The teachers are amazing. The new principal has wonderful vision. And the school community is a home away from home for my children. The SJA family is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
My daughter really enjoys her teachers and friends, and looks forward to class, what more could I ask?

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
I'm so proud. my daughter is in this school when she had 4years old and so is happy to continue in st joan of arc for two more years.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
November 21, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
October 10, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
im a current student in SJA and have been attending this school ever since kindergarten. this is my last year in the school, and i know i will be sad when i graduate. definitely, one of the things i will miss about st joan's are all the great friends i have made, and the teachers who have made my years here a truely memorable experience. i know that the friends i have made here are going to be my friends for life. all of us: the teachers, students, other school faculty, and even the parish are our family. the school teaches moral values, and challenges kids to do their best. i am a first honor student, and i can say this from experience. however, extracurricular activities are at its minimum, and sometimes i just feel that the school is a little too organized and disciplined.

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
September 14, 2007
I'm in this school and I'm happy

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2007
I used to go here and I am great to see people are still enjoying it! I have a few words to say about SJA. It's got an amazing educational program and is WOW! Who knew there is such a great school! KEEP IT UP SJA! I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! Double Thumbs Up!

- submitted by a former student
January 16, 2007
This is such a great school. I really couldn't be happier here. I've got great friends and teachers and I'm in a great school. This is a great school to go to for acadamic AND enjoyment reasons. My friends and teachers make me feel so comfortable. Extracurricular activities are great also because of the Youth Concil and the clubs every Wednesday. Unlike public schools, there are all specials for each class. When I went to public school, I never have art classes, music classes and library classes in my last couple of years because they couldn't arrange a way so we could have all of the special classes offered. This is why I love St. Joan of Arc

- submitted by a student
December 12, 2006
I am a 2001 graduate from st. Joan's. And all I have to say is that st. Joan's is the most amazing school ever. I wouldn't be who I am today if it wasn't for this school. When I have kids one day, I know I am definitely sending them here.

- submitted by a former student
April 19, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
April 03, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2004
My daughter came to the school mid year in 1st grade. She came from a great Public School district in CT, but she had to catch up in this school. She is doing great. The school has a great Academic Program, but not enough art or Physical Ed in my opinion. There is a good ratio teacher/student and the children seem happy.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
My son Paul(1990)and my daughter Giovanna(2000)graqduated from this school. Great academic teaching, best in discipline specially during the years of the late Mrs Travia (so much dedication, unseen by many teachers/principals this days)Overall the school still is one of the best elementary schools in NY. I'm very proud my kids had the oportunity to attend St Joan of Arc(still have all the same friends)

- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


About this school

St. Joan of Arc School has been a stable component of the Jackson Heights community since 1921. Adapting to the changing demands of education, St. Joan of Arc has been able to meet the needs of its diverse student body. While almost 94% are Catholic, students of many faith traditions are an integral part of the student body sharing their experiences of God in their lives with those students who are Catholic. Many languages can be heard among the student body and the best way to decide if you might be interested in our school is to spend a day seeing us "in action" as we work and play. Calling the school office can set up a day that parents along with their child can tour the school and then afterwards determine a day the child can spend as an SJA student in the grade he or she might be interested in. We hope to hear from you and meet you!

6 / 10

Rolling deadline

Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: November 03, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

St. Joan of Arc Elementary School
3527 82nd St, Jackson Heights, NY  11372
(718) 639-9020
Last modified St. Joan of Arc Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Joan of Arc Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top