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St Aloysius School

Private | PK-8 | 219 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $535,100. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,210.

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Posted December 28, 2013

Poor administration. That says it all. The administrative body is disconnected from the population it serves and it shows. They lack the interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with various constituents. This significantly impacts upon the academic program and social environment. The school has significantly declined in recent years and continues on a downward spiral. I am a long time resident and can attest to the school`s decline.

Posted June 6, 2013

Horrible school. Kids are even more unruly on the streets than any of the publics schools. Recess is scheduled for 20 mins every hour thru 6pm. So loud I, a neighbor behind the school, can't be in the phone during recess. I can't imagine the kids in class learn anything learn in the midst of the yelling outside from both the kids and the teachers. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY! My daughter attended St. Ignatius Loyola where this kind of behavior and scheduling was totally unacceptable. If a store owner or neighbor called to complain about our kids' behavior, there were consequences, ie, no recess for the entire school except kindergarten, the next day. Yell or scream outside got you detention during recess. Disrespecting neighbors got a teacher at the store or location and got you identified and detention issued, do it again and you got suspended. The third time got you expelled. Parents were always notified, called and spoken with. DON'T WASTE YOUR MINEY!!! I had to select a 1 star rating, but really it should be -5.

Posted December 14, 2012

I attended this school and am currently a high school senior. I have a sibling who continued attending (younger) and have to say the school has really gone down hill. The biggest problem I have is that a teacher I had my 8th grade year, Christine Allen, who was a first year teacher at the time, has been made a vice-principal. She was the worst teacher I have ever encountered and horrible at her job. She blatantly disrespected our community and made a comment about how she would never help someone like that (an elderly gentlemen who had collapsed near a hospital) because her dad was a cop and taught her not to help "people like that." She also would go sit at her desk and play on facebook all the time in the middle of class and refuse to teach because some students were talking or acting up. I will be going to an Ivy League school next year no thanks to her. Her morals and examples are not Christian (by the way she made it known to us she is an Atheist), yet is taught and is not vice principal of a Catholic school. They really made is mistake in hiring her and moving her up the rank while meanwhile some really excellent teachers were forced to leave.

Posted May 4, 2012

My daughter has been attending St. Aloysius since she was three years of age she is now in the 3rd grade and I love her teacher this year. I also love the school from the time she has started. The teachers she had are great from Ms Hunt to Ms.Willington, to Mrs Stamps, to Ms. Fuentes and many other teachers I have forgotten. If I had to do it all over again i woudl choose St Aloysius again . If i had to rate the school I would gave them 4 stars and a half. I am a very happy parent. Plus I have gone and worked in a Catholic school and I must say I think they prepare their students for high school and beyond. She will be attending ST ALOYSUIS until 8th grade no matter how hard it will be for me to afford. Ms Terry Washington
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 4, 2012

St. Aloysius is a great school. My son has been attending since the 4th grade. At my sons prior school he was not being challenged to perform at the level i knew he was capable of. The first semester my son was on the honor roll and has been ever since, He is now in the 5th grade and he will be attending Gonzaga in the fall. He loves the teachers and staff. The Principal has always been helpful and that really matters when selecting a school for your children,
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 2, 2012

St. Aloysius is a good school. I have read the comments that other parents have written. It seems to me that alot of parents are compaining about minor things. Parents need to be more involved;
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 14, 2012

It was important for me to find a faith based school that would give my children a solid head start in the beginning of their academic careers. On the day of the school visit for my daughter walked out of the classroom with a big smile on her face. I looked in her hand and saw her artwork and said What a nice green clover! She said No mommy, this is a shamrock! I was impressed! I certainly thought shamrock was a big word for a two year old. She proved me wrong. I was happy that my children were accepted to the Mother Theodore Program, because they are learning in leaps and bounds. If a solid education and school community is important to you, St Aloysius School is one to consider.
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Posted April 16, 2010

My child is in the kindergarten class and generally speaking I don t have a problem with the educational portion. We work with her at home as well and the combination of us with the school has made my daughter a better reader and mathematician. What disturbs me about the school is what seems to be poor planning and a poor administrative way of working. The school doesn t take into account that we are working parents with limited time to take off. Trips are planned and we are expected to participate on short notice, school days have been cut short without notice, afterschool care has been cut without notice and many times the information parents get from the school in the form of a newsletter is opposite the information the teacher provides you. It s a very inexpensive school, but there are things added to the cost of attendance that bring the total
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Posted April 15, 2010

Chose the school as an alternative to high priced independent schools and the public school system. Have found the Administration poorply organized and callous to parental concerns. The final straw ... they did not feel they needed to to infrom me that my child received ahead injury and when I picked her up she needed a visit to the pdeiatrician and the Emergency Room.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 9, 2009

Very unprofessional staff. talk to parents as far as academics. The teachers will tell you what you want to hear. The parents will tell you the truth. The tuition is not that expensive.Yo get what you pay for.
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Posted July 6, 2009

My daughter has been attending the Saint Aloysius School of Harlem for 8 years. Starting in Pre-K (3) and graduated this year from the 5th grade. Needless to say I was nothing but elated, always recommending Saint Aloysius to any parent in search of a great school. All this came to a halt when the wonderful principal Mr. Richard Burke was abruptly removed. This was very unsettling to all especially hard on the children who one day had a great principal. We as parents had no recourse or any information to be able to console our children. Since this time the school has declined to a level that has forced me to make a very difficult decision. I decided to remove my children, to try to save their academic future. I am greatly saddened at the path this once great school has taken. At the end of the year we also found out that the newly appointed head of school (principal) has chosen to leave Saint Aloysius. I really feel bad for the children. Parents do not have any other choice, because public school in this area is NOT an option.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 6, 2009

I have two children enrolled in St. Aloysius School, the oldest has been there for four years and I find it to be a good school. The current school leadership has done an excellent job of communicating with the parents through a weekly newsletter. The teachers are truely dedicated and caring. My only concern is lack of parent involvement in the decision-making on issues that will affect the student body. I would recommend this school to parents who are fond of a small educational environment with a strong academic focus.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 30, 2009

my daughter is in the pre-k program and the only problem i have with this school which i find a huge problem to working parents is they are not accomodating for working parents. They have at least 3 days or more a month off. I find myself paying double the tuition because i still have to pay for care or take off work without pay everytime they have a day off. Remember I said its at least 3days a month every month. I understand they are a catholic school and have religious holidays but even with all the religious holidays they have to take off they still find other reasons to cancel classes ie.. new student testing, progress reports. These are things that paying parents should not be inconvienced about. All other schools do their progress reports and new student testing during after school hours.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 5, 2006

My son is in Pre K at St Aloysius. The only problem I have with the school is they wont let me observe the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 4, 2005

Due to the poor quality of public schools in the harlem area, I could not put my child in the district schools. Although this school is located in Harlem, it is private and they provide the basic educational needs. The class sizes are small and orderly. However, I do feel that they could raise the level of academics up, so that these children would be exposed to more than just the basic education. Compared with other non-urban catholic schools, this school is behind academically, but it does surpass the public schools. They have many extracurricular activities that the students can join; and many students take full advantage of the opportunity to broaden their horizons. Parent involvement is pretty good when it comes to activites and school events. If you want your child to be in a safe environment; and get a basic education, this school is pretty good.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 85% 21%
Two or more races 8% N/A
Hispanic 6% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
White 0% 52%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Poetry

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Carol A. Martino
  • Coed
  • Roman Catholic
  • NCEA


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  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of New York
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Squash
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Squash

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None
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  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
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  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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223 West 132nd Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 283-0921


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