I am a Regis graduate, as is my son. In addition to an outstanding academic curriculum, there is a moral and ethical environment that encourages students to think of the needs of others, in keeping with the school motto, Deo et Patriae--for God and country.
As an alumnus, I can tell you that Regis provides unmatched education and camaraderie among the students. From Seniors to Freshman, all students help each other out and are always there to give advice or help out with something. The boys at Regis are truly wonderful from the classroom to the athletic fields. Athletics, contrary to popular belief, are very competitive. Not all students are weird, in fact when I was at Regis, many kids had flourishing social lives. I made many good friends at Regis, and they are still some of my best friends to this day. However, this school is not for everyone. It requires many late nights and much devotion, but I went to college totally prepared and found the work to be easier than that at Regis. After Regis, I found myself much better prepared and having learned much more than my friends that attended other local Catholic or public schools. Regis also provides so many activities, retreats, and service work that builds character in it's students. In conclusion, going to Regis was the best decision of my life.
As a person who just ended his freshman year, I am truly thrilled by my choice of school. The commute from Long Island everyday is very tiring, but the idea of commuting to the city everyday is truly exciting. I know from experience that my grades have dropped compared to my middle school. The teachers all care about the student and they are always around to help when we need it. The Jesuit values are instilled early on in our freshman year and I feel I have matured greatly by going to Regis. One other thing that has to be shared with the outside world is that the typical stereotype of a Regis kid that only studies, kind of nerdy, and has no social life is not true at all. Most kids actually have huge social lives and hangout on weekends. Although I go to sleep late every night due to the course load, I still like the fact that I am being challenged academically. There are a variety of extracurricular activities that is suitable for anyone. Students are even allowed to start new clubs if they receive approval from administration. Regis is definitely not for everyone. Be prepared to sacrifice for school and if you are on the speech and debate team. Regis is a positive life-changer!
I'm a current senior, currently enjoying the much anticipated third trimester of senior year. I came from a upper-class private school in New Jersey and applied, primarily, to top-tier boarding schools. I was accepted to all of them, but chose to go to Regis because of a love for intellectualism. I had no idea how amazing the experience would be. All of my most valued friendships were forged in resource centers and many of my best memories took place in classrooms there. I would relive these four years for eternity and call it heaven, I love the student body that much. I am not going to an Ivy, but a top-tier engineering school. The math department was admittedly weak, but physics was strong enough to make up for it. The social life is incredible, though it takes place primarily at school, by necessity. Frankly, the student body of the school is so energetic and intelligent that everything else hardly matters. (Which, by the way, gives away the one-star student ratings with awful writing from either freshmen who will change their mind or rival schools' students) If you are admitted, GO, PERIOD!
Honestly, the school was not that hard. In fact, it was pretty easy. The sports suck at the school and the coaching is even worse (except for volleyball). A lot of the people there are really weird and socially awkward, but that is not the school's fault. It is a typicle private high school. If you want to be challenged, go to one of the specialized public high schools.
For "WOW" above - a pity you would judge an entire school by your perception of the actions of one student. Regis is a great school, not just academically. It has the MOST respectful, helpful, friendly, and kind student body I have ever seen. Since you didn't describe the incident, I don't know what offended you; that said, even with the emotion, spirit, and passion you say they lack (you are wrong) - there is bound to be an adolescent in the pack that might make a misstep. It is impossible for you NOT to have seen the plethora of eager and outgoing students assisting thousands of guests. You, for some reason, just decided not to notice them. Frankly, someone like you shouldn't become part of the Regis community, because the attitude you have-sour, so judgmental, so quickly-is not what's here. There is a huge spirit of kindness and community. Indeed, what makes Regis special is far more than the top academics. It is the respect and comraderie and demeanor that these students have with each other, with their teachers, and with the world around them. Come back another time, and open your eyes a little wider. You missed the truth - and are badmouthing the school unfairly.
WOW! One of those "desk drones" insulted my son at yesterday's open house. He was robotic, demeaning, arrogant and completely disconnected from reality. He was so disconnected; I think he didn't know he was being insulting! It's a pity the school prepares these young men academically however; they lack spirit, emotion and passion. Not well balanced for what we need in our world. Overall, the school is academically superior (no question) however, intelligence will only get you a third of the way to holism. My star rating reflects other than academics. Everyone knows Regis is above average.
My son just started attending Regis, and I can say he has changed so much for the good. He used to be a smart kid in middle school but was never challenged, and was immersed into college/professional sport/ESPN etc.. (does play these sports as well),I used to always worry about him.He has become so matured and responsible, that we are so lucky that we found Regis. He wakes up at 5:30AM and studies until 10PM. When I mention about ESPN, he just acknowledges that time is so precious and there is a time in life we can enjoy sports once we start working. thank you Regis NYC high school.
Whatever I write is redundant because of the well-deserved strength of Regis' reputation. I am writing partially in response to some of the other reviews. We were told upon graduation that this school's cachet exceeds that of the best Ivy League institutions. This is well deserved, why? The teachers at Regis teach you how to think better than anyone at a formative age. The teachers at Regis, especially in the humanities, are world-class. It's no accident that the academic workload is challenging. My friends at Harvard, Princeton, Yale say their workload is not as hard as Regis + involvement in debate team (arguably the best in America). I am a very happy graduate still in college - I feel incredibly lucky that I knew someone who went to Regis, told my parents about it, and then got in. At the first admissions open house I instantly felt that this was my second home - and it was. I met a brilliant group of friends - and so Regis was great for me socially. As is with most things in life, Regis is what you make of it. It is not inherently socially restricting - you have to remain grounded outside of school. It's up to you to have the educational and personal experience of a lifetime.
Regis is not for everyone. Students that have exceptional motivation to learn, and the maturity to endure a long commute while managing their time effectively, can gain a life changing high school experience at Regis. The primary benefits of the school are life long relationships with other gofted students, and an almost garantee of success in college due to the outstanding job the school does preparing students for post high school life, including the ability to live independently when you leave the nest. It's not for everyone, but for those ready to meet the challenge, it's a lifetime experience.
I am a very unhappy graduateof the so called prestigious Regis. I just want to clear some controversey up. Regis High School is the greatest most brilliant school alive. NOT. The whole staff of Regis is suppost to care, well none of the teachers care about what goes on. It kills me to see this go on. People need to know what really goes on in there. Kids are literally brainwashed!!!! ALL that Regis cares about is reputation and making your kids become desk drones and having no social life yet making no impact on the world.
After three years at this school I've learned two things 1) the curriculum is extremely rigorous, demanding, and is much more than your average thirteen year old can handle 2) ITS TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!!!!!!! The teachers are great, the extracurricular activities are so much fun, and the people you will meet are outstanding! I highly recommend Regis to anyone who feels they are up to the challenge of a lifetime. Trust me, its worth the reward.
I am a brother of an alumnus I must say that Regis is a great place for education. It is not a great place to develop young boys into men. My brother came out of Regis a socially awkward person. He may be smart but he has no way of impacting the world around him. If only Regis put less emphasis on education rather then the development of the whole person, it would be a great school.
Regis accepts the brightest and most outgoing Catholic boys in the tri-state area. About 1200 boys apply a year and only 135 make it. First, 8th graders take a written test and the top 250 move on to an interview with a teacher and alumni. Finally, 135 kids are picked as the best. However, if there is are two students exactly the same but one is wealthier than the other, they will pick the less weathier student in order to give him a chance. It is a great school while still challenging.
As an alumnus of Regis, I have grown to appreciate the school more and more with every passing day. Regis is a special place that prepares young men into intelligent and thoughtful contributors to society. While I was attending Regis I often focused on the tremendous workload and lack of a 'typical high school experience' as serious drawbacks. However, after leaving Regis I have come to truly value the education I received. The faculty are overqualified. I had a hard time finding college professors who were on par with Regis teachers. The environment is challenging and competitive but in the best sense. Every day at Regis you find a student that challenges just how smart you thought you were. Finally, Regis provides an education that helps develop well rounded young men. To this day my closest friends are the ones I met at Regis.
Regis High School is a wonderful place for boys to grow into men academically and morally. The teachers truly care about their students. The administrators and counselors are experts in understanding the boys entrusted to them. My son is currently a sophomore. He is so happy to have been chosen to receive a scholarship. He loves his school and strives to his best. I recommend Regis wholeheartedly to everyone. My second son is currently in the application process and we are praying he will also benefit from a Regis education and become the 'Man for Others' that this world sorely needs.
As an Alumnus, I can confirm that a student will receive an excellent education at Regis, one that will allow you to coast through the vast majority of your university experience. Despite the scholarship however, this education is far from free. Understand that the four years spent in Regis will be the most stressful years of your son's life. With that in mind, do not force your child to apply here, it's a choice and an investment that they need to make on their own or they will hold it against you for a very, very long time. Academics are top notch, but students gain the most from visiting 'resource rooms' which serve as department offices. Speaking with teachers between classes for homework help or to review a topic can save lots of late-night panicking. Regis has an insular feel to it, but exploring Manhattan after class is key. Beware and good luck.
I love Regis because it is an all scholarship school for gifted young men that gives them a superior education, encourages original thinking, moral values and a sense of duty to community. There is a lifelong camaraderie among the students which is fostered.
There's no other Catholic high school in NY that could be better than Regis High School. It's 5 star of all the Catholic High Scool for boys. All the students in this school are prepared not only academically but many other skills in sports, music, social values and community services. The boys make best friends for life.
I'm the first to 0-star regis, so before you label me as some student swamped by work who doesn't understand the longterm importance of schools like Regis, please hear me out. Regis will provide a great education. Your son will be challenged, and will be rewarded further in life for struggling through such an advanced curriculum. I must say, however, Regis will distort your child's view of the world, it is great at producing the future desk-slaves and important people of America, yet it will steal so much from him at an age where social interaction (especially with girls) is necessary. The truth is, when he emerges from the great shelter of Regis he will be blatantly different from other college students, will have a significantly higher chance of not seeming to fit in anywhere, and of falling into a specific category of people rather than retaining his individuality and creativity.(Alumnus)
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