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Epiphany Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 87 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $805,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,110.

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Posted August 3, 2014

This review is for Pre-K only. We were very disappointed by the huge class size. Twenty five kids and only 1 teacher and 1 teacher's assistant. The kids are so young and little but the Pre-K teacher is not nurturing or sympathetic. As a parent we want to trust a teacher who has decades of experience but I think the decades of experience has left the teacher jaded and uncaring. It's sad to see a teacher who was probably once very good. She can't be bothered with children who don't fit the mold. She expects the children to bring classroom donations down to the classroom by themselves. If you hand her any donations, instead of saying thank you she says "okay?" Like you have inconvenienced her. If your child is a follower and does not have emotions or opinions, then they will do fine in her class. We spoke to the school psychologist about some issues our child was having and she was also unhelpful. She referred us to a place that costs several thousand dollars just for a consult.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 31, 2014

I attended Epiphany and graduated last June. It certainly has its ups and downs. On the one hand, it's really advanced because some of the grades have iPads for each student, most of the teachers are really good, and there's fun extra-curriculars, like the school play and some clubs and sports teams. However, if you send your child here, tell them to have a thick skin. There usually isn't violence here, but the kids can be really rude, usually to each other, and sometimes to teachers. It's not a place to make friends. And even though most teachers are good, there's one that's really disrespectful. She yells a lot at her students, and personally insults them, even when they've done nothing wrong. The guidance counselor does her best at getting kids into good high schools, but she's also hostile to students, and most kids aren't comfortable going to her about their problems. As far as I know, both of those women are there to stay. So any child that goes there has to get used to it. Also, it teaches religion in class, but kids don't care about it AT ALL. So if you send your child to Epiphany for academic reasons, great, but for socializing and religion, it's worse than it seems.

Posted June 5, 2014

My daughter will complete Kindergarten this June at Epiphany and I am happy to report that we are extremely pleased with the overall experience. The school has a great curriculum that makes good use of the latest technologies. Additionally, each week we get a printed overview of the weekly course of study, which allows us to stay informed about what our daughter is learning each week. The school also nurtures a fun, inclusive environment where teachers and parents work together to achieve mutual goals.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 2, 2014

I love this school and am sad to graduate this year, but I will visit frequently.

Posted December 10, 2013

I am a recent graduate of this cheap school. I HATED 7th and 8th grade. The teachers are 100% sexist. They treat boys a lot better than girls for no reason other than practically all of the teachers are women. I don't believe I received a quality education. Bullying is a huge issue in our school and it is NEVER addressed. All of our tests purely evaluate our memorization skills. It is ridiculous. I do not recommend this school to anyone. This school's only drive is money. There is a 70% white population. There is no diversity. Being different is not celebrated or embraced. All of the teachers point out your little mistakes. They are all nit picky. Each of the teachers have favorites in the class. I am so glad I graduated from this lazy money driven school. I honestly hope it's gotten better, though I highly doubt it has.

Posted December 10, 2013

I have attended this school and I do not recommend enrolling your child at the Epiphany School. I have friends who went there their whole lives and said they loved their experience in the lower school. However, our grade was in agreement that the upper school is terrible. The teachers either have no control over their class or scream at children. Also, bullying is a major issue that isn't taken care of. Many students feel unsafe going into classes, because teachers are rude and students are disrespectful. No one feels comfortable going to the guidance counselor. Way to small of a school, unless you like cliques. This is a terrible, cheap, and disgusting place. I hope it changed since I graduated.

Posted November 8, 2013

It isn't hard to explain by me. This is simply not an education. It is nothing but a money fest for the principal and Catholic sexism it its finest.

Posted June 2, 2013

My children have had a terrific experience at this school. They are challenged every day in class, and receive all of the extras that make the school special: Physical education, art, music, language instruction, computers, iPads, etc. Principal Hayes is terrific and has the long-term experience that allows him to deal with situations with perspective. The financial support of the school's foundation keeps the technology current and provides teaching assistants in all of the younger grades. The parent association is very active and welcoming, providing tons of extras like dances, carnivals, a film festival, school musicals etc. Most importantly, the education that the students receive gets them into the top high schools in NYC, both Catholic and public: Regis, LaGuardia, Bronx Science, etc. If the students work hard (lots of homework) and do their best, they can be assured of being competitive with all of the students in other schools competing to get into the best high schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 2, 2012

This school is the best kept secret in NYC. I don't mind sharing this because my kids have already been accepted. The school combines old fashioned work ethic and manners, with progressive teaching. The students receive both spanish and mandarin instruction and there are smart boards and ipads in the classrooms. The school is catholic but the community is inclusive and the religious instruction is nothing but uplifting.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 1, 2012

We have 2 children attending Epiphany school, and we have been very pleased with the school. My kids are very different in terms of learning styles, and both have been nutured and instructed in a way that brings out the best in them. The parent involvement and community feeling are a huge part of attending the school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 15, 2010

Excellent principal, teachers, parents. Great school!
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Posted April 16, 2010

My son has only been in this school for a year but so far I think its great. The teacher is really focused and caring. I have another son attending in September and I think they'll both be very happy here.
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Posted July 5, 2009

Your spelling makes baby jesus cry. Anyway, the school is highly modern and advanced in technology, yet has amazing traditional teachers who instill good morals.

Posted March 14, 2009

this is one of the best schools in N.Y. . i have learned so much from the great teachers and i have 2 brothers that have graguated and are at the top schools in the state and i really recomand this schools for kids out there.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 5, 2009

I have been attending The Epiphany School for 11 years now, and all I can say is that it is an amazing school. It is not just an academic education; it is an education on how to be a kind, honest, and hard working American citizen. I will be graduating this year and am sad to say goodbye, but I know that I have been given the ideals, confidence, and knowledge to excel not only academically, but as a human being as well. Do not misunderstand, Epiphany is about more than work, the teachers there have instilled the ability to know when to goof off, and when to buckle down. That, I think, is the greatest part about the school. From the people I have seen graduate (including my brother) and the people I see in ther school now (including my sister) Epiphany is the best education in New York City.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 7, 2008

This school is an absolute gem. My son is in sixth grade and he has never had a bad teacher and the majority of his teachers have been excellent. I love the diversity and the values. We have the financial resoucrces and luckily my son had the grades to be in any prep school in NY. I wouldn't trade this expereince for anything.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 7, 2008

This is my son's second year at the Epiphany School. At the beginning, I was not completely thrilled with the delivery of instruction. The school uses basal readers, which is very different from city public schools. However, the school does offer Spanish, Music, and regular recess, which all students need in order to have a balanced education. The best part about Epiphany is the parent participation. My son was part of the Saturday basketball league, which boosted his confidence and offered my family a chance to meet the other dedicated parents of the school. Another quality I love about Epiphany is that it does not place too much emphasis on the standardized tests. Therefore, children do not feel pressured. They view those exams as regular assessments. My son has performed very well so far and I would recommend the school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 29, 2008

Cheap, cheap, cheap. Teachers always begging parents to send paper towels and classroom supplies--their salaries are so low they cannot afford to pay it out of their pockets. A principal stuck in, and straight from, the 1950's; has been there for decades. If you love Wonder Bread this school is for you. Kids get bored with the rote repetition in classroom education and xeroxed take-home, fill-in-the blanks homework. Class size is a problem unless you are from the 'in' group of cliquish parents. Thier kids get special attention, the rest are just filler.
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Posted February 10, 2008

Epiphany is a wonderful school with great teachers and a close-knit community. The workload for children is challenging and homwork is abundent but the kids are well prepared for the work and know what is expected of them. Teachers are warm and approachable and always willing to help those who need an extra push. The principal seems stern but is actually very nice and cares deeply about the school, the kids, the teachers and the parents. It can be clicky to new parents but I would suggest getting involved. Talk to the PTA Board, volunteer for recess or library time. We have been very happy and would suggest the school to anyone looking for a catholic-centred structured education for their child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 25, 2007

I graduated from Epiphany with the same principal that my children now have. He has made this school the great school that it is! I could not be more pleased with what this school has to offer. It is a very caring atmosphere in a close knit community. It is a hidden jewel that shines more brightly each year! Love It!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 52%
Hispanic 16% 21%
Asian 6% N/A
Black 5% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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