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St Ignatius Loyola School

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $999,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,110.

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Posted June 15, 2014

Lord help us! This school has the potential to be outstanding but the principal is not a leader and doesn't possess even modest skills that should be essential to this position. I could describe her as defensive, abrasive, ignorant and spiteful. She is definitely resting on previous principals' laurels in claiming "Blue Ribbon School" status(2010-2011). Buyer beware!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2014

Do not send your child here ...on the very surface it looks good but the education is sub-par, children are stiffed and the administration from the top down wants absolutely no input or involvement from parents. Not to get into the principal who is one of the most unenlightened 'educators' anyone could encounter. Some of the teachers should have long since retired, the rest are(in general..not all) average and overworked at best with 30 plus children in a classroom and no extra help ...there is no imagination and almost no creative thinking...astounding for the location and the parent base. You could be stepping into the 1950s or earlier if you were allowed past the front door of the school which as a parent you are not. Repressive, prison-like, and unless you are a clueless lamb this is not a place for anyone with a free thinking bone in their body. Additionally, no one dares to speak their mind for fear of the repercussions for their children, there is no forum for that whatsoever, it is put up or shut up or leave. All true, please don't think of going here or your children will be miserable as will you.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 11, 2014

Strength: Religion. The other three Rs are hit or miss, with the misses too frequent. The principal has zero leadership skill; no public speaking capacity; and a default answer of "no" to good ideas. Good teachers tend to leave; those going through the motions tend to stay. The principal is the problem.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 22, 2013

LICE! MS LARKIN refuses to screen the elementary school children every year, so parents have to pay ($600) every year to take car of the problem. Its horrible to have to do this year after year when i simple screening would stop the spread of lice.. 2nd, 4th and 5th grades Sept 2013 all have LICE ...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2012

I love Saint Ignatius Loyola School. When I step into that door, I see a great, heart warming community. The academics are amazing, and the teachers embrace you and love it when you try your hardest. I have many friends in that school, and the principle is full of love and good spirits. It is a place that is like my second home.

Posted November 18, 2010

Although my sons are now adults, I look back at the education they received at SIL very fondly. They received a stellar education in the basics of Language Arts and the basic foundation of Math skills. This is going back quite far in the days of Sr. Audrey as principal and Mrs. Wescott as the wonderful and nurturing Kindergarten teacher. Sr. Genevieve, Sr. Francis...all just wonderful educators. I can only hope that when my sons have children of their own, they remember the wonderful values, community and education they received at this school. In addition, I've yet to meet a finer group of parents associated with any other school than SIL!
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Posted March 22, 2010

I am a recent alumni and I hve nothing to say but that it was the best school experience I've had in my life, though I may be biased after having gone to school there since kindergarten. Saint Ignatius has prepared me extremely well for high school at Marymount, which in itself, is very difficult to get into. The teachers push the students to strive to the best of their abilities and I just have to say thank you to them for helping me. They are also very understanding and offer help to the student when needed. The school has also been renovated, so the whole building has air conditioning, and each classroom has a smartboard which makes learning in the classrooms much easier.

Posted March 4, 2010

I am an alumni. Excellent school, loved the memories, teachers were amazing, high school is easy because of Saint Ignatius. The only prob was their rules were funny. They would get upset about the weirdest things. Sometimes we would have fun and play with each other and mess around with each other, we would be kids, friends, but they would get all uptight about it and say you can't do that or why are you doing that??? It made no sense but otherwise it was a great school with great academics, and great opportunities.

Posted June 16, 2009

Top notch school in every respect. Very strong academically, great teachers and leadership, strong family values. My children love the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 11, 2009

Fabulous school, because of affiliations, a little less expensive than other private schools in this neighborhood but better academics so great value too!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 19, 2008

Not sure about the prior comment about some parents coming with a 'package'. One of our favorite things about the school is the parent community. We have made many friends and in general find the parent body to be warm, down to earth and invovled in their kids' lives. There are obviously always exceptions. Most parents choose this school for a reason - the philosphy involves creating independant, responsible and ethical children. There may be other things to criticize, but the parent body would not be the thing I would choose. On the whole, in New York City, I believe St. Ignatius provides more bang for your buck than any other private school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 31, 2008

Saint Ignatius Loyola is an excellent school. This school educates the whole person, mind, character and spirit. It is very strong academically and the teachers are fantastic. If you want your child to succeed in life, send him/her to Saint Ignatius Loyola.
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Posted June 16, 2008

St. Ignatius Loyola was the only school we applied for our daughter two years ago. She has had a wonderful time there with a caring environment and excellent academics. Save for the limited after-school programs St. Ignatius is as good if not better than many of the 'gifted and talented schools' in New York. Not that extra-curricular activities are non-existent at the school. There are activities such as brownies and cub scouts, arts, gym, etc. available after school. Under the watchful eye of the Principal, Mrs. Cavallo the intermittant renovations to the building includes renovated classrooms, a new computer room, new library and a new science lab all done on time and within budget.
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Posted May 29, 2008

Great academics for kids. The school has their priorities straight. Too bad many of the parents come with package.
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Posted April 11, 2008

SIL is a great school not only academically but spiritually and socially. Students are disciplined and they develop strong, mature individuals.
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Posted August 9, 2007

St. Ignatius is a fantastic school for a very reasonable price considering the alternatives. The whole environment is structured to provide students with academic skills, integrity, honesty, courtesy, social skills, diversity and a wide variety of extracurricular activities. The principal Grace Cavallo is extroardinary and imbues the whole institution with warmth, kindness, strong values and high standards. The parent community is very involved, welcoming, and fun. The other kids are smart, funny and multi-cultural. I could go on and on but suffice it to say that since my son entered 3rd grade here, we have counted our blessings on a daily basis. He is entering 6th grade and is so enthused about school, jazz band, art class, and basketball. The individual attention and advocacy of all his teachers has made a huge difference in his life and ours as parents. Thank you St. Ignatius!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2007

Fantastic for children and parents! We are grateful everyday that we chose this school for our child. It is hard to know where to begin. The teachers, the principal, the staff, the students, the parents, the curriculum, the extra-curriculum, all are contributing to make this school stand apart. This is a school with an amazing environment of people who care. We went through the independent school process. And our child was accepted at a top school (first choice). We opted for St. Ignatius and have never stopped smiling. (Did I mention that the tuition is about 1/5 of the private schools!) The bonus is that the school has a strong religious character that pervades everything. It makes raising a child in New York so much simpler. All the values and grounding that you somehow hope and expect your child will internalize are taught and modeled everyday. I strongly recommend that you take a look.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 24, 2006

Wonderful school with strong academics, great music program and very strong parental involvement. Close-knit community.
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Posted March 9, 2006

High quality education, great teachers and warm atmosphere. It is a wonderful school.
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Posted February 14, 2006

Very disciplined. It did not work for my daughter. She was not happy. I guess the enviromnent was too stiff...Let kids be kids and let them learn at their own pace is my opinion. This is not the case here..Children are pressured like they expect them to read by kindergarten..
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 52%
Hispanic 12% 21%
Asian 9% N/A
Black 4% 21%
Two or more races 4% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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