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K-8
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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 375

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29 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013

(212) 962-5265
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October 27, 2014
As a parent, you'll find a lot of things to like about this school. The teachers are dedicated and the quality of the academic education is high. You'll probably question that balance between work and play and you won't necessarily welcome the stress of trying to get 4 and 5 year old children to do an hour of homework every night (particularly after a 9 hour day at school.) Do kids flourish under these conditions? The real problem with this school will become apparent when you have an issue which merits being raised with the principal in charge of pre-K. Parents leave her office confused and upset and feel they don't have a voice (although they will be told that they do - "my door is always open" is a typical phrase). If you find yourself in that situation, the answer is simple: stop responding to the endless fundraising requests that the school sends you. If enough people do this, then you will certainly have a voice. When the principal starts to treat parents and teachers with the respect that they deserve, then this school will really start to shine.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
teachers can be very kind, but the principles can be really harsh and hurt the children and make them cry! and it's a disrespect. child abuse.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
This school is a gem. The principal in the early childhood campus makes every child feel welcomed and special. She greets and addresses each child in the morning by their names. The elementary school is a stricter environment where children learn to be responsible and respectful. The principal in the elementary school is also very approachable. There are these parents that want to run the school because they feel that they are paying and have the right. My child is heading to second grade. His kindergarten and 1st grade teachers have prepared him well for second grade. Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
I have two children who attends this school. One child struggles and the other does well academically. The support the school provide for both children is beyond excellent. The school caters to the child who struggles with immense help in order for that child to perform at the same level as his peers. The Other child who does well is constantly encouraged, motivated, and challenged to reach his highest potential. It seems that both children are getting the individualized attention they need. As a parent, I cannot ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2014
This school provides a well rounded program and my child gets the necessary support from teachers and staff to develop. In addition to academics, my child has opportunities to grow in music, public speaking, and art. The school is able to give professional evaluation of my child's unique development. My child started as a selective mute at this school in early childhood level and then gradually received support to speak up and excel. In seven years at this school, my child found many public speaking opportunities: reading scripture at school mass, giving presentation in class, giving small talk to share reading experience with younger students at summer school, and competing at speech bee. It is a great school not just for those destined to go to specialized high school, but also for those who are motivated and those who believe they can find their strength with discipline.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
The school is very strict about education. Their good academic results are due to all the additional courses their students take on weekends. Students are learning in a robotic way, there is very little room for thinking creatively. Children just need to be obedient otherwise they will try to push you out. The administration has low ethics and the principal shows poor leadership and is seen as god by parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Former student, transferred to public school. The principal and teachers are strict but still not that hard on you. Great school as always.

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2013
I am a former student who transferred to Transfiguration from public school. The atmosphere was completely different to what I was fimiliar with, therefore I stuggled to adjust. The system is extremely strict and will not tolerate anything but perfection. However this is not the reason for the high test scores and grades. Every student goes to tutoring on the weekend and in the summer. They have an amazing sports program know as TJBA. It is a free volunteer based program run by the gym teacher Mr.Maher which takes place every sunday. It coaches all 3 popular sports, track volleyball and basketball throughout the year. Besides Mr.Maher other coaches include alumni from Transfiguration and the other participating school St.James. It's sad to say that most of the students who use the program are Transfiguration students however almost none of them come back to coach. The program is suffering due to th lack Transfiguration students who come back to volunteer. Overall the school has a great students, okay teachers and an extremely strict atmosphere.

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2013
Former student, currently studying at a graduate program at Columbia University. I graduated in 2004. I'll break it down into several parts: Academics: Definitely superior. Of course, compared to the general public schooling system in NYC, that's not saying too much. But regardless, this school is certainly above average and gave me a head start in high school. Religion: I'm personally agnostic and I appreciate the fact that this school did not shove religion down our throats. Rather, they taught religion AND science, and allowed us to come up with our own views. Compared to religious schools in other parts of the country, this is something that I truly appreciate. (Just take a look at current events, you'll see the controversial creationism-only schools). Discipline: Relatively speaking, the punishments (500-word essays) were somewhat overbearing. However, reflecting on my own life and on those of my peers, who I still keep in touch with, we are all very considerate and well-mannered individuals. And no, they don't hit you here. However, I still distinctly recall several instances where the afterschool teachers were disrespectful to students., hence the 4-star rating.

- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2013
I think the administration is flooding this site with positive reviews. It's a basic fact that the "Tiger Moms" and private tutors have led to the continual success of students at this school. The students (I am an ex-student with a sister currently enrolled) thought the "Blue Ribbon" award was a joke. It just seems that Catholic school teachers are not as good as public school teachers and I would say this is the case at this school. As you can see from other reviews, there are problems here and Great Schools should not censor the truth and promote propaganda.

- submitted by a community member
December 27, 2012
Transfiguration is a wonderful school, real treasure. The principal, teachers and staff are very organized, helpful and resourceful. At the age of 4, my child was reading, writing and doing simple addition, subtraction, sequencing, patterns and even analogies. My child has learned a great deal since being a part of this great school.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2012
As a former student and IVY League grad, I can confidently look back on my Transfiguration experience with great pride. The values of hard work and discipline provided the solid foundation that was necessary for high school and beyond. I credit my 1st Grade teacher who instilled in me a love for academics. My 2 kids are now attending Trans and I find that the same curriculum and attention to detail are still present. Those parents who criticize the school's teaching methods should look at the reasons why the US is falling severly behind the rest of the world in terms of mathematics and science. The bottom line is that there are no shortcuts to success. A good solid core is required and the teahcers at staff Transfiguration are dutiful in providing their students with this very thing.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2012
As a parent of a child who started at Transfiguration this year, I am pleased with the school program and the progress made by my child. The environment is academic and the principal, teachers and staff are very collaborative and supportive. I am amazed at the program and the friendly school environment. My child has learned to write and do various activities in the classroom. All the children's artwork are showcased in the corridor for parents to see. There are themes for each month and a school trip to reinforce the learning. Homework provides structure and content, and I appreciate the progress made by my child every day! The parents are very involved in the activities and volunteer for the events. Overall, it is an excellent school, and deserves the recent Blue Ribbon recognition by the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. for its academic excellence and high performing students. It is a gem of a school that is known by the community and the long waitlist to get in speaks for itself. We are so grateful that my child has been given the opportunity to learn here!!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
I have two children in the Pre-K program at the Kindergarten location at Confucius Plaza. We are now 6 months into the school year and I feel I can speak from a place of knowledge and experience regarding this school. Academically, this school excels beyond expectation. Both my children are writing, reading, and building an extensive vocabulary base as well as sequence skills. They are digging into math in the form of digits, ordering and sequential methods. Additionally they are keenly in tune to, social, spacial and inner awareness (due to yoga, dance, drumming, and the emphasis on kindness, etc). I am extremely impressed with the teacher/child ratio, the appreciation for elders (in terms of grandparents), the amount of field trips and environmental exploratory work that happens in a 8.5 hr day. We are looking forward to Kindergarten at the Mott Street Lower School location. I will update my review of that location once we've acclimated ... to be continued....

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
My daughter had been in Trans since Pre-K3 (our 6th years now). I cannot say I agreed with every decision made by the school but overall we are happy. I had asked my daughter if she wants to go to public school within our school district to avoid the commute, and she said no, she likes the school. The homework load is a lot more compare to public school. I dont think some of the 1 star review is fair, but that's my personal opinion.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2011
My child attends the school now but will not be returning next year. They utilize the old school method of teaching that includes punishment and demerits for not following their rules perfectly. If your child is not perfect, do not send your child here. They will inevitably suffer from psychological damage. There are plenty of good public schools out there that will nurture your child as oppose to demoralize them. There are kids who bully and continue to stay in the school because they want their tuition money. The school has declined over the years and will continue to do so as they expand. They will need to increase enrollment to collect tuition money and less likely to turn away the "bad" kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2011
I wasn't going to say anything, just wanted to see reviews, but my child wants to leave this school as well. Sure someone went there in 1969, the school is different now. I do not want to say anything bad about the leadership of the school, but I would have to agree with what others have said. There's a right way to educate youth. I do not think the school is supportive enough and does not seem to know modern educational methods of positive reinforcement. In my opinion it is a shame the Archdiocese doesn't listen to what parents are saying.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
I think the principals in TKS try hard to provide the best education for their students. We do not know how much stress they have. If parents think that their kids only learn from school is having bad temper and being no patient. Why don't you teach your child to have a better temper and learn to have more patient? As a parent, we are the best teachers for our children. We cannot only expect the school and the teachers do everything for our kids. We also have our responsibities to educate our children. If some parents think that the school doesn't provide enough for their children, why don't you spend more time with your children so they can learn better? As a parent, I like this school. I also believe that this school can provide the education our children need if parents really work together with the principals and the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
The Principal in TKS Lower School and Upper School have no leadership. Even the teacher don't respect the Principal. Most of the time, the teacher made decisions, not the Principal. If you are lucky, your child will get a good teacher. If you are not lucky, you will get a very very bad teacher. My child is attending this school since Pk3. Now my child is K. For Pk3 and Pk4 classes, my child have a very nice teacher. My child learned a lot of stuff from it. However, now my child is in one of the two K class. my child did not learn much from it. The most thing my child learned is BAD TEMPER, AND NO PATIENT. My child must be learned from the teacher not the peers because most of the parent sees that the teacher is like that.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2010
I have attended Transfiguration for quite a few years now. Eversince pre-k now I am in the "Upper School" part of Trans. I think this school is pretty good compare to the other schools since they won't let you slack off otherwise you are in a huge amount of trouble. All teachers are strict when they need to be but is also really really nice and fun/ funny. Trans gives a lot of homework (depending on what grade you are in) but it really helps you learn what you learned in school so you wont forget. The teachers are very helpful but just dont get yourself into trouble otherwise there are SERIOUS consequeses. Trans is expanding now and has taken over St. James building which causes some problems for the "Upper School" (includes grades 5-8)and it isn't the best. The classrooms are bigger but needs renovation

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2010
As a parent who had my kid start from pre-k 3 to now (my kid will be in 2nd grade), I feel this school has taught my kid a lot. He was able to read in Kdg, and able to do simple addition and subtraction. I don't think I can say the same for other kids of that age. I also want to say that the teachers are great. They work very hard to plan the lessons and get the kids involved. The ESL teacher (who also happens to be Chinese) my kid had was wonderful. She helped my kid to learn how to read and sound out words. She gives them book report sheets, and makes sure they are done. She rewards them with prizes to encourage them and gives them plenty of books to read.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
If most of the students in the school are going to tutoring, there is a problem how the school is run and not with the students and their parent.

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2010
As a former student, I would like to say that Transfiguration is a great school. Some of the teachers are strict but some are nice. But however, sometimes they give you alot of homework and not be able to finish it till around 11. But the classes and other students there older and younger are friendly and the special classes like gym, art, computer, music, etc. are fun! The school has great academics and is very educated. Once you go there and if you had to leave or move you already know most of the stuff that they learn in the other school. Its a piece of cake once you go to the other school once you start of at transfiguration. I know this because i had experience this matter of issue. So on my recomendation i believe Transfiguration is the right school for you if u are looking for education,academics,fun!

- submitted by a student
January 06, 2010
The school has had an excellent track record of instituting traditional and work intensive curriculae, but it is at risk of losing its core competence due to the pastor's expansion plans. The school has overadmitted students and cannot house them in the school building, and the current chaos is causing problems and a lack of focus on academics.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2010
The school is an excellent school. It's going through some changes now which I trust is for the best. It's being held back by the archdiocese which doesn't support them financially nor morally; yet they are ripping the benefit of the school's excellent academic results. they should come on board and help the school realize its full potentials. It's doing an amazing job with the little that it has.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
The Pre-K is wonderful. Orderly, loving, encouraging, friendly and colorful. It is too bad many local parents don't know about it. It is .5 miles from Tribeca, and doen't draw enough of those children. This preschool is not a more typical 'playgroup preschool'. They are preparing the kids for school, which includes socialization as well as more skill based functions. We are thrilled with the school and teachers. And we like that the children learn to pray and respect the flag.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
As a graduate of trans, I believe that the teachers are willing to help their students do the best they can. The teachers are experiences and are great to everyone. I've been to 3 schools, and this was truly the best school I've ever went to.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 22, 2009
I have to be honest. I have no respect for the administration of this school. Isn't the principal a bit overqualified with a PhD? Why is he in the Catholic school system if, as another parent points out, Catholicism isn't even emphasized here? There's just no leadership in my opinion. Nothing special about this school. A real disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 30, 2008
My nephew transfered after only having attended this school for a few years, but he has been accepted to Grace Episcopal. He said teachers there didn't seem like they wanted to be there. I guess many of the teachers there were, and still are, using Transfigaration as a training ground; a place they can hone there teaching skills for a teaching spot in a outer-borough or upstate school. Personally, it is a shame that Catholicism isn't emphasized. It is a Catholic school! Parents should keep that in mind when considering sending their child to this school. I went to an OK Catholic school but I came away with an appreciation of the Catholic faith, and it's something very special to me. Believe me, there will be more instances throughout your lifetime that you'll need to call upon your faith than just about any other skill/subject u were ever taught.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 19, 2008
I am a recent graduate from Transfiguration. I didn't like Transfiguration because I would feel that we us paid a lot for the tutition only to have days off. I realize that I really do love Trans. It is a school where the students feel safe and close to everyone. The students are able to express themselves and create the best of friends. It is a school where you can be familiar with every student and teacher in the school. The extra-activities such as the Christmas dance and Halloween Parade are fun and exciting. It was a school that I willing woke up and got dressed to go to. I treasure the memories I have at Trans. But sometimes it has it's flaws. Most of the teachers are inexperienced and the principal is unreasonable. The circulum is not very good and at times not good becaause of the outdated textbooks.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 14, 2008
I think the public schools in this neighborhood are better than this school. The parents at this school have their kids in after-school programs for a reason (the education here is weak). I am transferring my kid - the NY public system is just as safe and the education more thorough. I see no leadership here. I do not see good teaching either.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2008
As a current student in the graduating class, i feel that Transfiguration is great. It is fun yet educational. But, the textbooks and other resources that we use are outdated and no longer compare to today's. The teachers are okay but may be extremely strict sometimes. In general, the school is somewhat boring and fun. I just hope they can fix their flaws.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2008
I am disappointed with this school. And the reviews I have read from students who went here confirm what i ahve been feeling. This used to be a great school with high morale among faculty and students. There has to be a reason the teachers leave so fast. Is the answer to be found in the administration of this school? Who will take the blame for this?

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
As a recent graduate of Transfiguration, I have come to realize the lack of creativity and liberal thinking which society today is embracing. Although Transfiguration does provide great academics, there is no encouragement to express the thinking that I was faced with when entering high school. Rather than relying on rote memory, I had barely any experience connecting the themes in texts. I understand that Transfiguration is a Catholic school which emphasizes on education. However, with today's society being what it is, I believe that the curriculum being offered is no longer meeting the liberal standards of society.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 13, 2008
As an outside observer I would agree with what this last student said. There is a difference between 'discipline' and 'punishment.' I am not sure the teachers or the administration knows the difference. If a teacher can handle his/her class and give his/her students good activities learning should be fun. Why then the punishments? Also, there is no doubt, as someone else pointed out, teachers leave this school, generally, quickly.

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 22, 2007
The first point is: Transfiguration is a splendid school. A while ago, it would be agreeable that the school was a bit unsteady, with its ever-changing teachers and principals. Now, however, there are steady jobs, and various opportunities for each student. Enrichment programs such as music, art, theater arts, computers, and gym take place during school hours, and after school, plenty of classes are offered such as piano, violin, chess, art, dance, and even chinese school! The 'time wasting punishments' are there to teach a lesson, for if the sudent can waste the teacher's time, why cant the teacher waste the students'? Moreover, the school hosts sports such as basketball, volleyball, and track during weekends with minimum costs to the children. In fact, the hosts and coaches are volunteers and graduates from the school! The Parent Teacher Association members have even pitched-in for new 'smart boards' for the younger grades!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
The common denominator among what I have read is that there is not good 'teacher retention' at this school and that 7th and 8th graders have to work outside of the school to prepare for a 'specialized' school. As a parent of a 7th grader (there seem to be a few of us out here!) I agree. I want to talk about homework, punishment and the curriculum if I may. Sometimes my kid gets 2 hours of homework a night, sometimes nothing. The homework assignments all come straight from the book. Like 'make-work.' Sometimes my kid gets weird, time-wasting punishments. I may transfer my child, and I also have a private tutor.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
I am a current 8th grader who will be graduating this year. I've attended this school for almost 8years. I believe the best thing about this school is strict discipline and good manners taught by the 1st and 2 nd grade teachers. However, I do agree that only the 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th grade teachers are the most experienced. From what I see, however, I do not agree this school has bad classroom management and disrespect. The greatest change to this school is the number of incoming students from public schools. I only encourage parents to put their children in this school starting from and grade 1 to grade 5. Although the 7th and 8th grade teachers are experienced and great, they do not encourage or teach curriculums that will be on the Specialized HS exam. On the other hand, they are trying to advance more on extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a former student
May 09, 2007
This school is not as good as the people who have ranked it claim. I think they are wrong. There are too many students in my kid's 7th grade class. The homework they get is not creative. The teachers seem apathetic. Almost every parent has a private tutor for his/her kid. We just don't want our kids in the public system and Transfiguration was the only alternative.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
As stated, the first, seventh and eighth grade teachers are the ones with the most experience. I, a graduate of the class of '06, enjoyed my eight years at the school. Currently, I attend St.Francis Preparatory. Though the school has many good qualities, there are a few things I'd like to pick at. Since the school is located in the heart of Chinatown, 99.9% of it's enrollment are of Asian ethnicity (mainly Chinese). Another drawback is the fact that teachers have (currently) been teaching one year and then leaving. In my opinion, it is not fair to the students. Their academic standards are above expected levels. They challenge their students to the best of their ability and since the enrollment is small, the teacher will be teaching classes, at the most, 35 students. They had recently expanded their arts and music departments. Julia Leung

- submitted by a former student
November 21, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
November 08, 2006
As a current 7th grader at Transfiguration, I should say this is a 'okay' school. Yes, teachers stay her one year and leave. But this is a safe school. I would say the 1st, 7th, 8th grade teachers have the most experience.

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2006
As a current student at Transfiguration School, I am proud to say that have been learning from the best. My teachers have always been supportive of my education and give the best to us. The teachers are great listeners and never make any day boring!

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2006
As a alumnus of Transfiguration, I have nothing but praise for the school. Their academic curriculum is excellent and the teachers are really dedicated. Most stay at the school their entire teaching career! My first grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade teachers are all still there. I went on from Transfiguration to Brooklyn Tech, the 'specialized high school' ( if I remember correctly, Transfiguraton can boast that half of their graduating 8th grade class goes on to one of the magnet public schools). I have to say, most of my freshman curriculum in high school was covered in 7th grade. Some drawbacks: 1.the whole religious affiliation thing, although to be fair because most of the students are from a Chinese background...the school is really not all that pro-active in Catholic dogma. 2.The student body lacks diversity. 3. The teachers are very strict.

- submitted by a former student
July 20, 2005
It's a solid school academically. It's almost all Chinese, though, which doesn't help students adapt to the real world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2003
its a great school,great teathers,a lot of homeworks and every students try to do the best.Its the school for study person,only lack of sports and music activity.

- submitted by a parent
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Transfiguration School
29 Mott Street, New York, NY  10013
(212) 962-5265
Last modified Transfiguration School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Transfiguration School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top