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PK-8
Private
New York, NY
Students enrolled: 570
Before care: Yes
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234 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

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(212) 473-4128
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November 23, 2014
I wrote a review of this school back in July, for some reason it got removed. Anyway, I went to Epiphany and graduated last June, and I had mixed feelings about it. The academics are definitely some of the best in the city. However, many things need to be changed. Most teachers are great, but some are terrible, they harass their students and make them scared in class, plus they choose favorites, of course. No one wants to go to the guidance counselor because of how harsh and off putting she is, so kids have to handle problems on their own. Even though it's a great school, the kids are not as good as they seem. Sure, they're book smart, but out of class, a lot of these kids are really dumb, and also pretty badly behaved. They're snobs, too, making fun of and downgrading high schools other kids plan to go to. Epiphany is good in the long run if you want your child to get into a good high school, but it's not as good as it seems. Plus, they bilk you for cash every chance they get, so if your kid can still get into the schools you want by going to a cheaper or public school, just send them there and save your money.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 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
June 05, 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
February 02, 2014
I love this school and am sad to graduate this year, but I will visit frequently.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 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.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 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
October 02, 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
October 01, 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
May 15, 2010
Excellent principal, teachers, parents. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 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.

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
February 23, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
February 05, 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
no rating May 07, 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
April 07, 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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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
October 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
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!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
Epiphany is a wonderful school with a true community spirit. Academics are challenging but teachers are easily approachable with any concerns. Principal seems stern but is actually very nice and cares deeply about the children and the school as a whole. Parents can be cliquey, but once you get to know people it is a wonderfully social and vibrant environment. The PA Board plans many events throughout the year and there are many opportunities to volunteer. I would highly recommend Epiphany to anyone looking for a safe, challenging and vibrant school for their child.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2007
Great academics, but tendency to knit-pick. Notes home for simple things versus real issues. Easy for a child to get discouraged if the parent doesn't stay on top of it and be involved. True PTA heirarchy, not easy to crack. Well worth the money, but make sure your child doesn't get lost in the sea of conformity.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
I have children of different ages in Epiphany. All of the high schools readily say good things about the students that leave here and parents of those who have recently graduated remark on how well prepared the students are. Yes, it is a parochial school with an emphasis on religion. The spanish teacher brings a wealth of education to the curriculum, which starts the language program in first grade.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
My son graduated from Epiphany in 2004 and he loved it. He did very well academically - he now attends Brooklyn Tech. He was also accepted into Fordham Prep, Xavier and York Prep. Small intimate school - parents are very involved in the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
Epiphany is a wonderful school with top notch academics, wonderful,caring teachers, fabulous facilities and a plethora of after school activities ranging from track team, basketball, drama club and many more. Spanish class starts in the first grade! A private school feeling with a catholic school tuition. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2006
Its a cheap place with crowd control and management as the primary eduactional purpose. Being different is discouraged and frowned upon.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
We have been very happy at Epiphany School, the Academics are top notch, the children are supported and encouraged and the environment is a perfect balance of strict but warm. Limits are set and enforced, but the children are treated with love and respect.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
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March 17, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 30, 2006
Epiphany is a wonderful school. i have trusted them to educate 4 children and they have done a great job so far with each one. they are all very different and they are all thriving because there are so many different programs available. I highly recommend you tour the school and consider it for your child.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
October 11, 2005
The principal is authoritarian. Would not recommend this school to anyone interested in their child's education and well-being. Religious instruction 3 times a week. Its better to get out and go to public school. Parents have very little input into what is planned for the school; its very much a 'from the top down' kind of place.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
Great School and very reasonable tuition fees. Parents are highly involved and the school environment is nurturing. Great principal, really kind, smart, caring teachers. Diverse student body (many bilingual children) and down-to-earth parents. Only drawback for families living far away is that school does not offer transportation to and from campus--it takes us sometimes an hour to get to school. highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
This school provides an excellent environment for learning and developing strong moral values.The facilities are constantly being upgraded at both locations. The middle school is housed in a separate building on 28th st. Both buildings have a wireless environment for technology and curriculum. Students learn to use laptops in 2nd grade. Parent participation is strongly encouraged by the administration.

- submitted by a staff
July 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
We have been in this school for 2 years. We love it. The atmosphere is very warm and friendly. My daughter is very happy. I feel she is getting a great education with out being overly pressured. The school is very well run. The communication to parents is great. The teachers are great. I dont have a single complaint. There is alot of parent involvement, and everyone seems to know each other.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2004
My child has been at the school since pre-kindergarten, and is now entering 5th grade. It has been a wonderful experience. It is nurturing, but structured, with an excellent faculty. I love the school!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2003
My daughter has been attending Epiphany since pre-K. We are very happy with the social and academic experience she has had, as well with the community of parents and teachers. I feel that Epiphany has my child's best interest at hand, and the school strives to present to the children a moral and value based learning environment.Although this is a Catholic parocial school, Epiphany has children from different religious backrounds.

- submitted by a parent
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Epiphany Elementary School
234 East 22nd Street, New York, NY  10010
(212) 473-4128
Last modified Epiphany Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Epiphany Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top