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St Martin De Porres School

Private | PK-8 | 90 students


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Posted May 9, 2014

Teacher's for the most part are wonderful. Principal fosters a very hostile and controlling environment. If your child doesn't excel don't expect to get extra help and know you will have to get it on your own.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 2, 2014

I would agree with the initial parent comments! My circumstances with the school were identical. The told me there were openings so I registered my child, waited almost two months before hearing anything after I called twice for an update to no avail. Then finally touched based with principal who then told me there we no there were no slots available and my child would be wait listed. The part that annoyed me most was being told I would hear something back in 3 weeks after registration and in all actuality not getting any information regarding a status two months after registration. I wasted time and money!
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Posted March 21, 2014

When you apply to this school, they give you the feeling that your child can get in(actually, they said there were 2 vacancies, but they didn't mention there were 9 children in waiting list to fill those 2 vacancies). Then when you pay the $150 application fee, they suddenly say there's a long waiting list(9 kids) and you have to wait, then they tell you you can't get in because you are not a parish member, and worst of all, they take your money($150 application fee).
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Posted April 17, 2013

SMdP is a very vibrant community. The level of activities has increased the past few years. More events/plays/fundraisers. etc... There is something for everybody. While I agree with other reviewers that the class sizes are overly large, up until recently it has not made a difference for my children. The teachers, for the most part, utilize the teacher aides and parent volunteers. I feel that the supportive environment was worth the size. This year though has been different. One teacher in particular should seriously consider retirement (or maybe a change in career). She can be heard berating her students by other classes. She does not want parent volunteers and I have heard she barely utilizes her teaching assistant/aid. My children have not had her for their teacher, but I have to admit I am concerned since she will be teaching one of my children next year (if she is still there).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2013

St. Martin de Porres school may hold a Blue Ribbon however, the principal does an inefficient job of treating her staff properly. Recently, the Kindergarten teacher was let go and as parents we were not informed until a week had passed. The teacher was a great asset to the school and my child loved this teacher. Over the recent years, I have noticed that the school has been going through several teachers and many of the new teachers do not stay after their first year. Many of the parents I have spoken with are in fear of speaking up against the principal because she has been known to take out her grievances with parents upon their children. This behavior is what will damage some of the wonderful staff at the school. Most of the teachers and assistants are working hard with classroom sizes that range from 30-36 children. They do not need a leader who leads with intimation. Rather they need one who lights up the path for all they lead.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 19, 2012

Teachers have been GREAT, but class sizes nearing 40 students does not promote a strong learning environment (especially considering the cost). There IS a lot of homework, which leads to hardly any downtime during the week. Sometimes it seems as though they aren't dedicating enough time for the critical subjects and therefore expect the child to make up for it at home. The school expanded the cafeteria, but the food is NOT in your child's best interest (hot dogs, chicken nuggets). Drop-off/pickup is dangerous given the fact that there is absolutely no system in place. I have personally witnessed three vehicle collisions in the school's parking lot in the last year! There is a Parent Involvement Program which is nice Parents should be involved at the school, but EACH parent is REQUIRED to donate 10 hrs! If you fail to do so, they will withhold your child's report card until you pay them up to $200.
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Posted September 17, 2009

St. Martin de Porres School is a large family with the common goal of educating children while fostering their love of learning! I truly magical place!
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Posted May 6, 2009

The educational community of St. Martin's is outstadning. The new principal, Mrs. Leahy, has brought a breath of fresh air into the school. While some teachers are better than others, Leahy works hard to mark sure that our children are getting the best education possible. Students are praised for a job weel done, while those that get off track are gently redirected. As a public education teacher, I send my children to St. Martin's for a true sense of community, educational value, and a caring atmosphere. The students are challenged and there is a lot of homework, but the expectations far exceed the standards in a public school. Mrs. Canfield, the science teacher is outstanding, and Mrs. Leahy runs a caring and spiritual school. You have to work, but it is definitely worth it. What a difference, the new principal makes.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2009

I have been a teacher for several years in public schools. This is my first year at St. Martin de Porres in Poughkeepsie. I am working part time as I finish my master's degree. I truly believe this is a wonderful environment for children to learn! I am refreshed to see education as it should be! I also enjoy working with the staff. Mrs. Leahy is the new principal who shows concern, commitment and respect to students and education! Proud to be part of the staff! Sra. Massiala Spanish Teacher
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Posted May 5, 2008

This school is horrible! The teachers are incompetent and the administration is mean. After wasting a few years in this dump I had to send my child to a private tutor to learn what was supposed to be covered in the classroom. Leaving that school was the best thing we could have done. I never regret my decision to leave. Now that we are in a new school I really do see how poorly run that place is.
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Posted March 4, 2007

My daughter loves this school. She has loved Mrs. Lyons and is very challenged by Mrs. Canfield's awesome science classes. Academic program is wonderful. There are opportunities to get advanced math placement in the middle school grades (6, 7, 8). There are no extracurricular activities afterschool. Parental involvement is encouraged, but rarely seen. Art and music programs are disappointing. Special needs children are worked with within the confines of the program. Principal can sometimes be difficult, but is approachable. In the past, parish priest were involved with the children. No longer the case - the children miss that!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 6, 2006

Some very good teachers. Loved Mrs Salerno and Mrs. Braia. Miss it lots!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 28, 2006

A good place to get your child on the right track both in school and in life. The principal is very caring and concerned as are most of the staff. Extra curricular activities are scarce- Math Counts, an occasional 5-8th,play and the band is good (but you pay for lessons). High degree of parent involvement. Not alot of enrichment or help for special needs children- but all in all a good basic education.
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Posted February 14, 2006

Some great teachers who truly care about the students. The principal is a bit controlling at times. Sometimes she is not very flexible with certain children. Overall my children (all three) have been happy with their St. Martin experience. My children's favorite teachers have been Mr. Gleason, Mrs. Braia, Mrs Kopa and Mrs. Van Dewater.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2006

Many caring teachers who have the students best interest at hand. Great Art program. Awesome teacher!
—Submitted by a teacher

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 52%
Asian 10% N/A
Black 4% 21%
Hispanic 4% 21%
Two or more races 4% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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122 Cedar Valley Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: (845) 452-4428


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