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Sacred Heart School

Private | PK-8 | 479 students


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Posted June 10, 2014

My children are completing another successful year at Sacred Heart School. If you are searching for an amazing school for your child, look no further. My kids have all had extremely dedicated and enthusiastic teachers throughout their 6 years at Sacred Heart School. The teachers have gone above and beyond in embracing and implementing the Common Core Curriculum in all subject areas from Kindergarten and beyond. Sacred Heart School offers Art, Music, Computer,Spanish and Gym. There are some fun after school activities such as Chess Nuts, Mad Science, Book Club, Student Council, Intramurals and Oil Painting. The School Principal, Mr. Farrell is truly tuned into the student body and the students respect him. Parental involvement is encouraged and volunteers are welcome at Sacred Heart School. If you are new to the Bayside area, take the time to check out Sacred Heart School and all that it has to offer. I hope that you are impressed with all it has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 12, 2014

I am an alumni of SHS. The atmosphere of the school is amazing and I've learned so much from the school, the good, the bad, and the ugly. The teachers are great and really care for the students, of course you have a few bad apples, but to this day as I am in college, I still here the voices and advice of my past teachers. I've carried a lot that I've learned here to HS and college. The principal, Mr. Farrell is amazing and one of the reasons my parents chose to put me into this school. He actually wants to get to know the students, therefore knowing every one of his students by name and at least a few details regarding family background. This school is in a very affluent neighborhood and the kids that attend the school are extremely blessed, so there can be quite a competition with regards to material items. However, the kids are both smart and poised. I would definitely send my kids here.

Posted December 4, 2013

My eldest graduated from Sacred Heart and was completely unprepared for high school. The junior high teachers are unqualified, uncaring and unable to keep the attention of their students. The primary grade teachers are overall caring and professional but for whatever reason , the quality of staff decreases significantly once a student enters sixth grade. Math and Science are significantly lacking, almost every parent has to hire a tutor to help their child achieve. The principal makes a big deal about the SmartBoards that are in most classes, but according to my children, they are almost never utilized. Textbooks are over a decade old and teachers lack patience or adequate teaching skills. There is rampant bullying in the school which is never addressed and an overbearing clique of mothers that seem to believe that their children are the only ones whose needs are to be addressed and the principal, again for reasons unknown, allows them to assert their beliefs and agenda over all. I have watched 35 families leave this school , usually after the eldest child has suffered through junior high school. We left last year and my children are much happier in their new school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2013

My daughter has attended this school since kindergarten, she is now in first grade. They have amazing systems in place to ensure every child is at the same level and the teachers invest extra time as they see necessary. The before school and after school program is the best for the working parent. The principal is aware of every student and their family. The parental involvement is astonishing. I would highly recommend this school, it's worth every cent!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 29, 2013

There are many positive things about this school. For one, it is a nice community where religious education is strong and children are taught positive values. The teachers are very dedicated and work really hard to help students. I write this review with love and good intention for this school. However, after attending this school for many years, I believe the issues are academic in nature. Problematic areas for your child are not targeted. Grading is based SOLELY on how they perform on tests in class. Your child can have an A average and not be able to write correctly or read on level if they are good test takers. At this school, many parents need to place their children in enrichment programs after school to help there children in reading writing and math. Although well meaning, most of the teachers in this school, with the exception of a few are not trained enough to help students improve in areas they need help with. There is very little assessment in the classroom to understand where your child functioning and if they are improving. I believe this could be a great school if these academic issues are addressed.
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Posted February 28, 2013

my daughter attended Sacred Heart and now my grandchildren are in attendance.My daughter received a fine education and wanted to sent her children back. There are many grandstudents in attendance. The principal is wonderful and works hard as do the teachers and support staff. I have always felt my child and grandchildren are in a nurturing and safe atmosphere. There will always be issues with individual teachers as there are with any professionalls, overall well done SHS
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2013

My oldest child graduated from SHS. Received scholarships & acceptance to all of the high schools she applied to and is well into receiving her doctorate, she never had a problem in school. My second child who is still attending has been bullied & this problem stemmed from his second grade teacher Mrs. Sexton , continued with some of the students & was never given the proper attention. It stopped when Mr. Farrell decided to separate the bullies from the victims. There is a bully program in place at this time, however, I don't believe that it is targeting the real bullies. Academically he is on the principals list and doing terrific. The problem I feel is mainly the parents. I applaud the teachers & Mr. Farrell for what they deal with on a day to day basis with some of these parents. Some are cliquish, rude, and make it hard for other parents to get involved. I believe homework is necessary and don t feel that it is overwhelming . If some of these parents learned how to be parents and allowed the teachers and principal to do their job it would make it better for everyone. Academically, the scholarships awareded to the graduates speak for themselves.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 17, 2012

My daughter graduated from SHS in June 2012 and is doing very well in HS. Yes, some teachers are better than others, but the overall experience at SHS was excellent. Strong sense of community and Mr. Farrell is the best!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 20, 2012

The junior high teachers are simply horrible. They treat the kids with no respect. The math teacher, mrs.murnane, can not teach for her life. She assigns the kids loads of hw and gives unreasonably difficult problems. my children are scared of her and thats not the environment we want to be in. Ive talked with mr. farrell about the math teacher and he said he could not fire her because shes been with the school for so long. All of the teachers are over 65 and need to go. They are rude o the students and make unessessary comments. Ms. Kalevich the science teacher is a wack job. All the kids just fool around in her class and she does nothing about it. overall i regret sending my kids to this school and we will not be returning next year it was a horrible experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 8, 2012

I think Sacred Heart is an excellent school. My child had a problem they zeroed in on it immediately. And now has the necessary help from the Board of Ed. The teachers are good. The principal is amazing. He is constants walking around. Knows all the kids and the parents for that matter. They have alot to offer after school programs for the kids. Art, book club, intramural sports. Great after school program. The CYO is great. Swimming, softball, baseball, basketball, soccer. Parents are very involved. This schoold get many scholorships for their kids. Scared Heart is a good place if you are looking to send your child to a private school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 29, 2012

At first, I was very happy with everything in the school. I am not a complainer, and the fact that my child always did well made it easy to like the school. There is a strong parent/community presence. But apparently, not strong enough to get certain teacher out of the school. It seems as your child gets older, it becomes more apparent that math and science are weak. I've heard from parents that this becomes a problem once they are in HS; even though they are getting into good schools, they are behind their new classmates. I'm speaking specifically about math: the teaching methods in junior high leave a lot to be desired. And there is essentially no point in complaining; parents have been for years and it has fallen on deaf ears. And once in junior high, they have the same teachers in most subjects for 3 years. Prior to junior high, I've had a great experience. The principal does know everyone. There has been more bullying issues of late (but that is everywhere). Parents are speaking out, and some interventions have been initiated. We'll see if they make a difference.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2011

Go and look at where these students graduate into -- Chaminade, Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Townsend Harris, LaGuardia, Regis. Enough said.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2011

Sacred Heart School is a great place to learn values and get an fantastic education. The teachers and staff are always helpful.

Posted May 18, 2011

Seriously the positive reviews are from parents who love the school. The principal is amazing and the my children love the school. It is worth every penny spent. No school is perfect, but I love the school and the people. My children have gotten a wonderful education. The principal does not have to do anything the school speaks for itself. The children score wonderful and get into great high schools. No other school can even compare. Some children do need special programs if they struggle, which the public school can offer, but as far as Catholic Schools go Sacred Heart is the best! It is sad that some feel the need to bash the school, if you are unhappy go elsewhere. Good Luck!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2011

Seriously the positive reviews sounds like the principal is writing them himself...this school is terrible...teachers are a joke and principal is no better. I wish I could say something nice, but for the amount of tuition they get your better off sending your child to public school. Not worth the money at all. They need to hire younger teachers that care.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 11, 2011

Sacred Heart is a wonderful school! I am very happy with the school and with all that my children have learned through the years. I have read some of these reviews and have heard all of the complaints and I would just like to say that my children have never dealt with any bullying, physical or mental. That being said every school should have in place an intervention program so that no child will ever have to deal with that on any level. Bullying is not acceptable, but kids in every school do it and we must have a system in place to deal with it. I have friends in surrounding Catholic schools and academies who share all of our complaints about Sacred Heart and say that the same things happen in their schools. Parents doing the teaching and too much homework are issues that as a parent you must deal with, my children have gotten a solid education at Sacred Heart. The surrounding Catholic schools and academies cannot not compete on any level. The parents who want to complain should try to make things better instead of talking about it. Lets teach our children that you can be a part of the solution, not the problem.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 7, 2011

I am happy with this school! Both my children attend. I know the children get alot of HW & parents feel that they are the ones teaching, but this shouldn't be the case. We are supposed to check our childs homework not do it. if its not right, we as the parents have a responsibility to notify the teacher on the matter & the teacher in return they can futher help our children. At least that what I have suscusfully done in the past. There is a real safe family feel to our school on the outside looking in, BUT THERE IS BULLYING GOING ON, NOT THE PHYSICAL KIND BUT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL FORM OF MENTAL ABUSE. & THAT FROM A PROFESIONAL POINT OF VIEW IS WORSE. We need to have strictor provisions or mesures taken for these actions. I think we should stop worring about the GYM floor & start FOCUSING ON SOME SORT OF MANDATORY BULLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 22, 2011

AWESOME!!!!!!! THE BEST!!!! LOVE IT!!!!! My children love it! My oldest just got two partial scholarships to high school! We are so happy with the school! Go Sacred Heart!!
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Posted March 16, 2011

I love Sacred Heart School ! It is by far the best Catholic School around! The teachers and principles are Wonderful! and the proof is in the pudding! My child along with most of the other children recieved scholarships this year! Almost all made the schools that they wanted! All of my children love it here and I would reccomend it to anyone! I would not go anywhere else! The principle has done an amazing job building up the school and does not have an easy ! He is always concerned for the school finances and I appreciate that about him! Most other schools are barely making it! Someone has to worry about the gym floor and the boilers! Thank you Mr. Farrell! Thank you also to the wonderful teachers who always have taken time when my children have needed extra help! Great School ! The Best!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 16, 2011

Sacred Heart School is GREATEST !!!!!!! Great teachers!!! Great principle !!!!! I love it and my children have done wonderful there, all are straight A students!!!! I would not send my children anywhere else!!!! My children have never been bullied and I have never heard of anything like that in the school. Everyone has always been kind and very respectful to my children and I. No other catholic school even compares to Sacred Heart! I am amzed at how my children have learned and grown ! Love it !! Love it!! Love it!!!! As for the principle, someone has to worry about the gym floor and the school finances, and he has done an awesome job!!!!
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 52%
Hispanic 13% 21%
Asian 10% N/A
Black 4% 21%
Two or more races 3% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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216-01 38th Avenue
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