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Ss Philip & James School

Private | PK-8 | 17 students


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Posted February 28, 2014

I love this school my daughter is in the pre-k program and Mrs Anderson is awsome. She treats all the kids the same. I like the community feel and religious aspect. We have a good elementary school near by but I am worried how bad the higher grades are. Big drug problems. I volunteer in the school and all the kids are so polite and kind. What I like to see. No bad language and no sloppy dressing. All in all nice school and great staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 4, 2011

The academics are extremely strong and the kids have high moral standards. My son has been in the school for three years and I have seen his steady progress from a kid with little concentration span and little interest in his studies to an A student. The class sizes are admittedly not small but the teachers and staff are excellent. The entire school is like a nice big family and Mr G, the principal is passionate and amazing. Highly recommended!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 21, 2010

SSPJ class of '97 here. All I can say is that I LOVED this school, my years there were some of the happiest educational years of my life. In regards to students with special needs, why on earth would you send them to this school? It is a small school and therefore does not have the resources to accommodate said children. You want this school to have the facilities for children with special needs, prepare for a substantial raise in tuition! On the flip side, the small size of this school allows everyone to know each other. SSPJ is run like a family. Mrs. Testa and Mr. Dunn are the feathers in the school's cap. Mr. Dunn is an amazing teacher!

Posted January 12, 2010

This is an amazing school. The academics are very strong and the religions is exactly what I want. The values we have at home are validated in school. All the teachers are professional and caring. The teachers in the 6th, 7th and 8th know how to relate to children at this age of change. The discipline is fair and children are expected to treat each other and their teachers with respect. The principal and staff knows every family's name personally. The sports program is a exactly what the students need. My daughter graduated from this school and attended St. John's. I will be sad when my son's years at Sts. Philip and James end.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 18, 2009

The strength of the academics really varies from grade to grade, teacher to teacher. The teachers are understanding, but the large class sizes are definitely a hinderance to any one-on-one. Yes, as the other reviewer mentioned, the same few kids get chosen over and over and little feelings do get hurt. Overall, a safe school but pretty average.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 22, 2009

Excellent school, will give your child a solid academic program and get them ready for secondary education.
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Posted January 29, 2009

The Kindergarten program is one of the best I've seen. The teacher is amazing, she treats each child as if they were her own.

Posted January 19, 2009

This school has seen a decline in academic and religious standards in the last two years. Principal is frequently missing-in-action, teachers are known to show favoritism which is very hurtful to other students, and the religious component is very weak. If you have an excellent public school, try that first.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 24, 2008

Strong academic environment which stresses basic skills and Christian values. Our students leave with a strong moral basis and the tools needed for success in high school.
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Posted January 10, 2005

Overall school is good, but Principal is somewhat out of touch on items. Busing is a problem, no strict rules for school access. One can simply walk in the morning without being stopped.
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Posted September 16, 2004

All assessments are correct. This is a school with an excellent academic reputation. Suffice it to say, if you have a child with special needs, they should be enrolled in a public school where they have more resources more readily at hand. Otherwise, the state only provides sloppy seconds to private schools via the local public schools. With that said, academically speaking - students excel. Catholic high schools rate this grammar school as one of the best at preparing the students for secondary education.
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Posted February 24, 2004

I agree with the parent who reviewed this school before me. This school will only take children who are doing well in school. If your child has a problem in this school, he or she will be asked to leave.
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Posted February 23, 2004

My child has thrived at this school. The small nurturing environment has given him a home. The teacher is strict but soft. The children are well-mannered and disciplined. The education is of high standards. I believe we have placed him in the best possible environment.
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Posted November 4, 2003

This school may have religion and higher standards but it does not encourage children with special needs. The teachers and staff including principals are not up to date with current teaching techniques. A child with problems will be abandoned by this school and asked to be removed from it. Not a nurturing school by any means.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 52%
Black 3% 21%
Hispanic 3% 21%
Two or more races 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Anthony P. Giordano
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359 Clinton Avenue
St. James, NY 11780
Phone: (631) 584-7896


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