I can only conclude that recent positive ratings were written by Father Reilly himself, about himself.
As a new employee of the school ( 2 years) I find that Father Reilly runs a tough tight ship. It takes this kind of a leader to produce the serious academic students that St Joseph's produces. It is 100 percent true he is demanding of his faculty and students. That is why the school is successful.
The reason why you are seeing some differences of opinions is due to the principal change in 2009. Before Father R. took over, this school was amazing with Monsignor Ansaldi. Father R. during his first couple of years was low key but started changing things for the worse and now it is a horrible place for students. Ask all the good faculty who left. If there are any good faculty left, it is only because they need their jobs and they do not want to work in a public school.
This is a wonderful school. i have a son that graduated and was so well prepared for college. it was worth every penny. the staff is excellent. i have a senior at the school now and he has made all of his colleges with lots of scholarship money. Not only is it excellent academically, the discipline is just right for growing teenagers i would strongly recommend this school. One of the best decisions i have ever made in my children's education. never heard of anyone paying a fee for their iPods.
This school doesn't even deserve one star !!!!! Father Reilly is the worst thing that ever happened to the school, teachers, and most important our children. He bullies the faculty and threatens the parents to pay ridiculous fees by taking the children's iPads away ( which he has done ). Parents give into his indulgences because they are afraid to take a stand and their children will be embarrassed.
Great school. Great teachers and staff members. All new gym and theater wing. Top notch sports. All students MUST graduate with a REGENTS DIPLOMA.
This school takes a genuine interest in our children. They have an outstanding academic record. They encourage the children to stay involved with school activities. The teach them organization, time management and study skills....and most importantly they teach the kids respect and discipline....The children are well prepared for college when they graduate. I'm impressed with the faculty, and the athletic department too. I'm thrilled that my son attends St Joseph by the Sea high school. I highly recommend this school!! :)
I am a freshman in SJS, and yes, it is truly challenging. However, that is it's appeal. I earned a seat in their honors program, though maintaining it is far more difficult. I am extremely proud to attend Sea, because I know how impressive it looks on one's transcript to not only have attended such a remarkable school, but graduated with honors with two foreign languages, Spanish and Latin, under one's belt.
St. Joseph By-The-Sea High School is, in my opinion one of the tops schools in the area. Is it hard? Yes. Is It challenging? Yes. Does it prepare the students for life? Yes. I am proud to send my son there and I am proud that my second son is likely going there as well. It is refreshing to see in today's world, a school that holds the students accountable for their performance, much like a boss will hold his/her staff accountable. Sea is a place where academics, spirituality and athletics coexist in seamless symbiosis. Well done Monsignor! You have prepared my son well and I count on the staff to prepare the rest of my boys as well.
i got kicked outta sea becasue my grades wernt up to their tanders and let my tell you ther high..........but its an amazing school and i miss it so much i whish beone wish i could go back i resent everyday im not their and that i wont be graduating high school with a sea diploma ....i made the greatest friends their and i achived somthings there that i never thought i could i love that school so0o00o0o much and yes its hard but i one of the best schoold on the island and if i had to redo my freshman and sofmore years over i would do them at sea and i would try harder this way i could graduate for sea............not only is it a good school the teachers are great and yes they dont baby you but tust me when i say its an amazing school
I am an alumnus of Sea and I think it is an amazing school. I was in the Honors program and there was a lot of work involved and at times it seemed ridiculous but now I realize that is was well worth it. Sea did a wonderful job of preparing me for college and I am so thankful to all of my teachers for doing such an excellent job. I received several college credits through Sea which were helpful in my college career. I think that I received the ultimate high school experience at Sea. It is a great place to be, the teachers are very helpful and there is a lot of school spirit. There are many clubs after school that are fun and easy to join. I think that I made the best decision going to Sea and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
i just graduated from Sea and it is a great school. it is tough but it prepares you for college since the teachers do not really baby you, even though it is high school. definitely the best choice on staten island
The school is terrible for kids! i am telling you know do not pick it . people who say their seniors and juniors that love the school only love the high school experience not the school the school is terrible and its too much stress and work for one kid idc if they prepare us for the future i can prepare myself for the future at any other school and still have an equal education KIDS DO NOT GO THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
a few comments down a parents states that the school is to hard and how there is so much work. well i think its a good thing because sea teaches you about the future, if something is hard in life do you just quit at it and say no this isn't worth it and lower your standards? sometimes life doesnt even give you that option. i think sea is a great school and coming from public school i feel a lot has changed, but for the better.
I am an alumna of St. Joseph by the Sea and I find it very disturbing to read some of the negative reviews posted to this site, especially those written by parents. If your child complains the teachers think students 'don't have a life' they should be told that schoolwork is their life while in school. If he/she requires constant individual attention, perhaps a high-calibur private college-prep school is not appropriate. May I suggest a vocational school? Based on at least one of the student reviews posted to this site, I think they would fit in better there. Parents who coddle their children instead of encouraging them to strive for academic success are impeding their progress. Sea is a great school whose staff encourage diligence and individual responsibility. Those who cannot handle this no-nonsense approach to education should crawl back into their holes and not discourage others from attending. Love Sea!
Me being an honors student (with a scholarship) can tell you this school does not live up to desired expectations. There is an extreme lack of varied clubs, teachers are ignorant and days are tedious.
I have 2 children currently attending and I do like the school for the most part-however i sometimes feel that there is absolutley no leeway given at all to students. If a student wants to argue his grade for legitimate reasons-too bad-the teacher has the final word whether he/she is right or wrong. there is only peer tutoring which is okay but no help offered by teachers.I am not happy with the 'if you fail the first semester and dont bring up the average you are out in January'--i think as incoming freshman they need the time to acclimate to new surroundings and curriculums and the strictness of the school in general. I am on the fence about pulling one child out as the work load is too much for him, but then again Tottenville is hardly the asnwer......
I am currently at senior at Sea and I absolutley love it. I can not picture myself in any other school and I'm so glad that I chose Sea. It is tough academically, but I feel that I am very well prepared for college. The teachers are amazing and go out of their way to help anyone and everyone. The administration is pretty strict, but if you follow the rules you will do fine. The school is very welcoming, and I always feel like I can turn to anyone in the faculty or administration, if I need help with something whether it has to do with academics or not. Sea has amazing sports teams and the students are always supporting each other at the games.
My son is a junior and loves Sea. These school is great if you are very social. Those not so social might struggle. My son plays baseball, football, hockey & basketball. I guess it depends on your child if they will be happy in Sea. I honestly love it and feel my kids were safe and learning a lot here. The teachers are ok, but I dont think they are worth 550 a month! The extracurricular activities are superb, though. Overall I think Sea is a great after school activity place but only an OK academic school. It is also very safe
I am a parent of a freshman boy and his mother and I are also Alumni. I wouldn't want my child to have gone to any other school than St. Joe's.
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