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St Christopher Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 49 students


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Posted January 8, 2011

St.Chris was an extraordinary school. I am a graduate from their and i miss it everyday. it was a place were i was comfortable being who i was because the astudents and staff were so loving. I was lucky to attend their.

Posted April 10, 2010

Unimpressed. If I wanted ny children in class sizes this large, I would have kept them in public school. This is not a warm and welcoming group, unless you live in the right place and make the right amount of money. As a Catholic School, they may want to rethink the image they portray. The principal would make a great politician, (that's not a compliment).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 1, 2010

My 2 kids attend St Chris. The school is crowded, and class sizes are larger than they should be. The Parent Association is very clicky, you will feel like an outsider unless you are part of the in crowd that control the activites and plan the functions. When offering to help with many functions, we were rebuffed and felt pushed aside. Math at this school is great with many kids leaving with skills well above average for their years. Language classes are terrible, no focus, and no meaningful preparation for future studies. The school leadership is in clear decline with talent and an obvious succession plan sorely lacking. Sports involvement is another poorly managed program. If you are friendly with the coach, your child should make the team. (My child made the team but it was very clear as to how to influence the decision making). there are better schools avail for your kids.
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Posted June 25, 2009

My son attended pre school. The attention and the learning experience was exceptional. Excellent
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Posted June 7, 2009

My two children attend St. Chris and we love it here! A Catholic education is important to me and that is stressed at St. Chris. The teachers are great and my children are excelling. Class sizes are on the larger size, but they make it work and we have no complaints!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 27, 2009

This school remains updated and on par with many area public schools. The children have everything they need for an outstanding education.
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Posted January 26, 2009

My three children attend St. Chris and are happy and thriving. St. Chris is full of caring, supporting teachers and fantastic programs. You could not pay me to leave this shcool!
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Posted June 3, 2008

This School not only supports the children, but also the parents. I am very happy to say that my child will be attending this school. The caring and attention given to the children are amazing.
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Posted March 1, 2008

Fantastic school. Great learning environment. Dedicated teachers and staff. World Class Principal. Supportive Parish.
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Posted January 22, 2008

We sent our son to St. Christoper's for the Catholic education and to receive a more personal, one on one approach. I attended Catholic Schools my entire life and the smaller class sizes and religious education really made a difference for me. I am very dissapointed not only that the kindergarten classes are maxed out at 21-25 children which is larger than the public school in this area, but he is not receiving the one on one attention or guidance that you look for in a private school.
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Posted December 18, 2007

I love our school. My children have grown so much with the warm and caring staff. I have seen the level of learning at other schools and I am blessed to have my children where they are.
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Posted June 22, 2007

This school is not as good as it was years ago. Methods are outdated and leadership is poor. It is unfortunate too because I am a strong Catholic. But my children will do better to move from this school.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 52%
Asian 2% N/A
Black 1% 21%
Hispanic 1% 21%
Two or more races 1% 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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  • Jenny Bainbridge
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  • Roman catholic
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2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: (716) 693-5604


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