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Holy Name Of Mary School

Private | PK-8 | 345 students


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Posted June 30, 2014

Holy Name of Mary School in Valley Stream. My three children attend(ed) the school, I have one going into 8th grade. The children were nurtured and encouraged by the teachers and the administrative staff. Everyone knows my child. Both of my sons received partial scholarships to the Catholic high schools of their choice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 23, 2013

Holy Name Of Mar, Excellent school, teachers are caring, programs are great! This school is warming, pleasant & staff are very wonderful to the children, best school you can go to.
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Posted July 24, 2013

I knew this was the right school for my children. They love that it is a smaller school. We have been in the public school system , after2 years there we came right back. The principle Mr. McMahon is very seasoned. He and his staff made our transition very easy. Holy Name has such a pleasant atmosphere. Which provides a better environment for our children to learn. There is so much involvement through our Parent Teacher Legue. I am greatful to be apart of a wonderful school.
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Posted June 29, 2013

This school is the worst ever, do not recommend to others. After two years, I have decided to transfer my children out. Never have come across a school with so much negative atmosphere, favoritism, and sheer ugliness. When I was first introduced to the school it was painted in gold, as they say, but throughout the years I saw the rust coming out. Many incidents/occurences within the children that has led to situations of bullying. In one occasion had to take my son to the emergency roomm because another child severly hit him and was told by the staff that boys will be boys; and they are absolutely right to a certain extent. Class size has become so crowded that the students outweigh the teacher 3 to 1. Supposively the budget only allows one class per grade level, this makes no sense.
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Posted March 3, 2013

This is a great school. I am very happy with the eduation that my daughter is getting there. The principal Mr. McMahon is wonderful and the teachers are excellent. I highly recomend Holy Name of Mary School.
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Posted April 28, 2010

This school is amazing! My children attend here and they love the enviroment. Everyone is friendly, too!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 18, 2009

This is the first year my two children, a 7-grader and a kindergartener, and I must say it has been a positive experience from day one. The staff has been visible and ready to accommodate in any way they can. The after-school 'Base Program' is very convenient to the working parents since it practically opens every school day. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they open even on the half-a-day school. I am not sure how things used to be, but the new principal, Mr. McMahon, has been rock solid in every step of the way. He is very approachable and involved, and you can tell that he cares about the children. They have different clubs that you can join at different time of the year. The Drama Club, Sports Base and the Newspaper Club are awesome. I would like to see more varieties in the lunch menus, however.
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Posted October 19, 2009

I love this school! I have an awesome teacher. His name is Mr. Petry and he is cool. He's not old like the other teachers in this cool. We also have a good principal. Mr. McMahon is great. He checks in on everyone everyday. Thats the way a principal should be. -Rachel
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Posted October 15, 2009

I am an 8th grader at this school and I have been there from nursery to now 8th. I have been there that whole time because i love it there and i can never find a better school then Holy Name of Mary. And the principal is one of my favorite people there. I got to know him very well and not only as a person but as a friend.
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Posted October 3, 2009

i am graduating this year and im soooo glad that i stayed. our new principal Mr. McMahon is amazing he is soo nice and caring and dedicated. he checks on us all the time and keeps the students on track. The only down part about the school is that the work isnt all that challenging but you WILL develop a family here and wont regret it!
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Posted July 20, 2009

Holy Name of Mary Parish School is a great place to educate your children. As a parent of two HNM students, I have seen great dedication from the teachers. They are very approachable, and they provide timely feedback regarding a student s progress. There is a great community spirit at HNM that makes the students and parents feel very welcome. There are many ways in which parents can provide service to the school, including morning duty, lunch service, hall service, or bingo service. There is also a Fall and Spring raffle dinner where school parents can win thousands of dollars. The school has a great Parent Club that organizes successful book fairs and student dances. The consistent support of the priests at HNM Parish Church ensures that your child will receive a faith-filled, Catholic education. The school s comprehensive web site,, contains additional information.
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Posted June 18, 2008

I find Vicky's comment very innacurate. I have known many parents with their kids enrolled in Holy Name who have nothing but praise about this school. While it's true that they have half-day class ( once a month alloted for teachers conference) Parents are made aware of this via reminder letters coming from the principal and it is also published and duly noted on the SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR that is given to EACH student at the beginning of the school year to give parents ample time to arrange their schedule. I know this for a fact because I am also a working parent ( My kid is in Holy name of Mary School for over 7 years) I have nothing but praise about his school. The Teachers and the Principal are working so hard to educate the students both in Academics and religious life to become a wellrounded Christian/ Individual.
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Posted June 7, 2007

Holy Name of Mary is not very accommodating towards working parents! When I first interviewed with Holy Name of Mary, included in the school policy, I was told that an after school program would be available on announced half school days (which is once a month). The school currently has a Early Drop Off program starting at 7:30a.m. About 3 weeks into the school year the base program (after school program) was cancelled and a total of 2 to 4 half school days were added. The 7:30 a.m. Early Drop Off program opens late every day and on occasion the kids that arrive early are out in the rain and snow. I have found that the principal Mrs. Videola, is just impossible to speak and work with regarding this very important issue. On many occasions day and school closing are only announce 2 days before leaving working parents scribbling to fine a backup plan. Holy Name of Mary is not very accommodating towards working parents. After attending the open school session at Blessed Sacrament I felt Blessed Sacrament had more to offer the working parent.
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Posted March 22, 2007

This is truly a wonderful School and happy environment for my son. I am very pleased with the staff at Holy Name, my son has been going since Pre K. It has been a great experience for the whole family. We also love the Sunday Family Mass. We feel blessed to be a part of Holy Name of Mary. Mrs Christine Rett Padula
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Posted May 3, 2004

Holy Name of Mary Catholic School is excellent. They have a dedicated faculty and staff. A great, safe environment to educate your child!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 35% 21%
White 28% 52%
Hispanic 20% 21%
Two or more races 10% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% N/A
Asian 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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90 South Grove Street
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Phone: (516) 825-4009


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