ST. MARTIN DE PORRES SCHOOL

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122 CEDAR VALLEY RD
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12603
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Phone: 845-452-4428
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Catholic
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: Archdiocese Of New York
  • Students/Teacher: 28:1
  • Students/Grade: 46.2
  • Number Students: 462
  • Number Teachers: 16
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Ms Kathy Leahy
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (13 ratings)
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    School Reviews (12 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-17
    "SMdP is a very vibrant community. The level of activities has increased the past few years. More events/plays/fundraisers. etc... There is something for everybody. While I agree with other reviewers that the class sizes are overly large, up until recently it has not made a difference for my children. The teachers, for the most part, utilize the teacher aides and parent volunteers. I feel that the supportive environment was worth the size. This year though has been different. One teacher in particular should seriously consider retirement (or maybe a change in career). She can be heard berating her students by other classes. She does not want parent volunteers and I have heard she barely utilizes her teaching assistant/aid. My children have not had her for their teacher, but I have to admit I am concerned since she will be teaching one of my children next year (if she is still there)."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-03-26
    "St. Martin de Porres school may hold a Blue Ribbon however, the principal does an inefficient job of treating her staff properly. Recently, the Kindergarten teacher was let go and as parents we were not informed until a week had passed. The teacher was a great asset to the school and my child loved this teacher. Over the recent years, I have noticed that the school has been going through several teachers and many of the new teachers do not stay after their first year. Many of the parents I have spoken with are in fear of speaking up against the principal because she has been known to take out her grievances with parents upon their children. This behavior is what will damage some of the wonderful staff at the school. Most of the teachers and assistants are working hard with classroom sizes that range from 30-36 children. They do not need a leader who leads with intimation. Rather they need one who lights up the path for all they lead."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-06-19
    "Teachers have been GREAT, but class sizes nearing 40 students does not promote a strong learning environment (especially considering the cost). There IS a lot of homework, which leads to hardly any downtime during the week. Sometimes it seems as though they aren't dedicating enough time for the critical subjects and therefore expect the child to make up for it at home. The school expanded the cafeteria, but the food is NOT in your child's best interest (hot dogs, chicken nuggets). Drop-off/pickup is dangerous given the fact that there is absolutely no system in place. I have personally witnessed three vehicle collisions in the school's parking lot in the last year! There is a Parent Involvement Program which is nice Parents should be involved at the school, but EACH parent is REQUIRED to donate 10 hrs! If you fail to do so, they will withhold your child's report card until you pay them up to $200."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-09-17
    "St. Martin de Porres School is a large family with the common goal of educating children while fostering their love of learning! I truly magical place!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-05-06
    "The educational community of St. Martin's is outstadning. The new principal, Mrs. Leahy, has brought a breath of fresh air into the school. While some teachers are better than others, Leahy works hard to mark sure that our children are getting the best education possible. Students are praised for a job weel done, while those that get off track are gently redirected. As a public education teacher, I send my children to St. Martin's for a true sense of community, educational value, and a caring atmosphere. The students are challenged and there is a lot of homework, but the expectations far exceed the standards in a public school. Mrs. Canfield, the science teacher is outstanding, and Mrs. Leahy runs a caring and spiritual school. You have to work, but it is definitely worth it. What a difference, the new principal makes."
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