ST. DENIS-ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL

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849 ROUTE 82
HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY 12533
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Phone: 845-227-7777
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Catholic
  • Grades: 1st Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Archdiocese Of New York
  • Students/Teacher: 22:1
  • Students/Grade: 54.1
  • Number Students: 433
  • Number Teachers: 19
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Sister Kathleen Marie
  • 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 (31 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (32 Reviews)
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    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-15
    "This school is an amazing school. I wish we did not move too far away and had to leave. My son went here for 2 years, 1st and 2nd grades. He still talks about how much he misses his friends and the staff. Trust me when I tell you that no school is perfect but this school is close. The teachers and principal work hard to make every child feel safe and loved. If I could I would go back to this school in a second with my 2 boys."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-24
    "I am a recent graduate who obtained many honors throughout my educational years at St. Columba. I disliked this school so much because I was constantly ridiculed and excluded by the other students in the class. The teachers were well aware of the problem, yet it was ignored. Nothing was done to promote friendship or acceptance. In spite of this, I did really well by focusing and looking toward the future with all it had to offer. I wish my experience had been better, and that respect and dignity was incorporated into my learning experience, but unfortunately, it wasn't . Yes, I also agree that favoritism prevails! In fact when scholarships were presented at graduation for the most prominent high schools, they were given to those whose parents volunteered or were constantly involved in school functions. I am so very grateful to have finally graduated, and freed from that uncomfortable situation. I am doing amazing at my new high school; respect and friendship is promoted and encouraged. I have made numerous friends, and finally gained a sense of pride that I never had while attending St. Columba. I would not recommend this school to anyone, nor will I ever send my children there."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-15
    "I am very happy with the school. I have 3 children in various grades. We have been to the local public school and a nearby Catholic school (classes of 35++kids). SDSC is the best fit for my children. I guess sometimes you have to experience other things to really appreciate what you have. The school is not perfect (no school is ). The Principal is extremely approachable and understanding. I think she is doing a great job! I know my children are SAFE and are LEARNING. They all come home happy. The bottom line is no school can please every parent and people love to complain! Many are looking for excuses not to pay tuition anymore because the economy sucks, our taxes are higher and they simply can't or don't want to pay it anymore. I wish the problems that some disgruntle parents are having be kept at the school and be addressed at the school not on the web. Please don't tarnish our reputation because your unhappy. Catholic school is not the right fit for every child, some children do need special ed services offered at the public school and that is not SDSC fault. I will agree that the 3rd grade teacher is a little lacking-but my child likes her and is doing great in her class."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-03-02
    "We transferred our daughter her this year and she is VERY happy at SDSC. She is making many new friends with great children from lovely families. The PSA does a great job running events that include the whole family. The other parents are warm, welcoming and proud of their school. The course work was far harder than what she was accustomed to in our public schools. For example, we were studying vocab and a public school 7th grader asked what grade she was in, because she couldn't spell those words. She used to be able to get excellent grades with little studying but at SDSC she works harder for the same results. I have 2 other children in public school but will be transferring them to SDSC. I volunteer in both schools and feel all teachers could be a little more nurturing. Sometimes as parents we are more sensitive to others being warm to our children than our children are. But what SDSC has that other schools do not, is an ever constant presence of clergy. There are 3 sisters in the school and Msg and Fr. Chris are at the school daily, leading prayer, teaching classes or playing ball with the after school students. No place is perfect but we are very happy!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-01-13
    "We are very happy with the school, administration and teachers. My children are learning and are HAPPY to go to school in the morning! Their work is challenging, however not to point where it has caused us to seek help from tutor's, but we don' t stressed out if they don't get 100's... We love the emphasis on religion and giving back to our community. The children at SDSC are learning their faith and practicing it. The amount of "required" fundraisers is none, my children have only come home with one request thus far. The class sizes are normal (~25) there's a separate computer lab, art room, library, lunchroom and a lovely playground for the children to enjoy. The after school programs have been a big hit for my kids and I love the option of having after care at the school when we do need it. When they are at after school the older children help the younger children with their homework. So their homework is done when you pick them up. Parents can be as active as we like. The Parent Association has been welcoming, but not pushy. Overall we are very happy with the school as a whole and we feel blessed that our kids go to SDSC. My only regret is not sending them to SDSC sooner."
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