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 (15 ratings)
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    School Reviews (14 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-02
    "I would agree with the initial parent comments! My circumstances with the school were identical. The told me there were openings so I registered my child, waited almost two months before hearing anything after I called twice for an update to no avail. Then finally touched based with principal who then told me there we no there were no slots available and my child would be wait listed. The part that annoyed me most was being told I would hear something back in 3 weeks after registration and in all actuality not getting any information regarding a status two months after registration. I wasted time and money!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-21
    "When you apply to this school, they give you the feeling that your child can get in(actually, they said there were 2 vacancies, but they didn't mention there were 9 children in waiting list to fill those 2 vacancies). Then when you pay the $150 application fee, they suddenly say there's a long waiting list(9 kids) and you have to wait, then they tell you you can't get in because you are not a parish member, and worst of all, they take your money($150 application fee)."
    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."
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