St Rita Elementary School

  • Grades: PK-8
  • Student Enrollment: 522
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2 out of 5 | 1 Review
  • Address
  • 260 Shepherd Ave
  • Brooklyn, NY 11208
  • Phone
  • (718) 647-6040
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School Description

St Rita Elementary School enrolls 522 preschool and elementary school students from grades PK-8. It is located in Brooklyn, NY, which is a highly populated city with a median household income of $27,078.

School Operational Details
  • Students Have Access to a Library or Media Center
School Days and Hours
  • School Days Per Year: 180
    Note: Kindergarten Operates Five Days Per Week
  • School Hours Per Day: 7
    Note: Kindergarten Operates on a Full Day Schedule
School Religious Orientation
  • Roman Catholic
    Diocese of Brooklyn, NY
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1 review for St Rita Elementary School

  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 14, 2010
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • If you are looking for reviews about schools before registering your child, I congratulate you. You are certainly a good parent and you know what is best for your child. We spend time reading reviews about new flat screen televisions or laptops prior to purchasing them. Why not do it before we enroll our children in a school? They will spend most of their waking time there with individuals that will impact their life profoundly.

    Choosing a school for your child is more challenging than one would imagine. Most of us believe a public school will not meet our educational standards. Because we want the best for our kids we seek a decent private school. Most of us believe that when it comes to education private means better. That’s not necessary true. Some private schools are worst than local public schools. The superior education you are willing to pay for in non-existent in many private schools. I personally believe that the superiority of Catholic school education is a myth. If your child is doing well in a Catholic school or any private school chances are he/she could do better in a public school, if you put the same time and energy, monitoring your child’s work while he/she is attending that Catholic or secular school.

    Another mistake we make is to look for a private school when our kids show behavioral problems or are not performing academically. Some private schools will gladly take your money because they know the exorbitant amount of money you are paying will motivate you to take the proper actions to make sure your kid does not cause problems. Whenever there is a little problem they will call you or send the kid home to put pressure on you and make you responsible, even make you think you are a bad parent. They want your perfect kid that you teach to respond yes ma’am, yes sir and comply. They want the kid who will not even complain when another kid hits him. They ignore that kids act up from time to time and some kids test our patience regularly. That’s why they are called kids and its part of the education process to help them succeed while going through the rough period of their life.

    If you are considering St. Rita (in East New York, Brooklyn) because you want a disciplinary setting and extra curriculum help for your kid, look elsewhere. St. Rita is an abandoned school striving to survive. The extra curriculums activities that you may be looking for are non-existent. Discipline there means, don’t bother us. And if your kid is a smart student that you want to excel, don’t waste your money there. Don’t get me wrong, the few teachers I have worked with are good but they are in the wrong environment. I believe most of them want to impact the life of the students positively. Unfortunately they are held hostage by the principal, Mr. Gxxxxx. I don’t know how he became the principal but I am surprised that he is still managing the school. He may have been a good administrator in the past; however he is out of bounds and should no longer be making decisions anymore. He has become a despot. He thinks he can dictate how you should run your own family. The teachers are obliged to follow his poor judgment because he supervises them and some need his good grace to keep their positions. He is full of nonsense. If you never had to challenge him or disagree with him, you will think he is a cool clown and smile when you see him around. He likes to repeat phrases like: “If you don’t like the way I manage the school take your kid out”. Or, “I don’t have to follow the Department of Education regulations, we are private”. He becomes agitated when you disagree with him. I think he has some serious issues. He wouldn’t last long enough if he was working for the public system because parents would consistently be suing the school district. I think the Diocese doesn’t care much about that school and that’s why they close their eyes on what is going on with the principal. As a parent, I refuse to pay someone for incompetence, foolishness, and arrogance. My child will not go back to St. Rita. Don’t make the mistake I made, do your homework before you register your children in any school.

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 522
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 18.0
    Full-Time Teachers: 18
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 27.9
  • Percent Minority Students: 96.2%
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 302 (57.9%)
  • Females: 220 (42.1%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
St Rita Elementary School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian--
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For St Rita Elementary School
  Number Percent
1st Grade428.0%
2nd Grade417.9%
3rd Grade6111.7%
4th Grade5710.9%
5th Grade7113.6%
6th Grade7614.6%
7th Grade6211.9%
8th Grade5811.1%
Source: NY Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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