John Cardinal O'Connor School

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John Cardinal O'Connor School is a Catholic elementary and middle school serving students in grades 2 through 8. It has a curriculum designed for students with learning disabilities. The curriculum also integrates general studies with Catholic religious education. For further inquiries, phone the John Cardinal O'Connor School.
16 N Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533
(914) 591-9330
  • Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 2:30pm
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Karen Chapman June 4, 2013 at 03:32 pm
If you completely frustrated, can't get your child what they need to learn, and would rather payRead More money for tuition then an attorney to make sure your child receives FAPE, this is a good school. However, be very aware of your rights and your child's rights and educate yourself on IDEA before doing anything.
Karen Chapman June 4, 2013 at 03:51 pm
My daughter has been at JCOS for three years and is now ready to go back into the public schools.Read More Pros: small class sizes; services are provided by Irvington Public Schools (with a very easy to work with CSE); teachers are all speced certified (although quality varies amongst them); and if your child can't read or read near grade level they will improve at JCOS. Cons: after four years, still no playground (kids play ball against the wall, tag, or stand around talking at recess); no extra-curriculars at all, no cafeteria, one field trip a year - enrichment activities seems limited. Curriculum seems to be all over the place; students miss class time while at services and frequently are not caught up (with class sizes so small, it seems that could be managed better). The Diocese offers absolutely no financial aid. Enrollment has been dropping yet there is NO marketing effort on the part of the school or the Diocese to increase enrollment, which would increase the amount of incoming tuition, yet the school constantly asks the parents for donations, selling gift wrap and raffle tickets, and mandatory attendance at fundraising events, which is not a solution to the larger problem and can be a hardship if one is struggling to pay tuition and certainly adds another element of stress to already stressed out families. The school doesn't seem to have a method for preparing students for re-entry into public schools but will prepare them for Catholic high school, especially with test prep for the TACHS. Overall, a great temporary solution when all else fails; or an excellent solution if you absolutely want your child to have a Catholic education yet they have a learning disability.
Karen Chapman August 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm
UPDATE August 2013: we moved to a great rivertowns school district and my daughter was testedRead More there--entering 7th grade. JCOS told me that my daughter was reading on a beginning 6th grade level. To my knowledge this was not based on any scientifically based reading test. The new SD tested her -- scientifically based peer reviewed commonly used testing. Reading on a mid third grade level. I was either lied to by JCOS or their method of assessing is way off. One thing is for sure: I expected better progress after three years at JCOS.
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