Preston High School

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Education, Religion

Location: Preston High School 2780 Schurz Avenue Bronx NY 10465 USA

Mission: The mission of Preston High School is to empower young women as they discover their own potential and value through a broad and challenging education, active participation in community and a commitment to Christian service, so that they may become compassionate leaders for change in the world.
Programs: 600+ young women attend grades 9 through 12 college-preparatory programs with teachers who create a caring environment in which every individual counts. 100% of graduates are accepted to higher education institutions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Attending Preston H.S. was the best possible preparation for my subsequent careers as a college teacher, dean and vice president of Eastern Connecticut State University and president of Hartford College for Women. When HCW merged with the University of Hartford in 1991, I was able to move on to a senior fellowship at the University of Virginia, a NEH fellowship at Stanford University, and a position as Executive Director of the Society for Values in Higher Education at Georgetown University, where I continued to teach one course in literature each semester. Preston prepares women for life and responsibility with a crucial difference from other schools: the sisters who are in charge of the school are Sisters of Divine Compassion and they have managed to translate compassion into the everyday language of girls and women, who in turn translate compassion into active engagement with the poor, the sick, the elderly and their own lives as public citizens of a democracy. Preston High deserves the title of "great," to which I would add "compassionate" non-profit.
Dr. Kathleen McGrory
Holland, MA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Advancement in my career path, self-confidence based on hard work and academic preparation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its annual operating budgets and spread the word far and wide about its winning combination of academic excellence, social responsibility and compassionate citizenship.

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Preston H.S. provided superb teaching, beautiful surroundings and a supportive environment in which I learned all that I needed to know for my future career in higher education. Faith and compassion were evident in teachers and staff, and the school practiced what it preached. Building a life on that education, I became a state university dean and academic vice president, president of a college for women, and executive director of a non-profit organization at Georgetown, but it was at Preston that I became a strong and confident woman. It was the best education I could have received, and I'm grateful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way it turns unsure and untried girls into well educated and self-confident women by giving them a strong educational basis on which to build a productive and satisfying life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

endow it with enough funds to spread the word to all the young women who need what it has to offer: that there is in the Bronx a girls' high school that has learned by experience how best to empower young women to make a difference in their world.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its constant care for its students, staff and alumnae, and the obvious joy it takes in educating girls to become confident women.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, knowledgeable and proud of their association with Preston High. They really cared about our success while in school and after graduation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. Even without the 10 million, it is changing girls' lives for the better and doing a great job of it.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time after my own graduation helping students who were just beginning.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

adequate funding for all programs as the economy declines and additional space to grow.

One thing I'd also say is that...

God must love Preston High because everything about it reflects divine compassion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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12 people found this review helpful

Preston High School is a very special place. The school is committed to helping young women from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds become leaders for compassionate change in the world. The teachers here work tirelessly to ensure the success of their amazing students. The school is truly a community-oriented establishment and puts its students first.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen first hand the fruits of Preston's labor. We have students going on full scholarships to great colleges and universities every year. We are always getting visitors from our young alums who tell us how much they learned at PHS.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

There are not enough words for me to describe my experience at Preston High School. My wish is that all girls could have this experience. My daughter is a name, not a number. She attends school is a safe and beautiful environnent which provides academic excellence and a program that promotes vision, voice and values. I am certain that when she graduates next year that she is fully prepared academically, socially and morally ready for the next chapter in her life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having the opportunity to see my daughter blossom from a young, shy schoolgirl to an outgoing, confident, morally resposible young woman. My experience is life changing and I will forever credit Preston for their commitment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing at all.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The gift of vision, voice and values and the enpowerment of young women.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, friendly, sincere

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

send the girls abroad for an educational experience and provide scholarships

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

na

One thing I'd also say is that...

Preston is unique and I love it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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The values I learned at Preston have served me all my life. The caring faculty provided the confidence to strive and achieve goals I had not thought possible. Options were provided that would shape my entire life. I am eternally grateful to the teachers who spend hours working with us to be accepted in the best colleges (no Sat prep courses for us) and the teachers who encouraged a young Bronx girl to follow her dream of studying math and physics! Preston has remained a part of my life to this day. I have served on the board and been supported of the fund raising events. When I visit the school,I can see that Preston is still providing opportunities for the young women of the Bronx to strive and achieve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a graduate of Preston, I have experienced the results of the my education, my entire life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is no change in the education process that I would make. The only change I would suggest is to the physical plant.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

providing the young women of the Bronx a superior education

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring of the students and interested in well being

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide scholarships to deserving young women modernize the facilities.

Ways to make it better...

Could not have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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I am a proud alumna and parent of 2 alumnae daughters. Preston is first and foremost a leader in the educational community and a place of strength for students who supplement their education by developing self-confidence, determination, & peer and problem-solving approaches. Leadership and compassion are encouraged and students become their best person through the dedicated efforts of an amazing faculty and administration.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my 2 alumnae daughters face academic & personal challenges and persevere. The personal attributes that my daughters developed at Preston will serve them throughout their lives. They are women of strength & character.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Having sent our two daughters Katie 04, Bernadette 10, for there High School education at Preston. I can not praise Preston enough for the outstanding experience both received at this school. Having served on the Parent Association both my wife and I view first hand all the professional way that all of Preston staff of teachers and administration worked for them constantly! It is a great tribute to the Bronx that such a wonderful school exists for the education of young women! Along with the advancement office and the parent association monies are raised for all education need of the girls. Preston has successful conducted two golf outings and hopefully they will continue to assist Preston raised need money for all the girls! I Love Preston!!!!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Its Reputation of the education of young women

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It delivers the best educational experience in the Bronx

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Profession and caring, 150% devoted to High School girl needs

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The top rated school in the country

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Preston High School was an experience I will always treasure and be grateful for. Preston inspired me to realize that I could accomplish any goal that I set my mind to. They not only provided me with an excellent education but the values, morals and integrity shaped me into the person I am today. I am the mother of four children, my daughter also attended Preston High School, and I credit Preston with the success I have achieved in life. A wonderful school for woman!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Preparing me for my future endeavors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is nothing I would change about this organization. They are dedicated staff and faculty members.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The values they instill in all students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent, friendly and always professional and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue the essential work of educating fine women to take their place in our ever changing world.

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Future finances.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Everyone should have the opportunity to attend such a fine institute of learning.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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I was a shy, bright 13 year old from a lower-middle class Italian Bronx family who would become empowered to lead thanks to the outstanding education and welcoming atmosphere of Preston High School. I had teachers who helped me blossom such that I became a class leader, served as assistant editor of the school newspaper and the yearbook, was president of the math club, the science club, sang in the Glee Club, participated in extemporaneous speeches and poetry readings in city-wide competitions. I volunteered to teach religious education to a child in the South Bronx. I was prepared for college via an excellent academic education. The scholarships I received enabled me to attend a private college with tuition fully paid and to pursue my dream of teaching French, having a family, making a difference.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I taught in public schools for over 30 years in mostly urban areas serving a very diverse population. I have been a political activist especially through the League of Women Voters and have registered voters through several campaigns. Environmental activism relative to cleaning up Long Island Sound and recycling and solid waste management, along with running a garden club at my last school for 20 years and continuing to work "in the school garden" as a recently retired teacher are some of my areas of commitment. The sense of responsibility for the my personal spiritual and intellectual growth, my dedication to my family, the environment, and our nation were imbued in me during my years at Preston. Every day I feel a sense of gratitude that I was allowed to have the Preston experience and I so hope that it will continue to influence the lives of young Bronx women the way it has mine.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

insure that the young women do not have to worry about tuition payments when their families' economic situations are altered. I would like to see the physical plant upgraded to reflect the changing needs of the current students and society.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

where it led me. I taught in public schools for over 30 years in mostly urban areas serving a very diverse population. I have been a political activist especially through the League of Women Voters and have registered voters through several campaigns. Environmental activism relative to cleaning up Long Island Sound and recycling and solid waste management, along with running a garden club at my last school for 20 years and continuing to work "in the school garden" as a recently retired teacher are some of my areas of commitment. The sense of responsibility for the my personal spiritual and intellectual growth, my dedication to my family, the environment, and our nation were imbued in me during my years at Preston. Every day I feel a sense of gratitude that I was allowed to have the Preston experience and I so hope that it will continue to influence the lives of young Bronx women the way it has mine.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most dedicated women, mostly women, I had ever encountered. They literally gave their lives to us, their students, their 'children".

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revitalize the facility, upgrade its infrastructure like the electrical system, the plumbing, the repairs to the old building that are needed, establish an endowment fund for scholarship assistance to anyone who is in need, expand travel opportunities...

Ways to make it better...

I knew at the time how valuable it would be for me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a physical plant in need of major upgrades, a student population that has the need for a great deal of scholarship support, and the economic stresses of the current times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love this place. It helped mold me into the person I became. I always smile when I think about that. It was a huge financial burden for my parents, but they bore it. That, too, makes me smile, with gratitude.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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I am the parent of a Preston Freshman. From my first year experiencing Preston I can say that the teachers and staff are phenomenal. They care for and encourage the girls. The principal is very involved and a great role model. She attends parent meetings to give parents updates on the school and inform them about important issues like bullying and anxiety. She listens to parents at each parent meeting. The teachers go beyond school hours to help students after school, and they interact with students and parents in fun ways at different activities throughout the year. The Compassion Connection, a club that my daughter belongs to, has done wonderful things for others; raising money for Haiti and other causes, getting the girls to donate their time to help less fortunate kids. This year the school created a Diversity Day to let students experience food, music, and cultures of all the students. I can see that the entire school works to help girls become the movers and shakers in society. The education is not geared to simply fill the girls with knowledge to pass tests. The education is geared to pass on knowledge that can make a difference and make things better. I am very glad that my daughter is going to Preston. She is learning that women do great things, and that she can too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daughter succeeding in school

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everything so far.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate with sensibility and a sense of humor.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give more young women a great education!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Preston High School has been an invalueable tool in my life history and various careers over the decades. As a student in the 70's direction was hard to find, not only on a career basis, but at a personal level as well. Preston enabled me to receive an education in academics, communal responsibility and service. It also focused and still does today, some 30 years later, on moral values as well as spiritual growth that is a vital part of being a woman and a contributing member of society.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Instituing a Class Scholarship

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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