Yorkville Arts Academy
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#1 Jun 5, 2011
Parents should not be duped into thinking that this "Academy" is something special. It is nothing more than an after school program held in the basement of the Church of the Holy Trinity on East 88th Street in New York City.
It is held in the very same room that sleeps 12 to 15 different homeless men every night. These are men you are shutteled from one shelter to another, night after night.
Sending your child to this program, puts them at risk of picking up lice, fleas and bedbugs. It is a well-known fact that shelters in the five burroughs are dealing with bedbug infestation.
There are so many other after school programs held in appropriate settings that one needs to ask - should you send your child to an after school program which is held in an airless and window less basement roomwhich doubles as a homeless mens shelter?
#2 Jun 19, 2011
An adacemy this is not. The "Director" Mary Aussman writes well - she makes the claim that the after school program is held in a safe and spacious room. She does not tell you that it is a windowless room in the basement of a church building owned by the Church of the Holy Trinity.
This is the same room which sleeps 12 to 15 unbathed homeless men each night. It is a large room - to say it is spacious is a bit imaginative on her part. It is "safe" because the church installed gates on the exit doors to prevent the homeless men from entering other areas of the church.
The photos she has posted on the flyer for the 2011-2012 are not of students attending the after school program (of which there are very few). The 6 children featured are members of the church's children's choir.
Mary Aussman and her husband, who assists in running the after school program live and work at the church. They have an infant son they bring into the basement room. Their time and attention is often diverted from from the students enrolled in the program to care for the baby.
The line between their personal and professional lives gets blurred and students are often subjected to tensions between these two - of which there are many.
Last school year several parents removed their children from the program. In addition, 3 families believe the bedbug infestations they had to deal with originated from this basement room which doubles as a men's shelter.
There are far better after school programs to send your children to.
#3 Aug 11, 2011
Yorkville Arts Academy is now called
Holy Trinity's After-School Program which claims to offers an outstanding music-based curriculum for children ages 5 through 15.
Don't be fooled. It is a fancy name for an after school porgram held in the basement room of a church building - the same room that sleeps 15 homeless men each night. Never well attended - they are desperate fr students.
It is run by the "Dysfunctional Duo" - Mary Aussman and Stephen Fraser. She is slovenly in appearance and walks like a truck driver. He is alleged to have improper realtions with a former piano student of his 6 years ago in
St. Catherine's Ontario. The child's (now 16) mother is seeking to bring him to justice in Ontario.
Learn more - read Yorkville Arts Academy.
#4 Aug 11, 2011
Church of the Holy Trinity's After school program is the same as The Yorkville Arts Academy - same "teacher's - same "classroom" - only change is the name.
Parents beware. Don't waste your money! There are far better programs to send your children to. Last spring 3 families came down with bed bud infestations believed to have originated from this "classroom" - which sleeps 15 homeless men each night.
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