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St. Rose of Lima School

Private | PK-8 | 190 students

Our school is best known for its Catholicity and academic excellence

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $119,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $650.

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Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I absolutely love this school, the teachers, the families, the staff. It's such a great atmosphere. I wouldn't have my son at any other place. It's the best place for us to be. The children are so respectful and the teachers really care. The kids like to do well in their studies; it's cool to be knowledgeable. We've made such good friends here and are proud to say that we go to St. Rose. The sisters make such a remarkable difference not only in the childrens lives but in the lives of the whole family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

We have been at Saint Rose of Lima for many years and we have never regretted the decision to sacrifice and send our children to school there. The classes are small, the faculty is caring and the curriculum is challenging but, most importantly, faith is an integral part of each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2013

Imagine a school with one class per grade, where students encourage each other, discipline is NOT frowned upon and students want to do well. Well, that is Saint Rose. I have been a parent there since 2006,and I have never questioned our decision to send our children here. Have there been trying times? Yes. Have there been some disappointing times? Yes. But when you have children who like to go to school, and ask when it's time to go back to school while on break...Well, money can't buy that. The coolest part, the sisters are women who have entered a congregation that teaches without pay, and they still do it!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2012

St Rose is a great school, focus on God is awesome and my kids love it there. Children who struggle with attention and with keeping up in class have a difficult time at st rose. There does not seem to be any extra time during class to help those who are struggling. I love the smaller class sizes, but it seems to be growing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2012

We have had the best experiences at St. Rose. The faculty and staff have always been responsive to our child's needs. The curriculum challenges her and we feel is preparing her well for high school.
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Posted August 15, 2012

Not only is out daughter receiving a wonderful education, but more importantly she is becoming dependent upon God. I have never seen so much love among teachers and students. The teachers truly want her to be the best she can be. The discipline is amazing and is executed in a loving way. This school is helping mold my daughter into a productive member of society and for that I am grateful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2012

Superior experience!!! There are schools with better facilities and have drastically higher budgets to draw from, that being said there is no school that maximizes results as well as Saint Rose. The students are educated at a level 2-3 years more advanced than most public schools. As much as I am pleased with the academics I am more thankful for the loving care given th my childrens spiritual growth and well being. The teachers and most of all the Dominican Sisters who run the school are difference makers in the students life. I feel that my children will be academically, morally and spiritually prepared for their next phase of life thanks to Saint Rose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2009

Do you have children that can't wait to get to school? I do. My children are currently in 2nd grade and 5K. To be nurtured by teachers who want to teach there; to be nurtured by sisters, whose order it is to teach, is an amazing feeling to be around. The campus most definitely lacks facilities, but my children are excited to learn and that means more. That being said, they are in the middle of a capital campaign to build a brand new school. I was sad to read the 2004 review, because there is a full-time resource teacher for special needs. My 5K boy is most certainly a handful, but the comments I get from his teacher are 'I love his spirit' and 'As long as I turn it into a personal job, he stays on task.' Discipline isn't a bad thing ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

We have had our son at St. Rose since 4K. Now he is in 7th grade. While in 5K his teacher noticed only after a month that he wasn't progressing and recomennded testing. We are grateful becase our son was languge delayed. With the right help he quickly regained his language. He is also ADD. St. Rose is structured, nurturing and truly interested in the whole child:Spirit, Mind and Body. My son loves St. Rose. I just wish it went through 12th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2004

Our child has attended St. Rose for 5 years. We are moving him next year. We kept hoping things would improve, and have gotten tired of waiting. They are frequently disorganized (changing school closing dates at the last minute for example), have little racial/ethnic/economic diversity and the administration shows little compassion for children that have any learning difficulties such as ADD or ADHD. However, we have encountered wonderful teachers. The teachers aren't all there is to a school, though, so think carefully before choosing St. Rose. Parents that can afford to contribute money are valued, but lower income parents can feel left out. There is no parent-teacher organization. As with many schools, they don't seem to understand the different learning styles and habits of boys versus girls, so typical male behaviors can be almost criminalized. The after school care is lacking also.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 58%
Black 12% 34%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Italian
Spanish
Polish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • Forensics club
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:10 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Sister Mary Elizabeth Sallese, O.P.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (205) 933-0591

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Montessori
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Forensics club
  • Gardening
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
30
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
50

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$5000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
John Carroll Catholic High School
Altamont
St. Bernard Prep in Cullman
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1401 22nd St S
Birmingham, AL 35205
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Phone: (205) 933-0549

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