SFX has been a fantastic environment for our kids. We were new to the school and they welcomed us. I disagree with the comment regarding older teachers. My daughter has an older teacher who has been there for decades and she is one of the best teachers we have ever had. My daughters are also a bit "out of the box" and their uniqueness is welcomed and championed. We could not be happier.
A particular lower elementary teacher needs to retire. She is way over the age any responsible administration could consider effective in properly managing a classroom full of young students. She's been teaching there for several decades and I can understand any organization taking pride in their foundational framework, but for goodness sake, please put the needs of the students ahead of showcasing antiques.
The community at SFX breeds homogeny. If the child or his family do not fit within the confines of the set standards of thoughts, behaviors, lifestyle, world views...even physical appearances...then the child is likely to suffer the consequences, usually in the form of covert bullying, social exclusion and mob mentality. This is extraordinarily damaging to a child's newly forming identity and vulnerable emotional psyche.
If you are certain that your child's personality can withstand persecution for their differences, or you have iron clad confidence that your child doesn't have a mind of his/her own and is willing to lend themselves to social inculcation of the highest form, and you as a parent don't mind taking away your child's God given right to learn and think for themselves about areas such as human diversity of thought, cultural myths and social/economic variances, then you may be comfortable in this school.
But if you are a parent of child with a beautiful and innocent soul who happens to be socially awkward, emotionally sensitive, brilliant in divergent thought and idea, asks questions that most are afraid to ask, and naturally stands up for the underdog or rejects social cliques then please love your child enough to steer clear of this school. Personally, my experience is that this school sadly and sorely lacks in genuine empathy, from the top of admin all the ways down to many of the parents, and is void of any willingness in working with children who don't fit the mold. And, I'm blessed with a child who does not conform to anyone's expectations of a mold but the one he was born to fit. We, therefore, got her out as soon as we could before further damage could be done.
We are happy to be part of the St Francis Xavier school, parish and Jesuit community. We chose St Francis Xavier not only because of the
excellent academics, but also because we loved the school motto - Kids for Others. Each morning begins with the entire school community
attending Pledge and Prayer in the courtyard and the last line of Pledge and Prayer is always "Go out and be kids for others." We love that our kids are being taught to think of others before themselves.
St Francis Xavier is a great fit for our family and we are very happy at the school. There is no one school that is the right fit for everyone and it's important to see for yourself what is best for your family.
We based our decision on where to send our son to school based on what Catholic parish we joined. After attending mass at several valley parishes we decided that St. Francis was the right fit for our family. We love the Jesuit's mission of helping others. At the school they emphasize being a kid for others and having respect for others on top of getting a good education. We were thoroughly impressed with the school after attending the new parents retreat where they explained that while attending the school they help the children aim to be Loving, Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, and Committed to Doing Justice. I feel like after graduating my son will at least have a good foundation (other than what we can give him at home) to be a good, kind, caring person. The community of parents, teachers and administrators is amazing. I have seen the community come together to support people who are going through hard times when people are going through cancer, have lost a loved one or just going through a hard time. Academically, I am thrilled with how far along my son is in coursework. He is completing work that is not expected of him until next year! It makes me feel that the teachers are able to push the faster learners while ensuring the students who have difficulties in certain subjects don't fall behind. We are beyond pleased with our choice in schools and highly suggest the school to everyone we know!
After touring several Catholic schools in the area, my husband and I selected St Francis Xavier for our children and couldn't be happier with our decision. What sets St Francis apart from other Catholic schools is that it is a Jesuit school, the only Jesuit elementary school in the state. The academics are stellar and the teachers are amazing, but what also attracted us to St Francis is the way they care for the students as a whole. St. Francis believes strongly in helping foster the social, emotional and spiritual formation of their students as well. We love that the motto is "Kids For Others" and is ingrained in everything they do and throughout the curriculum.
The sense of community is a big part of St Francis as well. Each morning begins with the principal leading the entire student body in Pledge and Prayer in the courtyard. Parents are invited to stay for Pledge and Prayer and it's a nice way to start each day with your children and the other St Francis families. The community is very welcoming and there are many opportunities to get involved. We didn't know many others when we started, yet our children quickly made friends that we feel will last a lifetime, as did we as their parents.
We are so happy we selected St. Francis Xavier for our children.