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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 435
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16035 S 48th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85048

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(480) 219-4848
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December 08, 2014
I started my first child at SJB 5 years ago and now I have 3 there. I have watched this school go through an amazing transformation over the last 2 years since new leadership have arrived on campus. Dr Axman and Mr Watson are fantastic and have done more to connect with the kids and the parents than the previous administration ever did. Father Bob is also a Godsend bringing a renewed sense of spirituality and Catholicism while also going out of his way to foster the relationships with the original 4 parishes that started the school. Sure, we've had teachers that we've liked better than others, but our kids have always progressed and outscored their peers on the standardized tests. The addition of the math coach over the last 2 years has definitely had a positive impact on all 3 of my kids' math scores and comfort with numbers. There remain some communication issues between administration/teachers and parents that I'm sure exist at any school, but overall, being able to have our kids in a Catholic environment every day and benefit from the blessings that provides is really great. We fully expect to see our 5 kids graduate from SJB.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
Since the change of the Pastor and the Administration improvement has been seen in: student interest, excelling grades, teacher team work, investment in the students, increased enrollment.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2014
Great school. The parent involvement is fabulous. There are high standards for student behavior and performance and the leadership has been greatly enhanced in the last 2 years. I am really surprised by some of the comments below

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2014
Great School! The faculty and staff are very welcoming. Even with all the new changes, I like the direction the school is moving in. The new leadership is already showing good results in implementing the newest educational technology. AND what thrill that each day my child is excited to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
New Administration is very poor and no patience to listen to small kids and parents problems. My kids suffered a lot at the elementary and the kindergarten is terrible. Some parents are too involved into the school and the other kids suffers a lot due to their favoritism and their involvement at the school. Administration has partiality in resolving problems and you are not welcome to make such complaints.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
If you have a special needs child, read further. My family has been at this school for several years. Love the community spirit of families, and the faith based learning. However, I disagree with the information posted by the school that this school is able to assist students with special needs. My child has a physical disability recognized under the ADA. Administration is reminded annually that my child has a physical disability, and it is duly noted on the health record, yet there has annually never been ANY collaboration whatsoever with administration, health office and faculty to provide assistance. Instead, I have to contact each and every teacher to discuss the situation individually, hoping to get some small assistance. Weeks into the school year, one or more has forgotten about the special circumstances. Grades are impacted, tears are shed, but we have accepted this as the unfortunate result of not having gone with a public school where these situations are handled in a structured method by law. If the new administration wants to make an impact, they need to do a far better job in a COLLABORATIVE effort to assist students with special needs.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
The new administration is the BEST thing to happen to the school. They are making changes and implementing new programs from technology to language arts and computerized assessment testing for a far more accurate read on how individual students are performing -- SJB is the only Catholic school doing this. We have been at the school for a few years and I've never seen such innovative thinking AND making things happen at the curriculum level -- this is refreshing and impressive for a new administration that has only been in place for one year. It's human nature to resist change. This is truly the best time to be at St. John Bosco Catholic School.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
The new administration has no direction and extremely poor communication with parents. I have been sending my child here for years, and we're making a tough decision this summer about whether or not to return. The fact that there was a new priest as well as new principal and assistant principal all over the same summer was problematic. I don't think the new administration understands the community one iota, nor do they seem to care to. The new principal is even less accessible than the prior one if that's even imaginable. Emails go unanswered, no one is accountable. I don't think the quality of education measures up to the price of tuition. The main problems at Bosco have been exacerbated this school year, and so far the only major change I'm seeing is in the dress code of all things.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2014
I go to St. John Bosco, I am a new student and I was very pleased with the school before I actually went there. The kids were mean until I finally fit in almost at the end of the year. Some of the teachers were ok. But the unreasonableness of the awful new administration is astounding, I went to a public school before I moved to St. John Bosco and I honestly think I learned more at my public school. Teachers and administration use unfair and extreme punishments and is over all ridiculous. The parents are jokes they are so involved in their kids lives they literally harass and text other students about their personal lives. DO NOT come to this school, kids who have been there since kindergarten have told me that the school is getting worse and worse. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY there are many other schools out there that are better than St. John Bosco, coming here is a huge waste of time and money the students staff and parents are ridiculous and the school is over all awful.

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2014
Great School! Love the community feel. The new leadership is headed in the right direction. Concerned about academic scores as compared to other private schools. Needs higher scores in Math.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
The leadership at this school is under change and you do not want to get stuck in the middle of their identity crisis. The parent community is good and there are some good teachers. However they don't communicate well at all. They also allow kids to be rude, disruptive and disrespectful (Not at all what you would expect from a Catholic school)

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
This school promises so much and falls short of everything. They have no leadership. The parent community is their strongest piece. They have no consistency amongst teachers and don't pay any attention to parents feedback or comments.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Great school. Great Community. Great Environment. We are very happy we selected Bosco for our children.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
The school talks about educating the "whole child." That has definitely been my experience! They learn, practice their faith, participate in community service and enjoy tons of extra curricular activities. From our experience, it is not something that you can get at public school or even other private schools. The academics are challenging and the faculty is great. What impresses me the most is the parent involvement. It's one big community where all the families know each other and participate in the education of the children.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
St. John Bosco is a wonderful school that is truly committed to educating the whole child in a caring environment of academic excellence. The school has reasonable class sizes, utilizes instructional assistants to help facilitate center-based learning for math and language in the younger grades, and employs both a math and literacy coach. When you step onto the campus, you are warmly greeted by students and staff and the facilities are clean and well-maintained. My entire family is active in the school community and there is a wealth of opportunities to serve others through volunteer and other opportunities. The Catholic school environment, with its focus on faith and academics is worth a visit to find out more!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2013
Class sizes are unbelievably high, and no consistency with use of the aides at the school. My child used to have a full time aide but suddenly ths year the administration has done away with having an aide in each lower grade class, instead throwing them around campus to help upper grade teachers - are you kidding me?? This is disappointng and insulting as a parent, the extra help in those large classes is vital with younger children. It's what made me switch from public to private initially. You're better off sending your child to the local public schools. The administration needs to change. There are some great teachers at this school, but NOT worth the tuition as I'm beginning to realize.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2013
I have one child who stated at St. John Bosco in kindergarten, graduated and was accepted at every school to which he applied. He is in honors and AP classes at a local Catholic school. His peers from St. John Bosco are in similar classes. The conclusion I draw from this is that the school did, indeed, prepare my son and his peers for high school. The teachers do care....a great deal. They are supportive but they did not coddle him. They forced him to take ownership and responsibility for his education. There were times when they took a hard line to teach my son about discipline, wortk ethic and integrity. I cannot argue with this approach. My child, a product of a St. John Bosco education, is a responsible, kind, contributing member of society. This is due, in part, to his St. John Bosco education. I recognize that St. John Bosco is not perfect. However, I'm quite sure no other school is perfect either. St. John Bosco is a good choice if you want to raise a child who recognizes his/her God-given gifts, uses them to potential, and grows up to share them with the world.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
Great school! Teachers are friendly and the parents are active in the school! I'm also impressed with my son's knowledge of the catechism.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
I meant to say for Science my daughter was so grateful for the amount of work that the Science teacher had her do.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
I agree, Bosco is a lovely community. I wish I could say that alone was worth the tuition dollars. Some teachers are wonderful, some are downright rude. Bosco needs to educate the faculty on how to send an email to students and parents that doesn't reek of irritation and condescension. I only rarely contact the teacher if needed, and from the first this was the tone I was met with. My older child emailed his science teacher a question, and the reply was curt and rude. In my studies I routinely contacted various educators of mine with questions through the completion of my post graduate degree, never was a question met with such disdain. This is K-8 folks, not a PhD program. Kids should be able to feel comfortable enough to communicate with their teachers. I'm actually paying you for this.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
Inconsistent teaching quality from grade to grade and poor leadership. The one saving grace is the lovely sense of community.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2012
Bosco is very hit or miss with the quality of the teachers from grade to grade. The curriculum is not at all rigorous. Too much attention (three full months) in science is paid to the annual science fair project as opposed to first learning the concepts that would enable the student to understand their selected topic. As an example, the teacher handed out a list of suggested topics, one included testing ph levels. Not once in science have they learned ph, acids and bases. The Spanish program needs an overhaul. Don't expect that upon leaving Bosco your child will have any remote chance of learning conversational Spanish, or being able to enter high school above entry level Spanish. It just won't happen unless you supplement the education. I can't in good faith recommend this school. Your child's education would be far better served at a private prep school or more advanced charter school.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
Many of these reviews sound like the principal wrote. The verbiage is shockingly similar to promotional materials for SJB. I was a student at SJB, and there were good points. The community of students is clickish, but mostly a good group of kids. There are many school opportunities to participate in extracurriculars. Parents are always helpful and involved. The school feels safe, it's definitely a secure campus. Now for the downside. When I left SJB I had made principal's honor roll every year since 4th grade (95% or better for GPA). When I got to high school, what a wake up call. I felt like I spent weeks playing catch up in math in my honors class. Science wasn't as bad. My recollection of SJB is they spend too much time trying to conform students into Stepford-behaved students. That's coming from a student who didn't have behavior problems. Some teachers were rigid to the point of being unapproachable if you had a problem. Any classroom problem or miscommunication was always and necessarily the fault of the student, and teachers were often unwilling to listen. Better schools are out there, schools that nurture you into a self reliant, successful individual.

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2012
What an incredible experience we have had at SJB. The administration and teachers really respond to each child as an individual. The new assessment system is amazing! Ensuring academic growth in every child. The love and support on campus is contagious, not to mention an amazing safe, community all working towards the same goals.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
My 2 children feel loved at their school, and we know they are learning to be well-rounded in academics, faith, and friendship.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
St. John Bosco is an excellent school! There is a great sense of community because of the great teachers and incredible parent involvement. I would definitely recommend SJB to families looking for "more" for their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
St. John Bosco is an excellent school with our Catholic faith at the core and the dedication of highly qualified teachers and staff. Along with a quality education, our children are taught respect, generosity, and care for each other while building their own self-confidence and leadership. We love it!

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2012
Our child just finished Kindergarten this year at SJB and we couldn't have been happier with the experience. Her teacher was dedicated, happy, spiritual and really cared about the well-being and learning of her students. Our child was challenged appropriately in all subject areas and was excited to go to school each day.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2012
I am updating my post from 2 years ago, because I am still thrilled with the education my younger kids are getting. I truly believe that both Catholic elementary and HS will help prepare my kids to better individuals all around. My daughter was accepted at both the schools she applied to. Her close friends/classmates are doing very well at the school she attends, as are her friends at the boys and girls high school. One semester out of SJB and her grades resulted in her making 1st Honor Roll. I am personally very pleased and happy my kids attend SJB. I love the small school environment, and I like that I am encouraged to be involved!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
St. John Bosco is a school in much need of an administration change and I agree that a child is so much more than a test score. With that said how can a childs needs really me met when they are cramming 35 kids in a class. There is no possible way that any child can thrive emotionally or academically. I felt that my children were not given a chance to thrive above their grade level. The school teaches staight to the middle of each grade. Nothing more and nothing less. If you have a child that you feel needs more academically this is not the school for you. Many families this yr had to go to the administration for different reasons and changes have not been made. Families are afraid to speak up but are afraid of retaliation towards their kids. As a teacher myself I don't think this is an environment that best suits my children.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
After reading some of the negative reviews, I find myself thankful for the experience that we have had at SJB. I taught in public school, so I know what else is out there. My children love school, are challenged academically, but more importantly, they are becomming great people. SJB doesn't "teach" them good character traits, they model it and expect it from Pre-K to 8th Grade. There is no doubt in my mind that my children will grow up to be well educated, good, and caring people because of their SJB foundation. The reason that I gave SJB 4 stars instead of 5 is because it doesn't currently have an asst. principal. I think they need one to help balance the administration and handle discipline issues. My child's class was one that had 35 students in it (not all classes are that big, some only have 25), and some of them needed a good "talking to" from the administration.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
St. John Bosco is a small, close knit, caring and nurturing community that supports students, families and staff. The rich catholic traditions are woven into the daily life of the students. I believe that another positive attribute is that children are disciplined with religious values intertwined. The faculty's focus is to develop the whole child with love and guidance to becoming a life long learner. I love that the teachers are dedicated to continue to improve the children's education through staff development. They are supported by the principal who shows great dedication to SJB.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
SJB for our family has everything we want for our children: quality teachers, academics, values, strong community and Catholic education. Our children love school and it shows year after year as they grow and develop. They are challenged academically, encouraged emotionally and supported entirely. The administration and teachers are all committed to meeting the needs of each child. We have not been disappointed. We know that when our children graduate they are going to be well prepared for high school and beyond. Take an opportunity to talk to other families. It is a dynamic school that offers both academics and Catholic values. If you are looking for a school that will take the time to get to know your child beyond their student number, look no further. We feel blessed to have our children be a part of this loving, supportive, thriving community.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
Our children are more than a test score. This learning community focuses on teaching the whole child. Excellence in academics is a high priority. So is faith and spiritual development. Test scores play a role in assessing learning. However, it saddens me as a parent to hear other parents placing so much emphasis on one aspect of their child's education (a single score from a test taken on one day. A tiny snapshot). This school's scores are competitive. The teachers are profoundly dedicated. Our children are truly cared for. A student is more than a "test score" - they are a complete person with spiritual, social, emotional, and intellectual needs. A great school provides more than a test score report. It addresses and meets all those needs. I'm pleased that my children are here. I recommend this school if you believe that your child is also more than a test score.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
St. John Bosco is preferable to public education, but not by much. This was not always the case, but sadly the school has been slipping the past few years. This can be evidenced by comparative standardized test scores, as well as how poorly many 8th grade students place as entering 9th graders. Math and science curriculum are mediocre at best. My child has friends in public school in the same grade level, and those students are working above what my Bosco kid is in these subjects. The only reason I keep him in Bosco is because I believe the religious integration brings a spiritual fulfillment not available at the public school. Based purely upon academics, and weighing the hefty cost for annual enrollment, I would search out other options. Tuition keeps climbing, quality of education decreases. The administration's response is to constantly solicit even more money from cash strapped families, change the quarterly grading system to a trimester system, and hand out license plate frames to help "publicize" Bosco because enrollment is on the decline. The diocese needs to step in and examine the situation at Bosco, and make some MUCH NEEDED administration changes.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
I was a student at Bosco, and I do not recommend this school for your child. Parents and teachers can say all they want about how great the school is, but what is really important is your child's thoughts. SJB suppresses free-thinking and creativity. Students are prevented from being who they really are and are transformed into the administrations vision of a perfect student. There are a very limited amount of ways to express yourself. Teachers are more focused on educating with discipline than they are by helping and encouraging. Students become afraid to go to their teachers for help with problems academically and socially. I had lost faith in my education and failed to understand how our education system is still a working one, but since I switched schools to a college preparatory, I have been doing better, I have been more social, and I have a better relationship with my teachers. My younger siblings agree as well. Take this as a tip from a student, because a student needs a proper education, which is not what you will find at SJB.

- submitted by a community member
July 30, 2011
Saint John Bosco is a wonderful caring community of parents, staff, and administrators. The teachers are well educated, effective, and care about the success of their students. The community is made up of many wonderful families, who are actively involved in making SJB one of the best schools around. Our kids are growing into academically excelling students who are emotionally and socially happy. Most importantly, they are becoming people with good character and strong moral beliefs.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
Nice small campus. High tution for the teaching capabilities. I feel they need more male teachers.I feel they need more quality teachers. I don't think bulling issues are not properly addressed. It's like (all) office staff is afraid to bring this issue up for fear of offending the wrong person and losing funds that they so greatly rely on. I don't think amount of homework should fall under quality of homework. There is too much for these kids a lot of the time especially at end of quarter when teachers haven't spent much time on it but to pass it through the system it's kinda pushed on the kids to get it done. I would just like to know how some of these folk are blind and rate this place 5 stars..first very few rate 5 star but thus place certainly is far from it. I give 2 at best. Dress code enforced is only for some not all. I think very unfair for occasional birthday snack when they mostly serve pizza. Mac & cheese, hot dogs all those carbs .but no ocassionsl birthday cake ? This is suppose to be a school nothing worse correct? Please address the bulling issues, give homework a bit of break add make teachers and more interesting and challenging Then maybe its worth $5000.yr.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2011
Great School, great learning environment, great parent involvement - St John Bosco is preparing our children to become responsible adults.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
It is a tough decision when choosing a school for our children. We have been very happy with the involvement of the teachers and administration with our family. They truly care about what is in the best interest of our child. We've already had two children graduate from here and our third child will be completing pre-k in May.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2011
The academic success of your child is not a factor for the teachers or the principle at St. John Bosco. The only interest the faculty has is in their own agenda which is money money. Do not waste your money or your childs education on the staff and faculty of St John Bosco. There is not a person there that actually cares about academic excellence or preparing your child for the challenges ahead. Instead the teachers are simply interested in putting as little effort into your childs education while collecting a paycheck. As a parent I am not only disappointed with the lack of direction displayed by the faculty but by the greedy nature of the school in genera.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2010
St. John Bosco is an excellent school for our family and our friends. Not every school will be a perfect fit for all kids, but this one is great for our family. I have found the academics to be very challenging for the kids, and I don t consider my kids average (but don t most parents ). Seriously, they are stimulated, challenged & doing much better than their cousins in public school and my other friends kids in public school. My children have a strong faith base, moral teachings and excellent academic stimulation what else could you ask for? How about incredible teachers and staff. The parent involvement is out of this world and contributes to a welcoming environment for other parents and children. Some of the other reviews on here don t seem fair either one or a few have had a bad experience, and I m sorry to hear that, but I feel the kids get enough stimulation and the services are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
Our child has been attending SJB since 2004. We have found the school's faith-based curriculum very good and classroom teachers to be caring individuals. We feel our child is safe and loved at SJB. The school is dedicated to teaching the whole child - mind, body and spirit. We enjoy giving the school our time and talents. The administration and faculty are a joy to work with.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
Our child has been attending St. John Bosco for the past 3 years since preschool and we are extremely satisfied with her educational experience. This Catholic school sets high standards as well as strong discipline which prepares the students to move on to the next level. We look forward to the next 7 years here.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2010
This school is not a good choice for those who have an interest in the education of their child.

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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
Very poor academics and special classes. The faculty is not up to par with schools in the area. I would not choose this school for my child. Next year we will not be returning. Sit through any parent teacher conference just once and it is easy to see just how below par these teachers are. The art program or lack thereof is shameful.

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September 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 31, 2009
I have read the reviews of this school and assume mediocre is viewed as exceptional. My children attended this school for 2 years and we found it a surprisingly poor choice. This is difficult because you expect pubic schools to have typical challenges, but for a private expensive school like SJB - they offer no advantage outside of the families and parents being very lovely. But, heck, I didn't expect to pay $5K a year just for friendly parent acqaintences. Very poor choice. St Mary's would be a better fit.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
Overall, we have been happy with our experience at SJB and we plan to continue supporting this great school. There are great teachers and the latest technology is in every classroom but the main thing is- my child feels safe here and has friends he will know for years. There is a sence if family here that you don't find at other schools. It is truly a tight knit community of family and friends.

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July 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2009
St. John Bosco is a fantastic school! From the Top to the bottom everyone shines here. The Principals are always around and knows everyone by name! The teachers and staff are dedicated to their professions and feel proud to be a special part of our children s lives. We have been blessed to have such great people around our kids every day. The school runs a tight ship - The students are taught discipline, respect and how to live daily by their Catholic faith. The parent involvement exceeds any other school around. The Dad s Club is awesome! It s worth every sacrifice we are making to send our children here.

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July 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
SJB is great for students who are at grade level or below. The school cannot meet the needs of students who are above grade level. Those students are not stimulated academically or creatively. Rule enforcemment is vigorous, particularly with the dress code. The campus is beautiful, especially compared to other Catholic schools, but resources are most used on material campus improvements versus strenghting and enriching the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
SJB is a great school. It is also a great community. The community (parents, staff and administration) is committed to maintaining a school environment where the students know they are cared for and are challenged to grow academically, personally and spiritually. We very satisfied with the school and would recommend it to anyone looking for an academically challenging, Catholic education for their children.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
I find SJB as a very caring and excellent school that nurtures the whole child. Our child has been attending SJB since 2003. We are very pleased with the curriculum, teachers and administration. The strict standards and religious education are pluses in my book. The parent involvement is another positive aspect that makes one feel very connected to the school.

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January 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
Parents of students who attend this school will find that after the 6th grade the level of education at SJB is extremely poor. Even worse, is the complete disregard by school faculty and administration for parent's expressed concerns and requests for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2009
I truly believe that both Catholic elementary and HS will help prepare my kids to better individuals all around My daughter was accepted at both the schools she applied to. Most of her close friends/classmates are doing very well at the school she attends as are her friends at the boys and girls high school. One semester out of SJB and her grades resulted in her making 1st Honor Roll. I am personally very pleased and happy my kids attend SJB. I love the small school environment.

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January 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 18, 2008
While some teachers on campus show great dedication to their craft and provide a fantastic environment for the advancement of the child both spiritually and educationally this school has some major flaws. Administration seems to lack the ability to allow the teachers to creatively do their jobs and is slow to adapt to the ever changing educational landscape. Some teachers are demeaning to the children and stifle their ability to learn and grow. The school itself has a beautiful campus and amazing technological resources but until the leadership of the school changes its mindset or are relieved of their duties I would be hesitant to send my student there.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
The family community is awesome and supportive, actual teaching is above par, but the staff community is grossly lacking. Makes for poor PR.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 28, 2008
I was a student at St. John Bosco when it opened in 2001. I enjoyed going to school then, but later things weren't as good as they used to be. This school may look great, but tuition is very high. I was constantly picked on and the situations weren't handled very well. Lastly, academics are standard, but it's possible for students to be challenged more. I switched schools 2-3 years ago and my parents don't regret it. Now, I've been attending school with the Kyrene School District, and I love it. So, if you're questioning about putting your kids into this school, parents: Don't take any chances. Take this advice from a student.

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September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2008
SJB is awesome! My children have been there for 4 years and have never said 'I dont want to go to school.' The teachers communicate with parents and there is alot of parent involvement. I have been very pleased with the PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers we have had so far. We are truly blessed to be a part of the SJB family!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
Great school with excellent teachers and administration. I think it takes special people to run a school and we have them!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
We have 2 children who have been at St. John Bosco since 2003. We are very impressed with the teachers and administration. The academics are above standard and the spirituality adds something that is missing in the public schools. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2008
Good resources. Smart boards and computer availability are wonderful. Heavy parent involvement and cohesive community feel. Extremely structured and rigid for children. Slow to adapt or progress due to leadership and faculty. I like the school but I think the principal's vision plays too big of a role and stiffles the potential of this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
It's a good school, but my overall satisfaction is not as high as it used to be. Phenomenal prek program due entirely to the teacher who has been there since inception in 2005. Weaker in 1st grade and only 1 very good 2nd grade teacher, but very good special faculty (PE, art, music). Class sizes tend to be too large. Principal leadership is questionable.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
Class size is large (32-35) with one teacher and one assistant. Self-paced work is expected starting at kindergarten, which may prove challenging for some children. Gisselle methodology for entrance into kindergarten. Overall a decent school, but probably comparable with good public schools.

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June 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
Parents are required to be involved in every aspect. Art and Music are required every week and spanish is required through 8th grade. They have smart boards in every classroom and have very high standards

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We encourage you to come visit our incredible community of parents, faculty and students. It is this caring and engaged community that propels the students at St. John Bosco into academic excellence. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit sjbosco.org/admissions or call our Admissions Office at 480.219.4853.

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St. John Bosco Catholic School
16035 S 48th St., Phoenix, AZ  85048
(480) 219-4848
Last modified St. John Bosco Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. John Bosco Catholic School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 75 reviews. Top