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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great School, great learning environment, great parent involvement - St John Bosco is preparing our children to become responsible adults.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This school is not a good choice for those who have an interest in the education of their child.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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