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.
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.
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.
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.
The family community is awesome and supportive, actual teaching is above par, but the staff community is grossly lacking. Makes for poor PR.
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.
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!
Great school with excellent teachers and administration. I think it takes special people to run a school and we have them!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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