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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Great school. Great Community. Great Environment. We are very happy we selected Bosco for our children.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I meant to say for Science my daughter was so grateful for the amount of work that the Science teacher had her do.
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.
Inconsistent teaching quality from grade to grade and poor leadership. The one saving grace is the lovely sense of community.
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.
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.
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.
My 2 children feel loved at their school, and we know they are learning to be well-rounded in academics, faith, and friendship.
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