With regard to the math specialist, she is there for all of the students at school. My child needs extra help with math and the math specialist works with her regularly and I know of others students who also see her for more help. The "average" students' - average being a relative term as the entire school performs above average according to test scores - needs are being met in the classroom with their regular teachers. The math coach has also implemented programs for ALL of the students in the classrooms. For example, among other things, the ACC math that the students do in the classrooms was implemented by the math specialist as well as updated all of the curriculum in the upper grades. She is also available to any parent that would like to discuss their concerns regarding math, as I did regarding my own child.
She is a strong asset to the school.
The Administration is terribly ineffective and insensitive. They do not help resolve conflicts or issues among students (e.g., bullying, harassment). It is not a welcoming community. Some of the teachers are great but majority are judgmental -- quick to blame or yell at student. The culture definitely does not align with strong Catholic values and respect
Although the school says it is there for all students it is clearly not. The administration and the math specialist are only worried about the high math students. I learned about kids being tested at an evening event from other parents. The school did not even tell us about these "tests." Apparently they will have special classes for this handful of students in each grade to give them more, higher math concepts. I thought the math specialist was out to help all students not just the chosen few. Other reviews mention certain circles of parents that get all of the attention, this seems to be true. Worried about all the kids that are just "average."
We have had our kids at St. John Bosco for over 10 years. We have been extremely happy with the curriculum, community and faith formation. It's hard to know how well one's children are doing until they leave the school. One of our kids graduated a few years ago (the others are still at SJB), and she is doing very well. She is excelling in an all honors program at a Catholic high school. This is due to the excellent study skills and preparation she received at SJB. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants a challenging academic environment combined with a warm and supportive community. Teachers and parents really care at SJB.
We love this school! We have had our children attending St. John Bosco for 6 years and we will not consider going anywhere else. Our children have flourished in all areas - academically, socially and personally.
The community is outstanding, gathering in prayer and support for anyone that needs it. I have never experienced any problems with cliques and have felt welcomed by everyone on campus. I feel like I can approach anyone on campus from administrators, to teachers, to parents. My children have also made some amazing lifelong friends.
The test scores are high and only continue to get better. Teachers and administrators continue to develop new programs for more targeted learning for each level of students (I know because my children are directly effected). All of our teachers have cared a great deal about our individual students. SJB students go on to great high schools and colleges.
We are not a wealthy family and we make sacrifices to send our children to this school. We have never felt like we don't belong or like we aren't valued as members of the community.
I have asked my children and they tell me they cannot imagine going to a school where they can't talk about Jesus, pray with their class and for their friends publicly, or go to Mass with their friends and teachers. To us, that is just as important as academics. SJB provides a well-rounded education that we know will contribute to our children becoming well-rounded, well-formed adults.
We really do love this school.
I am reading some of these reviews and I am truly baffled. I am absolutely shocked that this amazing school only has 3 STARS!!!! I consider myself an involved parent that is on campus, in the classroom, and involved with many extracurricular activities. I can honestly say that I cannot imagine my children going to a better school. For us, this is the best!!! The curriculum is challenging, but not so intense that they are doing 3 hours of homework each night.. The community feel is absolutely amazing!!! I have never met a group of people so friendly and welcoming. The teachers are caring, yet have high expectations of their students. The new administration has been a welcome change. We have 2 children who have been at this school for a total of 8 years. They are both hard working, faithful, caring, giving, and confident.
I also have to say this. This past school year, the new administration sent out a parent satisfactory survey. They shared the results at a "State of the School" meeting in the Spring. The overwhelming majority of the responses were highly satisfied in all categories. Everyone I chat with is highly satisfied with SJB and can't imagine sending their child (ren) anywhere else. Again I say, I am completely baffled as to how this amazing school only has 3 Stars! (Actually, I think a few disgruntled parents, which ALL schools have, have brought our score down). I HIGHLY recommend this school, and if the thought of paying tuition makes you nervous, there are SO many ways to make it work. Contact the school and they will help you. You will not regret it!!!
We have been blessed to be a part of St. John Bosco for over ten years. The community is loving, the teachers are compassionate, and the administration is continually striving to provide the best education to the students. I can't say enough wonderful things about SJB.
Catholic faith community centered around Christ and the Catholic faith. Warm teaching environment and community. Academics are impressive and test scores are high. Wonderful new administration and staff. So blessed to be at SBJ!
The teachers at St. John Bosco are effective, kind, and loving. Each student is able to learn to their highest potential in a safe learning environment. We are blessed to be a part of the wonderful community.