Bullying is not tolerated. The administration and staff all support the non-bullying policy. I have heard students police the non-bullying policy. If someone is being unkind many times the students themselves will say knock it off. I have been very impressed with the managing of any bullying that might have happened!
I am a grandparent of 4 students and I am a volunteer at St. John Bosco. I have volunteered on a weekly bases in the computer lab, library, classroom (at all grade levels), playground and at fund raisers and school activities for over 7 years. My own children went to public school as we couldn't afford private school. I did attend Catholic schools myself. I feel because of my own schooling and middle management business background I can be an impartial voice. I have watched the students and faculty over several years and see a caring environment with everyone's well being at the heart of everything that is done. I am amazed at how the students treat each other with respect and care. The whole child is developed at this school. Their ability to speak in front of groups an handle challenges could be a model for any business. In the future young adults are going to have to sell themselves in an interview. There are going to be fewer job and being able to communicate and think on your feet will be paramount! . SJB is teaching their students how to be a complete person in society and this will help them succeed as adults. A number of our students are ambassadors for Junior Achievement. The business leaders for large companies like Intel and Samaritan Health Service who frequent Junior Achievement activities have asked me what the teachers are doing to develop such well spoken students. My reply is always the same SJB students have great academic minds but they also know how to sell them selves. Teachers and the administration teach great academics but always reinforce leadership, love and self worth. St. John Bosco is constantly evaluating their curriculum an changes and improvements happen when and where needed. Changes are hard an not always welcomed but in today's environment those folks who can't handle change will be left behind! If you are considering sending your child to SJB I highly encourage you to come spend a few hours on campus. I guarantee you will be impressed very quickly! I am very proud and privileged to be part of such a great school!
It is disconcerting to hear that the current principal is slandering the name of past teachers so that she looks good with the parents that have stayed and the younger school age parents that didn't have any ties to 4th Grade and above. It is also disconcerting to hear how much of a good ol boys club it has become. Administration put in an old coworker as the head maintenance guy when the previous one knew everything about SJB and was more than competent. Administration also put in a family member in the upper grades to take the place of dedicated and successful teachers. I would also call to question the degrees that are being touted by the website. Some degrees have not been conferred as of yet. I don't think this deceit overall by administration develops honesty, integrity or fairness in the students being educated. It would be great if the Pastor really cared and stopped burying his head in the sand.
Update: Now I hear that both the nurses will not be returning! This is also a huge loss to the school as these 2 woman are completely dedicated to the health and well being of not only all the students, but the staff and even younger siblings. They work tirelessly to make sure that every person is cared for. I especially worry about those students with health issues, as these ladies are a comfort to their parents.
I, too, am very sickened to hear that so many wonderful teachers who have dedicated their lives to Catholic education have not been offered contracts for next year and others treated so badly that they will not be returning. The actions of the current principal and her group of cohorts, along with the priest, who oversees the school are sickening, contradictory to the mission statement and completely unchristian. Terrific, dedicated office staff have quit, teachers treated so badly they've left mid-year or staying until June only because of their love of the students and now teachers who dedicate their lives to these students and families are gone. For the Diocese to allow this is disgusting and they don't even care! There are many options to educate your child in Phoenix, SJB should NOT be one of them.
The new administration has no clue what they are throwing away. They tried ZERO to understand what was WORKING already at the school that had tight bonds as evidenced by the high academic results the students have achieved in HS and by the community that worked together with teachers, students, and parents. . The failure by the Pastor and the Superintendent (Diocese) to do anything to the decimation caused to the school and to the community for the older students is unacceptable. The spirit of St. John Bosco is GONE. Watching out for the best interest of the child was not at the root of all of this "change." Pride and a lacking leadership skills was at the root of the destruction of the upper grades and the dismissal of the teachers. According to Marzano, a leading researcher in education, "effective leadership for change is characterized by specific behaviors that enhance interpersonal relationships: optimism, honesty, and consideration." Honesty is nil as many things were revealed after the re-registration fees were due such as the teachers not being renewed, PE only by grade not by gender, the removal of the performing arts program for 7/8th grade and who know what else will come, maybe no more IA's ? There is no honesty and definitely no consideration for the staff, families but especially for the upper grade students who seemed to be affected the most by all the decisions.
We have a great school but the new principal has the whole school in turmoil. We have lost 12 or more teachers because they were fired or refused to come back. I would not consider sending your children to this school until the current administration has been replaced.
It’s a shame the new principal is getting backlash for doing her job: taking the lead and running the school – instead of running it on autopilot or worse, into the ground, which is sadly the state the school has gotten to over the past several years as enrollment AND retention continued to decline. Staffing decisions are hard, and it’s understandable the relationships families have built with teachers over the years. But logic, students’ best interests and survival of the school have to come into play here. It’s no secret many Catholic schools are in trouble everywhere, not just SJB and not just in AZ. If they’re not shutting their doors completely, smart administrators are making serious changes to compete academically while retaining strong communities and faith-filled environments, the hallmarks of Catholic schools. Our family supports SJB’s administration for their business sense and courage to head the school in a new, necessary direction.