Welcome to Blessed Pope John XXIII Catholic School in North Scottsdale. We are a welcoming community who work tirelessly to provide an exceptional academic, spiritual and social experience for our students. Parents are an integral part of the success of our school. We invite you to learn more about our state of the art facility, rigorous academic programs and incredibly qualified faculty and staff who make this school such a success.
February 14, 2013
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Been here 4 years. Had 2 good teachers and 2 aweful teachers 1 was let go after her first year there. Third grade is horrible. Tried to have a meeting with Ast Principal...no show, no notice just would not assist us with my child's teacher. Came out of meeting and he is walking around his office. Admin will stick up for each other or look the other way. Teacher is unorganized, smug, cold, uncaring and over exaggerating. They rely on kids tattling on each other to enforce rules. Her Web site not informative for current homework. It's difficult to prepare for tests. Sometimes they change test days without notice or give tests without notice. Not nice for an 8 year old learning to study. Homework has A's but class work is poor which says teacher is not doing her job. Her response was your child was probably in the bathroom and missed the lesson. Loud Moms get the better teachers.
Class size is also too large. Good Luck!
St. John brings attention to fairness, honesty, character through its R.E.A.L. emphasis and focus. The students have a string sense of expectations of character, Faith, and personal and emotional growth and development.
We have been at St. John Catholic school for 4 years after we transferred in from another private school. We have had a very positive experience with both the teachers and staff.
Our older child graduated 8th grade last year from St. John and has gone to a very coveted, local Catholic High School. Was he prepared? Yes, exceptionally prepared. Not only was he proficient in the iPad program, he got into the Honors program in Math, English and Science. But even more important, because of his Catholic education while at St. John, he gained a deeper appreciation for our faith and a greater understanding of the need to serve those in need in the surrounding community. He has taken this attitude to his high school and it has served him very well. Our hope is that his high school program as well as our input from home continues to nuture this giving spirit.
My advice to anyone trying to decide which school to attend is to speak to staff at the high school you see your children attending in the future. Or better yet, visit the campus during the day when the kids are walking to their classrooms. You'll see happy, well behaved children being edcuated in a faith based school by teachers and staff who care about them.
Very effective, responsive and respectful. This might be the best place to interject that our Science teacher got Teacher of the Year for all Catholic schools throughout the country!!! We love Dr. O!
Furthermore, if there is a need to contact a teacher, my child repectfully approaches them with the matter first. If I need futher clarification, I contact them via email or set up a meeting. I have not been disappointed with my interactions with any teacher or staff. It doesn't mean we always 'get our way" but it does teach my children about respectful interactions.
Homework is age appropriate and is preparing them for high school. Should my children have problems they don't understand, they email their teacher and quite freqently they recieve a very quick response.
St. John xxiii is not the right fit for every child but it has been wonderful and a great blessing for our children. I love that the children are taught to take responsibility for themselves and their work and that there are consequences for bad behavior. No school is perfect but I think St John really motivates kids to learn, do their best, and be polite thoughtful children in an age of kids all about themselves and their smartphones. I love St. John and recommend it very highly!
We recently moved and had our children previously enrolled in a Catholic school. We found the St. John community to be inviting and helped our children with the transition. The teachers have been great to work with and any concerns are addressed in a timely manner. The amount of homework is appropriate and I feel it prepares the students for the challenges they will face in the future.
The quality of teachers here is so poor. We had personal bad experiences with a 3 and a 4 grade teacher. They cover up each other. We know that nobody is perfect ,but not even trying to fix problems??? Teachers here blame the children. My child was a very good student and never had a behavior problem in 5 years yet all I heard from the last 2 teachers were complains!