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Posted February 04, 2015
- a parent
We spent so much time deliberating between St. Dominic s and Matthew Turner, until finally we realized it isn't apples to apples. One offers a reputation for strong academics but St. Dominic s offers a reputation for partnering with parents to develop a highly successful, well rounded child; academically, physically, and spiritually. These are skills that will serve our child her whole life. Most importantly she has developed a love of learning from Spanish, Culture, Music and more the enrichment programs really are exceptional. The new principal is proving to be star that will only guarantee academic success for years to come. So happy to be part of this community.
I also disagree with the post written on 11/6/2013. St. Dominic's is a fabulous school. My child just finished 4th grade this year and we have nothing but wonderful things to say about the teacher. She is loving, full of faith, and very nurturing. I hope my child has many more teachers like her in the future. We are sad to leave her!!
I am going to have to respectfully disagree with the review posted 11/6/13. I have had four kids at St. Dominic's and all of them have loved it. One of my kids had the new fourth grade teacher her first year teaching and we all think she is absolutely wonderful! The fifth grade teacher is great as well. The students are expected to step up and take on more personal responsibility as they progress in years and that can be frustrating for kids and parents. Additionally, academic grades often drop a little when students get into higher grade levels because the work IS tougher and the students are having to learn more independence and responsibility. The class sizes ARE large, but the teachers & aids have control of them -- class size means nothing, I've witnessed the lack of control in public school classrooms with 20 kids in them; the public school teachers have less recourse to deal with problem kids, it's as simple as that. The priests ALL make a concerted effort to get to know the kids and are very approachable, my kids enjoy talking to them. There isn't a school in the world that will have universal popularity among students and parents, but St. Dominic's comes close.
Terrible...you never see the principal...she hides in her office...doesn't return emails. No focus on reading in Kindergarten...1st grade teachers ok...2nd grade has the best...3rd grade is good...new teacher in 4th is awful and so is the aide. 5th grade...just as bad as fourth. So, yes it starts out good....then just wait.....you will see.
Our daughter started Kindergarten last month and for the first couple of weeks she cryed. The teacher mrs vicki willard as well as her aide made my daughter relax and shortly after that stopped crying. Our son graduated from St Dominic's in 2000 and enjoyed it very much. He learned alot about values and morals and met very many great other students that till this day remain friends. St Dominics is more of a family than just a school that or children go to daily from 8 to 3.The teachers our son had were great and he learned alot from them. There are still a few of them there and I hope our daughter feels the same about her upcoming teachers. She thinks mrs willard is wonderful. "She plays cool music" Chloe says. She enjoys music, spanish, and recess. She also enjoys going to Mass on First Fridays with her 8th grader. I love the way on Mondays chloe gets homework for the whole week and it all is due on Friday. That way if you have plans one night she could do 2 nights worth prior. Has already been to 1 birthday party with the whole class another one this weekend. 1 family is planning a movie night on a friday evening for the class. similar family dynamics as ours. Love SDS