We are so happy with the choice we made to send our children here. (One in 8th grade and one already been through and accepted into the Catholic High school of his choice) There are so many good things to be shared:
The parents, teachers and administration are all on the same page about raising and educating academically prepared and caring individuals. Our family has become so close with other families and I know we will always remain friends. We just had our annual carnival which is a lot of work by every family but SO MUCH FUN, great memories for everyone. I enjoyed seeing all the prior students and parents come back to partake in this fun tradition at SJC.
Having a school with high enrollment enables SJC to offer so many opportunities to the students. Every class has a aide, iPads are
used in all classes, with the 8th grade being issued iPads that they use exclusively (which is great preparation for high school). SJC offers advanced and intervention opportunities to students who need extra challenges or assistance.
They have computers, Spanish, a amazing fine arts program and a large library.
EXTRA CURRICULAR -
It seems every year new after school classes are offered like coding, Chinese, robotics and chess. There are co-ed sports for grades
1-3 (football and basketball) and all sports for grade 4-8 including a swim and track meet held at St Francis High School. 8th graders have the opportunity to be spirit cheerleaders and yell leaders. There really is something for everyone!
As we prepare to shadow high schools and make a decision on where to apply I am confident that my 8th grader is well prepared and will succeed wherever he decides to go but it will be bittersweet to leave such a wonderful school.
Initially we were impressed with the school and leadership. Now, we are rethinking our kid's schooling. The principal has a tendacy to rely on public humiliation as a dicipline tactic. We have seen her humiliate kids in front of the entire school. The teachers are exception but honestly, they look tired. The faculty and principal are continuously pressing the students to give money to the school. This is above and beyond the enormous annual tuition. We support the emphasis on supporti the community, but do not support teachers who guilt their students into donating money. Teachers and staff who have kids enrolled receive special treatment. The after hours day care is a concern. The woman who runs it has her own grown kids as employees. They always have their noses in their phones or are on the computer. Rarely do they supervise the kids. What's worse is the one gal always seems hung over or talks about partying with older kids. The son is covered in tattoos and seems like he's on a different planet. Not what you expect for a Catholic environment. If changes are made we'll consider staying and revising our review.
When I ask my daughter what she likes best about going to school at SJC, she says, "Everything!" She is in 2nd grade and has been attending since kindergarten. We are thrilled that she will continue through 8th grade.
SJC is the perfect school. Not only does your child receive an excellent education but they work on the whole person. The school helps the students not only think of themselves but for others as well. In a time of ME ME ME it is nice to know that someone is looking after the WE WE WE. The principal is the best. She is strong, compassionate and fair. My son is in 3rd grade and as been there since K and loves it. This is a school where parent participation is required but that only makes for a more rewarding experience.
The principal is the best. She has a strong leadership and compassion, qualities [which] are hard to find. Under her leadership, the school is blessed with devoted faculty, staff and parents. The school may be limited with certain resources and elective courses but has successfuly sent many graduates to top rank high schools, such as Bellarmine, Presentaion, Mitty and St. Francis.
St. Joseph of Cupertino School is a tremendous learning environment in which to entrust your child. My eldest child graduated St. Joseph last year and my youngest attends St. Joseph currently. The principal, faculty and staff really care and have created a very family-like atmosphere. Every day begins with a brief but meaningful school-wide assembly in which important announcements are made, birthdays are recognized and prayers are offered for those in need. The curriculum is challenging (what I would describe as 'college prep' prep). The school offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities, from field trips and volunteer work to many, many sports and other skill-enhancing programs. The school encourages parent participation in many ways, further adding to the family environment. In summary, St. Joseph of Cupertino School is a great school and I highly recommend it.