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St. Edward The Confessor Parish

Private | K-8 | 626 students


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Posted July 28, 2014

The academics are not bad but the school, surprisingly has NO ANTI-BULLYING POLICY in place. My Kindergartener was bullied daily by the same person, we complained and though the teacher tried her best to "keep them apart", that didn't fix the problem because there is NO system in place. Teacher's response was: "I can't be everywhere at the same time". My child's friends were also bullied by the same person, who also complained. They tried to speak to the parents but this person used the F word and the S__X word in school. Really? I have 4 older children and we have never been exposed to someone that young being such a bully in other private schools in 15 years. Bullies were always asked to leave those schools. In Midlde school, my son choses to be "neutral" because he says that tweens are MEAN and they make fun of nice people, nerds, smart kids, "so where does that leave me?", he said. The teachers ALL turn their head because again, THERE IS NO SYSTEM IN PLACE by the poor administration. We are totally shocked that in this day and age they are still in the dark ages for many issues. Is it going to take for a kid to get really hurt for them to take this seriously?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 1, 2014

There are only three reasons to send your child to St. Edwards- location, location, location. My children, after spending three miserable years at the school, no longer want to be Catholic. This is unfortunate since both my wife and I are strong Catholics, but we do understand how they feel. The principal and assistant principal are unkind, unjust, not compassionate, not educators. We have moved on to a new private school and boy it's been a world of difference. Both of my children are now flourishing and have regained their confidence. The struggle is that my wife and I are still having difficulty getting them to return to the Catholic church.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 5, 2014

Have 2 children here, they are doing well and like the school. I agree with the reviewer about the carpool, what? I've never seen something so bad, the teachers try hard and are organized but you can tell they hate it. A lady who seems to be in charge tells grandparents and others picking up they CANNOT move until green flag but then an employee walks by with their own child, she lets them walk while others sit and wait. Everyone complains (even teachers) about this ineffective system. Normal carpool would be in and out and much more efficient, this doesn't work, especially if you have other schools, activities and appointments to attend to. Forget parking, you also get stopped! They should learn from St. Anne down the street, very easy flowing, organized, in and out carpool! Our little ones sit on the hot, dirty pavement waiting for older siblings or their rides, get overheated and are in the sun. I wish I knew this before we enrolled, it has really turned into a huge headache in our lives. Teachers are mostly great, some assistants in K do yell at the kids--not positive reinforcement but overall good.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 2, 2014

Great School Solid Skills taught. They are heavy on grammar and writing. My child wrote at least 2 full essays every week. Math is solid.My child came from public school and was in the top class and had to work hard here at St. Ed's. Better than any GATE program hands down. Small classes with young enthusiastic teachers. Top School with great kids and parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 27, 2014

St. Edward is a great Catholic School! I was compelled to write this review because of how much I value the education my child has received from preschool through elementary school. As a parent who is actively involved in her child's academic affairs, I spend a lot of time on campus as a volunteer and therefore, frequently interact with faculty and staff. I was upset to read such an unfair depiction of St. Edward's vice principal. Describing her as "unfriendly" is such a gross misrepresentation! She is very kind and approachable! However, she does provide structure and authority that is necessary to keep our children safe and enable them to succeed academically and personally. It deeply saddens me that anyone would view her implementation of structure and authority as "unfriendly". Furthermore, she gives tirelessly of herself and is the polar opposite of self-serving. Our vice principal is a stellar example of how to balance authority and responsibility in an atmosphere of respect and community that merges the fundamentals of Catholicism with the requirements of an academic curriculum. I hope that anyone looking for a wonderful Catholic education would consider St. Edward.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2014

The school is wonderful. It is a Parish school appropriately aligned with the parish community. The academic rigor is appropriate and significant. The teachers are caring and all are credentialed. Principal is retiring but has made wonderful positive advances in the academics of the school. The Vice Principal is a blessing. She is caring and well versed in educational standards as well as administrative duties. Her concern for the individual child, their educational needs along with appropriate development is amazing. She is willing to work with all families and parents seeking help. I highly recommend the school the environment, value, and spirituality make St. Edwards' a wonderful choice for your child.
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Posted February 2, 2014

St.Edward is a great school academic wise. Though the vise principal is not friendly at all, and has know compassion about anything around her other than herself. She has repeatadly blew off any conflict and used her authority in non but negative ways. I love this schools academic program but that is the only reason my child attends.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 30, 2014

Please do not send your children here. A year after pulling my children out, I still have horrible feelings of guilt and regret for not pulling them out sooner. Middle School was a terrible experience, as others have said the hand-picked vice principal is cold, unfeeling, mean. My son had a bullying issue and her response was "well, you say this happened but (the bully) and all his friends say differently." Seriously? The bully and all his friends? Teacher morale appears very low; they say everyone is very glad the principal is retiring at the end of the school year but pray that the vice principal goes with her.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 27, 2013

We are a new family starting this Fall and will update this review as it goes. So far, everything is okay but they have no one contacting new families, we have to ask and ask questions, no one has reached out to give us a little guidance on how things work, and to top it off their website is way, way outdated! They have things and lists from 2010 with no contact info. Their volunteer email doesn't work, so you can't ask anyone anything! Very frustrating getting a hold of them. Then when we call the office to ask, they sound snobby and say: "it's on the website" or "did you not get a packet?", obviously we are calling to ask for a REASON. Horrible receptionist and administration so far. We'll see how that goes through the school year. Hope teachers are better organized than this. Needs a desperate website makeover, we are not in the dark ages!!!! I am sure a parent has a company that does websites somewhere!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 8, 2012

This is the BEST Catholic /Elementary school in South Orange County! The administration is caring and approachable. The staff is great! I have been involved with this school for over 10 years and have seen it go through many changes. Most of the parents here are great too! The true test are the children. They are happy and their test scores are high! Love, Love, Love it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 27, 2012

Sadly, our school has gone way down hill with the current principal and her handpicked vice principal. Neither seem to be able to deal with common disciplinary issues. I agree with the earlier review, the families are great and are what makes the school what it is. The principal likes to have boards and commitees, but none have any authority, she does what she wants despite parent complaints. Once you are in though it is hard to pull your child out out because of established friendships and connections with other families. The principal relies on that heavily.
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Posted May 17, 2012

Please don't send your child here. Our daughter's last year before graduating was miserable. Their policies changed in the final year here to make all the rules draconian. We had to pay $75 for detentions after 6 late violations. We ended up paying over $300 for detentions in the last part of the year due to their overzealous enforcement. Add in teacher's and Vice principals who called out my daughter over the megaphone in the parking lot in front of the whole car line up and you have a nightmare of a 8th grade year. My daughter is a sweet free spriit and thankfully they didn't break her heart. Shame on this school and the principal. This is a Christian environment?? I don't think so.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 17, 2012

Our last child is graduating and we are relieved to be leaving the school. The families and community are wonderful, but the current administration has ruined the character of this once wonderful parish school. While the elementary school was very nice with strong, nurturing teachers, the middle school has become unbearable over the last 4 years with the current principal. Math scores have droped considerably and a large percentage of students have outside tutoring at the local math franchise. We gave up any hope of our child learning math from the teacher half way through 7th grade. My husband taught math each night. The teacher this year is better, but she can't make up for two bad years of teaching. This year, one 8th grade teacher has been cruel and vindictive to students. The principal deflects and makes excuses. The principal is also incapable of handling discipline issues appropriately which lead to major issues this year. The good teachers justifiably have low morale. Some of her policies have been very unpopular with the parents including a staggered dismisal. We seriously considered leaving, but the families have a strong bond after being together for years.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 20, 2012

Drop off is a hassle with large lines of cars, excessive class sizes, and some very unfriendly office staff. The school website is used for notifications rather that simple email contact. The preschool was great with much care and attention and the teachers in kindergarten were good as well. However, there are no entrance requirements for the kids and if you are expecting them to be different from public school, don't. If you can write the check, you're in. Expect constant requests for $
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 10, 2012

Great school. Excellent parent involvement. Private environment without being pretentious. Some excellent teachers and a wide variety of sports. Could use a bigger sports and play area.
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Posted November 28, 2011

Very poor communication between administration and parents! Large classroom sizes so your child has a good chance of getting lost unless they are outspoken and not at all shy.
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Posted November 18, 2011

School leadership needs to be changed...parents are treated like they are lucky to be there even though they are paying tuition. Not the happy place it once was.
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Posted September 13, 2010

If you are looking for a Catholic faith based K-8 educational experience with the opportunity for direct parental involvement, you will be pleased with St. Ed's. Our principal has taken advantage of the retirement of middle school staff to recruit impressive new teaching talent. St. Ed's Parish School is investing in the staff and facility (new science lab about to open), led by our dedicated Parish Pastor.
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Posted May 19, 2010

If your child is academically strong this school is fine (except be prepared to supplement the math program). If, however, you have a child that needs more attention to do well is school--look elsewhere. I feel as if one of my kids fell through the cracks despite of the motto "leave no child behind." Some of the teachers at the middle school level are burnt out and need to retire. They no longer have the patience to help those students who need it and unless your child has a diagnosed learning disability there is nothing for them (unless you pay for outside tutoring). The administration has long known about the middle school deficiencies but has been slow in implementing substantial changes.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 2, 2010

My three children went to St. Edward's School. It was a fine school except for the math preparation. However, I believe they now have a stronger math program.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 26%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 5% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
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33866 Calle La Primavera
Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone: (949) 496-1241


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