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St. Cyril of Jerusalem Elementary School5
Posted May 29, 2014
- a parent
St. Cyril is one of the best kept secrets in the Valley. One class per grade. Outstanding academics and a community that truly cares about your child. My two children have been thriving here over the years. My older child gets extra help with advanced studies with the help of Mrs. De Carteret. The interim principal is wonderful. Strong yet caring. So far she seems to have enough sense to tell the meddling parents to stand back and let her run the school. Previous families thought they could throw their money around so they would run the school. Thankfully this is no longer the happening. Those families are gone and rules are being followed again. The junior high teachers are very strong and all the 8th graders got into their top choices for high school. I highly recommend this school to any parent looking to raise a smart, well-rounded child with values.
My 2 children are very happy here. The reason for the issues the past few years is the parents that feel that school is for the benefit of their social life. Too many parents get too involved and try to run the school, please let the administration run the school and go get a life /job of your own. School is for our children and not a social outlet for us parents. Stay involved but that does not mean live at the school. You know who you are parents. Kids need space to flourish on their own. Helicopter parents need not apply here. The teachers are great and the interim principal is strong but fair. The kids think she is too strict so maybe a little less changes so quickly may be a better transition. Hopefully she will stay on as Principal, we don't need more changes. My kids get a great education here and overall love it. I gave them the option to change schools and they said. No way. For the most part families are very welcoming and most of the controlling parents have been flushed out the ladt 2 years. Some were asked to leave. It's getting smoother and should be great for the 2014-2015 school year. I am excited.
When I came in pre-k, I enjoyed it! I am graduating finally, and got into all 3 of my high schools of choice. I scored very well on my HSPT and I have to admit that this was because of the quality of teachers that taught at St. Cyril's. Although it may seem like they can be strict at times, the teachers there have taught me a lot, especially the junior high teachers. Another part I loved about this school was the friends that I made. Some kids I've been friends with in pre-k are friends I still hang out with today! I can also say that there has been nothing crazy going on, like drugs, violence, etc. All the students here, even in the lower grades, are very friendly, and I know almost everyone who goes here. Probably the best part about St. Cyril's is the events that are held here. The carnival that is annually held here is always enjoyable, but I believe that there won't be one this year, for unknown reasons. Many of the former staff have left, and the principals have changed over the past couple of years, but that did not ruin my experience here. Who cares if the principals change? Overall, this school is a good choice!
St. Cyril is an amazing community and my kids are incredibly happy at the school. I'm pleased with the variety of extracurricular activities that are offered and the family environment that is fostered.
My children are academically and socially successful here. This school shines because of its loving and nurturing culture. Mrs. Pugliese (new VP) is a great addition to our community. She meets the parents and kids' needs and has a very action-driven style of leadership.
St Cyril School has been a wonderful experience for our family. We are grateful for such a strong faith community. Our children are truly enjoying their education here and I highly recommend this school if you are searching for a welcoming catholic community and education for your children.
All I have to say is ask around. You'll get a very honest answer about the smoke and mirrors going on over there. Very sad, as it used to be such a nice school environment. Teachers are great, management leaves a lot to be desired.
The school is a great choice, outside of a few issues. The school has gone through a leadership transfer recently with the introduction of a new Principal. Her style of management leaves a lot to be desired. Having said, if you are willing to spend the time and effort in the participation of your child's education, then this school is for you. This is not a school where you can drop your child off, you need to be involved. This is the key component to your child's developmental success. In respects to the management of the school, it's the families the make the school an ideally nurturing environment . I'm not discouraged by the lack of a dynamic principal, since most of parents are career professionals, we budget our resources and delegate. The fundraisers are endless and mandatory volunteer hours are a component to the parents participation in our community. We gladly open our community to your family, if you seek the same experience.
A large part of what makes this school such a winning experience for our family is the level of attention our kids get on a daily basis. A special shout out to Mrs. Liliana DeCarteret in the C.L.A.S.S. Center who provides individual attention to students who need a little extra help, yet also challenges those who are advanced in order to stimulate them academically. Mrs. DeCarteret is truly a one-of-a-kind gem! Our experience at this school has only been in the lower grades thus far, but I must say that all of the teachers (grades PK-4) have been amazing and caring partners in our children's love of learning, emotional growth, spiritual awareness and academic success. St. Cyril's is truly a special place that our children love to attend each and every day. As parents, we are thankful to be a part of this special community that is like an extended family for us.