Very mixed feelings about our child's experience here. The parents and families and church are fantastic. You can not find better catholic values or closer, friendlier neighbors anywhere. The administrators are ensconced in habit and repeatedly have been protected even though they have been told of very bad teacher behaviors. There is an outright refusal to use modern technology for grade and assignment tracking unlike over 95% of schools today...and the post-graduate real world. The emphasis is not on teaching, but instead on punishing students who do not keep up with self study or who make mistakes tracking homework assignments. We know,of physically challenged but able students the school attempted to reject, and a very wealthy family whose donations and efforts to improve the academics were rebuffed. Science, foreign language, extracurriculars -- ie band -- and third grade are particularly horrible per our post-grade standardized tests and how far behind our child was when put in a new school. Physically new building, but the bathrooms were disgusting. This is a place you go only if you value God, the friendships, and are OK with self-directed learning at early ages.
After years of hoping for improved student-teacher academics, as springboard into a successful high school, St. Bede failed. Look for other schools. It's too small, and teachers aren't punished for lousy, inferior work. A lot of parents volunteer (a parent "teaches" Writing), and lacks all qualifications and real-world writing experience. Parent volunteer teachers show favoritism. Spare your children from unfairness & improper start in education. Give them better than this "school with a playground of asphault."
I agree with the last poster who says that students should learn to manage for themselves -- they should learn to manage SCHOOLWORK for themselves. However, they should not be required to manage teachers who don't know how to teach! As a parent, you need to maintain a certain level of involvement in every activity your child is involved in. If not, abuse can happen. We've seen this in the Church. Parents should not send their children to school with a blind eye. As the last poster said "there is nothing wrong with personal accountability." Don't you think that statement should apply to the teachers & administrators too? Shouldn't they strive to improve themselves? When wrongs are pointed out by parents, is it best to respond with "parents should stay out of it & let their child figure it out"? Really? What is most important for children is to know that they are loved and cared for by their parents. This starts at birth & does not end when they enter middle school! Teachers at this school should stop pointing fingers and look inward to see where they have gone wrong. Look for ways to be better at your job. Leave moods at home and stay consistant in the classroom.
After reading reviews, I feel compelled to respond. I find it amazing that parents are complaining that they are not able to manage their child's homework due to poor technology. As a parent, I am grateful that my children have had to manage for themselves. Just as learning to read is an essential skill for success, so is learning to figure out what is required. I have seen students who have been coddled in their elementary years only to have a rude awakening in high school or even later. There is nothing wrong with personal accountability, and this is something that is taught at this school. I have two children who have gone through this school and they are thriving with their workloads and performance at their high schools. I see their preparation compared to students coming from La Canada public schools as well as other Catholic schools and there can be no complaint about the school. It seems to me that some parents should take their complaints to a forum other than the internet if they are looking for change. As with other facets of life, there is no utopia.
Very small-minded school with parents who behave as if they're in a high school clique. Snobbish attitudes prevail and the school is asking for additional monies at all times, as is the church. Many teachers are not credentialed by the State of California! Education is equal or better at most nearby public schools.
As for technology to allow helicopter parents to monitor their child's every move, the school choses instead to teach students self-reliance, responsibility and has plenty of parent communication vehicles. For technology that matters they have new iPads for Kinders, new lap tops for every teacher, new wifi network, school wide microsoft software upgrades for classroom computers, Edmodo and google apps for 8th grade, and will have an upgraded computer lab next semester. As for teaching credentials being important, why doesn't Sidwell Friends where the President's daughters attend school require teaching credentials, or Polytechnic our locally renowned school require them? Because teaching credentials do not screen for excellent faculty, they are a bureacratic checklist. St. Bede and all Parochial schools have a rigorous criteria for hiring faculy, including prior teaching experience, religious education and commitment to students who can inspire learning. Credentialing is a public school obsession which has done little to improve these schools. St. Bede is a school full of wonderful people of faith giving their children the gift of a lifetime, a Catholic education.
The teachers and staff at St. Bede really go the extra mile and the academic success of the students is the proof. The faculty has invested considerable time over the past year in their continuing professional development. In addition to the entire faculty taking religious certification classes, some have attended technology seminars and conferences, other attended workshops on the new Common Core Curriculum, and completed course work towards advanced degrees. Their commitment to continually advancing their expertise and instructional skills has greatly benefitted my children.
How fortunate we are to have a school of St. Bede caliber in this community. It is a nurturing place with a great and caring staff. They provide the tools necessary to be sucessful in their future academic and christian lives. Thank you St. Bedes for all that you do for our children.
In any community, you will find supporters who will embrace all the resources a school offers along with detractors who are vocal. La Canada and its surrounding communities have excellent schools, public, private and parochial, at a variety of price points that unhappy parents should consider to ensure the best fit for their child and family. Bottom line, St. Bede prepares the students as demonstrated by this year's 8th grade class acceptances to high schools including Flintridge Prep, St. Francis, FSHA, Mayfield, Poly, and Loyola.
We sent all our children to St. Bede School, and after reading the negative comments below, I felt like I needed to speak up for a family who has had a positive experience. From the first day we started, which was 9/11, we knew this was a special place. The children went to mass and prayed together. This school is a place of faith where children have opportunities to participate in weekly student-led Masses and get very comfortable with their spiritual selves. The students gain a strong sense of service to others through their involvement in Holy Childhood and other service projects. While other schools are getting rid of PE, our students still have have PE at least twice a week--yes on a blacktop-- but who plays kickball or basketball on grass? Academically, the school ranks in the top 5% in the Archdiocese. My children were well prepared for high school and got into their first choices. I agree with the parent below who said St. Bede is not for everyone, but it has provided my family with a wonderful parish school experience.
My children attend St Bede School and have thrived. The school ranks near the top among all Catholic schools in the Los Angeles archdiocese. There are many great families. The kids participate in many service activities. As parents we are fortunate to be part of a unique community of dedicated and caring people who share core Catholic values and provide unwavering support to one another. The school sends out weekly emails to keep parents informed.
We have three children with unique interests and abilities enrolled at St. Bede School and have enjoyed a very positive experience. Challenging academics, caring teachers, faith and character development, tremendous parental involvement and a strong sense of community name a few of the school's many attributes. We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to educate our children at St. Bede School.
Teachers are not helpful with parent questions. They don't use technological advances to communicate, inform, etc. The playground is a parking lot. P.E. is taught on parking lot. The food is pretty good, and the school is newer, so it shows well. A lot of fundraising. Always asking for more money; in a way it seems like the school's mantra.
My four children have had the good fortune to attend Saint Bede school. They are academicaly challenged, expectations for behavior are high and the implimenation of the pillars of character are a daily experience. It is a challnge raising children in this media frenzy time and I am greatful for the support the staff of Saint Bede's continues to give my children.
It was a huge mistake to put our children here. A good public or good charter (public) school would've been superior. Wasted critical years in a place that really only accepts families who've lived in the area for generations--unless you're really rich and don't mind sharing with them. Regret the years wasted there. Not strong academically. If you're wealthy, there are far better choices for academics. If you're not, find a great public school and apply there. There's not even a grassy playground!
Children get injured on the asphalt parking lot (there's no grass). Some teachers are not even credentialed by the state of California; they're not qualified to teach! A lot of homework from things not taught in class. A lot of snobs. They constantly ask for money (not just tuition); lots and lots of fundraising. Good Christian values are buried under nonsense by stuck-up parents. No foreign language.
The parents here (majority white) gang up together and give you a nasty look if you're not 'in' with them. You have to chat with them and join in their activities. Not very racially-friendly. Nice kids compared to other schools with bullies. Very good extra curricular activies--dance, chess, theatre, boy/girl scout, etc... Lots of fundraisers. Great pastors. Good social events. Good parent board. Average academics though--dont go here if you want academic excellence; come here for a good social/moral upbringing and that's it. Lots of homework its like nothing is taught--my child comes home knowing nothing and i have to 'reteach' for homework. Nice new and clean facilities. Good safe neighborhood with other schools beside it--what's bad is the traffic in the morning because of all the other schools.
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