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St. Hedwig Elementary School5
Posted March 28, 2015
- a parent
St. Hedwig school is a thriving, energetic, passionate community in all areas. I am impressed with their dedication to making our children the best they can possibly be at everything & anything they do. It's small enough for them to have the one-on-one attention needed to thrive, and big enough to have the benefits of a variety of students. I researched various schools in the area and in Long Beach, and made my decision not only based the data, but the wonderful caring environment that makes St. Hedwig School best in class.
When it was time to select a school for our children, we had a few great schools around us to choose from. After touring three public and private schools, there was little doubt that St. Hedwig was the right choice. Having been there for two years now we couldn't be more pleased with the well-rounded education our son is getting. The teachers are caring and knowledgeable. Any time we've needed to contact them they have responded promptly and helped us with what we needed. They do not "teach to the test" but rather provide a strong academic foundation and developmentally appropriate curriculum that includes the arts and technology. The sense of community among the families is amazing. We feel so lucky to be at St. Hedwig!
We have been a part of the school for 9 years and feel like St. Hedwig is a second home for our children. From the teachers and staff to the other parents, we have witnessed the entire community care for our children. We have been very pleased with the academic program. Our oldest child was very well prepared for the High School Placement Test and qualified for honors courses in high school. The Advanced Math program, the science fair and the Academic Decathlon program provide academic challenges for students, while the competitive sports programs and kickball league provide a positive athletic environment. Our children have grown stronger in their faith through their class retreats, masses and service projects, as well as their religion classes. Overall we have been pleased with the experience our children have had at St. Hedwig and would recommend it to families looking for more than just a school.
We love this little school in Los Alamitos. This school feels like school should feel like. The work is not so challenging that kids and parents are stressed out, but it is challenging in different areas depending on the child. The principal is so nice and friendly and says hello to kids and parents. The vice principal is nice too. The families are friendly and nice too and there are different types of families to choose from to be friends with--some variety in all realms (socio-economic, ethnic, geography, etc). They have PE which is great and really focus on character education. The culture here is so kind and everyone in the administration works with the parents as partners to be successful. Older kids seem so well-mannered by 8th grade and are friendship partners to little ones. Great school of sensitive children and great school for kids who can learn how to be more caring and sensitive.
So far so good. People are so nice here. It's such a kind school filled with people who seem like they want to do good in the world and to teach their children how to give back. The kids seem very well-behaved! Curriculum is filled with great things like character education and it's not a push kids at all costs kind of environment which is great.
This is our first year at St. Hedwig and we absolutely love this school. We live in Los Alamitos and struggled with the decision on sending our daughter to private school, especially considering that the public schools in our district are amazing. What convinced us to go with St. Hedwig was 1) Only 2 classes per grade, 2) goes through middle school, 3) uniforms, 4) strong academics, 5) the teachings of our Catholic faith, 6) PE, sports and music classes, and finally 7) a REAL library with lots of books - not just a "media center". St. Hedwig is worth every penny of our very modest income. Also, in regards to the comment dated Feb. 8th about kinder students leaving because of the teacher, I can say that the only student who left this year moved out of state. They must be referring to a different year, I guess. In my experience both teachers are attentive and caring. Go Celtics!
Great group of parents at this school. The principal and vice-principal, however, not so great. My child's kindergarten teacher - absolutely, not great. I pulled my child out mid-year (another child's parents did the same - their child was in the same kindergarten class) due to this teachers behavior - and the lack of reponse from the principal and vice-principal. I'm glad I did. I expected a higher level of integrity at a private Catholic school, and they just did not deliver. I did not want their influence in my child's life during her most formative years.
Fantastic School! Such a loving enviroment for growing children. The families that attend this school are very focus on getting the best, one on one education in every aspect for their children. It is stuning to see the graduating children being super polite, caring and loving individuals. They learn at a very young age to care for others and to make this world a better place for all of us. The humanity its what separates this children from public school. Academically fantastic, my neighbors daughter is graduating Harvad University this spring after attending St Hedwig School! Hands down one of the best schools in Souther California!
St. Hedwig has been a godsend for our family! We could not have found a better place for our son and I really credit his teacher, the principal, who I might add has always made us feel warm and welcome, and the other parents! Our son really enjoys going to school each and every day! We could not be happier! He is getting a solid foundation in academics as well as a strong foundation in wonderful morals and values. We would highly recommend this school to everyone!