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5580 Thornburn Street
Los Angeles, CA 90045

(310) 670-1678
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June 22, 2014
Completely disappointed parents complain about the children but the truth is the middle school literature teacher was unqualified and unprepared. My kid do not read a quality book or complete a writing assignment since February. The Math/History teacher should base his test on his interpretation of Catholicism and his family because again my child was not challenged. The principal in September kept preaching that the children would be challenged and engaged however the teachers she challenged won and she left and we were left with mediocracy. It's a shame because most of the parents are paying for what they could get at a public school for free! I think the parents who ran the principal away bit off what they didn't understand. St Jerome is a waste of money!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
This school due to budgetary constraints has resorted to allowing unscrupulous parents access to other parents personal information and other sensitive information. A parent sits in the office from time to time peeking at sensitive information that should not be disclosed and then she discusses this information with other parents. This is outrageous. Her child is also a bully, a known "mean girl" and is allowed to get away with it because there is no one to monitor and everyone is afraid of them. We took our kids out after 4 years of the school going downhill and we will not return. Each year this school gets worse and worse. This is just disgraceful! And the former principal was let go due to unknown reasons, she also allowed, if not encouraged this type of behavior. Get it together or this school will surely crumble.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
This school is pretty good. I think that the middle school will get better over time and that the elementary school is great. The sixth grade however is out of control. But, the new principals are putting things in place and manny of this years sixth grade (class of 2016) will not be able to return to the school because if behavioral issues. Something that greatly disappoints me is that an elder teacher who used to teach is being taken advantaged of by the sixth graders. I think that all together in maybe a year or two saint jerome will be restored to its greatness and there will be no more if them making teachers cry. This year and next year will be the last if it's fooling around.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
My child is in the Pre-K class and absolutely loves the teachers, classmates and even the after school care. So far I've been very pleased with the teaching style and curriculum to prepare the students in moving on to the next grade. I do love the active parent community. I am concerned about the recent leadership changes but hope that things stabilize to move SJS forward.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
I am new to the school, so this post may be a bit premature. However, I am compelled to share my views thus far.... Pros: My child loves the school. She feels learning is "fun" and enjoys socializing with the other students. The curriculum appears up to standard. I especially appreciate how the principal has taken steps to implement the common core standards into the curriculum. The school appears safe and the kids are well taken care of. The small community fosters respect and an ethical character. Cons: The principal has the best interest of the school, however she can tighten up certain aspects of administration. For instance, the website is not updated, she did not give details concerning the ipad program until three days before school the start of school, and also changed key details of the Parent Handbook. The newly revised Parent Handbook was not given out until the Monday before classes began. I come from an environment that is structured and student centered. I think the principal is making positive improvements in the school, but could be a bit more Type A, so things will not seem somewhat "raggedy' at the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
Change needs to occur and the principal needs to eliminate some of the negative parents.... I would love to have a one on one conversation with the parents that are so negative. A Catholic School expert- really I didint know there was such a thing???? I wonder how you dress, is your child reading and writing on grade level, probalbly not because of your post. Believe me I am not Ms. Jones just a person who dontates money to the school for all the parents that cant pay their bills. Have a wonderful day Catholic School Expert! You are such a winner!

- submitted by a community member
July 11, 2013
I am a big supporter of St. Jerome School. I have been a parent there for many years. My youngest child started last year and was able to flourish during the school year. I was ecstatic to hear the Kindergarten teacher was hired permanently as a member of our faculty. I am thankful the principal is taking steps to bring in staff members who are qualified and credential. Where the principal is new, she hasn t just sit around and let past systems continue that were not up to par. She stepped in and changed the math program as it was outdated. This upcoming school year we will have a new science curriculum. She also offers staff development to advance our seasoned teachers. She knows what it takes to teach and the importance of keeping children engaged in the classroom as she holds a teaching credential as well. She is making sure our school will CONTINUE to be above standard if not equal to other schools that cost much to attend and ensure our students will CONTINUE to enter the top high school as they graduate from St. Jerome School. This year's 8th grade class got into top notch high schools. I am looking forward to the years ahead!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
I love and support SJS, I've been there for eight years. Both of my children started in kinder and I couldn't be happier my daughter thrived in kinder this past year. I'm so happy the sub for kinder was offered a full time teaching position, she is well qualified and will do an excellent job! The new principal is a real and caring person and a mom she is in touch with what parents want for their children. The most recent 8th grade was excepted into some of the top schools in the city. What more could you want? SJS is a complete school academically, it offers sports, art and music, I can't say enough great things about SJS

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2013
I am always amazed at the negativity and resisitance to change when it is required for improvement. Ms. Jones is obviously an education first princpal that cares about all of the students that attend SJS. Not only does she care about the students personally but she wants them all to be as prepared as they can be for the next chapter in their lives, academically socially, and spiritually. How many Principals are education first. That's the kind of school principal I want leading SJS and the kind of principal that I want ensuring my children get a challenging and rewarding educational experience that is positive. There have been changes at SJS but given time the changes will prove to be great for the students and great for the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
As teachers at SJS, we have had the privilege of working in a school community with a talented faculty and caring families. Working together with parents as our partners has been very important to us, and we have prided ourselves on our constructive relationships with SJS families. When the time came in our lives to have children of our own, we were touched at the level of support shared with us by the students and parents. When we made our decisions about how best to parent our own children, it was with the support of our pastor and administrator and in the spirit of the examples of devoted parenthood we have seen in the families at SJS. Our personal decisions to stay home with our babies had nothing to do with our job satisfaction or feelings about the school's administration, but rather how we felt about being the best parents we could be. The decision to leave our students and colleagues was incredibly difficult for each of us, but we were blessed to have the support of our community. This, in our opinion, is among the best qualities of the SJS community- the warmth and support of a real family working together towards a common goal, educating Christian leaders for our world.

- submitted by a teacher
June 10, 2013
Had high hopes, but will be going to another local catholic school.... As a graduate back in the 90s and now a parent, I wanted my child to have a great experience as i had while at St. Jerome. The principal, Ms. Jones, is unprofessional in how she acts, dresses, and in how she conducts business. Both the Kinder and the 2nd grade teachers went out on maternity leave and decided not to come back (says a lot about how they felt about their jobs). The school 'nurse' is a parent that has no real skill set and utilizes her position in the office to gossip with parents about confidential matters. The subs that were chosen are under qualified to teach the classes given to them and are NOT even certified or credentialed to teach! Reading and computer programs: gone! Most catholic schools need parent volunteers to help and its always the same few parents that want to help resulting in those parents pretty much running the school. Half of the 4th grade left mid year (and pulled the siblings out too) to go to other schools due to the poor leadership and terrible quality of the Administration. Extremely disappointed in how poorly the school is being run. I feel sorry for Monseigneur Norm.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2013
We are relatively new to Saint Jerome School. So far it has been a gem of a school, especially for the price. Our children are very happy there. We feel they are in a safe and caring environment and are appropriately challenged. We use the after school care programs even though we don't need to because the children enjoy them and ask to stay after. Not academically easy. Students need some self-discipline and organizational skills but all age appropriate in our opinion. Our children say the St. Jerome kids behave better than at their prior school (local public). St. Jerome has been a pleasant surprise for us so far. Definitely worth a tour. Friendly, low key, inclusive environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
All three of my older children were educated at St. Jerome School. My two younger children currently attend. I have been within the school community for many years. I am greatly disappointed in the changes I am currently seeing within the school. The school has declined since my older children attended. The new leadership of the school is weak and unprofessional. The school office is filled with drama. The reputation of the school has gone down tremendously and good, active families are leaving the school. A few of the elementary teachers have been there 30 + years and need to retire. The leadership of the school is arrogant and unable to hear and respond to the concerns of parents. The math and science programs need to be updated. The school is being run to the ground. Immediate changes need to happen to save this school. Positively, the school has a great community of families and the children really love their school.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
All three of my children attended St. Jerome. The school not only prepared my boys to succeed academically at one of the most prestigious prepatory high schools in Los Angeles, they were also given the opportunity to become Christian leaders and elite athletes. The kindergarten teacher is world class. Every child walks out a reader. The first grade teacher made butter with the class....integrating science, history and fun.The 2nd grade teacher gave my daughter a love for reading. And the 3rd grade teacher is my favorite. She would stay after school to help my boys study an organize themselves....voluntarily. The athletic program starts in 3rd grade and every big and girl can run track, try volleyball, basketball, flag football, soccer, and we even had a bowling and golf team! My children learned how to work as a team with their classmates families got to cheer their children on from the sidelines together. St. Jerome is the total package. It's a financial sacrifice to send three kids to catholic school...but I can't think of a better investment in their future.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
In addition to the strong emphasis on academics, I love that the school has an arts program as part of the curriculum. I am not Catholic and was a little hesitant about sending my child to a Catholic school however the small class size, academic standards and extras really won me over. I am very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
Strong Catholic identity that welcomes all faiths, highly professional, credentialed faculty. Cutting edge, interactive white boards in every classroom. Ethnic and socio-economic student diversity. St. Jerome has a strong parent community. Campus is on 5-acres with a large playground for elementary children and pre-school students. There is a dedicated science and Mac Computer lab for our students. Students enjoy our Gateway to Art and Music Program. The school offers Spanish instruction as well. There is a daily lunch program with healthy choices. Graduates from this year were accepted into their 1st choice schools (Bishop Montgomery H.S.,, Crespi Carmelite H.S., Marymount H.S., Notre Dame Academy, Notre Dame H.S., Serra H.S., St. Bernard H.S., St. John Bosco H.S., and St. Monica Catholic H.S.). St. Jerome School also offers a sports program for 3rd - 8th grades, Student Council and Academic Decathlon Team. I am truly proud to be a Spartan Parent.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2012
St. Jerome School has been a great experience! I have been a student at St. Jerome for nine years. As I prepare to culminate my middle school experience, it is filled with happiness, sadness; as I embark upon new beginnings. I've learned to appreciate life from a Christian lens and to give back to community through its great service program for the middle school students. I love seeing my parents volunteer, because it makes the learning experience even better. I love SJS!

- submitted by a community member
February 24, 2012
My Daughter has been going to St. Jerome since Kindergarden, she is now in 3rd grade. I must say that this school has it's ups and downs, but how im feeling about it overall, its been more down than up! Ihave had enough than I can stand with this school. The MANDATORY volunteer hours, the constant nickel and diming, they are always raising the amount to fundraise ( I feel sorry for families with more that one child that attends this school) , Fundraising is MANDATORY by the way, and they are forever raising tuition. I feel that my daughter is not really getting the full acedemic experience because this shcool seems to only care about money. I will be taking her out of here very soon!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
My two sons have been at St. Jerome for 5 years. They have had wonderful, caring and talented teachers. They are consistently challenged and always come home happy. The school has a strong group of dedicated parents which assist with fundraisers, school programs, and sports. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
This school is a vary good school with lots of sports and acadics this school can improve on student behavior and teacher some of the middle school teachers are two old I think overall it is great. s

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
We had the worst experience with our daughter in this school. Very disappointed with the school leadership. We left sad and frustrated

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2010
I am not Catholic, not even religious, not really a fan of private schools ... I am just a parent who believes in the value of a quality education, reasonable prices, cultural diversity and fun extracurricular activities. St. Jerome delivers all of these qualities quite effectively.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2010
At St. Jerome School, our three children s teachers have been kind, enthusiastic and responsive to each child s needs. Their St. Jerome education prepared our older children well for high school: they were accepted into Loyola High School and Notre Dame High School, as well as Bishop Montgomery High School. Being a small school, St. Jerome is also a place where a child doesn t need to be a super athlete to participate in the sport of their choice. Our children have run track and played basketball, volleyball, softball and football. Thanks to great parent coaches, some of these teams even won CYO championships. Our youngest child is now in the third grade, with the same teacher our older two had. We had a choice, and we chose St. Jerome again.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2010
With 3 children having attended different schools I have come to appreciate that there is no perfect school. My daughter transferred to St. Jerome in 5th grade and I regret that my older two did not attend this school. The campus is very large, the technology is state of the art and integrated into the daily curriculum, the extra curricular activities cover the spectrum of arts, school newspaper, community service, student council, sports and more. The sports program is competitive yet it teaches children the values of sportsmanship. Academically the children are will prepared for high school. What I like most is the accessibility of the faculty, staff, principal and the pastor. The new hall and gym is a real 'gem' in this community! St. Jerome offers a diverse, safe, challenging and spiritual environment which develops the students as a whole person.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Dedicated teachers and a great student body.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
I love St. Jerome for a number of reasons. Top among those reasons are that this is a Faith based education with a true commitment to technology... preparing our children for a very competitive academic environment as they move into High School and beyond. Wonderful involved parents and lots of opportunity for involvement!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Spiritual growth is an integral part of the development of the whole child in an academically strong atmosphere where each child is values as and individual and the family is truly a partner in the education and the formation of values. Children are prepared to the challenges they are sure to face in a world that values profit over people.

- submitted by a community member
October 12, 2009
It is the Best school!!!!! You get a quality high-school preparation education with a strong, Faith based education.....what more could you ask for, The Teachers, Staff, and Community are great, not to mention the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
St. Jerome's School in Westchester a great place for kids to grow and be educated...

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Everything the parent stated above is true, so that parent is not alone in their feelings regarding this school. Most of the teachers put on the happy face for the parents, but really do not seem to have any special interest in the children. They don't stay late to offer help and if they do offer help to tutor the students, they charge, which they should not do on the school campus. Though aesthetically pleasing, St. Jerome has a lot of internal issues they need to improve on. As the school's student body has changed, so have the attitudes of the teachers, not always in a positive way. If their administration sincerely cares about the children and parents, then they would start with a new group of middle school teachers, and, yes, the math curriculum has room for improvement. Please take notes that most of the other comments are not recent.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 20, 2008
I pained over my choice for elementary school and ultimately made my decision based on proximity to my home. My son is in his first year at St. Jerome. I am so impressed at how much he has learned and it's only December! He came to the school with strong preparation from preschool and home but I noticed a striking improvement even in the first month. His writing is impressive and he is reading and spelling quite well for his age of 5. He has gained confidence and has many friends. The Kinder teacher Mrs. McGee is excellent and there is alot of parent involvement. i know other children who are in Notre Dame Academy, St. Tim's Visitation and I am very happy with my decision.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
I am a fairly new parent to St. Jerome. I transferred my children and they are very happy there. My children are striving and the the teachers have helped my child develop his self-esteem. I believe their curriculum prepares the children well for high school. They are a little weak in the math area, but SJ has adopted a new program to help boost scores up in this area. The teachers are dedicated and well prepared. They genuinely care about the students. Fabulous first grade teacher! My child left first grade prepared for third grade.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
My son has attended St. Jerome for the past three years from grade 5 - 7 and he will finish 8th grade in June 2009. Our experience has been both good and bad. The good things are: small in overall size, lots of extracurricular activities, and very involved parents (some more than others). The bad things are: extremely punitive environment, lots of favoritism, very cliquish among both parents and children. Also, they say they offer Spanish; however, the kids rarely have any Spanish instruction, therefore, they learn little to nothing. According to parents of St. Jerome graduates, many of the kids, who have matriculated to Loyola High School or other academically challenging high schools, find that they are not well-prepared for math and science, so they struggle. If I could do it again, I don't think I'd select St. Jerome.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2007
This school was a wonderful experience for both of my children. The academic program is strong and expectations are high. The sports program is fabulous, including even the lower grade levels. Parents are actively involved. The student body is diverse, giving the students an opportunity to interact with students from different backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2006
I love this school. It is the best school ever. The teachers are nice and the academic program teaches you some high school level things.

- submitted by a student
November 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
I went to this school from K-8 and found I received a wonderful education. The teachers were extremely knowledgeable and the principal was superb! I also appreciated the religious education I also received and cherish all memories from this school (and church).

- submitted by a former student
October 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
The school meets the educational needs of my child. It offers a challenging curriculem includig technology in most core areas. The religious education was the initial attraction but St. Jerome offers so much more.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
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March 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2006
When I went to this school, I loved it. The teachers were amazing - and extrememly helpfull and caring.

- submitted by a former student
no rating March 30, 2005
Incredibly archaic school teaching system. This school seems to think all children are ADHD, especially if they have any kind of energy. Boys are not welcome here. Most of the kids are not Catholic, skewing the ability to have a true Catholic education. One child left the school without supervision and was found two blocks away by his parents in a public fast food restaurant. They are only interested in getting money, and not in providing exceptional education to these childern. There are very few sports and outside activities, and the church does not support the ventures of the school. This place needs a serious overhaul in staff. Pathetic place for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2005
St. Jerome is a wonderful community that provides for a nurturing environment for its students. Its programs include art, music, football, volleyball, basketball, and track. Grades 1 - 6 have computers, science, music and Spanish as a part of their regular curriculum. Each student is taught respect and responsibility through positive reinforcement. Parents are very involved in school activities and decision-making committees. The children are happy and challenged in a caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
Very satisfied with my child's particular grade, but quality of grades varies significantly (due more to students in that particular class than to individual teachers).

- submitted by a parent
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St. Jerome Elementary School
5580 Thornburn Street, Los Angeles, CA  90045
(310) 670-1678
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St. Jerome Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top