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.
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.
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!
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!
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
The current leadership leaves a lot to be desired. Change is inevitable- obviously. The current principal- Ms. Jones has not established a set curriculum; she simple says what she is "going" to do. Talk is cheap! In response to the post about the principal's "dress"; it has not to do with how much she paid for her clothes or the brand. A person in leadership is SUPPOSE to set a specific standard and unfortunately Ms. Jones' dress appearance is lacking as much as her leadership. As a Catholic school I EXPECT quality and professionalism, NOT a leader who participates/promotes gossip about parents and their financial circumstances w/other parents. In additions, Ms. Jones is sabotaging SJS's standards by hiring sub-par teachers who lack the necessary credentials to teach in a public school. Our children deserve the best-of-the-best; not teachers who obviously lack sensitivity training in addition to them not being certified is unconscionable and unacceptable. Change is coming...indeed!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
We had the worst experience with our daughter in this school. Very disappointed with the school leadership. We left sad and frustrated
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.
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