This school was very traumatic to my children. I agree that the new administration is not good at all. What works for some, don't work for others, and the school DID NOT meet the standards that I expected for the price they charge.
Our family has been very happy at St. Raymond. We have not experienced any of the negative noted below. I'm sorry that someone had that experience but that is not typical in our experience.
After many years, we had to remove our child from this school. While very well funded, highly organized and with a well developed curriculum, the fact is that the social experience here gives your child only three choices: be a bully, be a victim or be a bystander. It is my impression that parents who are content at this school are tolerating bullying simply because they believe it does not "affect" their child. Such a bright parent body and student body, it is so disheartening to realized how uninformed some can be when it comes to verbal aggression or relational bullying. Some classes are having serious retention problems because the administration and faculty are just at a loss to impose a consequence on bullies who come from " prominent" families". The new administration shares no outrage in the cruelty thrown onto a few children. In the end, the outstanding materials and curriculum can not offset the effects of a chronic diet of social isolation, public humiliation and injurious comments that bullied children in this school are forced to endure. Parents Beware! Bystanders matter too!
Fantastic place for a child to learn. Teachers are always honest. The community is always helping families and students to grow. The principal and teachers always have an open line of communication. My children have been at the school for six years. Strong English, Math, and Science programs.
I am the parent of a middle school student and 2012 graduate. I have been at St Raymond for over 10 years. I could not be happier regarding the education of my children. Each student is challenged through rigorous academic, social and spiritual learning experiences. It's also one of the most technologically advanced elementary schools with a one to one ipad program in the middle grades and new STEM Lab. This school has great parent involvement that allows you to work with your schedule. As a full time working mom, I have had plenty of opportunity over the years to be a room mom, auction chair or just chaperone my childs field trip. Parents work with the teachers and staff to help educate their child. I can honestly say that each St Raymond student graduates with a great education and the knowledge they are responsible for their actions and their impact on society. They are well prepared for any of the High Schools in this area.
I could not be happier with St. Raymond School. I have three children there and all are thriving. I just had the most amazing experience with my daughter's teacher. The teacher called me last night - actually put out a call to me - to let me know that she had a concern about my daughter's division. She just wasn't getting the concept. And this teacher took it upon herself to call me, talk me through her strengths and weaknesses and made recommendations on how I could work with her at home. I was so pleased that I wrote an email to the Principal (who is new and amazingly fabulous) and cc:ed the teacher to let her know how thankful I was to this teacher. And then, to my surprise, I got an email from the Principal about two weeks later just following up to see how my daughter was doing. Love it! The faculty and administration are so involved the students well being - it is a true partnership.
I have been a part of this wonderful community for the past 4 1/2 years. From day one I have felt incredibly welcomed at the school. Everyone-parents, teachers, and children are always kind and friendly. When we were looking at schools I was very impressed with the children that I met at the open house. 5th grade children approached me and offering to answer questions and engage in conversation. They were thoughtful, well spoken, confident kids. Exactly how I want my children to be! I was incredibly impressed. This past year we gained a new principal, Dr. Rolle. I cannot say enough great things about her. She is an incredible asset to our school and a strong leader. I feel blessed to be a part of this strong community.
St Raymond is truly a gem. The academics are excellent. The education in the elementary school is solid with loving teachers and good discipline. The 4th grade teacher makes sure that every child leaving 4th grade is confident enough to deliver a poem, book report or speech publicly. The middle school teachers really challenge the kids to challenge themselves. They encourage a deep self confidence and deep interest in learning (Dr Heery is a FANTASTIC math teacher who prides himself on children LOVING math). The opportunity to compete on the academic decathlon team rounds out a great program. The sports programs are inclusive and instill passion for sports. Being at St Raymond is a wonderful experience and the students are extremely well prepared for high school - as proven last year when every 8th grader got into their high school of choice. Overall its an amazing welcoming community of supportive, involved parents, and respectful caring kids.
We are a new family to the area and joined St Raymond last year. I have a 3rd and 5th grader coming back for our second year there. As a new family coming into the school in the middle grades, I can say we have been very delighted with the school and our transition. Moving is always difficult, but the kids and parents of St Raymond have been very warm and welcoming, both to my children and to us. There is a TON of parental involvment in the school. Its obvious St R is a priority. St R. has solid academics. My kids are learning and being challenged. The standards are high, and not just the standards for grades, but also for the quality of the individual. The catholic philosophy is to teach the mind, body and spirit and it shows.The level of genuine care and courtesy amonst the students is good....ie- kids here are pretty nice. Not every school will address every child's need, you have to choose what is important to your child and family. If you want a smaller school, with more personal attention from parents and staff, a focus in moral education, high academic standards and tight community of parents than you should DEFINITELY check this school out. It may just be the perfect fit!
we've been at the school for 3 years now and couldn't be happier! i have a 2nd & 1st grader - both are very different and both have thrived in this catholic school. not only are the academics strong and challenging but the teachers are warm and open. at first we were drawn to the school partly b/c of the nun principal. she left at the end of last year & a new - FANTASTIC - principal was hired. i've been lucky to be a part of the school's 5 year strategic plan committee and have had a few meetings with her and really am blown away by her vision & leadership. so many of us parents feel a renewed energy around the school b/c of the direction we feel dr. rolle will take our school. it's an exciting time to be here! this review would not be complete without mentioning the welcoming, warm and friendly community of families...we live in atherton and have many friends in our larger community and feel so lucky to have met so many new, close friends. we have a lot of fun together while also rallying around those who are in need (a classmate of my son's house recently burned down and we were all there to help immed!) this is a great place to educate your child!
I'm both a parent and an alum. When it came time to choose a school, we debated sending our kids to public school, but decided on Catholic grammar school to increase the odds of getting accepted to Catholic high school. My daughter is just completing her first year (kindergarten) and we have been thrilled with our experience. The academics are challenging, but the class size is small so the kids receive the attention they need to excel. It's more rigorous than I remembered, but the small and caring community experience is much the same. The school has an excellent science lab built about 10 years ago (not sure where the mis-information below came from). Also, the cost is about 1/3 the cost of St. Joseph, but $1000/year more than Nativity. Parents are very involved and supportive, and many of us are balancing work and family life. I don't doubt that the experience and education will make my daughter successful and community-focused.
I went to the Open House this year and was not impressed with the facilities. This is one of the most expensive Catholic Schools in the area aside from St. Joseph and I was surprised that I did not see a science lab of any sort. It seemed more like a social gathering for the parents and did not find the people at the desk very knowledgeable about the upper grades. It was very unorganized and uninviting. As a result we sought another school for our children. I also did not want to start at a school who is bringing in a new principal....I did not know if this would be a good thing or a bad thing for the school...too much up in the air.
I agree with the previous parent's comments. After many years at the school the best word that comes to mind to describe the environment is "Cronyism". So if you don't fit the cookie cutter wheeling and dealing parents you are alienated from committees. Not a democracy. Only a chosen few have the opportunity to pick their friends to basically run the school. No transparency. Sad for a Christian Community.
St. Raymond School is a hidden gem on a beautiful campus in the heart of Menlo Park. My children absolutely love their school and their teachers. The academics are top notch, and the focus is on developing the whole child - morally, spiritually, academically, and socially. The student to teacher ratios are excellent and I feel like my children are well known by all the faculty and any issues are quickly addressed. I can't say enough about the extraordinary parent community at St. Raymond. You feel welcome from the moment you step on campus. The community is fun, involved, open, and supportive. Everyone is grounded in the same goal of giving our children a great moral and spiritual base on which they can develop their own individuality. Almost 100% of our students get into their first choice private high school and many excel at athletics and other extracurricular activities. What impresses me most is the "end product". Our 8th graders are a well-grounded, confident, articulate and kind group of students, who do extremely well in high school and beyond. I highly recommend St. Raymond School.
My Children have been at the school for 8 years now and they LOVE school. St. Raymond nurtures the whole child and family. The community is close and supportive. The children get a wonderful basis in academics, a love of learning, and deep community roots. St. Raymond School also fosters a deep culture of sports and the children learn great sportsmanship, have fun and learn to play and support each other with passion and determination. My 7th grader feels very prepared for high school. My 3rd Grader loves learning. My Kindergartener loves school.
St. Raymond is a fabulous school nurturing the 'whole' child. The academics are terrific with top Iowa test scores and almost 100% acceptance to the top high schools. It is also a wonderful, caring but structured Christian, environment. The children learn to deal with each other and not hide from challenges. The sports are vibrant and create a fun culture. The social environment is compelling - the school creates a community for the whole family.
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