October 03, 2015
Being honest, St. Lawrence O'Toole is not the school that it was when my child enrolled in kindergarten. He's in middle school now. I don't expect a school to stay the same for a decade - curriculum changes, principals retire, teachers leave - but I certainly didn't expect SLOT to go careening off of a cliff either. If my child wasn't so close to graduation, we'd be gone by now. The parents and students are wonderful and I couldn't pull my child away from his friends and what he knows so well. However, the curriculum is seriously lacking (except in middle school math), there is no communication from the administration about anything, the discipline at the school is completely nonexistent and the school plant itself is falling apart. The administration consists of a principal who has no experience at the elementary level and little desire to become educated about the academic, social, and emotional needs of K-8 children, especially children of color, a vice-principal with no administrative experience and a secretary who is as unfriendly as she is inexperienced. It is not uncommon for a parent to be refused entry through the front door of the school or to have to call 10+ times before someone finally answers the phone. We thought it was bad under the previous administration, but now it's worse! With the return of some teachers who had previously left, I thought surely things would turn around. Despite their clear efforts, it hasn't. For the same amount of money I pay at SLOT right now, my child could be attending another Catholic school and have art, music, computers, a challenging curriculum, and administrators who know what they are doing. It's such a shame.
- submitted by a parent