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Holy Rosary Catholic School or Pioneer Elementary Public School- Brentwood, CA


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cubedmom April 11, 2008


I am desperately trying to make a decision on private vs. public for my entering kindergartner. Dad is Catholic (thus Holy Rosary, Mom is Christian (Cornerstore Christian School) or highly rated Public School (Pioneer). I'm not worried about Pioneer education but rather the public junior highs in the area aren't the greates. Any advice?

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blueskydiver76 April 16, 2008


I do not know about the schools you are talking about but I went to a private Christian school and feel that I did get a much better education than the public schools in my area. It may be the case that the public school near you is on par on an educational level, but i can guarantee you that the public school will not give your child the same "spiritual" or "Biblical" education that either the Catholic or Christian school would. The elements (drugs, profanity, dress code...)that your child will be exposed to in the later years of public education will be much more prevalent / tolerated in a public school as well.

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cubedmom April 17, 2008


Thank you so much. That really does help. I am concerned about the very things you mentioned- the exposure in the later years and also wanting my child to get a spiritual education. I know I can't shelter him forever but honestly after spending some time at the junior highs in Concord/Clayton with my niece and nephew I am deeply concerned about what he'll be exposed to. I was shocked at what I saw and heard which made me start thinking about all of this. Thanks!

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Anonymous April 24, 2008


Holy Rosay is not a safe school. It does not have the financial resources to train the staff to prevent bullying. There is a pervasive culture that boys can do no wrong. A girl in my neice's first grade class was tied up in 2005/2006. The family removed the girl from Holy Rosary and put her in a different private school. Except for the 2nd grade teacher, staff is ill equiped to deal with children with family/behavioral problems. My neice has been harrassed, jabbed with pencils, kicked, hit. The boy responsible has manipulated other children to engage in the bullying. Little has been done to redirect the aggressive nature of the boy. The teacher is not well trained and does not discipline. If you are looking for Catholic education go else where - this school has had problems with bullying for several years now.

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Anonymous April 24, 2008


Thanks for the great information. I too have heard this about this school and I believe it also has to do with their limited resources. It is great info because many of us parents considering to this kind of education are putting our children in these schools to protect them from these types of situations. Do you know what school the parents chose after pulling her out of HRS? I've heard mixed reviews on Cornerstone as well.

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noramo2 January 23, 2009


My son 7 year old son goes to Cornerstone he's in 2nd grade. He started in kindergarten. We like the all day kindergarten. The curriculum is great. He loves it. My husband and I do too. My preschooler looks forward to going there next year. I live in Brentwood and I opted for private over public. My home school would have been Krey. I have a few friends where there children go to Holy Rosary and they like it also. But one did mention the area isn't't great. Her son came home telling her there was a bum sleeping in the play structure outside. I know at Cornerstone they have Chapel once a week, and they have to remember Bible verses monthly. They also read from the NI RV Bible. So to me you and your wife will have to decide what denomination you want instilled in your child. From my stand point they both are very good schools.

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NaniandMami February 8, 2009


Hi! I am curious to know which school you have chosen...IF, you have chosen. I also am having a difficult time deciding if I should let my daughter attend Holy Rosary, Cornerstone, the Dainty Center/Willow Wood School, or just let her attend the public school. I went to Catholic school...and it was awesome as far as sense of community and belonging was concerned. However, the education was very rote-learning based. We weren't trained on how to "think" things through...an answer was the answer because Sister so in so said so! Anyway, for both schools I am concerned about the area. The Wells Fargo Bank near Holy Rosary was robbed once last year during the day. Cornerstone is on a main street with very fast traffic. I have heard mixed reviews on the Dainty Center. Anyone have any suggestions?



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