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300 E Taft Ave
Orange, CA 92865

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(714) 637-6822
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January 10, 2015
As a staff member of the school, I feel it important to point out that the faith formation of our students is primary. Our administration and teachers do their best to "walk the talk" of living and teaching the Catholic Christian faith, and we see these results in the number of alumni who go on to continue practicing their faith wherever they go. Academically, the teachers provide a solid foundation that is now integrating ever-increasing amounts of technology, with Google Apps for Education in grades 5-8, and iPads in the Junior High. Our students are accepted at the best Catholic and public high schools, like Mater Dei, Rosary, Servite, and Villa Park, and they go on to top universities from there. I understand the concerns that some reviews have expressed, as one's experience determines one's perspective. However, I can't emphasize enough that the administration and faculty work to provide a fair, equal, and respectful environment for every member of our community.

- submitted by a teacher

March 14, 2014
Forced out due to bullying by student, then parents. Power $$ parishioner/ parents more important than facts. After 5 happy years at the school, child not supported by teacher/ administration and ultimately had to leave. Disappointed but ultimately made best decision for our child. Can't fight power $$ parents, or administration that enables bullying. Hope this stays posted. Some other negative reviews removed to paint "perfect" picture. Sad, but true.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
Wonderful, caring school with a great learning support program. Patent involvement is very high which helps keep costs down.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
St. Norbert not only has a great academic curriculum, it has a great environment for my kids to be at. Teachers give their all to their students, you see them and know that most of the teachers have the vocation, the love for teaching and helping kids. The staff and parents are great. The spirituality is in the atmosphere, my kids love their school. My husband and I could not be happier. St. Norbert really is a blessing in our lives.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
St. Norbert is a close-knit Catholic elementary school with a wonderful academic program. When it came time to choose an elementary school for our children, there was no hesitation.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
I love St. Norbert Catholic School! My children are so happy to be part of the family here. They are flourishing academically and socially and continuing to grow spiritually. This is truly a special place filled with amazing teachers, staff and families!

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
Any child would be lucky to go here. This school really cares about the children. My child spent his entire elementary and junior high years here and he received a well rounded education. The teachers, administration and families make it a warm environment to learn and excel in. Their junior high program gets the kids more than ready for high school. Our child is excelling today in college because of the foundation of education he received from this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
Love SNS. My kids love SNS. The families make it a true family and nurturing environment. Everyone always gives 110% for everything, from bake sales to the school auction, decathlon to football games. The teachers take the time to get to know each child and if the kids need extra help, they always offer. I really can't imagine sending my kids to another school.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2013
I am proud to write that I have 4 graduates from St. Norbert School. All four of my children were truly blessed and enriched by the caring staff and faculty, plus the education they received. Now all graduates from both high school and college, thanks to the foundation planted through their elementary education. Holly, one of my children, is midway through her education at NYU's School of Dentistry. The excellent education she received built the foundation for her future. And another of my children, Rich, graduated from the USAFA in Colorado Springs and is a retired Captain. I truly believe in the environment of Catholic education and feel blessed to have been part of this amazing community.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2013
My son graduated from St. Norbert Catholic School. At SNCS some years are more difficult than other years. but talking to my girl friends who sends their children to Fairmont, Oakridge, and Villa Park public school also have the same issues. SNCS prepared my son to enter Servite High School. He was able to enroll into Honors/AP courses. When he graduated from High School. He received multiple acceptance letters with Scholarship from Colleges. He still visits St. Norbert teachers and Mr. Loffer. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2013
My husband and I sent our three children to St. Norbert, from kindergarten through eighth grade. We are grateful that our kids learned their reading, writing and 'rithmatic in a safe and engaging environment. Their learning took place in a Catholic space. Religion is more than a subject taught daily from a textbook. Catholic teachings from qualified educators guide students through every day. From the traditional prayers (Hail Mary, Act of Contrition, Memorare, Angelus, etc.), to recognition of students for treating others as they wish to be treated, to lessons of saints on their feast days, teachings of our Catholic faith are woven through each day. Each of our children were accepted to and attended a college-prep Catholic high school with honors, and enjoyed a smooth transition from junior high, maintaining strong grades into high school. Indeed, each of them was prepared beautifully and have excelled academically. Our kids celebrated their sacraments in this community (First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation, Confirmation), were given a strong intellectual foundation at this school, and continue to enjoy a social life in this parish community.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2013
My son is currently in 1st grade. He is reading very fast and doing exceptionally well in mathematics, science, and in oral expression. Much of this is because we as family are committed to reviewing all the weekly papers the 1st grade teacher sends home with comments and areas he needs to improve in. My son has lot's of energy and his teacher and aid are very much in tune with this and insist he spend less time talking and more time eating and playing at recess so he can focus. The support Aide and the teacher work together to provide high levels of structure, discipline, and step by step growth in academics and social development. The 1st grade teacher is extremely organized and uses email often, a wonderful asset to those of us who do not have the time to make appointments nor use the phone during work hours. Service hours are still required at this grade level but after 1 year of experience we as parents know how to pick and choose the hours that fit our schedule. The best part of this school is the parents, though, many of whom are open, honest, and offer support to those who reach out. This school is a metaphor for a real family; with all the dynamics that come with it.

- submitted by a parent

July 16, 2012
missed a lot of important information in 3rd grade did not learn about planets and 5th grade did not do social studies or geography. almost all students get strait A's, because education difficulty is low and is very easy so a lot of students tune out because they all ready know what they are teaching and learn to ignore teachers. they teach very little geography. a lot of mean kids with tons of clicks or social groups

- submitted by a community member

April 15, 2012
My son is currently in Kindergarten. I am extremely impressed with how hard these two co-teachers work. Their different styles enable my son to learn skills to adapt to the world made of differences. I also feel that my son is mentally challenged and his inner Intelligence is very evident as he comes home every day to tell me what what he's learned. I know this school requires commitment from me as a parent not only in helping him review all his new skills, help with his homework, work on projects and show and tell oral expression but it also requires that I and my husband commit to 10 hours of service a trimester. It requires support from everyone in your family to make this work. It is worth it though... If you feel overwhelmed have a back up to help you when you can't do it and take a break and regain strength to start the week again or mid week again and do what you can. That' all you can do. Just make a plan to be involved, but let the TEACHERS teach...that's key. My son will grow into a competent and CONFIDENT skilled young man. I do not regret my decision and I recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2009
Our son attended kindergarten at St. Norbert last year and is now in the first grade. My husband and I were impressed by the co-teachers and felt that although their teaching styles are different they complement each other well and have great communication. They sent home a weekly newsletter summarizing the concepts covered in each subject, and I was always able to speak with the teachers and/or aide if I had questions or any issues to discuss. We were not surprised by the volunteer commitment or scrip commitment as this was explained by the principal in the information meeting for prospective parents, the printed handbook, and at back to school night. I have felt very comfortable asking questions of the office staff and other parents. We have felt welcome at this school and are confident that our children will receive a strong faith foundation and rigorous education.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2009
RE: Review on January 3, 2009: I was surprised to see the remarks regarding the kindergarten class, since we found the co-teachers to be extraordinarily organized and communicative with parents and children. Yes - it is true - they have different personalities, but I felt that those differences allowed my son to learn about two different teaching styles in a safe and loving environment. Of course, every child learns differently, so perhaps the first reviewer felt that the learning style was not conducive for his or her child. There is generally around 30 in the class, but the co-teachers have a full-time aide who is shares the credit for the beautiful academic, emotional, and spiritual successes of each child.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2009
Our child is in the kindergarten class at St. Norbert School this year. We have been so pleased with his teachers and the school. We highly recommend St. Norbert Parish School for any family looking for a faith-based education with a strong curriculum and caring staff.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2009
We have two children at St. Norbert School and plan on sending our other two children when they are older. It is a Catholic school, and that was one of the main reasons for us sending our children there. We have been impressed with the curriculum, religious education and strong sense of community that is present there.

- submitted by a parent

January 08, 2009
My child has the same 'co-teachers' that the reviewer is speaking of and my husband and I are very happy with them. They are very caring and want the best for each child. I am an educator myself in a public school and I can tell you from experience that my child is getting a far better educational experience that any public school can provide. Public schools are so concerned with their scores on standardized tests that subjects like science and social studies are not taught because they are not tested. My child's teachers are teaching social studies and science as well as reading and math. My child is getting a well- rounded education that every parent should expect. There are high expectations at this school, yet if you expect a lot, students will rise to the occasion. I highly recommend this school and encourage parents to check it out.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2009
I pulled my child out of this school in the middle of the school year. The class sizes are enormous. The principal had told the parents that he would limit the class to 25 students and when we showed up on the first day of school there were 32 children in the class. There were 'co-teachers' in the classroom. So there were two part time teachers that rotated days. It was very confusing especially because the teachers had very different personalities and teaching styles. Too much homework-just busywork. The teachers did not seem approachable or welcome ?'s. The school is pricey but continues to request large sums of $ and requires volunteers to log their hours or pay extra tuition. It was a full time job being a parent at this school. It cost way too much money to be this much of a pain plus my child didn't learn much.

- submitted by a parent

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St. Norbert Catholic School
300 E Taft Ave, Orange, CA  92865
(714) 637-6822
Last modified St. Norbert Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Norbert Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top