Despite the bad rating I must begin this by saying, I loved the teachers there last year! Unfortunately 7 of the 11 teachers left the school at the end of the year. The teachers there are truly doing their best, their love for the students, families, and their Catholic faith was overwhelming and amazing. However it is clear that they are frustrated by the outlandish demands of the principal. If I could have kept the teachers and gotten rid of the office staff I would have loved to stay at the school.
Parents spend their hard earned money to send their children to this school. However it is easy to see that the financials of this school are severely mismanaged. Parents are constantly asked to make donations (on top of paying tuition) and there always seems to be a fundraiser going on, yet no one knows where the money goes. NONE of the fundraising money goes back into the classrooms, the teachers are required to pay for all supplies out of pocket, the curriculum is obtained by federal title money.
Instead of effectively running the school in a positive way the principal and the two women who work in the office are more concerned with gossiping and trash talking parents/kids/families. The principal will not only discuss confidential information in front of parents, she will even trash talk the parents and students that she doesn't like in front of other students (including her daughter). The Principal also has no problem using foul language (especially F***) in front of the parents and students. She is the most unprofessional principal I have ever met.
A student last year sat on and hit another student in class and nothing was done. The bullying student was not punished because his mother is a member of the state government and suspending him would be a "reward." Instead the family of the student who was beaten up was asked to leave the school.
I first rated this school 4 stars but after a few years attending here I have a very different opinion.The quality of teaching has gone down. To start, they have a receptionist teaching 5th Grade. reason parents are given is that she is enrolled in a teaching program, BUT, she's been enrolled in said programs for years and still not credentialed. ~TK classroom is a tiny room built adjacent to the kitchen. I'm not sure it's legal or safe: it is a fire hazard, hazard of gas leak,infestation of roaches in the kitchen. ~ reason for the low rating is the PRINCIPAL and her husband. ~principal considers parents talking each other gossiping ~Speaking another language on campus is frowned upon ~Her husband is always on campus which Is creepy;either he can't live with out his wife or he is very fond of children. ~for the past two years a school employees child has won the Notre Dame scholarship. Last year the receptionist son (now 5th gr tchr) won the scholarship. This year the principals daughter won it. No diocese employee should be eligible for scholarship. Pros: small community, new field, daycare available, new chrome books for classroom and religious education.
My 2 boys came from public school before they went to St James last year. Even though it is free at the public school, we chose to pay in a catholic school because of the quality of education. My kids were "A " students in public school and when they went to St . James, we realized how much behind they were in academics. We are so glad we decided to take them to this school. The school maybe old , but we just started last year and you can see some changes as months pass by. It is visible how all the staff with the leadership of the principal Mrs Lara and parent volunteers, work hard to make the school great. Everytime you go to the office, they know you and your kids name , it is a very tight family oriented school. Students are academically and spiritually guided and love the fact that they have school mass every Wednesday ,which is so great. Both kids and us parents are very happy of being at St. James, we just regret we could have started them here earlier. We highly recommend this school to parents who are concern of their kid's future .
I only give four stars because the school is old & we are still trying to fix it up.My children went here & my grandchildren. One just graduated after 9 years the other has been there 8. We have the best principle Mrs. Lara, she works very hard to get the best supplies & new books.Everybody pretty much knows everybody. They have Faith families where the older children look out for the little ones
My oldest daughter has attended this school from Kindergarten to 8th Grade (2011). She has been an honor roll student for many years. She has excelled in math, English, spelling and writing. St. James encourages children to participate in class presentations from Kindergarten through 8th grade; which is a great asset in life. My daughter has been accepted into a public high school with high academic standards and will be taking advanced classes. If you want your child to succeed, parents must be involved in every aspect of their children's education. St. James has always been good in communicating with parents when children are struggling. It is up to the parents to assist them in overcoming the barriers that are holding them back.