My children spent all nine years at St. John Fisher, and we couldn't be happier. Mrs. Hudani, the teachers and all other staff members are encouraging and genuinely care about each and every student; they almost act as second-parents. Academics know how to push students to be their absolute best. There are also several other teachers who help struggling students. It is a very loving environment, and older children are commonly seen acting as "older siblings" to younger ones in different activities such as family groups and science buddies. The Catholic religion strongly influences moral values and helps form a strong conscience. Other students are very kind and caring, and will welcome any child into their class. SJF is a great community, and I cannot thank them enough for the past years spent with them. SJF will give your child a loving second-home, a great education, and preparation for the rest of their lives.
Both of my children have graduated from SJF. I cannot thank the teachers and Mrs. Hudani enough for being my children's home away from home from grades K -8. This school has taught my kids respect, organization, kindness, empathy, time management, and working well individually as well as in groups. The academics were challenging but we appreciate it now. They both moved into high school and transitioned so easily. My oldest just started college and attributes his doing well back to his teachers at SJF. The teachers/ Mrs. Hudani really care about the students and their well being. My second child did need additional help in some areas of school and she was always provided extra help. I thank them so much for their caring and patience. This school has been a blessing in our lives and I do not regret a penny that we have paid in tuition. The tuition is affordable and I am a middle class family. Tuition at SJF isn't a bill to me. It was an investment in my child s future and we got every penny's worth and then some. I am also truly blessed that I met so many life- long friends at SJF. It really is a family to me and my children.
I have to be careful with my words, as someone repeatedly flags my reviews. This school is a disappointment. My biggest complaints are: The day is too long (7:50-3pm for all grade levels including kinder) Vice Principal is harsh and unkind to most children Academics are sub-par compared to the public schools in Palos Verdes Children are not well prepared to transfer to the local high schools class sizes are larger than the public school playground is tiny and all of the kids wind up running around on black asphalt and a muddy grassy area Most teachers are NOT credentialed No resource room or resources for any special needs. Plays to the middle, no help for children falling behind and no help for gifted children needing a challenge BULLIES are allowed depending on who their parents are. If this gets flagged, i will just have to continue to repost. It is important for the public to know about this school. The point of a review site is to see all points of views and all experiences. Once person reposting over and over on the same date to get a higher star rating should be flagged.
St. John Fisher is a FANTASTIC school! I am so happy to have my kids there. The academics are rigorous, the extracurriculars ample, and the athletics are competitive. Most of all, having my kids in a safe, warm, family atmosphere that is super nourishing and attentive gives me great peace of mind. St. john Fisher gets 5 stars hands down.