My son has attended this school since pre school and I have nothing but nice things to say. The staff and the parents is what makes this school run so great. I saw a comment of someone saying the school is not like it was in the 80s well if I remember correctly your child would also be spanked if they didn't behave back in the days.
I am a bit surprised at some of the comments. My son has attended this school for the last four years. We personally have never had a problem. He does extremely well and every teacher he has had has been excellent. I understand there are different personalities and you cannot make everyone happy. Hence some of the comments below. The principal does the best he can. It's about working together. You can not tear down the school over a few comments. Obviously something is being done right or this many people would not have stayed for years and generations at a time. We have a music class that is part of the curriculum which you cannot find at many schools anymore. A science class, a computer class, p.e., yearbook committee, sports and so on. We have dedicated teachers for those subjects as well as a homeroom teacher. We have many family activities and numerous parents who enjoy volunteering. It's a shame it did not work out for the other parents and maybe it was just not a right fit. I am writing because we love the school. My son loves it and his teachers as well. It's about the child and some parents tend to put their feelings first and don't even ask the child how do they feel.
I am a little surprised at a parent who posted on January 6, 2013. She commented that she has not seen one priest or nun at the school. Many Catholics schools are now in this situation because there is a SHORTAGE of nuns and priests in the U.S. Many nuns of the EIGHTIES when she went to Catholic school, and when my children went to Catholic school are now elderly. Maybe instead of complaining about the lack of religious in schools, she should be praying for vocations. We definately need more nuns and priests, but I do not see many families of the new milenia helping to foster this in their children. Some responsibility for this falls on the parents.
This school is terrible. I have yet to see one priest or one nun since my child started attending this past fall. I wanted religion to be a huge part of my daughter's education, but I can say that they are seriously lacking in this department. At the carnival/festival they have at the beginning of the year, they allow small girls to dance/sing (provocatively) to secular, inappropriate adult themed music, and no one seems to find it strange or wrong. It was very bizarre and worrisome. When I attended catholic school in the eighties, in Pasadena, there was no such blasphemous behavior such as this occurring. My daughter hates going to school ever since we enrolled her there. She has had problems with bullies on numerous occasions. She's also experienced sexual harassment by a 1st grade boy who was talking about his private parts with her, only to have the principle insinuate that my daughter was making it up. Like the previous reviewer, I too have observed staff showing favoritism to other kids who may have attended longer, or to families with multiple children there. Overall, I would avoid this "school" like the plague. We have recently removed our daughter after only a half year.
I sit here, reading review after review, and am very perplexed. While I am happy for those families that have had positive experiences at St. Catherine's, it makes me wonder if our children even attended the same school. Just one of the major issues I had was the obvious favoritism shown to certain students and parents by some teachers and the administration. I witnessed that many, many, many times. Maybe those are the parents that are submitting all the positive reviews? The only way a school can thrive is if all the teachers and administration are fair across the board, not only to those that may be "important".
I can respond to these negative posts in hopes that those parents have pulled they're children out of St. Catherine's and moved on. Move on....... This school is now full of life and vitality again. The few are gone and the masses have stayed. Enrollment is still the 2nd highest in the diocese of San Berardino and the science lab, computer lab, music instruction, Spanish program are still in full force. Not to mention, new amazing teachers this year and a festival that was hands down, the best in over a decade.
This school is not what it use to be. The amount of students in the school has vastly dropped and the atmosphere has a very uneasy feeling. The teachers and principal are not quite up to parr. Bullying goes without punishment or correction. It's sad how bad this school has become. I do not recommend this school by NO means.
My kids have been attend St. Catherine for the last 7 years and they love their school. The teachers are wonderful. They are always willing to take the time to address and resolve any situation for the benefit of the students. The eduacation is great when I compare it to other schools our friends' kids attend. The school and staff always find ways and activites that keep the students engaged in the curriculum. This year, the parents are alot more united than in past years and it feels like a great community.
I have two children attending SCA and although there may have been challenging times in the past, like in any other place, the best interest and education of the students has never been compromised. However, this school year has been very pleasant and the parent community has improved greatly. The curriculum, by far, exceeds the programs of an public school and other private schools in the area. The music program is exceptional. I can't say enough wonderful things about the science program. Even my second grader gets science laboratory class time. I have no problem getting my kids to go to school everdyday. They love the variety of different activities this shool offers.
Challenging time for this school. Every school has its up and downs. This school is starting to become calmer this year. Academics are comparable to other schools in the area. Would recommend to others.
When I entered this school three years ago, I did it with a perfectly good attitude. I was welcomed at first, but by the time I made it to fourth grade I was literally begging my parents not to send me back in because I felt as if I was trapped, and ignored by the teacher. Normally I like to learn, but I wasn't being challenged. Eventually I was pulled out, and to tell the truth, I was overjoyed at the prospect. I was then taught under the public school curriculum, where I learned a lot more, and also enjoyed it a lot more. If you are a parent looking for a school for your child, I definitely would not recommend this one.
I can't believe how people can give this school 4 or 5 stars. We have been at SCA for several years and unfortunately we had to pull our kids out. SCA was a great school, but do to the lack of leadership I have watched the school degrade year after year. I know there are some great teachers at SCA, but the poor leadership is taking a toll on them as well. I am a business person and when your employees are not happy the performance of those individuals suffers. 4-5 years ago I recommended this school to everyone I know. Now I have to tell people your better off going to another school. I can only hope the diocese does something to save the school, but it is too late for our family.
After reading some of the reviews we felt it was important to share about our experience. Our children have attended this school for 6 years and we have watched it decline every year. We decided to not come back next year especially after finding out that the best teachers in the school would not be returning. We have been disappointed by the lack of leadership, the mediocre education, and the two face act the administration put on when dealing with extremely important issues. We are shocked that one lower grade is being taught by an unqualified aide while the teacher is being chummy in the office for the majority of the day on a regular basis. That bullying by some of the teachers was being condoned by the administration and the diocese. That the principal told students that the schools primary responsibility was not education that in fact it was a ministry and that is what was more important than learning Math or English. Then when we found out that certain programs would be cut and our tuition would be increased we were done. This school is not what that teacher says it is, it used to be that but now it is now the least desirable school in Riverside.
II had 14 family members attending SCA for 3 years: at least 1 per grade. We dealt with each staff member on a regular basis. They were timely and accommodating to resolveng our (parent and student) concerns and questions. I brought a safety issue to the VP, she resolved it by next day. The ACTIONS do challenge, excite and administer a rewarding education with Heaven and Harvard as the goal. Their have been positive steps to enhance our children's faith and moral fiber. Regardless of the school, it's our responsibility to see that Johnny/Jane do their work, is not disruptive to others and contribute to the overall environment by participating. Most parents take this responsibility seriously by taking ownership & accountability for the success/failure of their children, rather than blame everyone/thing around (Johnny is mean to others, Mom & Dad are mean to the teacher for correcting Johnny's behavior???). SCA, and the parents who contribute to guide it, are doing an excellent job. It is a safe school with a community environment based on faith...every child is part of one big family. We are looking forward to a new school year, that will include a Festival and playing Bingo!
The teacher who wrote the review was not being forthright or honest about what the school has to offer. It sounds more like what administration is spinning to all the parents because they are in a panic about the mass exodous that is occurring at the school. As a parent I have sat back for several years hoping that something would change and the administration would get better but this year it has hit an all time low. That is why we are not returning next year. We were saddened to leave but we had to do what was best for our childrens education and safety after several incidents of aggressive bullying and academic carelessness had taken over the system. It has gotten so bad that the three top teachers have left the school and the education is now subpar. The one teacher that truly understood how children learned and prepared them for high school is the one teacher we were holding out for, and now she is gone. We can no longer hope things will get better at the sacrifice of our childrens only chance for the basis and preparation for the future. The administration never seemed to care about concerns that were brought to it's attention and the quality of education is now diminished.
Heaven and Harvard? Great aspiration and great words. Ultimately though, actions speak louder than words and the unfortunate reality is that, for many families, the experience at St Catherine's bears little resemblance to either of these wonderful institutions. Yes, there are one or two truly great teachers (or at least there were last year) but overall the quality of teaching is far too inconsistent. A challenging, exciting and rewarding education is the greatest gift we can give our children. This should be their right, year in year out. If you are lucky, you might get a passionate caring teacher but luck of the draw should not dictate the quality of our children's education. We are playing with their futures - life is not a game of bingo.
At St. Catherine of Alexandria School, we are Saints-in-Training, our students have the seeds of faith, knowledge and morals planted at home by parents and family. The SCA faculty and staff work alongside parents to nurture and aide them, as they mature and blossom, fortifying their faith, building strong moral character and conquering academic challenges. Our recent accreditation found our academic program to be stellar. Our students consistently score well on national test and excel as they continue in high school. Our staff (EVERY SINGLE ONE) consists of professional educators, who are exemplary human beings. Our community is strong, getting together often; Dine-Outs, Cheer-leading, Rollerskating, Family Bingo Nights, to name a few. (Sad time this past fall, without the Festival, YES, it's back this year!), keeping us close and chummy. This wonderful mix that represent SCA, make us a loving, inviting, exciting, unpredictable, vulnerable, generous and yes, flawed bunch. We are not perfect, we are all growing, every day in every way! We are preparing for Heaven and Harvard (not necessarily that order)! You are cordially invited to come earn your wings at SCA!
When looking for a new school for my boys, the academics are of course were near the top of the list. More important was the environment and who would they be would be with 35+ hours a week. I was searching for caring teachers and staff that would ensure safety, educate both academically and spiritually/morally, as well as be a great role model. Oh, did I mention, my sons needed to want to be there too! Tall order, I know, but I found that school...St. Catherine's fit the bill. The leadership is focused on the children, the teachers know how to read kids and reach them, the campus is clean and safe (blacktop is a little coarse) with good adult supervision, USS Midway and 66ers first-rate, lunch is yummy, PTG is amazing, music WOW!, science lab is mind-blowing, Student Council is topnotch, sports are cool, the drive-thru pickup is interesting...kids are happy and thriving! A+ for St. Catherine's! I read some reviews, understandably, not every school is a perfect fit and all will not see eye to eye. We, as humans, have a tendency to focus on the negative. I hope new schools have been found with happier results.
it is so sad to see that this school has not corrected itself, especially in the bullying sector. My children who left the school along with about 65 others in one year have gone on to succeed with no help from what they learned at SCOA, as a matter of fact it is a awful scar that will unfortunately stay with them in a negative light forever.
In our opinion, SCOA fails to maintain a learning-friendly environment, allowing bullying and other behavioral issues requiring attention to persist. Parents attempting to address these issues have been summarily ignored and worse the children of "non-conforming" parents are ostracized by certain members of the faculty and other families close to the principal or employed at SCOA. In my opinion, there is a crisis of leadership at this school and it is of no surprise many families are leaving.
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