I have been a parent at this school for 9 years and have been very active in school activities. I have seen expected teacher and leadership turnover. Unfortunately, during the last 3 years this school has taken a nose dive. The campus and community are well above average and the stewardship of the Nazareth Order is great. These seem to be the only things holding it together. There are a core of parents that are very involved but are stymied at every turn in their efforts to improve the quality of the school community. Any dissenting voice, either staff or parent, is met with hostility from the adminitrator. Last year when 3 teachers left (some under 1 year tenure) it was deemed an anomaly. This year 4 teachers left (some very senior ones) and over 25 families have departed for other local schools. The only constant over these past 3 years has been teh questionable leadership by current school administrator. If you have 20% turnover of your workforce and a 20% drop in enrollment in less than 2 years there is only one place to look. There is no denying that this school has tremendous potential but if the stewards of the school do no take action soon this school will fail.
I have been a parent at Nazareth School for 12 years. I am also a graduate of the school. Nazareth has educated 7 members of my family and currently has 7 members attending in various grade levels. I have witnessed many changes to the school over the years but two things hold true. When a child is finished at Nazareth they will be prepared for high school and they will have a greater closeness to the Lord. The Sisters of Nazareth are a constant presence at the school with their undying support, love, and prayers for the children. The faculty is caring and competent with Dr. Mauricio at the wheel. The child receives a well-rounded education with the opportunity for fine arts, sports, and computer training in addition to the daily courses. Mass is attended weekly and the priests at the Mission are very supportive of the school. Unfortunately, today, many Catholic schools are experiencing hardship while Nazareth is flourishing with beautiful upgrades to the school newly completed. I feel that is a testament to the wonderful atmosphere including the parent community . In my opinion well worth the sacrifice!!
I have been a parent at Nazareth for 7 years now. My wife and I view this school as the best money we spend. We are making the investment in our children's learning and development not only as students but as citizens. We feel we are getting our money worth by a factor of 10X. To give Nazareth a scorecard: Atmosphere conducive to learning -- A+ (perhaps the best school atmosphere anywhere in San Diego) Vision and Leadership -- A+ (Dr. Mauricio has a vision for the school and the faculty and staff are aligned to that vision and executing well to see that happen). School Culture -- A+ (The school has a values driven culture that is active in every part of the school's daily life. The kids routinely look to school values as measures of right and wrong. Assemblies and the environment strongly reinforce a greater purpose. . . its amazing) Parents within the community -- B+ (For the most part very high quality people very invested in their kids education . . .the occasional "pot stirrer" doesn't get a lot of oxygen, gets frustrated and leaves. Love this school and am thrilled that my kids are a part of this community!
Several years ago we transferred our 3rd grader to Nazareth from a prestigious independent school. Our initial reaction was: BEAUTIFUL, peaceful, SAFE campus, strong curriculum that actually includes art, Spanish and P.E., highly competent teachers and excellent leadership. Our Principal, Dr. Mauricio, is extremely receptive/responsive to parental input. She obviously cares deeply about the students and is, at the same time, able to run a "tight ship". Nazareth is more than a school, it's a community. From our perspective, the following are some of Nazareth's strengths: middle school improvements with emphasis on literature/writing, exceptional, high school prep science curriculum, tech program with new computer lab, art, foreign language, choir and P.E., on-site extracurricular activities including student council and a variety of sports, wonderful after-school options including low cost/ well-run day care and study hall (led by our terrific librarian who knows every child, his/her reading level and interests), morning assemblies to promote communication/sense of community, and an effective/talented PTG board. We have never regretted our decision to transfer to Nazareth.
This school is a wonderful place for children to learn. The teachers and staff are loving and kind and truly have the children's best interest at heart. The entire school community is focused on the academic as well as religious education of the students. I am a graduate of this school and am so thankful that my children are able to attend here. If you are looking for a loving nurturing and academic focused education for your children, you will find it here!
Campus is pretty, adjacent to the Mission; class sizes are small & students attend weekly Mass. Otherwise this school is a disappointment. A lot of wasted instruction time due to school-wide morning assemblies 3x/week. A fair amount of unprofessionalism among the staff: teachers talking to parents about other families and about other teachers. Teachers lose their cool a lot of yelling at the students. Teachers have been known to yell at parents and to break down in tears in front of parents. The leadership is very weak, both in terms of the current principal and the Sisters of Nazareth who have no true presence at the school. The parents run the school for better or for worse. There are many wonderful families and not-so-wonderful ones. Lots of cliques and drama. Parents band together against newer teachers they dislike, gossiping, undermining, and basically backstabbing the teachers. High turnover among new teachers, but ones that should retire stay on. School is not forward-thinking when it comes to instructional methods and materials. After 3 years, we enrolled at a Catholic school across town.
Overall I'm quite pleased with the school. I disagree with another reviewer's comment about the science program; in the middle school the curriculum is very rigorous. Language Arts is a bit weak, and the computer program is practically non-existent. Compensating for these shortfalls is the loving environment combined with effective discipline.
The school has a wonderful environment for children to feel protected, supported and loved. The school could be more progressive in it's academic curriculum relating to the sciences and computing, however. The ethos of quality and higher academic expectation I find lacking in some of the teaching staff, but overall a good starter school.
My child has been a student at Nazareth, since a Sunflower (pre-school) until now a 3rd grader. Our family is very pleased with the school, the teachers are great, the families are great and most of all the students are just as great. It is a small school and the kids seem to know each other and take care of each other. We love the religious, moral and academic teachings at the school. The campus is a sanctuary in the city. We never get tired of going there.
Too large of classes for any child to get individual needs met. Needs parent help at any level. Good religious influence, beautiful campus, nice families.
I have had many dealing with the school. I find the school to be a supportive environment with the well being and education of the students high! A great school!
Nazareth School is an exceptional school. The faculty and staff are amazing. I have never seen a more beautiful campus. The curriculum is challenging and the teachers are truly dedicated to their mission. I intend to send all of my children to Nazareth School. I am a satisfied customer.
We have two children at Nazareth School. Overall, I think I'd rank this as an across-the-board adequate school. Academics seem to be about average, and they do focus hard on getting kids reading, writing, and gaining age-appropriate skills in math. The Catholic education is quite good, and the music program (chorus) has been very enjoyable for my children. Computer education and art programs are also good. On the downside, as you might find in any comparably-sized non-public school, there isn't much support for gifted kids. Because the class sizes are unfortunately quite large, there's not much the teachers (who honestly do try!) can do for those kids who are already beyond the material being presented. Another recent problem has been some turnover in faculty and administration. But overall, I think that this is an adequate school for most kids and there is a strong sense of community.
Very disappointed with [first child's] curriculum and teacher. Class-size is too large and the teacher always seemed flustered even with two full-time helpers and parental participation. [Second child's] teacher is strict, which is good, but is not a nurturing person and at that tender age, there should be a more Christian, loving environment. Very little to no creative writing is accomplished to feed the child's imagination. The principal is not up to par as an administrator and has very poor leadership skills, but the religious aspect is wonderful. Nazareth is academically sound but it could be much better for the cost. The front office staff leaves much to be desired as they are not very polite to the parents and impatient with the children. It's amazing that some of the staff have been employed by the school/diocese for so long without this being addressed. Parent involvement is stellar!
This is a wonderful Catholic school located centrally in Mission Valley. It is associated with the Mission San Diego de Alcala. It provides an education that is strong in academics and incorporates the Catolic religion into its curriculum. They have smaller class sizes and offer afterschool sports and drama programs. I highly recommend this school.
This is a great option when considering where to send your child for preschool. It is actually cheaper to send your child to this wonderful private school than to a preschool and you get the benefit of a religious education as well. It is money well spent.
This is an exceptional school. The teachers and staff are more like a family. My children received an excellent education. We were impressed with the curriculum and extra curricular activities. The campus is beautiful. The class size is small to medium. Children attend weekly school masses and religious education is evident in all aspects of the students work. Students have classes in art, music, physical fitness and computer. The staff and faculty are devoted to the children and their families.
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