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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