We have 2 boys at this school and it has provided both of them a great education, fun & educational after-school programs, a strong sports program and an amazing group of friends.
Also, the technology & science program is GREAT!
Spectacular school in so many ways. Technology is right on point and continues to stay current, the classrooms are all updated, the library is brand new and magical for the children to fall in love with reading and check out books weekly. The staff and teachers are all highly passionate and life dedicated to this school, as are the parents and generations of family who put into this school. The children look forward to go to school and grow their character, minds, hearts, and thrive. The many opportunities to be involved as a parent, and the sports there are wonderful including track and field as well as cross country. There are enrichment programs such as chess, musical instruments, Spanish language skills, science lab classes, missionary out reach opportunities, sewing, etc.
I highly recommend you go and see for yourself. The neighborhood is a very enjoyable one too to be a part of.
My son has been at St Vincent's since K and he's in 3rd grade now. It has been an amazing experience. The principal, Sr Kathleen, is absolutely committed to building programs in technology, science and athletics. There are Promethean boards in all the classrooms. The school emphasizes gratitude and spiritual growth for all the students. I love how the school promotes interaction between the different grades. Parents are totally involved and it really feels like a community. My son is thriving in this environment and our family has built some solid friendships.
Our family has been at St. Vincent's for 5 years and we give thanks that we found this school. Every teacher and aide that has been involved with our daughter has been top notch! She really enjoys going to school, playing sports, being in the choir, having art class and playing with her friends. I would highly recommend St. Vincent to families that want a small school with great families, teachers and a strong catholic education. Live, Love, Learn!
My children have been at St. Vincent's for over six years. I am impressed with the excellent academic program the school has created. St. Vincent's has a strong curriculum built upon blending the National Standards, California State Framework, the San Diego Diocesan Curriculum, and the Core Knowledge Sequence. I know they are going to be well prepared for high school & college. In addition to top notch academics they also offer a great sports program. The principal is very nurturing just one step onto the playground for morning assembly and you are able to witness how much she truly cares about instilling values and character in every student. Weekly she "notices" children from each grade for different acts of kindness and other good deeds they have done during the week. The faculty and teachers do a great job of making learning fun with the new promethean white boards and also wonderful field trips. The school also has a great art program which is nice to have when a lot of public schools are eliminating opportunities for children to have art classes. I just could go on and on about the phenomenal experience we have had at St. Vincent's and highly recommend it to others
FOR OUR THREE CHILDREN THIS WAS A BAD EXPERIENCE OVERALL SO WE LEFT(Preschool was wonderful) My 3 children have attended St Vincent for a few years now and I sat on the board for a year so know how this school is run. Staff turnover is a huge issue, class sizes over 30 and teachers are not prepared for the extra workload. Half of the teachers are burnt out (example, our nieces 4th grade teacher didn't feel like teaching Science for the year so simply refused even thought the parents all complained to Sr Kathleen). Our child was bored and we noticed they only finished half of the workbooks. The school does not have a Library (except a little spare room in the basement that smells of MOLD). We had our children tested at many other schools once we decided to leave and even though our children received Honor Roll and top honors they were testing in the bottom percentiles, this tells me the academic standards are simply not there. Many families in Mission Hills know the status of this school and choose to send their children to Grant or Francis Parker. My advice as a concerned parent is stay away until there is a new principal and they revamp the academics at this school.