For privacy sake, I cannot give specifics, but we have been very happy with the way an issue that caused some concern has been handled-for all sides. Again, very caring and interested in the success of all students. Safety, both physical and emotional, for all students is top priority.
The new principal has been at the school for 2 years and lives in the community. As a parent, I am impressed with how she has stepped in and given the school the support and direction it needs as it enters its 70th year. The kids love her. She is very much hands-on, unflappable, caring and focused. A real asset.
Very, very true. There are a lot of community-minded projects that all grades participate in throughout the year. I mean, it is a parochial school, so kindness and compassion are top of the list. Also, the younger and older kids are buddied up and it is not at all uncommon to see middle school kids and elementary kids playing together after school. My son loved having his older chapel buddy when he was in K and 1. And then he got a chance to be a buddy to preschoolers as he has entered the 2,3 and 4th grades.
We have been at St. Paul's for the past 5 years and it's been really great!
The academics are excellent with a lot of project work done in the classrooms. There is age-appropriate homework, with the younger grades being given small amounts to help them start to build good habits as they get older. We have always found it to be reasonable even though, of course, we love no-homework days most of all. :)
The kids are given lots of recess time, as well as PE three times a week. I feel like this has helped our son do even better in the classroom, having a chance to run around and play 3 times a day (K-2) and 2 times a day (3-5) helps him to settle down and focus when it's time to get back to the classroom and work.
Because of the smaller class sizes, kids are able to receive individual attention, if they need it., whether it's a chance to slow down and review something or move on to more challenging work. It's not a cookie cutter learning experience.
We have also been impressed with the music instruction. All kids in the lower grades have choir 2 times a week. When they perform at school or church or in the community, they sound really good. The music director does a great job. It is definitely an extra bonus that my son is getting such a good foundation in music. He has really enjoyed it.
In addition to the school day, there are lots of school-wide events that you can attend. Bingo, movie nights, school dances, bowling, laser tag, tea parties, etc. lots of opportunities for kids to see their friends and have fun running around school together.
We really feel like this school has been a huge asset to our son's childhood and our family.
Teachers have been excellent and caring. Knowledgeable in their subjects. They even make time to do a home visit before each school year to meet with kids and parents to answer questions about the upcoming year. From what I hear about other schools, this is rare!
St Paul's is a wonderful school that supports both their students and their families. Every child has their own academic challenges and needs and the wonderful teachers are able to help, nurture and accommodate all types of students. Our children love going to school, they love going to the after school care program, you have to drag them home from school as they want to stay and play with their friends and hang out with their teachers. Their academics are challenging but they are given every tool they need to succeed. The children are given a complete support system, academically, mentally, physically and spiritually.
Throughout the week the students get physical education and choir. There are many extracurricular after school programs that include Christian Youth Theatre, Mad Science, sports teams, chess club, choir etc. It’s a wonderful feeling when your child wakes up in the morning and begs you to go to school.
Many feel that they cannot afford a good private school, or that they can have the same experience at a good public school, but with the current public school class sizes and government regulation there is no way to compare a public school to St Paul’s Lutheran. There is an early drop off care from 7-8am and wonderful after school care from 3-6pm. There is only 1 half day per month on the first Friday of the month and the school day goes from 8:15am-3pm, which is wonderful for working parents.
St Paul’s gives our children many things and many opportunities but the most important is they teach them how to be a good people, how to have strong values, a sense of self and respect for others as well as themselves
We have been a "St. Paul's Family" for the past eight years, when we first enrolled our daughter in pre-school. I could not be happier with the decision to send our children to St. Paul's. This school truly has a "family feel" to it besides an excellent education. Every teacher knows the names of every student from pre-school up to 8th grade! I feel like my children are so safe and well cared for. The parents are very involved and down to earth. Because the class sizes are so small every child gets individual attention and are allowed to excel at every level. The Christian focus is a huge plus in that the teachers are committed to educating children academically and morally. Negative behavior is not tolerated but handled in a lovingly redirected manner.
Even though we are not Lutheran (we are Catholic), we have been very comfortable with the Lutheran/Christian education. I know several families that do not attend church regularly and they are very happy as well with the overall values of the school.
I would highly recommend this school to any family looking for a high quality education!
Our family loves St. Paul's! The quality and the integrity of the education are impeccable at St. Paul’s. The love and guidance from the teachers are genuine. My child is happy and thriving and as a parent that is gratifying to see. To watch his excitement for learning grow as he strengthens his reading skills is amazing. I attribute his educational foundation to the solid early learning teachers at St. Paul’s: Mrs. Morgan (K) and Mrs. Cook (1st). They are amazing! And the smaller class size which allows for personal attention to each student.
In fact, this personal attention begins before the student even enters the class -- each summer before the school year begins, the teacher of the incoming grade begins the partnership between student, family and school by travelling to meet their new students and family at their home. The personal touch of these meetings demonstrates how much the teachers truly care for their students and families.
The environment on campus amongst the students is respectful, helpful and energetic. Each year 7th and 8th grade students are paired with the younger students creating “buddies” – encouraging mentoring and support amongst the different ages.
The enrichment programs at St. Paul’s are outstanding, music, choir, piano, chess, Robotic Legos, Spanish, Basketball, and Volleyball. Additionally, public speaking is encouraged and fostered as early as Kindergarten in chapel. And at the end of each year, students are encouraged to perform a musical piece in the “Celebration of the Arts” a campus sponsored tribute to music. Simply stated -- ST. PAUL’S IS AWESOME!!