this school has gone down hill since sister Eleanor, you used to feel welcome to the school and she was always available. Now, it is rare that u see the principal there. I see the kids struggle just putting up the flag while he stars there not helping them. This school is just about money. My child always complains about the homework and how the teacher don't explain or help them. i am really disappointed
I couldn't be happier w/ this school & the education they offer. I appreciate how open the lines of communication are between parents & staff. This school has afforded me the possibility of purchasing 2 iPads without the blow to my bank account! I read a negative review related to the iPads & iPads ONLY. Yes the iPads did not come in immediately in fact it took a lot longer than anyone expected. However, to give this school a negative review solely on the arrival of the iPads is a little petty in my opinion. But than again I am one of those parents that wasn't able to pay for 2 iPads up front. The cost of the iPads were divided into the monthly tuition! =D Another bonus, we will be able to do the same with Mac books(x2)! I, of course, can only write this review based on personal experience. So far my kids are doing very well. I really couldn't be happier. I love that I can volunteer at the school whenever I want & be totally & completely involved in my children's school/education. In the two years that my family has been with this school, we have felt welcome by both parents & staff alike. I would recommend this school to any parent truly interested in their child's education.
This is our second year having a child in the pre-k programs. The pre-k director Mrs. Ramirez is great. Keeps all the parents informed, even going the extra mile to send reminder, childrens accomplishments with home work, and extra events such as childrens birthdays. If you looking for a school that will make your child feel special from the beginning this is it. The principal is also great, communicating with the parents via newsletters, you will always see him each morning, and at the end of the day, so if you need clarification or assistnace he makes himself available. I couldn't be happier with this school, looking forward to next year. If you need extra assistance with after school care, they offer that too at a valuable rate ($). Parents that want to get involved and be a part of their childs education this is the school for you. It's very encourage and getting to know the other parents make the events alot of fun and gives your children courage to socialize.
Beautiful new campus. The changes are wonderful! Exciting new separate campus for the middle school. The new classrooms with bathrooms for the preschool are fantastic. Love the canges, looking forward to this school year.
Still waiting for the ipads. We paid for ours in full so why do we have to wait for the financing to come through...No answers at all. Very dissapointed. No one is giving us an update. Blame is placed on every other person involed and not the principal who started this...
My two kids started school few months ago and I could not be any happier. The principal and teachers are great. The principal is very hands-on, teachers are highly qualified and PTF are phenomenal. My kids are very happy in the school and I love the feel of community in this close knit school. I would recommend this school to any parent.
As an educator myself I have to say that Saint Ferdinand's school is a remarkable school. Any child that attends receives a fantastic education and is treated kindly and is given one-on-one attention. The administration is also incredible and is kind to each person that steps foot onto the campus. The principal is one of a kind. He takes his job very seriously and expects his children/students to take their jobs as learners seriously as well. The staff is expected to be professional and to continue their education as needed. Looking into this school as I did, you would be silly not to send your child. Everything is amazing about this school.
Although there has been a newness to the school with a new administration, plant improvements and end of the year technology, the school is suffering from a positive, safe environment. My child has complained about kids being mean to each other, students not behaving in class and getting a great deal of homework nightly. Teachers who have been teaching there for years have just disappeared and us parents and our kids are not given a reason for their departure and are told not to discuss this issue. It seems that there is a lack of control and that some parents are in charge by giving negative emails. Service hours are not accurate and the principal is not easily accessible. My biggest concern is that I cannot see what direction the school is going in the future. There is too much turmoil!
Wow were do I start ? It has been a good 6 years since my children have been at St. Ferns. My oldest is now attending Alemany High and is doing well. I still have two more left and wondering whats going to take place. With a new school principal I still hope the school will turn out to be one of the great schools in the valley. It has its battle of parents and facualty but it is something that can be worked on. As an educator in LAUSD I do believe that, this school is the right place for my children. It is a work in progress.
The new leadership has made a significant gains in obtaining new techology to enhance the students learning experience. This new technology includes, Mac Stations/Computer and Smartboards for the junior high students. It was also recognized that a new refreshing look (new uniform)was necessary to highlight the enthusiasm of the children. addition, the new leadership is also engaging parents who offer feedback and positive solutions and has begun implementing some of the recommendations. In addtion, academic changes are in motion that will improve the student and parent experience. The days of stagnation are gone, and as a long time parent, I am pleased with good faith efforts of the school.
The school is in a new leadership that has created many changes. There is many new students that are paying less tuition. I do not think its fair for those who have stayed at the school throughout the years. The fees have increased and now they are changing the uniform. They pretty much think money falls from the trees. Education is average but they always have preference for certain children. I do not believe they give every child an opportunity to shine. It is a nice school compared to the local catholic schools but dont let the apperance fool u. I am very dissapointed about many things that have happened this year. I believe the leaders should always be honest with the parents and not allow certain individuals take control of the school. The parents should also be more friendly to one another even to those who do not speak english.
This school is under new leadership and is worth taking a look at. The teachers I have been in contact with over the last 10 years have always been more than happy to meet and discuss the children's progress. I have a son in high school and is doing extremely well after graduating from St. Ferdinand. It takes both the parent's and school's participation in order for the children to succeed. I also have a son who attends this school and is very happy here.
I think that St.Ferdinands is a good school. I also think that it need more education.
They are more concerned over the dollars than the child. They have unprofessional administration staff, the priest in charge has no interest and passes the buck when it comes to issues he should be concerned with. It takes months before a return call and you have to walk unto the school in order to get some kind of answers. The school work is not up to grade standards. I removed my child from this school and placed her in a public school where she is learning more and actually recieves homework.
It's too bad to say that St. Ferdinand has not been doing a good job. One of my childen gratuated from there with low grades only to go on to high school doing very well. I took my other child out, only to learn he was behind in every subject. The teachers often have favorites, have no respect for the children, often yell, and do not have any tolerance for kids with special needs or ones who just need a little more time. I was totally disappointed with the 9 years we were there.
It's a sad day when a private school is behind the low scored public schools. The kids in this school are not getting the basic foundation of a good education. My children suffered greatly because of this school and are still playing catch up, a lot of the parents have their children in kumon to help them ,if the school was doing their job there would be no reason to suppliment your childs education. I have put my kids in another school there are several children from st ferdinands in the school that we now attend and they are all having the same problems there was no basic phonic or reading taught to these kids, had I got a reportcard with signs of my child not doing well I would have worked with them more but according to their report card they were doing well.
I recently sent in more of a rebuttal to the review that another person had written in. I failed to state that most of the children that come to summer school here are schools in the surrounding area. I think this school does a great job. Remember we are in a lower income area.
I feel that the Arch. needs to take a look at the staff (principal and teachers). Some should have retired and others are not capable of teaching students to the point that they are required to attend summer school (@St. Ferdinands summer school = high $$ child care and no education) at other schools it is because the children are not being taught what they need. Teachers state missing assignments on report cards and when you meet with them they tell you that sometimes the assignments are turned in but too many students to grade all papers. If you $$ enough they let your kids do what ever. Mr. Ramirez is great. Emergencies in the school or lock downs they do not inform you of anything. Needs to be audited by Arch.
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