My kids went to a parochial preschool and we were satisfied with the curriculum, enrichment activities, and moral values instilled upon them in the preschool.
So it was an obvious choice for us to look for a parochial elementary school when my older son was ready for Kindergarten.
We toured a few parochial schools in the neighborhood last December and were impressed with Saint Monica for the following reasons.
1. Leadership: We found in Mr. Sweeters, the Principal, a leader who sets clear direction and expectations. He was honest to point out the limitations of the science lab which was undergoing a makeover. He demonstrated the school's ability to respond to change by showing the various amenities that have been added to the classrooms such as wireless technology. He inspired us to believe in the school's vision.
2. Faculty: We spoke to Ms. Padley the kindergarten teacher. Her holistic approach to kindergartners derived from the best of multiple educational systems appealed to us. We spoke to Mr. Mullens, the Vice Principal. He stressed on how the higher grades prepared themselves for high school not just academically but also by creative thinking and practice that reflect the core values of the school.
3. Space: The school has ample space to accommodate an indoor gym, art room, music room, cafeteria, and extended care facility in addition to the spacious classrooms.
4. Adoption of Technology: Technology when adopted correctly can be a boon. Otherwise it can be a distraction. We liked how the classes used voice amplification systems not only to assist children with disability but also to help all children with their public speaking skills. We liked how the school used secure web portal not only to keep you up to date on the progress of your child but also on the various events, and activities scheduled at school, thus eliminating a lot of paper trails.
Cut to the present, my son is a happy camper at Saint Monica. He enjoys being in school and is constantly learning new things from his teachers and peers.
As working parents, the extended care facility was a must have for us and we are quite satisfied with the programs offered including Mandarin, piano, guitar, academic chess, and sports. In addition I like the protocol and procedure followed by the staff to secure the premise when I go to pick up my son.
St Monica is a school that encourages growth, development both academically , spiritually and emotionally in the students. It is very reassuring to see smiles on the childrens faces in the morning just before school assembly begins. From the leadership, teachers to support staff all are engaged in the childrens learning and well being. Our daughters how are now in 5th and 1st grade are enjoying their experience at St.Monica and are thriving.
We really love this school. Our daughter has been here since kindergarten and is now in first grade and things couldn't be better. We aren't catholic but we feel completely welcome and we very much appreciate the values that are an important part of school life at St. Monica - they are universal values and have a real impact on building the students' character. Great teachers, great academics, great community, great parental involvement (and not overwhelming), great focus on the whole child and not just testing... what's not to love? St. Monica's is awesome!
St. Monica's openly discusses issues such as poverty and how we can help those less fortunate, including field trips to help those in need, as well as mentoring programs between older and younger students.
We LOVE St.Monica School! Great teachers, Great academics, and above all a GREAT community! The parents are really involved and we have met great friends through the years! The kids come home happy and truly like to go to school and that says a lot.Its a safe environment. My kids are constantly improving and getting high grades thanks to the great teachers (and hard work), and enjoying sports and being part of a team. We are so happy that we decided to have our children attend this school!
We have been sending our daughter to St Monica's for the past year and its been wonderful. The teachers do an incredible job with the kids and our daughter couldn't enjoy it more. For me the most impressive thing is that the kids of all ages really take good care of each other, regardless of what grade they are in.
St. Monica's school offers a very caring environment where children are nurtured and challenged. We have been with this amazing community for the last 7 years and I am in awe of how well rounded our sons are as a result of their program. Mr. Sweeters, the principal, has offered great leadership through the years and encourages the children from an early age to embrace public speaking. Being able to take a microphone and be both articulate and compelling, while feeling at ease, is certainly a challenge, but one they grow into, through practice. It is no surprise that, upon leaving for HS, they have their pick of the litter ( Lowell, SI, SH, etc). Go Bulldogs!
St. Monica's is a wonderful school. The principal, teachers and staff are caring and helpful. It is a great community. We love St. Monica's and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great school for their children.