The school has some major problems. The only thing the school cares about is money. This year they are changing the computer lab to a preschool. Computers are a big part of today's world. In 2014, the school had a marathon type event to raise money for chromebooks for the eighth grade, yet there was still a chromebook fee in the eighth grade tuition. There were also textbook fees. While that is normal, 90% of the books have been taped together and have missing pages. The before and after school care is also very expensive, and that is the only option. The school also requires each family to participate in either 20 or 40 hours of community service. If a family does not meet the required hours there is a hefty fine for each hour not completed. Families must pay $400 as a annual gift to the school. They must also pay $300 as a classroom renovation fee. The school has many fundraisers for classroom renovations and technology, yet there are still fees relating to those subjects. There is also a huge problem with bullying and lack of punishment. There was this one student who told another student to kill herself over twitter. The student was not punished whatsoever. Many teachers have been leaving for the past year or two and that has lead to chaos within the placement of where each teacher should be. One of the teachers who is "specialized" in teacher middle school math is now the homeroom teacher of the fifth grade. Some of the rules are very excessive. For example, a student could get in trouble for have shoelaces that are not black or white.
St. Victor School has improved a lot over the years. They now have a new Electives Program where students choose the class they want, and Homework Period, where teachers are available to answer academic questions. Technology has increased, where students use iPads for class. New classrooms are being built. The HighSchools have great things to say about SV's graduates because they are successful in High School and beyond. St. Victor is a great Catholic school, as there are many spiritual activities offered to the students. They are true to their Student Learning Expectations of forming students who are Children of Faith, Life-long Learners, and Caring and Responsible Citizens. Students who exceptionally characterize these traits are recognized during the school year. There is no perfect school, but St. Victor School is a great school for children, Kindergarten to 8th grade. The parents are highly involved and work closely with the teachers to reach the students' academic, spiritual, and personal goals.
At St. Victor's middle school level, academics are low. The only reason you come this the middle school is for its great math program. The two math teachers are really good and make sure each student understand the materials. I scored above the 95th percentile in math for the HSPT because of these teachers. The english program lacks. The english program doesn't prepare you for standardized tests. Important things like punctuation and usage are not really taught at all. Punctuation and usage are main parts to standardized tests. I scored average on the language program of the HSPT because usage and punctuation are not emphasized in this program. The English program is to basic, just learning about nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. Literature is short stories with book quizzes. Students won't learn a lot of vocabulary. In science, students learn a lot if they don't stall the class, pretending to be confused. The science teacher assigns homework people don't do so extra classes are need to explain the lesson. Because of this, students are lucky to go past chapter 8 out 0f 14. In Social Studies, students learn a lot but the tests are too easy. Not normal school.
Academic is low, especially in science and technology. Parents are required to contribute 40 hours volunteer hours in various mundane activities that do not have constructive impact on the students but only benefiting the school financially. The after school program is extremely lacking. Students are not supervised during the homework session, and often come home with the entire set of homework unfinished. There isn't any extracurricular activity offered as part of the after school program, and it charges $6/hr plus a $7/MINUTE penalty fee for late pickup. Although this school is eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program offered by the Department of Education, they would rather have a hot lunch program run by parents where they only serve unhealthy fast food from Mc Donalds, Taco Bell, etc. There is no cafeteria, and no microwave for heating up lunch from home. We find that this school mainly focuses on making profits but not on the health, the well-being, and the success of the students. School is not gated, and anyone can be on campus during school hour. Under the poor leadership of the school principal, this school has been a great disappointment.
My child is a new student here and she loves it. The children are friendly and so are the parents. They have so much to offer here. The teachers really care about their students and there is a great school spirit. Class size does not seem to be a problem as she is progressing right on target for her age and grade. A great school!
OK education but lacking in scholastic endeavors. Structure is rigid and the principal and staff appear to be extremely resistant to improving academics or opening new programs. School policy is clearly defined and suffers from an autocratic leadership and a lack of effect analysis. Policies can be arbitrary and change from day to day. If your child may need extra attention or academic help, this is not the right environment. Parents are required to participate 40 hours a year in addition to yard duty, work party and additional fees. Class size in all grades is 36, with the exception of kinder, 30. Some faculty suffer from lack of experience and/or may be a parent. In general, academic and student management systems are much less developed than in competing public schools, and input regarding improvement is not encouraged. Great emphasis is put on Music, art and sports.
By sending our two children to Saint Victor School is far one of the best decisions my wife and myself have made in our life. My daughter who attended SVS just graudated college last week in Southern California and my son who will be Sophomore in college this coming fall. The knowledge and perseverance they received from SVS is now their important tool that will make them successful in life.