Schools, like a lot of things are all about fit..I have two children at St. Chris in K and 4th grades and they both have had great experiences and are learning and growing as people. There is a strong community around the school and lots of parent involvement which is something we really wanted in a school. But I also understand that St. Chris is not for everyone. If you want to send your child to school and rely on on the school to handle everything with respect to education, you'll probably not be happy here. St. Chris requires some parent involvement to get the most out of the experience. If your child has special needs this is probably not the best school for them. Unfortunately, not all schools are set up to handle special needs children. By the same token if your child is a prodigy that will be graduating from MIT at 12 years of age, this is also probably not the best school for them. But if you are looking for a great school, with caring teachers, a community of involved parents where your children can get a great education, you should check it out and see if it's a good fit for you and your child. It's been a 5 star experience for us.
To the review posted on 1.24.13... I am a parent of a 1st grader, whose child went to Hillbrook for Kindergarten and I can't agree with your review of St. Chris's at all. At Hillbrook, the kids were not well behaved and academics were subpar. I am still trying to correct the KidSpell techniques they taught my daughter. The social dynamics at St. Chris are varied, as they should be. The Principal has always been very supportive and responsive to our needs and concerns. The majority of kids who live in Willow Glen, I think, do go to a Private School. A couple decades ago, they bused kids in and the neighborhood didn't react well to it. Now the schools are getting better, due primarily to the Willow Glen Foundation, but unfortunately those kids are now grown and are now sending their kids to private schools. Now for Lincoln Avenue... Our Avenue and Community is wonderful! The new restaurants bring a new Joie d'Vivre to Willow Glen and there is always a ton of foot traffic. and, Let's not forget, Willow Glen is part of San Jose - we are not our own little city, like Los Gatos. Read up on the history of Willow Glen, before writing a post.
The teachers at St.Christopher are amazing. Every teacher is credentialed, hardworking, dedicated and passionate. An added bonus is the St. Chris community of teachers, parents and students. St. Chris graduates who graduated from high school this year will be attending MIT and Stanford, plus many other amazing colleges in the fall.
My son is a graduate of St. Christopher School and I couldn't be happier about the education he received there. The administration and teachers are knowledgable, compassionate, and experienced. The school community offers a variety of ways to become involved in the life of the school and to allow your voice to be heard. If I had it to do over again, I would choose St. Christopher in a heartbeat!
Graduating 8th graders consistently admitted into top high schools in area. Teachers, as anywhere, vary .... but the good ones here are very good. These teachers dedicate much time above and beyond the 8:00-3:00 to the social, athletic, and spiritual development of these children.