This school was great at teaching catholic values. However the treatment I received at the school was not a great as it should have been. My GPA consisted of less than a 2.0 and even a 1.5, and I was the least happiest with the interactions with other students. By the time I transferred to a public school my GPA changed to a perfect 4.0 and a weighted 4.17 by the time I reached my high school. I tried more in my academics due to newly made friends and experienced less negativity from what I believe to be the diversity and acceptance of the new school, something that could not be achieved at Saint Joseph's due to the low number of students. However, this was some time ago, and I can only hope that the school has gotten better with teaching kids to love one another not just for the sake of God's will, but for themselves as well. I would recommend this school to smaller children but would also recommend a different school for late middle school/early high school experiences.
This is a great Catholic school for K-8 to teach your kids the real Catholic faith and values. But don't send your kids here to high school. Its just too small and the teacher you get sick of and there aren't very many classes and the high school is so small like dinky.
Sierra Madre Academy is a great school and it teaches moral, Roman Catholic views and the teachers are dedicated and love what they do. There is a small amout of students there, which may be a drawback for some people and the sports, of course, since it is so small, it is difficult to have a strong sports system, but they have our teams i leagues and they do their best to give us the best education that is possibe.
I had my children here at one time. This is a great school to teach the Catholic Faith. Academics are less than desirable. The teacher turnover is remarkably high.
This is by far the best school in California! I say with total confidence as both my 8 year old and 17 year old will never forget what they learned there. Sierra Madre academy is a diamond Gods jewel so to speak. It is rich with Love Catholic true tradition and such teamwork from the teachers to the parents and the most well behaved true leaders in the High School I have ever seen. I am so thankful so blessed so fortunate to have had my children be a part of this Glorious wonderful little school with so much heart and true catholic vision words nearly cheapen the experience I adore this school
Unfortunately because of a long commute my 4 children can no longer attend Sierra Madre Academy. They attended for 4 years previously and it was the best thing that ever happened to us. SMA has teachers who are so special. They truly love the children and are a living example of their faith every day. At SMA the children learn by example, how to incorporate their faith into their every day lives. The academics are excellent in that they are 'back to basics'. The after school clubs, (Works of Mercy) are fun and a great way to get kids and parents into service. A wonderful art program is utilized and supported by the staff which is rare at schools today. My children now attend a diocesean school where the faith is watered down and the most parents are practicing smorgesborg Catholisism. Sierra Madre Academy truly is, God's school.
The school works dilegently to hire faculty who are committed, practicing Roman Catholics who are on-fire to teach our children their achedemics and faith. Most are young. It is a conservative environment. The school has grown well in the K-8 classes, however, because the permanent campus has yet to break ground, high schoolers are reluctant to stay through 12th grade. This should change when a campus environment is provided.They have received a full 6 year WASC accreditation in 2003, K-12, and the high school curriculum has the approval of the UC schools. Extra-curricular activities include sports for both boys & girls, yearbook, drama, ASB,community service programs,etc. but on a limited basis in the high school because of its small enrollment. Commitment to values, morals,and character is emphasized. In the past several years the high school enrollment has ranged between 23 to 45 students. We hope to see that triple soon.
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