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St. Barbara Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 309 students

 

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Posted December 1, 2013

I taught at St. Barbara's a few years ago and agree with a couple comments posted by parents. Yes, there are a few teachers there without CA teaching credentials. It's easy to find out, just look it up. However, taking a few classes doesn't make you a good teacher! True, St. Barbara may not have many clubs or activities, but those "clubs and activities" are made possible through parent volunteers. Step up and become involved! The comments made about the crew socks are silly! I have two children who attend an out of state Catholic school (800 students) and have never heard of a parent complain about socks. Both boys and girls MUST wear crew socks, no nail polish, and uniform policy is VERY strict compared to St. Barbara's. Parents, the school rules are not made up after you enroll! Read the handbook! I haven't been there for a while, but I'll bet the academic achievement at SB is much higher than the surrounding community schools.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 4, 2013

Great Teachers, The Best Education for my kids. very good in sports, the Best Cheer team :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2012

Please do not send your child to St. Barbara school. The teachers, staff, and administration are very judgemental, hypocritical, and insincere. Not only does their school have a very low academic curriculum but the extracurricular activities there are very limited too. No clubs, only a couple sports, and a student council that is controlled by the principal. The fine arts program is horrendous since my child learned absolutely nothing. P.E is not offered everyday like every other public and private elementary schools. My child was also harassed by many teachers and mistreated even though she was an excellent student having straight As and played in various sports. Overall, I will never put one of my children in this school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2012

The teachers are hypocrites. They taught students to be kind, loving , and forgiving like Jesus, but they used detention and demerit slips as their weapons to retaliate against students and parents. In fact, I had to threaten the principal and teachers to report their misconducts to the Board of Education and to file a lawsuit to remove the detention out ofmy son's record. I also had to pull my daughter out of her K-1 classroom immediately because of her teacher's harassment and mistreatment eventhough she was doing so well in school. At the beginning of the school year, the school usually charged parents lots of money for 3 parties during the school year, but they always asked us to donate all kinds of foods, drinks, and other parties' supplies to their classrooms for all of the parties. In addition, they also required us to submit an excessive amount of paper supplies such as 4 large boxes of paper napkins, 4 large rolls of paper towels, and other school supplies that can be used by teachers for fheir personal uses at homes. Furthermore, teachers did not want to teach students anything weeks before X-mas, Spring Break vacations, and especially toward the end of school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2011

I graduated from St. Barbara's last year and transferred to this school a few years ago and compared to my old school, which was also a Catholic school, St. Barbara's lacked MANY qualities. First, there are VERY strict rules on your shoes (athletic shoes only; no vans, converse), you have to wear white crew socks or you'll get in trouble, there is no school gate, only these border things, so parents have to walk into the classroom to pick up their child. Some of the teachers are not very considerate and don't explain stuff through enough and expect you to know it. Some teacher qualifications are awful considering this is a private, Catholic school, not some public school. And some of the students that I've met have very ill manners. But some of the things I like about St. Barbara's is that if you're an 8th grader, you will get to go to Washington DC for a week near the spring time, and the history, math, and religion classes are excellent. But in my opinion, the english class didn't really prepare me for high school. Things that I have learned in the 7th grade at my old school were just introduced to the class in 8th grade.


Posted November 4, 2009

Both of my children attended St. Barbara School. They received a very good education and had no trouble maintaining good grades after entering high school (they went to a public high school). The teachers care about the students, and classroom instruction more than meets curriculum standards. The rules are strict, but it is a Catholic school where discipline and rules are emphasized. Uniforms are mandatory and the dress code is strictly enforced. In addition to regular schoolwork, my children participated in community service projects, learned computer skills, learned to be healthy individuals through their Physical Education class, learned about the Fine Arts (music/art), and received religious education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2009

I left this school because my student's need were not being met. Principal is insincere. Some of the teachers are okay but many lack compassion and competency. Was a great school 10-20 years ago but not now.


Posted February 19, 2009

New Principal this year is great. Teachers need to follow rules. Great admnistrative staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2008

It is a good school but it is way too expensive. The rules are also very, very strict. One of the rules I think is not neccessary is to wear ONLY crew socks, if you don't wear crew socks you get a detention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

I have been monitoring this school for 6 years since my kid going here. Teaching quality was very poor and teacher qualifications was a joke. There is absolutely no academy perfomance indices except enforce students to pray since it is Catholic school. I end up paying double tuition for 'one on one' tutoring year after year so my kid can keep up with standard curriculum. It was a very bad choice to send your kid here and I should have pulled him out years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2004

St. Barbara is a good school with dedicated teachers. The principal has made great strides with the school but has lately stretched herself too thin with other projects. She would be better off concentrating on the needs of St. Barbara and not trying to solve the problems of the diocese. She desperately needs a good assistant principal to help with the running of the school. She can't do it all herself. The children do get a good education and the middle school staff, espeecially Mrs. Betzold, do a wonderful job with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2004

Great school! I love that the kids get computer and music every week where public schools hardly have that any more.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 70% 11%
Hispanic 20% 52%
Two or more races 8% 3%
White 2% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Judith Bloom
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  • Roman catholic
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