Great experience with the teachers as evidenced by the behavior of our middle schooler- he loves getting up and going to school, takes pride in learning and finishing his homework. (opposite of what was happening in his previous public school in Los Gatos). This is all a result of the positive interaction he receives every day from each of his teachers. The teachers are enthusiastic, caring and amazingly able to instill curiosity for learning in our child.
The teachers all have received additional training in Blended Learning from Santa Clara University. The proximity to the University allows the teachers to receive the most current training. The teachers are warm and enthusiastic.
An amazing parent community as well as an up to date curriculum. As an example, a few Tech-minded parents put together an after school STEM club. Whenever I get a chance to be at school, I am impressed by what I see going on there. We are happy with our choice.
St. Clare is the ideal school if you value an excellent education, fair and caring teachers and staff, safe school grounds, along with a down to earth, involved community of families. Our daughter loves her school!
I have two kids at St Clare and our family has found it to be an excellent choice! The administration strives towards continued betterment of the school and providing a wholesome, nurturing environment for the children. The teachers have high expectations, but are also fun-loving and kind. The community is exceptionally diverse, and very active with many opportunities for parent involvement. The academics are strong with many "extras" such as art and Spanish instruction, but not so much as to place undo stress on young learners. I find that the silver box philosophy has helped reinforce our family's values of respect and compassion for others. The campus is situated in an ideal location, offering ease and safety of pick-up and drop-off, while also being adjacent to the library, park, and University which provide further resources.
Yes, the 2012-13 school year was filled with ups and downs, an emotional roller coaster for many. I have to say though that as a parent of two children attending St. Clare, I wouldn't have them at any other school. There are so many positives... financially stable, the diversity of children and teachers, supportive and committed parents, teachers, staff and administrators., and of course, the silver box philosophy. And top this off with the addition of several outstanding new teachers and para-educators this year (and over the past few years) - we love it and cannot imagine our children being anywhere else! Yes, a few bumps in the road over the past few years, but I really believe we are heading in the right direction. I'm so thankful to have a place where my children are learning, they're in a safe and supportive environment, and our family feels part of a connected community.
We've been a member family of St. Clare for several years, but have made the difficult decision to move our kids to another school. We originally chose St. Clare based on the strength of its community of faculty and families. The overwhelmingly positive, welcoming nature was a clear differentiator in our selection. Unfortunately, the past several years have seen the community become fractured and divided. This is due to the principal of the school. She was a great educator, but has failed to lead the school effectively. The academic programs are suffering, especially in the middle school. The extra curricular science, athletic, and art offerings are woefully under supported by the administration. Concerned families attempted to partner with the principal to address the issues, but with no success. St. Clare used to be a wonderful place and will be again, but it will take a true leader to improve the academic, athletic, and artistic programs. St. Clare needs a committed communicator who takes the time to understand the concerns, diagnose the issues, and partner to fix. I look forward to seeing St. Clare return to glory. For the time being, I recommend looking into other schools.