November 09, 2015
We live in Palo Alto, and did not feel the district was right for our rising 6th grader. Her school work is strong, but she is very self-critical. We wanted to find a school that would meet her needs academically, but also focus on the whole child, paying attention to her value as a person, not just a test-taker or future tech millionaire.
Since she began 6th grade at C.A.S. this August, we've seen her confidence rise, her stress fall, and her sense of humor return. She has stopped expecting the worst at every moment, and is noticing that her school work is often interesting, rather than feeling it's a ten-ton weight hanging over her head. Most of all, we no longer need a crowbar and a fight to get her out the door every morning, and she comes home feeling she can tackle what she needs to accomplish, then get on with having some fun.
Catholic Academy is one of a group of schools in the Diocese that have engaged a mandate to provide blended learning, with children using a variety of educational methods. It has also been developing a strong STEM curriculum. It is great to visit the science classroom and see what’s in progress. I certainly did not have hands-on lab experience in my 6th grade year!
Faculty clearly take pleasure in knowing each student personally, and there is a strong sense that they enjoy their students’ individual talents, quirks, and perspectives. Personalized attention is part of the fabric of the school.
The icing on the cake, for us, has been finding a warm, welcoming and energetic community. The Super-Moon Eclipse was cause for a last minute viewing party—and with just a few days’ notice, we had roughly thirty families out in the playing field at night, picnicking, trying the telescope, and eating s’mores.
I don’t mean to suggest that everything is glowing every day; nothing human is perfect. But the overall excellence adds up over time. We feel as though we’ve struck gold in finding this school.
- submitted by a parent