Do your research, read the Whittier Daily News, google the issues. Not what it used to be, enrollment from 300 now at 90 and moving lower. Former teacher quality was high, have to give a one star now, as the staff has been in a mass exodus.
The new principal has single handedly destroyed what was once a great school. She has made it so bad that we are willing to drive twice the distance to another school and pay $4000.00 more a year for a better education. St Brunos education is barely surviving on a diminishing reputation.
A little over a year ago I would have rated this school 5 stars across the board-new principal came in mid last year and come Sept 2012 lots of changes came. Not for the better. For the first time in St B. history they have advertised that they are still accepting new applications. Our school used to have a waiting list. That is because several (almost half) of the students will not be returning next year. My children are two of them. This was the hardest decision I have ever had to make but I had no choice. It's disappointing and sad-so many good families leaving. The parent involvement was amazing but no longer. You would think smaller classes are a good thing but how will they pay for quality teachers with half of the enrollment that they had this year? Kind of a sketchy time to join this school...I would wait a few years and reevaluate then.
St. Brunos used to be a great school, up until the new principal took over. Enrollment has dropped from about 320 students to just a little over 150 for the upcoming 2013-14 school year. WOW! This is horrible - you don't want your child in that environment. The administration has taken the school down which used to be top notch. Check out the surrounding Catholic schools. Too bad one person started such a cover up and the children and long time families have to pay the price.
Beware, do your reaseach. There are plenty other Catholic schools who actually follow the virtues, are organized, loving, and provide good academics. We had two children at this school and this schools trickle down "bad attitudes" and disregard to parents and children input really does not warrant any more stars. Just check it out once you get through the crazy security and experience the front office staff I assure you, you'll want to take your hard earned money elsewhere. Learn from our big mistake. Parent involvement is scored high because you are charged big money if you don't comply and your constantly reminded. Not good reinforcement.
I think the majority of teachers are great at this school. However, due the recent events at this school, the instruction and attention to the students has suffered greatly.Otherwise I would give this school 5 stars. Hopefully it can get back on track in the future.
If you want a straight up secular education this school is great. But we are paying for a Catholic education as well and this school is failing. The administration does not listen to parents and the new principal with the support of the pastor is "cleaning house" at the expense of great teachers and most sadly the children. Do your research when you consider this school.
Very nice little shcool. one of our children recently graduated from there and was well prepared for HS. Our second child is still there and really enjoys the school. New principal is making some changes, some overdue but all necessary. Hopefully this principal will stay longer than the last. She seems to be a strong leader and has made the school very safe given the circumstances. I would definately recomend enrolling your children here
We have had kids at this school for the last 15 years and are extremely happy with our choice. When our oldest graduated and moved on to public high school, he was ahead of everybody else in the class. We had concerns about different teachers and their teaching styles through the years but looking back at these styles now that one of ours is in high school, it absolutley prepared them for moving forward. There is a great sense of community and comrodery amongst the students and paernts alike. The new principal (as of the middle of last year} has been very good for the school so far. She manages to make it to a lot of the extra carricular activities and is very available. Like any school, issues come up but I believe that everything is in the best interest of our kids.
This school is definetly overrated. The academics are average and the programs offered mediocre at best.
As an 8th grade student's we can honestly say St. Bruno is one of the best schools in the area. The staff is very welcoming and trustworthy. Though they may be tough, they are teaching us life morals and values. I always feel welcomed here. This school also has a marvelous campus. The athletic teams are very good, especially the P. E teacher. The pastor and priest are lovely, and always have a smile on thier face. The staff gets along well with the students especially the science teacher and the 6th grade teacher. These two always make the kids laugh and are very well educated teachers. The 8th grade teacher is superb and prepares us students for high school. The principal is very heart-warming and friendly, and gets along with the students, faculty, and staff. We feel very blessed to have been sent to this school.
St Bruno has prepared my daughter to succeed in high school. And now that she is attending college back east she has all the tools necessary to compete and succeed in college. She does say that St Bruno was stuff, but she is thankful for the teachers at St Bruno.
My son came back from his first day of highschool and thanked me for sending him to St. Bruno. He said he felt like a genius in his classes. He even said to me tonight, 'Wow highschool is easy'. He told my wife and I to expect straight A's this year.
Extremely disappointed in this school. Member of office staff is extremely rude. Not impressed with the level of education. Good grades at St. Bruno does not seem difficult to achieve. Lots of homework does not equal challenging!! Seems like alot of people are drinking the kool-aid about this school!!
St. Bruno in my opinion is over-rated. I had my child at Murphy Ranch and then pulled him out to attend St. Bruno and was extremely disappointed when I realized the student-teacher ratio was so vast. Too many students in 1 classroom is not conducive to learning. At that point...back to MR we go! It was the best decision we could have made.
Overall satisifed- One member of office staff extremely rood and no social skills whatso ever- she has such a horrible reputaation- I do believe parents need to work hand in hand with the teachers- Communication is most important- Making sure students are responsible for themselves is something all parents should encourage at home as well. Most teachers are very good- always the bad eggs at every school- But thats something I also teach my kids- you will have your good boss' and your bad ones- how we adapt to people is up to us.
The staff is rude to the students and disciplining students is out of hand. The school needs new direction and staffing. Thank God I am leaving the school
I have two kids at St. Bruno. I believe we are definitely getting our monies worth. My kids are grading much higher compared to their cousins who go to public schools. The disciple is there so our kids don't run wild. If our kids run wild at home or talk back at us, don't we discipline? That is just what the school is doing. Even when my kids are out of their uniform they act proper, it's just part of what this Catholic school teaches the kids. In the previous negative postings. Stop blaming the school and start working hand and in hand with the school. Gives the children a 'positive' attitude about private school education. These children do not realize how fortunate they are. And parents don't realize how fortunate they are to have their kids accepted at St. Bruno. They have a long waiting list for each grade.
As a teacher I feel that I need to speak up for myself, the other devoted teachers, and our deeply devoted principal. This is a great school. We have high standards and high, yet reasonable, expectations of our students. I'm sorry that the previous parent feels that we might be excessively strict, but in classrooms with 36 students classroom management is of utmost importance. Demerits are not given out of 'convenience' believe me, the extra paperwork is not convenient for any teacher. Demerits are given for failure to complete an assignment or for behavior issues. It is our job as teachers/parents to teach our children to be responsible members of society. They are our future. We are instilling good work habits and ethics that they need in order to succeed in high school, college, the work place, and as adults who will have their own children.
Teachers don't understand the nature of children behavior. They are excessively strict and easily give demits to students to make things convenient for them.
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