We currently have a third grader and a second grader at St Anne's. Into our fourth year at this school, I can honestly say that we feel incredibly blessed to have found it.
We were new to Colorado when I needed to begin looking at elementary schools. I started with Internet reviews. That is why I felt it was important to add my own.
This school has an incredible sense of community, as well as strong academics and a religious program. To address the negative reviews regarding St Anne's- first of all, my mother taught at Catholic school for 30 years and always held evaluations prior to a student starting school. These evaluations test the readiness of a child, and I have NEVER seen any discriminatory practices at this school.
Second, the academics are excellent. The teacher to student ratio (along with dedicated teacher assistants in each grade and parent volunteers) is small and offers attention to each individual. Several of our eight graders receive scholarships to Catholic high schools. And we consistently win or place in spelling bees (up to state), math competitions, and competitive chess.
If you are considering this school for your child's education, I encourage you to take a tour.
We are so very blessed to send our daughter to Shrine of St. Anne's School. The school has a very strong faith formation and an excellent high academic achievement and a community that cannot be matched. And, not to mention outstanding teachers and staff!
Stability, strength, and community are words I think of when describing St. Anne's. As a parent attending a private school in an area where our local schools are ranked so high, I frequently get asked "Why St. Anne's over public schools?" I now have 3 children at this school ranging from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. The challenge is not raising perfect children but raising children who can handle life's imperfections. When they meet those challenges & imperfections, they can address them with dignity, courage, and respect. My 8th grader is now on a competitive baseball team; his conversations with his coach, his attitude on and off the field, and his ability to show respect to those parents and adults around him come from walking the halls in this school; conversations he has when I am not there with fellow classmates and teachers. My children feel very secure in these classrooms which allows them to express their uniqueness - free from judgement of others. 8 years ago, if someone would have asked me "why" - I'm not for sure I would have had a good answer but now I ask "Why not?".
Though this school is a safer moral alternative to Common Core, you don't get much education for your tuition dollars. Kindergarten at SA is wonderful for the average child looking for a challenge. I can see it being frustrating for an unprepared child, but I really believe the teacher works with all abilities successfully. Unfortunately, the emphasis on academics ends there. There are teachers at SA who LOVE children and LOVE teaching. In that sense, SA is rich. The teachers, however, are crippled by disturbing curriculum omissions. There is little consistent effort across grades to teach spelling or writing and the lack of attention to mechanics of grammar is evident. Teachers who challenge students are criticized and forced to scale back expectations (unclear whether this was pressure from administration or parents). I am not wanting college prep in early elementary, but academics are not taken seriously here. There is no room for accelerated learning, nor is there a conscientious effort to work with students with learning challenges. Accelerated students and struggling students alike need to find a school to embrace them, not leave them to waste away for 7 hrs/day.
I would rather not rate this school at all. My son was absolutely ecstatic about attending St. Anne's. We had our paper worked filled out and were lead to believe our son would soon be starting there. Then I was at the very last minute we were informed that he first needed to be "evaluated". I attended a Catholic school my entire life and was never once "evaluated" to see if I was good enough, and that is probably because the Catholic faith is one based on "Do not judge, lest ye be judged." Basically, he spent 15 minutes with a teacher, who decided he wasn't "ready" for St. Anne's. How do you judge a shy 5 year old in 10 minutes and say he is not allowed to attend? Ten minutes! We are Hispanic, and I personally felt very discriminated, and judged. My son is excelling at the school he currently attending, and it is a true blessing he did not attend this horrible excuse of a school. The parish should be ashamed, and should reconsider this absurd policy.
We have two kids in St. Anne's right now and just moved to Colorado a few years ago. We have had a great experience at St. Anne's. In addition to strong accademics, the kids are taught life skills such as respect, friendship, love, faith, etc. I believe our children are and will be better people because of the experience. We have a local HS teacher in our neighborhood who says that St. Anne's kids come to HS much more accademically and emotionally ready.
This is a school where academics and personal integrity are taken seriously. The learning environment is positive, so that the students look forward to school. The dedicated teaching staff combines with an involved parent community to assure a consistently supportive education system for the students. The students wear uniforms and enjoy a reputation in the community of being very well-mannered. Lessons of faith are integrated into the students daily lives, and community service projects also provide them with invaluable life lessons. My children have thanked me many times for sending them to the Shrine of St. Anne School!
I am a parent of 3 graduates from the Shrine of St. Anne School. We have loved this school and its community since the very first day; and have continued our respect and admiration. My children were very prepared to enter high school. All three of my children went to a private high school. They were accepted in honor classes in math and English. St. Anne School is dedicated to teach the whole child . It offers so much more than their excellent academics which includes a phenomenal religion program that instructs children spiritually, and teaches service and community projects that stay with the child long after leaving the school. The students are confident in who they are and where they fit as leaders in high school and after. They often return to visit with their teachers and Vice Principal, and Principal showing that they respect and love the foundation that was taught to them. I have seen many alumni bring their children for the same nurturing education to St. Anne s - they want for their children the best in elementary education.