For a Christ centered environment, the school is lacking in compassion, caring and empathy in its students. There are many highly competitive parents that will do anything as long as it gets their child ahead. This is reflected in the student body which tends toward highly competitive social climbing students. There are fewer practicing Catholics than there were ten years ago.
Bullies are given more credit and positive attention than kind, hard working students. We have known many nice families that have left the school because of bullying. The administration does not address their issues.
We have been at SVDP for almost eleven years with our three children and have been very active in the parish during that time. It is suffering under The poor leadership of Sr Maria Ivana who has been in position going on five years. Reactive parents seem to guide her decision making. There have been many knee jerk reactions responses to hot headed parents that do not represent the schools best interest. It has become a very me centered community which has lost its service base. The principal avoids dealing with big issue and is overfocused on controlling petty things. Academically, the math program is very average and Spanish is a waste of time. My 8th grader left knowing the same amount of the Spanish language he learned in kindergarten.
St. Vincent's provides its students with a strong academic foundation, while embedding faith formation with fun community building activities. I have the opportunity to work in several independent schools and catholic schools on a daily basis and I feel confident my 3 children are in a great learning environment.