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St. Rose of Lima School

Private | PK-8 | 440 students

Our school is best know for its excellent faith-based academic programs.
 
 

 
 

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted March 7, 2014

This is an OK school but the fact that parents are NOT allowed to partake in their child's' education makes it mediocre at best. Parents thought, needs, opinions are completely ignored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

St. Rose is the best school for my son. My daughter who is in high school is very thankful to St. Rose for preparing her academically and spiritually. Parents need to become more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

From an education perspective, you would have to do your own research on the quality of the education of public vs. private school. As a parent, I am not convinced that for the money required to send a child here, that the children are gaining anything academically. In terms of 'Catholic' education, again, I'd have to ask what that really means today. My children are taught more at home than in the classroom with regards to Catechism and we are talking about the 'basics' of Catholicism. The two star rating mostly due to the extreme lack of communication from the administration and parent/teacher organizations as is reflected in other reviews.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

We ve been at St. Rose of Lima School for fourteen years. Our children attended from pre-school through eighth grade the youngest currently an eighth grader there. They received an excellent education in academics, organizational and critical thinking skills, extra-curricular activities and in living their faith. I spent many hours over the last fourteen years volunteering at the school. It has been my experience that the principal and faculty always have the well-being and success of each student at heart. They promote a community at St. Rose based on faith, mutual respect, and service to others. From pre-school right through eighth grade this has been a positive experience and well worth the sacrifices we made to send our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

As parents, we should not have to continually discuss the possibility of moving our children to a another school. It is difficult because our children appear to be doing very well at the school but as a parent, communication from the administration and associated organizations has been extremely poor and attention to serious areas of concern lack communication and parent involvement. I have to agree with the other reviews listing communication as an issue. We also feel that the schools associated organizations have become very 'clicky' and closed to open communication with parents, no transparency. It is also in our humble opinion that the Pre-school is not given enough credit. The Pre-K program has wonderful caring teachers whose dedication is key to preparing the kids for entering Kindergarten. Pre-k get 5 stars hands down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2013

My children have been getting a very good education at Saint Rose. The school is very faith based , which is one of its strong points. The academics are rigorous but well worth the challenge for our kids. There are plenty of after school activities for the students to do throughout the year. All the teachers are top notch and genuinely care for the students offering extra help before and after school. The principal is a tireless worker and has lead the school through many changes that have been positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2013

I love St Rose.The school really offers a sense of faith based community and a friendly atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

My two children have attended St. Rose School since kindergarten (grades 8 and 5). St. Rose as been terrific. My children have different personalities and learn styles. Both have thrived at St Rose. The principal is an exceptional leader and the teachers are top notch. The principal and teachers work in concert to ensure individual student achievement. St. Rose sets high standards that have helped my children develop into outstanding learners, friends and community members.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

Our daughter recently entered St. Rose School after attending several years at our local public elementary school. I can honestly tell you that the transition has been very smooth and that we are all extremely happy. We are particularly thrilled with the greater intimacy a smaller more familial setting provides. The teachers and administration have been stellar . In this setting our daughter is comfortable with being herself while at the same time receiving an excellent education. She's happy and we're ecstatic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

We moved our children to St. Rose from a local public school. Best decision we have ever made. Period! The academics are top notch, our children are challenged like never before. They are taught by outstanding teachers who not only teach them the curriculum, but also responsibility and accountability. The faith based respect they are learning is priceless. The principal is quite possibly the hardest working person I know. The entire St. Rose community has been amazing. We are thrilled!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

St. Rose is a faith-based, family oriented school where the staff cares for each child individually, providing love and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

We are so grateful for St. Rose and its dedicated teachers. We sent our son to the preschool fully intending to transition to Newtown public schools in kindergarten. Our wonderful experience in the PreK made us not want to change course. Just like a family, every school will have its transition periods and challenges, it just seems that students are set up for success here. The school's parameters and expectations help reinforce (and often galvanize) what we are trying to accomplish at home. I have observed a pattern of challenging curriculum, inspired teacher practices (with individual attention) and a strong foundation for continuity from grade to grade. St. Rose has created a dynamic world where students are given chances to rise to the occasion. I also have to applaud the extracurricular and enrichment programs available to St. Rose students. They represent a wonderful variety of sports, music, art, science with reasonable time-commitments, affordable participation fees for all ages and skill levels. I hope St. Rose continues to be a great fit for our family because my son loves going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

Our three boys LOVE St. Rose of Lima School (Grades 2,3, and 5). They started at St. Rose Preschool. The preschool is a wonderful place for children. When you enter the building, you're greeted with a smile and the children are excited to be there. Full Day Kindergarten prepared them well for 1st grade by teaching them in a fun learning environment. Throughout all the grades, we admire how each year, the teachers communicate with one another to assure that each of our children can learn among their peers. Our teachers are quick to address any of our questions or concerns. They work with us to assure that our children learn at their pace. Above all we love that our children are learning in a faith based environment where students respect each other, the Principal, Priests, and the entire faculty/staff. The Principal an exceptional leader. She is accessible to parents and staff . She addresses parent concerns in a respectful and thoughtful manner and is a true dedicated leader of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

By far, the best choice in Newtown. The school community is strong, the atmosphere is welcoming and nurturing. The outstanding teaching staff is lead by the strongest principal in the diocese and the town. I have 3 children at St. Rose and feel blessed to be a part of the family there. So much misconception about teacher qualification requirements in Catholic schools - the teachers are stellar! The PreK is the best the town has to offer. High expectations, but the support in place to get our children there. Academically beyond any of the public schools in the district - students graduating from St. Rose are consistently the highest achievers at the High School level. Wisdom, grace and integrity - priceless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

St Rose of Lima School is a wonderful learning environment, no doubt about it. Although sometimes strict, the teachers care about the students and push them to do their best. My child (middle school) is receiving an outstanding education while learning about the Catholic faith and morals. I've never been happier with any school. ST ROSE ROCKS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

I love St Rose school my kids ages 7 & 9 are very happy and ROCKED on their Iowa test scores!! Great school and great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

Communication is very poor (very little & often vague). One teacher waited an entire month before informing us our child hadn't been turning in his homework. Those making financial sacrifices to send child here will be made to feel like 2nd class citizens (constantly looking for $/donations). If your child doesn't fit the school's "mold," you will have no end of problems. Some new teachers condescending, rude and abrasive; and not all qualified to be teaching.Next year I would not enroll my children here again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

This school year, we moved our child to St. Rose from another local Catholic school and are thrilled! The quality of the work our child brings home is far superior and the communication regarding our child's academic progress went from just the bi-annual parent/teacher conference to constant two way feedback. We know this school will be academically challenging, but that's what we are here for as parents. We will support our child and the school to make sure she gets the best possible education. As far as communication, I have no complaints. The school has been very friendly and quick to handle issues. To some, it may not be as warm as cozy as some of the other smaller schools (although our experience has been even friendlier), but that may be due to the fact that this is a bigger school. I don't see that as a negative because the size of the school also means it has more high quality resources. I can say with confidence that this is the right choice in school to bring up a child with well rounded interests. No other school we have seen has such professional teachers plus excellence in science, music and art. We are just so happy with our choice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2012

Can't please everyone .... When looking for a parochial school to send my child to I visited many local schools. What I found could not compare to St. Rose. The facilities are nice and the principal is great. Yes, the curriculum is challenging and that is one thing I liked about the school. We need to challenge our children. Maybe that is why our country lags other countries in education. We don't want our children to be challenged because it will stress them? When they get into college they'll be thankful. Anyway, you can find faults in all schools and not agree with the administration 100%. That's expected. The administration also cannot please everyone, it's impossible. Someone mentioned the teacher turnover rate recently, you need to know & mention why they left. The teachers are also held to high standards. You also want to have the teachers change grade levels so their curriculum does not become stale or else they will teach the same thing for years. That's a good thing not a bad. Anyway, I am pleased with the school thus far. My child enjoys going to school. I am happy with my decision to send her there. I would recommend St. Rose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2012

This school has changed dramatically in recent years. A place we once felt part of a small, caring, close knit community to a place that we now feel unwelcome. Despite NUMEROUS administrative positions added, concerns still appear to fall on deaf ears and communication is terrible. The schools marks are high and the curriculum provided advanced but both come with a price, the stress and anxiety evident on the upper grade stidents especially. The school has become incredibly "clicky" and now has more of a wealthy & colder private school feel, versus a faith based catholic school feel. The best component is its faith curriculum, but this can also be found in many parochial schools. Be ready for family fees, fundraising & donating year round in addition to rising tuition. Afterschool activities are available but be prepared pay ALOT for them, we could not afford it for our child, making us feel inferior. The school has a handful of excellent teachers but in recent years the amount of new teachers, teachers who left/resigned, and the teachers changing grade levels has been large. If I ever had another child I would not consider sending them here unless major changes had occurred.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 62%
Asian 3% N/A
Hispanic 3% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 15%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excelsior Award (2008)
  • Nominee NCLB-National Blue Ribbon School (2008)
  • NCLB-National Blue Ribbon School (2009)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Origami club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Mandarin, French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:40p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Mary R. Maloney
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (203) 426-5974

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Honors track
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Social justice
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Cooking club
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Mandarin, French
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Origami club
  • Relay for Life Team
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Fairfield Prep, Laurelton High School
Immaculate HS, St Joseph HS, Newtown HS
Chase Collegiate, Other private schools
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40 Church Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470
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Phone: (203) 426-5102

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