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St Lawrence Elementary School5
Posted March 30, 2015
- a parent
My son attended Kindergarten for half a year and my daughter attended Kindergarten through half way through Sixth Grade. We left the school because we moved out of state. Both children were way ahead when they started their new schools. My daughter aced her middle school placement tests and was put in all advanced classes. I truly believe that the education they received at St. Lawrence was excellent and their smooth transition to their new schools was proof of that. The Principal is the best around. She is very approachable, extremely professional and really cares about her students. Additionally, the new Kindergarten teacher is excellent. She was amazing!! Also, the families at the school are wonderful and there is a really strong sense of community there. We really treasured our time at St. Lawrence and highly recommend it.
I am the parent of two children who are currently enrolled at St. Lawrence School. One of my children has been at the school for seven years and the second is half way through her first year. I would highly recommend the school. Students at St. Lawrence are well educated. My older student has been accepted to an honors program for high school and has even gotten an academic scholarship. My kindergarten student is reading, understanding the structure of stories and learning addition and subtraction. I think that her learning is even more advanced than my older child's was at that age, which to me shows that the school has continued to improve its curriculum over the course of those seven years. The class sizes are generally small and the teachers know and care about the students. In my experience, the teachers are very approachable, communicative and professional. I have also found the current administration to be very approachable, responsive and communicative. In addition to the great academics, one thing that stands out in my mind about St. Lawrence is how really nice the kids are. We have had a very positive experience at the school.
I have two children currently enrolled in St. Lawrence school. If you are looking for a high quality education along with a caring, family oriented environment, look no further. Both of my children were reading independently in kindergarten and had a solid understanding of math facts! The students at St. Lawrence are very caring and look out for each other. It's very humbling when you see an 8th grader acknowledge your first grader by name. This is the kind of personalized attention each student receives from teachers and peers alike! I am thrilled with the education my children have received thus far!!
This is our second year in the school and our biggest problem is communication. We constantly have to reach out to multiple people within the school to get simple answers. Things are not provided to parents in a timely fashion. Also, even at the younger ages you can see bullying. And it appears to be dealt by being brushed off. Children are encouraged to tell a teacher, which is great. But that can lead to further bullying. Plus the fact that after a bullying incident occurs parents aren't always notified. Overall though, we do love St. Lawrence. These 2 issues could be improved upon though.
St. Lawrence is a phenomenal school that I recommend without reservation. I have sent 2 children through the school. The faculty is committed to an individualized education. The athletic programs are great. The students remain lifelong friends. St. Lawrence consistently sends students off who excel in High school and college. Simply the finest school a parent could hope for.
The school is OK. I am an 8th grade student at St Lawrence and I know there has been issues with bullying the past few years. Most of the teachers are nice, but some teachers are good but some aren't. Some I heard dont really prepare you for High school level challenges. Like I said the school is ok, but it wouldn't be the school i'd pick first
I am a former student at St. Lawrence and will be starting high school in the fall. I love St. Lawrence and I feel like it have me a great base for higher education. The teachers are very very nice and always willing to help. I took algebra last year and I was accepted into geometry in high school. The middle school teachers are all great, especially the math, history, and english teachers. I had a great experience at St. Lawrence and am grateful for the opportunity to have gone there. I made awesome friends that will be friends forever. I would 100% reccomend St. Lawrence to anyone.
I was very excited about sending my child to St. Lawrence school for first grade. We've been enrolled for 3 years now and I can't wait to get them out of this school. Being Catholic, I expected students and adults alike to act accordingly based on our religion. I was sorely dissappointed. Third grade was the worst year yet. Bullying is rampant and left ignored- students are told to deal with it themselves. After attending for 3 years, we are still not accepted by either students or adults. Those who make the most contributions financially are recognized in all areas with preferential treatment. The music dept. is the pits and the sports dept. is nonexistent. There are alot of staffing cuts coming up and specials teachers teach 2 subjects each. The principal will not address issues regarding the student or school goings on. She does not answer e-mails and will not speak on the phone to parents.The curriculum is grossly outdated and is worksheet driven. Tuition rises substantially every year. I'm hoping to regain what has been lost over the years in public school in the Fall. I regret my original decision to enroll in this school.
St. Lawrence School is absolutely a terrific place for children. The teachers make the difference but the families that are part of this community are second to none. It truly is one large family. The school itself is set apart by the faculty and their accreditations and true caring attitude for the students. The school also has a computer lab that every student gets to use that is state of the art, every classroom has a smartboard and they even introduce Spanish as a language subject beginning in K. They have a great "Buddy" program where the younger students are partnered up with older children at the school, it really works well for the younger children. For my kids, there is no better place for them to grow up than in this faith filled and academically challenging environment.
We have had a GREAT experience. My daughters LOVE the school and their teachers! The love of learning and values they are learning will last a lifetime. The school starts teaching Spanish in Pre-K! LOVE it!!!