Respect? These kids are SCARED of adults-- elderly school-marm types in particular. What they are absolutely learning is to fear questioning authority, and to not trust those in authority. That's too bad.
Although the school aims to follow the teachings of the Lord, no one is perfect I suppose. Some teachers at SJA have a difficult time teaching with kindness and fairness. They seem cranky and short and have little patience for young children. Some of the teachers at SJA would do better to teach in college where they don't have to deal with kids.
I should probably elaborate. Our children have been at SJA for many years. Some things about this school are good, some aren't so great. The curriculum is quite rigorous and our kids are excelling. However, classes are jam-packed with kids thus behavior problems run rampant and take up more class time than we'd like. We're not surprised then that teacher attrition is through the roof.
St. Joan of Arc School and Church is a welcoming and caring community. My two sons graduated and moved smoothly into Boca Raton High, enrolling mostly in AP courses. They left with solid skills in Math and English which helped them excel in the AP courses that have become the norm for college bound students. Last year's Boca High co-salutatorian is attending MIT. Another alumni, Vassar. My daughter is in the sixth grade and I'm impressed with the math, English and reading skills she has mastered. Even their library time is used to teach how to research subjects. But St. Joan also nurtures character, where children are treated with love and respect and they are respectful and kind to each other. Just walk through the school for a few minutes to experience this. My wife has been a homeroom mom several times and worked in the office on occasion. She always returns home with some story of something nice a child or parent said. Class sizes now are in the mid to low 20's. Every school has issues but I have always found that St. Joan works as quickly as possible to address these. We've been at STJ for 15 years and it has been our home away from home. Tour the school. You'll see!
I think the new principal, Mrs.Roberts, is working very hard to make St. Joan a best in class school. She has taken over from a principal who lend for 35 years. It's a tough job to maintain the old and introduce the new and she's doing a great job. Thank you Mrs. Roberts.
The teachers at STJ must prove themselves. If they don't perform they are given help and the administration works with them. If that fails they are not invited back and in a few instances this may happen during the year. The teachers are loving and most are very effective. But that's at any school. Poor performance does not go on for long. The parents won't put up with it. It's Boca.
I had one son whose mind tended to wander at school. He came home with plenty of homework. The other son was a wiz, he got most of it done at school. It really depends on how determine you child is to stick to the task and "get er done."
STJ recently added a chapter for the National Junior Honor society. They have also added several enrichment programs like French, cooking and Toastmasters. The children are encouraged to move outside their comfort zone. Every year the perform a live Passion for the middle school. It takes grit to carry that cross.