All the good teachers and staff are leaving. The classes are over sized. The office is dismissive and unconcerned with the students and parents. The focus is on quantity not quality. The new management has completely changed the priorities and focus of a school that was once family oriented and faith based, to one that is unwelcoming to established families. So glad to have taken my children out of there. At the same time, so sad to see the school turn out like this
If you want more and more spanish speaking teachers and assistants then your at the right place. Half the kids don't understand what the teachers are saying as their English is so poor. Is this what we are paying for to go to a Boca Catholic School. Bulling is not nipped in the bud but allowed and depending on who the parents are it is allowed over a long period of time. The Principals assistant is not qualified to be in her position and does not have Catholic ways of thinking at all. The class sizes are getting bigger and bigger and teachers just cannot cope with the students. All the great staff are leaving and nothing is been done about it. Lets hire more part time spanish speaking older unqualified people. I am so glad my kids are at the end of this school we are just sick of it. If they can't have great office staff and great management how are they going to make things better in our opinion and why does it seem that no one at the parish cares or the diocese.
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!
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."
In Middle School when the students change classes each class starts with a prayer. They also have a program called "That's Not Fair!" where the students learn about current issues like racism and poverty. This is up and above their religion classes and regular mass.