Went 4 years, Pre K 3 was great because of the prayers, the art, music which were good self esteem builders. Then academic learning is supposed to begin, it doesn't happen. Teaching style is very outdated! ST JOAN's Blue Ribbon is now 9 years old from 2005 but they still capitalize on it and it's clearly Over.. If your child is NOT exceptional: smart, or needs extra help they may do OK here but would be VERY BEHIND if transferred to public school. Tons of worksheets in 1st grade and 10 or more for homework w/ no personalized intruction (25 kids : 1 teacher in 1st grade) I asked my child's teacher to spend a little time helping explain some work and her reply was "I Can't I have 24 other students, maybe 5 minutes after school on Wednesday." Seriously? We devote our time, our treasure = lots of money, and talent to fund the school and they won't even spend a few minutes to help a kid that didn't "get it" the first time. Poor education, really wanted my Child to have a solid Catholic Ed, such a waste of a potentially good school. Sr.Ellen is out of the loop because she won't accept anonymous letters which would give her true insight. Left after 1st grade & couldn't read!
K-4 was fine when my child went through those years. Middle school is another story. There is a reason teachers are leaving this school in droves. Years ago this was a good school, but that is no longer true. They are trying to get by on their old reputation at this point. If my children weren't at the end of their years there, I would pull them. The teachers they have hired in middle school to replace those who left are ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. In fact it has been my experience that every new teacher from 5th grade on up has been a failure. Being more good teachers are set to leave, coupled with the fact that they have made pathetic hiring decisions, I would advise anyone considering St Joan of Arc School to save your money because you will not be getting what you paid for here. They trip over themselves to get new families enrolled, but once they have you- watch out. They are borderline abusive to middle school families as they know no one wants to pull their kid at this stage of the game and their true colors come out. I used to like this school and I am sad to say I would no longer recommend SJA to anyone.
St. Joan has truly been a wonderful experience for our daughter. The Parents are very welcoming and involved and the children are well behaved and respectful. As others have said "A" do not come easy, the children work hard to achieve these. The teachers are strict but nurturing at the same time. The only negative I feel are the class sizes. St. Joan is a wonderful place for the whole Family.
If I had to do it all over again I would of never of sent my child here. Do your homework first everyone. Check out teacher qualifications and Pricipal credentials at all the schools.
Horrible school. Class sizes are too big and students get lost in the mix. I pulled my children.
My children have attended St Joan of Arc for one year. It has been an incredible year.. We came from another private school near by. You cannot even compare. The academics far exceed the other school as well as the quality of the teaching staff and way the school is run.My children are happier than they have ever been, they feel secure and know that the teachers truly do care about them.The families and children at St Joan are great. Kids are kind and very welcoming. The children graduating 8th Grade are so well prepared for High School. The academics are very strong, and they truly receive a wonderful Catholic education. The staff teaching in middle have such understanding on how to teach teenagers and deal with their many issues as middle schoolers. It has been a very positive experience. Over 50 % of the 8th Grade class received 3.5GPA or higher, and Presidential Merit Award.. A,s do not come easy they all work hard to achieve these results. I would highly recommend coming here.
This is one of the best schools in Palm Beach County. As a parent I like the fact that A's do not come easy. The children have to work hard for good grades.
Excellent school. Son was here 5.5 years before we relocated elsewhere. After St. Joan's, the Catholic school he attended in Virginia was put to shame. It was like the VA school was stuck in the 1950s...AWFUL! Wish we could have stuck it out in FL based on St. Joan's alone!
My daughter loves to go school, St. Joan has been a wonderful start for her and great for our family.
It is a lovely school if you start here from pre-k or K and get to know the families and the kids and get used to the large classroom sizes. 34 kids in the 4th grade with one teacher in 2009-10. A child not used to classes that large will have difficulty adjusting.
My daughter was struggling in public school. After moving to SJA, she loves learning. It is 100% turning point for her. Love the school, and the teachers. I am so glad we made the change.
I feel so blessed to be able to have my son in St.Joan. .Tts his third year there,,and it just gets better...in all aspects. I feel safe and secure there also. The families of St.Joan are caring loving people,, its really a special school....ohh and Sister Ellen runs a tight ship too!
Both of my children are in their 5th year at St. Joan. They are happy and getting a very solid education in the basics, which will serve them well their entire lives. The classes are large, but so is the world; the teachers are exprienced and able to communicate well what the students need to learn. The school is strict, but also so very caring. Top that off with a spectacular after school crew and I say you can't find a better place to send your kids.
Horrible school. Class sizes are too big and students get lost in the mix. I pulled my children and all three are much happier!
I enrolled 2 of my children here. Everything about the school is excellent. Not only is it a great education but also very Catholic.
Sister Ellen is an on task principal. She always knows what shes doing. She is also very kind. Thank you Sr. Ellen
I enrolled 3 of my children, and I can say with absolute conviction this is one of the worst schools I have ever known. The focus of this school is on mindless discipline, not of learning or creativity. If I hadn't worked so hard to teach my children how to learn, they would have graduated like all other St. Joan's alumni - just focused on memorization not on learning. The only reason two of them stayed until 8th grade was because of the religious education. I pulled out my youngest just in time. This is a truly awful school.
A wonderful school with an exceptional faculty and staff.Children are well prepared for success when they leave for high school.
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