I am going to give St Patrick's a three. I am not surprised that the opinions of parents are so varied. In saying that, NO ONE can speak for another parent's experience or perception. Our experience has been good and bad. Is there bullying? Yes. Is there a sense of inclusion and acceptance of all children? It depends on whom you ask. Just because certain ethnic groups attend a school DOES NOT mean staff and the child's peers are culturally sensitive and accepting. Academically, St Patrick's is above public school curriculum. The last principal was a liability to the school and needed to be replaced. He was a poor representation of Christian leadership, and documentation exists where he displayed outright discrimination. In all fairness, I will say this; Saint Patrick's is a good school. The academics are above average, and there are some excellent teachers there with a good heart. Prayerfully, the new principal will bring a sense of Godly leadership, accountability and inclusion for all students in this school. It is a travesty when children are in an academic environment and they are made to feel inferior to their peers. Hopefully, the new changes are for the better.
My Son attended St Pats Kindergarten through the Eighth Grade. We witnessed many changes over those 9 years. Like everywhere else, St Pats was hit hard by the economic downfall. However, due to the efforts of the faculty and staff his education never reflected the hard times. St Pats is a relatively small and tight knit school. As a parent you get the chance to really get to know the faculty, staff and other parents. My Son had a wonderful experience at St Pats and has made some life long friends. He grew, learned and matured in a wonderful and safe environment. They provide access for the kids to all major sports, and have great extracurricular activities to include a great Scouting Program. I highly recommend St Pats to anyone interested in a private school education for their child in the Gainesville area.
St. Patricks is a great school my granddaughter goes there and she is very happy and so am I. Any concerns I have are addressed and dealt with. My granddaughter went in with a below grade reading level and ended with a grade level a year + her grade level. The school does not have a sterile race and culture environment. It has enough of all races and culture to make it real and it tolerates no bulling or any non christian behavior.
St. Pats School is replacing there own principal. The problems are everywhere. My reality check is watching my child who has never had any behavioral problems come home in tears due to other children making fun of her. The teacher ignored this problem over and over!! Free is great for those who need. You may donate your time well I donate my time in paying my taxes and not looking for handouts..It is my business when I'm paying for it and my child is suffering from it.At this school everyones family works there it doesn't mix.
Amazing School!! I was an intern at this school and was just hired on this year. The school has a safe, inviting environment. The friendly staff, exceptional students, and extracurricular activities amaze me. The curriculum and faithful practices allow the students to grow both academically and emotionally. This school is a community of families that support and love each other. I plan on sending my own children to St. Patrick's Interparish when they are old enough.
Our oldest is a graduate (and is doing VERY well in HS), our middle child is in middle school and there's no doubt the "baby" will start at St. Pat's next year. Great school with emphasis on academics and God. We are VERY happy here.
NOT the school it was before. Academic have slipped below standard. The extracurriculars are a joke. My son is being tutored just to stay on par with Alachua County.
My son went there and the level of bullying was enough for us to pull him out after numerous attempts to have it stoped. It was an awful exsperience, after what started out as a good one. He finished High school on the Monterey Penninsula and we could be happier we moved.
I moved my daughter to St Pat's from an elementary school where the students weren't the problem but the ACSB adminstrators was. Where they were relying on other students to mainstream fellow students. Apprently they didn't have the staff. What I was after was a fair and nicer place. St Pat's is that. But beyond a nicer place it has academics. By my estimate 50% of each grade scores in the top 10% nationally. By standardized scores my daughter has increased from the top 10% towards the top 2% on standardized test. And she has yet to be the top student in any class. 'It's hard with all these smart kids'. But more importan its a really nice place with great teacher who care. And for those of us not gifted with social butterfly's but nerd's, its wonderful.
NO other school compares. These kids test out in the top 10% in the nation, and are #1 in the NATION in Algebra. The teachers are loving and care about their student's success. Computers in every room, full tech lab, music, art, spanish, and p.e. as well as competitive athletics.
We love St. Pat's. My daughter really loves the teachers who make a strong effort to make sure all of the children are included and there is no bullying. There was one teacher who seemed to favor some students over others, but she is not there anymore. Sarah was not at the bottom of her class, but not at the top in reading. They suggested pulling her out to work with her ( and they have the AR system) but I took the advice of another mom and enrolled her in tutoring to not take away from core classes (Huntington for those interested) Another great thing-strong parent network. Great support system. I see us there for a long time.
My son currently attends St. Pat's and he loves it. My husband and I are very pleased with the educations he is receiving, as well as the good Catholic foundation they are providing him. Although it is costly, we believe the sacrifice is worth it. If you want your child to receive a sound academic foundation, a Christian based education, discipline and good study habits, St. Pat's is the place for you.
Our son just started at St. Pat's this year in PK3 and so far we have been impressed enough to enroll our older daughter at St. Pat's for next year. We plan on sending all three of our children to this school. Our son, the one in PK3, had been dependant, sensitive, and frequently whiny until he started school this year. Now, he is very independant, gets along very well with other kids, loves school and can't wait to get in there in the mornings. We already see the positive signs of a faith based education in him. He knows the sign of the cross and when to use it appropriately. He also uses his manners all the time without prompting now. He's still our goofy, mischevious little boy but St. Pat's has helped him learn a little self-control and respect for others.
My kids have been in the school for 9 years. We have seen many changes in this time but the education level has always been exellent.The parent involvement is great and you get to know and interact with the parents of your kids'classmates. Overall we have been always happy with the school and our kids love it, It will be sad to leave St Pats next year as our kids move on to High School.
I recently pulled both my children from this school. Although St. Pat's touts itself as a 'Catholic' environment, it was anything but that. There are some good teachers, but their arts, music, computer programs are woefully inadequate. Their sports programs are a joke. This is not a 'Catholic' environment by any stretch.
My children went here for 4 months before I pulled them out. My kids practically came home crying everyday about how bad it was. The teachers are horrible, you cant even call what they do after school 'sports' and the overall environment was poor. I would highly recommend that if you are looking for a private school to go to oak hall.
This is a great school. The principal leadership recently changed, but the new principal is adapting well. The teachers are great, generally loaded with enthusiasm and with a clear sense of Catholic identity.
My children went there for 2 years until we moved and we loved it. The teachers are great. The ratios were great. The education was great.
Great parent involvement! Wonderful arts classes (ie: computers, art, music) If you are looking for a Catholic education you can definatly find it at St. Pats. Which includes a wonderful pre-k program as well!
Wonderful private education based in the catholic faith. The tuition is expensive as well as the various fees for uniforms, school projects, afterschool programs etc. They are also not as equiped to handle any learning delays in children other than mild reading issues. So if money is not an issue nor any major learning problems with your child you couldn't go wrong sending them to St. Patricks which is a close knit community school with great programs/classes.
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