Brian Wheeler, November 8, 2013
This is my first school year as Principal of San Jose Catholic School; the faculty, staff and I are deeply committed to making a positive impact in the lives of our students. It is a blessing, joy and honor to have been selected to lead this magnificent school community. San Jose Catholic School enjoys a long history of academic and athletic excellence in a spiritually enriching environment. This is the result of a dedicated partnership between our parents, as their children's primary educators, and our school's highly professional and skilled faculty and staff. We enthusiastically invite new families to become a part of our Christ-centered and child-centered school. Our vocation is to provide your child with an authentically Catholic education of the highest caliber.
We attended the 2011 fall festival and where we were surprised to be greeted by parents and staff with alcohol in hand. This festival should be focused towards our children, not beer and wine sales. This is a bad message to instill in the minds of our youth. Put the beer and wine away for a day.
My 2 children are new to the school and we could not be more pleased with the quality of academics, the administration and the parent involvement. The staff went out of their way to make sure our kids were happy in their classes and were being challenged at an appropriate level. Wow. Top notch school from top to bottom. We could not be more pleased.
So called Christians and Catholics here. This is NOT the Catholic school you attended as a child. To many inappropriate relationships between teachers and parents. If you don't fit the mold... your out.
I give SJCS a Poor grade If your not in the click well need I say more. This goes for teachers and parents.
I wanted to respond to the parent that complained about the tuition. I am a single mother of one child and I find the tuition extremely reasonable. You are sending your child to PRIVATE school, what do you expect? The Catholic school system has to run itself and is not for profit. What if all the parents didn't have the money? Should they let all the kids come to school for free? Maybe you should look into sending your child to public school if you financially can't handle 400-500 a month, which is what I'm paying and that INCLUDES extended day!! How is that lots of money? When my son was in daycare I paid over 600 a month for that. San Jose is an awesome school. The teachers and faculty are very involved and want to help with any concerns you have.
.......this school is good if you have lots of money and will never miss a tuition fee.If you happen to not have any fund available to pay,the principal will not allow you to go back in class no matter how long it would take.So if you don't have the fund for the next 2-3-4-5 days then your child will suffer because he/she be wondering how come he/she wont be able to get back in class.It is not fair because it is suppose to be for good education.It is not like you're trying to run away and hide,you just don't have the money at that time.We feel very discriminated against when my child was not allowed to get back in her classes until she the tuition is paid.Thank God,she graduated and now goes to BK and even her academics are being recognized.
My children have been in this school for six years now and we love it. The teachers are very competent and caring, the administration is attentive and the children are happy. There is a lot of family/parent involvement and it makes for a very friendly atmosphere.
I am very disturbed by the bully comments. My daughters have experienced nothing but great experiences with teachers and students as well. My oldest just graduated from Bishop Kenny with outstanding college goals. My youngest does have a learning disability and if was not for the SJCS teachers, I would have never known. Once I acted upon having her tested to ID the issues, we worked together as a team to make sure she improved her reading capabilities. SJCS ROCKS!!!!
San Jose Catholic is an excellent school. The teachers care about the kids and challenge them daily with living up to strong moral standards and academic success. I value the SJCS teachers and administration supporting our students and teaching our children with faith and discipline. I value that SJCS teachers and administration are helping us teach our kids to deal with adversity and challenges. I value the longevity of the Teacher's tenure at SJCS. I value that my kids are being taught to think, study, and learn in such a caring enviroment that it San Jose Catholic School.
My children have been at SJCS for the past 4 years. I can say it has been a good experience for them. The elementary school has given my children a good solid academic and social foundation. All of this plus a good Christian morals. I can say it is well worth the money compared to the nonsense in the public education system. It is ashamed that people cannot rise above any childish behavior witnessed by adults. I can say I'm not part of any "in or out click/club". I march to the beat of my own drum and so do my children- we are well accepted at SJCS. God Bless are teachers and administration!
My son attended SJCS for 8 years. We pulled him out half way through 7th grade because the teachers disregarded him and the difficulties he was having. The elementary grades were fine, but once we hit middle school, the caliber of the teachers changes drastically. One teacher in particular used intimidation daily towards my son. If your child does not fit the only mold they know how to teach, your child will fall behind. As I mentioned my son attended from K-7 and only when I had finally had enough and decided to withdraw him, they tell me they cannot teach my son. WHAT, after 8 years of taking my money they figure out they cannot teach my child now??? Oh, and if you are not in the "in" group, give it up.
My child no longer attends this school. There is a serious issue with bullies with no remediation to the problem. Additionally, for any parent whose child has even a minor learning disability may find it difficult to gain camaraderie with staff to offer additional assistance without, of course, adding another 'fee.' I can name 1 or 2 teachers there that exceeded my expectations; however I feel their hands were tied because they don't 'conform' to what the administration is looking for, making money....before educating.
I feel that each review is valid as we each have our own experience with the school organization. Our family has endured bully issues with both children and we are not in the 'in' crowd nor care to be. However, this school has an incredible art department and does shine in the arts.
I am a parent that has graduated multiple students from San Jose. I am surprised by the negative postings. Of course the school is not perfect, but are experience has been great. Don't a few, vocal unhappy people, who would probably not be happy anywhere, influence your opinion. The results, the kids that graduate from San Jose, are the best proof of the school quality. They are just good kids.
Our experience has been very dif. Bully issues, lack of communication and a lot of what has been mentioned before. I wonder why we talk about the last 16 years, SJCS has produced 12 valedictorians or salutatorians at Bishop Kenny High School. What about the last 5 to 8 years for those of us with many years to go. This admin has been around only about 4 to 8 years. I agree that more control needs to be over the school board. Less emphasis on what we own and who we are and more on learning what we don't know and can learn and excelling than bragging on the wonderful achievers that could have a larger group given more thought to those students that need that extra push. Thanks for the opportunity to share our family experience thoughts of this school.
This is an extremely nuturing, hands on, challenging school. the teachers are dedicated and very interactive with the parents. We have a 2nd and 4th grader and we are very pleased with their education.
Just a few noteworthy facts regarding SJCS: 1. In the last 16 years, SJCS has produced 12 valedictorians or salutatorians at Bishop Kenny High School. 2. SJCS students collected over $14,000 that was used to build 7 houses in Jaimaca for the poor through a program that Father Tony introduced. 3. The girls volleyball team has finished first place for the last eight years!! 4. Of the 12 trophies that could be won this year (2008-09)in their league, SJCS students took home eight of them!! Genuine stewardship, superb academics, and competetive sports--these are just three reasons that our family loves SJCS.
I shudder at the thought that the people with negative attitudes can present untrue reviews which in turn reflect against the entire school. San Jose is top notch, beginning with the principal, teachers, office staff, etc. When people reference the new principal, they forget the fact that the so called 'new' principal has been at the school eight years. I cannot understand how people can say the principal is inaccessible. She is probably one of the most accessible principals I have known. San Jose does excel at academics, sports, and spirituality. A child would be most fortunate to attend this school whose top priority is the student. This is something the principal emphasizes. It is one of the top elementary schools in the area - both private and public. God showed his blessing and love when he gathered the fine principal, teachers, and staff to work together at San Jose.
I had two girls here that were bright. We were among the favored as this school puts its efforts into the brightest students in order to keep their stats. Our son is slower. When approaching the age for him to attend we switched to a catholic school more interested in helping all students. Also, the kids of the same parents are always in the plays and activities. The evidence is there and speaks for itself. As you can see you either love the school or don't. Sadly, it depends on what group your children fall in.
My experience here has unfortunately been mostly negative. I have not found the principal to be hands on with her approach. The bullies start with the parents and trickle down to the children. Some teachers are way to close to the parents and socialize which is unprofessional. I found myself uncomfortable and excusing myself. My children have not had major problems yet but are in their own group as the children stick with their own. I love arabic people and have many friends that are but it seems that they are exclusive here. I miss Father Al and his laughter and kindness.
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