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.
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.
IMy family has been at SJCS for 10 years. We have been very pleased. Since the new principal has taken over many good changes have occurred. She is very open to listening to others and while you may not agree with all she says, it is evident that her heart is in it for the good of the children. Security is tops. The sports program is second to none. Academics is top notch but what I love most is the sense of stewardship that surrounds all they do. My children have been very blessed to have been a part of this school.
I think San jose Catholic is a very negativ enviroment for a young child to be in. The middle school needs to separate itself from the lower school and make them feel special. The teachers are very degrading to children and they leave there with no self confidence..
I have graduated 3 kids from San Jose. Frankly, I do not understand the negative ratings. My kids have gone on to excel at Bishop Kenny. In many ways, they thought Kenny was easier than San Jose. One of my graduated kids is at BK now and has a 4.00. The other two are at UF, which is about as hard to get into as Harvard it seems. The priests have been involved with the school to enhance their religious education.It is the best Catholic school in town re sports and the security is first class. The security cameras are the best in the business.Are there people at San Jose who were friends before their kids went their? Yes. That does not make it a click. I hope we all become friends throught our kids. That's the way God would want it . I recommend San Jose to Catholic and non-Catholics.
I am feeling pressured to register when undecided if I want to stay here. The classes are getting large and the goal is to pay for the building fund by bringing in more families by using $200.00 cash incentives. In my opinion, the problems with leadership and the clicks should be taken care of first. Hopefully, Sister is back and will help get us back to where we once were.
My 3 children attend San Jose Catholic and we have been very pleased with the education they have recieved. We thought that would be difficult coming from an A+ public school. I have found that the families are extremely welcoming of my children. I have taken advantage of the many volunteer opportunities and have become a very involved parent.
This school has been a big disappointment. It is probably fine for most kids, but our 4th grader needs accelerated learning opportunities which have not been available. It's reputation for caring for each student dramatically deteriorated while my child has been here, so that it is at best mediocre currently. The caliber of Admin has been shockingly poor. I get no response via phone or mail. The bully situation starts at top and goes to all levels. I can't get a resonse from the new Principal of the Home and SB as to why she walks off whenever I'm around. I barely know her. I don't feel our children have been given the advantages of a Catholic school, with all of the disadvantages. I can not recommend it in contrast to most of the other public schools in the district.'
terrific school--love all who work there. It is a very caring, Catholic environment. There have been many updates as of late--all for the safety and good of our students. Keep it up.
SJCS could be a great school if the message that Father Al teaches would stick. I feel like their is too much gossip among the volunteers about the parents and teachers and I feel Leadership needs to take control like I know they can.
Both my children have gone to SJCS since they were 4 years old. SJCS is a school where the accademics come first. Each child is expected to be honor roll, It hurt me to see some labeled as dumb kids. The teachers are skilled but not each child was treated the same in my daughters class. Many parents discussed this at year end parties. The principal is happy and jolly and does know each child by name. But not a good example of a leader. She seems to delegate to her friends what she should do in my opinion. At lease monitor volunteers that bully others out of volunteering. When trying to talk to admin they do not want to hear it because they need these people who live there and yet there are others that would like to join in without being in a group that is bossy and mean.
Many thanks for long time, dedicate teachers, an active Home & School association, and more. Continual improvements to the campus. Concern for safety and security. Great activities ,
Good atmosphere overall. Teachers are dedicated. Principal is concerned for the education and formation of the children.
The experience at San Jose Catholic started out well in the younger grades. The upper grades were another story. Since our children have moved to another school they are much happier and are seen as successful bright children. We would not recommend this school.
The academic programs for 3rd graders is excellent as well as the teachers. The substitutes for teacher absences leave a lot to be desired, Teachers of students in the school should not be allowed to substitute for their children's class.
Great school. Good discipline. Caring teachers. High academic standards. Lots of enrichment activities.
San Jose Catholic is a great school. I am in the 8th grade there. I love the classes, the teachers, and my fellow classmates. San Jose offers a excellent academic program. San Jose Catholic is a great school for people who are Catholic or people who are not. San Jose is a great alternative to public schools.
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