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St Clare School5
Posted December 15, 2014
- a parent
I have 3 children who attended St. Clare School. My youngest is in 8th grade this year. I have been extremely impressed with both the academic and spiritual education my children have experienced at this school. My older daughters both are participating in magnet programs in palm beach county and were very well prepared for their honors/ advanced classes consistently keeping their place among the top 50-75 students in their classes of over 500. I believe that the religious teaching that they received at St. Clare gave them a strong moral compass which guided them when they left the small somewhat sheltered environment of St. Clare. They have good friends and are very involved in the leadership of their business magnet. I have been very impressed with the changes that came with the new principal and many new staff members. The school is definitely competing well with other private north area schools - they are innovative and moving quickly toward implementing new technology with IPads for all students in the middle school and classroom sets for the lower grades. This is a school that treats all of its students as a part of their own family.
My husband and I couldn't be more happy with everything St. Clare School has to offer. Our son has attended St. Clare from K - 7th grade and we know that after he graduates next year, he will be prepared for high school his following year. My daughter attended St. Clare from K - 8th grades and was more than prepared to enter high school and compete academically with other students from surrounding schools. She has been top 5% of her class since her freshman year and was recently inducted to the National Honor Society, as well as, the Spanish Honor Society. St. Clare School's excellent middle school teachers arm their students with the necessary tools to make their students successful. Not only academically but socially! St. Clare teaches their students to think globally by participating in various community service projects throughout the year. The faculty and the staff at St. Clare really care about their students and their spiritual well being. They are celebrating their 50th year anniversary this year and yes, their facilities might not be state of the art but it's honestly not what's on the outside but what's on the inside. And that's heart!
Our family could not be more blessed that our three boys, & another young one in a few years, all attend this school. The faculty, as well as their fellow students & families, treat our boys like a second family, it's wonderful! Our 6th grader loves his teachers, especially English. I sometimes have an inflated view of his academic level, but they manage to work with me on not putting too much pressure on him. My middle son & kindergartener can both be a handful, but the school helps provide a level of discipline that's even better than at home, LOL! Again, we couldn't be more blessed to be a part of this understanding Catholic community, Finally, while some parents, unfortunately, are unable to work within the discipline guidelines of St. Clare, we have found the administration to be top notch. As classy a group of educators as you'd ever hope to be associated with. They even make the school events a time that parents cherish sharing with their children. You don't find that at all schools.
BELOW AVERAGE PRIVATE SCHOOL The curriculum is not challenging. Only middle of the road students will find the curriculum suitable. The Playground, what playground. The facilities for Kindergarten and PreK 4 are disorganized and old-fashioned. The play area is lacking and poorly maintained. The PreK teacher is very nice and very capable. The K teacher is very qualified but not nurturing. The Elementary and Middle School are both organized but like I mentioned above, unchallenging. The Art and Music department are lacking. The teachers are very nice but the classroom is shared, the space doesn't evoke creativity in my opinion. The Middle School has recently transitioned to iPads which is great. The Middle School has mostly nice teachers, except for the English teacher. The teacher has an unusual way of grading, & most students that I know of fear her. The male PE teacher behaves like he has no interest in the children. He spends more time on his phone than participating with the kids. Not the greatest representation of a Catholic Environment. The Principal of the school is too young in my opinion to run a school. She hasn't been around the block even though she does try.
Wait until first grade if you want to try this school. And then I would suggest leaving after third grade. Many of the great teachers and wonderful principal that previously ran this school have moved on. If you have a preschooler, they may learn, but they do not have a nice place for the younger children of the school to enjoy a playground. The toys and structures of the playground even though they may be donated by the kind parents of the school, they are not of the quality to withstand the daily wear and tear of young children. The play structures are of the qulaity that you would have in your backyard, not what you would expect in a school that pushes a Kindergarten or PreK4 program. Basically a square with a bunch of old looking toys. The PreK teacher of the school is wonderful. As for the K teacher, she has been at the school for ions, so you can't really complain about her lack of nurture. She is what you would call an old school catholic teacher, very strict, with good instruction, but not loving. If you are looking for that then you will be fine, but if you want an experience of which your kids will want to go to school, like I said, wait till 1st grade.
This will be our family's 6th year at SCS. We have never doubted our choice to send our kids to St. Clare. The teachers, faculty and staff are like family. The campus may not be flashy, but that's not what kids should care about anyway (and they don't). St. Clare has all of the bells and whistles in what counts ... EDUCATION! The St. Clare family is 50 years proud.
My son just finished 1st grade at St.Clare. after spending kindergarten in a disorganized charter school. This was a huge improvement. My other son will be joining kindergarten this fall. It was a real hassle having him in prek at a different school. I'm excited about all the upgrades and renovations that are taking place as well. This is the best choice I could've made for my family.
The last of my 4 children is now working his way through St. Clare. It's hard to describe what it is about SCS that makes it so awesome. Although the building lacks "curb appeal", you'll never hear a student complain about it. They go to school in a safe, loving environment and make life-long friends there. The state is great and takes time to help each child succeed. The parents are actively involved in the school and also make great friends with other parents. I highly recommend St. Clare for anyone looking for quality education and a great experience for their kids.
My friend came from another country and they really welcomed her daughter at this school. It was such a relief for her. Her daughter was so happy here. I recommend this school highly from what I heard. I wish my daughter could attend but it is a drive for us.
The new principal is doing amazing things with this school. It's a great family environment and the kids are all very happy to be there. My oldest was very well prepared for her high school experience is a public school.