Agree with the post below. In less than 2 yrs. Dr. Bernard has accomplished so much. We have a sport court and will be using IPADS soon. Also, like the previous post stated, she did not tolerate teachers doing what they wanted and tagging along (not all of course) . She is getting the school were it needs to be. The best it has been in many years I've been part of this community. We needed this change. Excited about what's to come!
St Charles has had to recover from an administration that was content to let the teachers dictate policy as well as coast along...dr. Pam Bernard's has been a God send to this community. She is forward thnking and dedicated to making the school a fantastic place. They are not there yet, but she has had an uphill climb. She has brought in new teachers who were not part of the old culture as well as retaining those who really want to be there. Ms. Patchett in the middle school is an example of someone dedicated to giving the kids an education that they will remember. Please look into the school is your kids like to "work Hard, play hard and pray hard" as this is a Catholic school( not that others are excluded!) If you plan on your children attending Bishop Moore, please realize that we share a campus and that that allows our kids to feel so very comfortable when making the transition as well as giving st Charles access to technology and other resources we may not otherwise have!
It is unfortunate that the guidance department did not provide the support needed under past administration. Based on my experience, current administration deals with the bullying immediately and will talk the students and families involved. I will continue to support the principal, Dr. Bernards and St. Charles as they become a strong leader in Catholic education in Orlando.
I was one of the parents that decided to leave this school prior to new administration. The issue that was the deciding factor for us was the bullying by the middle school aged girls. I found this ironic as the focus of the Orlando Diocese at the time was to address bullying. The only resolution offered was from the guidance department: "I think we should just let the girls work it out amongst themselves". I was a difficult decision to pull my child out mid-year but she flourished at her new school and it turned out to be the best decision we ever made.
Our youngest daughter started preschool at St. Charles this year. We loved it so much that we are starting our three other children at the school this fall. I don't know much about the "changes" mentioned in previous posts, but I have been really impressed with the administration, the staff, and the students at St. Charles. I love the warm, caring environment, and I felt at home the minute I walked on the campus. Our kids are excellent students who can't wait to embark on their new school journey. We look forward to being part of the St. Charles' family. Go Bulldogs!
St. Charles is a great community. If you are looking for a diverse, welcoming and loving environment then it is a great place. The administration treats all students individually! Our three sons love it at St Charles. GO Bulldogs!
I have been pleased with the changes taking place at St. Charles. There seems to be a renewed sense of pride in the school and a determination to make improvements in the curriculum and different programs offered. I do like the new aftercare program. As a working parent, having my child's homework done (and checked by a teacher) is wonderful. My one concern is the enrollment. I would love to see two classes per grade but don't feel like that will happen soon. I hope the numbers will grow as people stop by and look at what is going on at the school.
St Charles has a friendly atmosphere like no other. My kids absolutely love going to school. From lower to higher grade students know each other, making the school a very comfortable place to be. The problem with the enrollment started before the new administration came and didn't stop because families who stayed are frightened by the scenario. Yes, the school is facing a time of challenge and cannot offer the same stability those other Catholic schools where nothing like this is happening, no bumps in the road. Our new administration is focused on a brighter future, has goals to achieve and cannot afford to please everyone all the time. I also have my moments of panic, but I understand that when we are remodeling, the house gets ugly in the process. What could be so bad that it is justified to take our children from school? They will all end up together at Bishop More after all and I have never heard that students from St Charles were delayed in comparison to students from other schools anyway. Let's give to our new administration some space so they can do their job, support our school and actually embrace this change.
One of the positive changes at St. Charles is the new and improved Aftercare Program. The staff is very professional and very qualified. The kids are in a safe and caring environment. And the best part is (at least for working parents) that there is time each day to get homework done. The staff is very dedicated to helping the kids get their work done. Of course there is play time too. My son never wants to leave when I pick him up because he's having so much fun! The school also offers all day aftercare when the school is closed for teacher work days or holidays. That's such a relief for working parents! The aftercare staff is working on plans for a new and improved Summer Camp too. I can't wait to hear all about it! My son will definitely be there for the summer!
Great things are finally happening at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. See for yourself and check out their Facebook page or call for a tour.
Enrollment declined during the previous administration primarily because of a demographic shift in our immediate community of College Park. Were there other reasons for leaving, I'm sure there were. But, the previous administration was what St. Charles needed at that time. In terms of pur current administration, there are things that have happened in the last year that need to raise people's concerns about the direction of the school. Now, it's not my place to discuss those things in detail because there may be possible consequences if I were to speak out. Frankly, former and current staff members were/are tremendously worried that if they were/are to speak out publicly, their jobs would be in jeopardy. So, instead of raising the concerns, many just decided it would be in their best interests to leave St. Charles. I was one of those. I love St. Charles tremendously...always have and always will. However, if half the staff left at the end of last year, parents need to be questioning if St. Charles is the best place for their children. In my opinion, it is not. As an alum and a now-former staff member, I never, in my life, imagined I would ever say that about St. Charles.
St. Charles is trying to regain ground lost over the past few years. Enrollments started to decline under the previous principal and unfortunately the trend continues. My child is happy there but I am concerned when I hear rumors of closing (ref to the 10/25 post). If someone would post some specific problems, it would help me decide on the future direction I'll take. Not naming names, just exactly what has transpired that has caused families that have been there a long time to leave. I pray that St. Charles implements positive changes and remains opened. It would be a shame for the students who have close friendships and feel safe and welcome there to lose their school. Please respond if you can give specific examples of the problems. Thanks so much.
I have read a very disturbing review about this wonderful school. My guess is that those that left did not want to step up to the plate and allow the new administration do it's job. This administration is working extremely well in getting the children prepared for the 21st century. Anyone thinking about coming here needs to pay us a visit! You will see what I am saying is true.
Poor leadership. Lack of unity. Over the last few years the number of students has decreased by over fifty percent. It will probably close soon, becoming part of Bishop Moore High. I feel sorry for the children who still attend.
As a former staff member, it saddens me that current families are still being lead to believe that the reason many left is because they are resistent to change or they were embracing past. I wish St. Charles families nothing but the best, but if you want the best EDUCATION for your children, then it is time for you to also move on. Just tour any of the local schools and you will find that your children are not getting the best education at St. Charles anymore, even though several great teachers still remain. The inovative teaching and technology at nearby schools far exceeds that of St. Charles. This due to limited funds from low enrollment because of the new adminisration.
So, if the people who left were 'resistant to change,' why then would many of them make a CHANGE and find jobs at other schools?!? Enrollment has gone down this year as well. Last year, enrollment was around 350 students, if I'm not mistaken. This year, enrollment is down to around 300 or so. Most other schools in the Diocese of Orlando are completely packed with student. In many cases, those schools have waiting lists for each grade, including St. Andrew Catholic School which almost closed a few years ago because of low enrollment. The changes being implemented by the current principal are NOT the issue that caused many staff to leave. The issue is the way in which the principal is achievieving those changes. Over half of the staff from last year left! If that doesn't have many parents questioning what the administration of St. Charles is doing, I don't know what will. All those coming to the defense of the current administration will see, in due time, that those people who left were right. Just wait!
My daughters are blossoming at St. Charles. This is our second school and I cannot express what a positive difference St. Charles has made to our family. The most important thing - the teachers REALLY know our daughters. When I talk to them I am amazed at the complete understanding they have - in a way that only teachers who are really dedicated do. My girls are getting a wonderful Catholic education and a wonderful education complete with arts, music, computers and opportunities for programs for those students who excel in certain areas. The best part - THEY feel special and loved and secure.
Not enough great things can be said about St. Charles. When you think of how a school should be in terms of good strict discipline, well rounded respectful children and extremely bright students This school fits the bill. It doesn't matter if you are catholic, the academics supersede any school in central Florida...I have done the research. It's a working class private school with real people who care about where their children go to school. Our daughter LOVES this school, and since pre-k she has been reading about two grades above her level thanks to their superb curriculum. With all the horrible middle schools in Orlando it's comforting to know that St. Charles has K through 8 covered so no need to worry about that crucial in-between stage before high school. If you are a parent who is truly involved in your child's learning journey, St. Charles is the school!!
St.Charles is tight. It doesn't matter if u catholic or not or whatever race you are they treat you like family. Yes i have 3 main friends(we call ourselves the trio) and a few more outside friends that really close, but every week I seem to talk to every kid in my grade because when there's only 75 kids in your grade you know everybody and I like that.Oh and the teachers are marvelous. Some are more lively than others but in the end they give a great education.
St. Charles has been a wonderful experience for our whole family. We are not Catholic, but this has not been much of an issue. I intended to send her to public school after Pre-K, but we liked it so much here, she is now in 5th grade. Many of my best friends are other parents from St. Charles, and I know most of my daughter's friends parents. The curriculum has prepared my daughter to excel on the ITBS exam. She has been able to join Duke's TIP program based on her test scores. The teacher's are strict enough, but still caring to the individual child. The recent commitment to keep reasonable class sizes has been a significant improvement. The school can be tough on discipline issues when needed. The Prinicipal and AP are involved and caring with the children and improving the school.
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