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Bishop Larkin Catholic School

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Posted September 6, 2014

.If your child needs a little extra help with learning, or not at their standards they will make this problematic for you. They wanted me to get my pre- k child to be evaluated for adhd which her pediatrician said was to soon to to come to a proper diagnoses of adhd.My child was never in daycare so acclimating to a school was a slight process.I felt like they gave up on my child.My child passed kindergarten with no problems and her teacher was wonderful now the beginning of 1st grade we are going through the impatience of the staff once again.I am starting to feel discriminated against.When enrolling my oldest child the assistant principle learned that she had adhd and told me that she would advise staying in public schools because they do not have assistance for children with adhd.I paid about 400 for her dues and registration and a month later she was expelled. She.She said that teachers were very rude to her.When we had a meeting with teachers and the principle she told my child infront of us, "You cant remember your work..then you should be in a nursing home"..Christian values to put a child down and not even give them a chance.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 15, 2014

If your child is a "normal" learner then this is an ideal school. But, if your child is gifted, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc. then I would look elsewhere. They are not able to accommodate children that are not within the normal learning curve. If your child needs additional help beyond title 1, then be prepared to pay. Not only are you paying the tuition but you will be paying for any additional remediation that your child may need whether it's speech therapy, PT, ADHD , learning evaluations, etc. The school expects that you do this even if you are not financially able to. My child is now thriving at a local public school and is receiving all needed help and my child is the happiest I've ever seen them, and they no longer come home crying. My only wish was that I had listened to my gut and pulled my kid out sooner. I would have liked to keep my kid here as the religious component is very important to me as I went to Catholic school during my school years, but unfortunately, God doesn't cookie cut our children and thankfully they are not the same. While they do not discriminate in any way, I want to let others know in order save tears and aggravation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 15, 2012

Why aren't tthere any more reviews since 2009? I don't understand 3 years and NO reviews of this school? Where are the testing scores?

Posted June 18, 2009

We have been a part of the Bishop Larkin family for 4 years. It is a truly caring and nurturing environment where my child can learn successfully and grow spiritually. The expectations are high and the teachers give 110%. There isn't one single teacher I would not want my child to have. The children are respectful and caring. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 14, 2009

'Act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God' is Bishop Larkin's motto and that is exactly what they teach. There is such a sense of camaraderie within the school. This school has anything you could want and then some - a kind and patient Principal (Sister Regina), great office support staff, and wonderful, caring teachers that the kids can learn from and more importantly look up to. Some say the curriculum is tough (lots of homework and a certain expectation of integrity in what the kids turn in, etc.) but the children benefit and prosper from this in the future. On a scale from 1 - 10, my family and I give Bishop Larkin a 10+. We would recommend it highly to anyone asking! The ONLY downside is that it is tough in this economy to be able to send multiple children here (or any private school for that matter).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2009

Will keep my children enrolled for another school year, but am incredibly disappointed with the lack of communication on the part of the leadership staff. Too many misunderstandings.
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Posted February 2, 2009

This is my daughter's first year at Bishop Larkin, as she entered kindergarten in September. I can honestly tell any parent, this is the best move I could have made toward my daughter's education. My daughter loves the school, she is receiving great discipline that works; She is not some 'other' kid, but is treated as an important addition to the class. My daughter is 5 years old, and can already read short sentences. She has entered the school in September with only knowing how to write her name; In a short period of time she has doubled her vocabulary, can write full sentences, and is receiving a good Catholic faith. I encourage every parent to consider this school for their child. It will be the best investement you'll ever make.
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Posted October 29, 2008

im a student here at Bishop Larkin Catholic School ( BLCS ) and I've participated in many things here including soccer, flag football, band, and more. i have great friends that all like who i am and at the same time worship the lord. ' Act justly, Love tenderly, and walk humbly with God' is our school motto. every Friday we go to school mass. i love it here, everything you need is BLCS ; nice teachers; good curriculum; awesome friends; and if you work, like my mom and dad, i get put in after-school care. i love this school and have been in it for 3 years
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 5, 2008

This is a wonderful, faith-based school. The quality of the education is excellent. To comment on the reviewer who was unhappy about the standardized tests, Bishop Larkin does have them. They are called the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Standards). This is nothing like the FCAT. The ITBS tests are administered to children across the country, not just Florida. The school is able to compare the students to other children from all over the country. The test also compares the school grade to other schools across the country. This, in my opinion, is a better tool for student and school improvement than the ridiculous FCAT. Both of my children attended Bishop Larkin, with one in public school now, so I have seen both sides of the coin. If you are looking for a school with higher standards, a safe & secure environment and caring teachers and staff, look no further.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 8, 2008

i do not like the fact that students do not take standard state tests like the FCAT. How are parents suppose to know how this school compares?
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Posted February 26, 2008

I went to this school for all nine years of my grade school years. The teachers there are extremely professional and the principal, Sister Regina, is absolutely wonderful. All of the teachers have won over my heart and the hearts of my family. Every single teacher there actually cares for their students. I am now in my freshman year in a college prep high school, and most of the courses are really easy for me because of the quality education that I received at Bishop Larkin. I am even in two sophomore classes this year! Out of the primary teachers I had, Mrs. DeMarco was my favorite. I had her for 2nd grade, but now she teaches 1st. She balanced learning with fun and taught all of her students so much. In elementary school, both Sister Jane and Mrs. Mignone prepared me not only academically for middle school, but also spiritually and mentally. They gave me the mindset that I needed and taught me responsibility. Mrs. Mignone is now teaching middle school Social Studies and Sister Jane is still teaching religion for the elementary school. I can t choose which middle school teacher I liked the most! They were all just wonderful! They taught me all I needed to know for high school and so much more. Everyone who went to Bishop Larkin is head and shoulders above the other students. This is an absolutely wonderful school overall! I would definitely recommend sending your children!

Posted March 14, 2007

I love the concept of this school, the principal and teachers. The only problem I have is that I don't feel my child is getting everything he needs. He is extremely bright, but having difficulty in one area. All other areas he is advanced and bored. Upon asking for extra materials to help with the subject he is struggling in, they had nothing to give me. Having some limited experience in the education field I know that most Teacher's Addition for each subject provides extra material, including but not limited to: worksheets, websites, advice on instructional methods and so on. Leaving me to wonder why I was told I could not have anything extra. This is the only issue I have with the school. My other children have been doing great in the school and love it! Like most educational environments, the best one will depend on what the child needs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 10, 2007

A wonderful learning environment. Amazingly dedicated teachers and administration - as well as a great core of parent volunteers. We feel blessed to have found Bishop Larkin Catholic School. The academic and faith-based program combine to provide an enviroment that is caring and assists with positive student development and is conducive to high-level learning. We are thrilled that our children will be able to attend this school through eighth grade.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 18, 2007

Wonderful school. Great learning experiences. Provides excellent teachers and staff. I am a student and it's great.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 17, 2006

We placed our children in Bishop Larkin this year. Our children love it as do we! The curriculum is rigorous but it meets our expectations. Children receive a faith-based education. There are many wonderful extracurricular activities from the golf club to Odyssey of the Mind. The grounds are well-kept and the school is neat and tidy. The school is a secure environment. The children are placed by grade into traditional classrooms unlike the public schools in Pasco County. Parental involvement is mandatory with parents giving 30 service hours and 20 fund-raising hours per year. This is very favorable for the school and the students. The principal always has a smile on her face and she truly loves her students! If you are considering a private school then do not overlook this one!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 20, 2006

this school really stinks donot believe the other reviews went 4 years was the worst learnig experence of my life was student there
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 12, 2006

Excellent faith-based school. Loving, disciplined environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 1, 2004

We love this school! Child is excelling and happy, we have no regrets. Very secure environment.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 42%
Hispanic 8% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 2% 23%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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8408 Monarch Drive
Port Richey, FL 34668
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