Our child has been attending Saint Stephen Catholic school since she was 4 years old. We have been very happy with the school. Our child is ahead of her peers in the public schools. The teachers are qualified, loving, caring and they constantly inspire the students to reach their full spiritual and academic potential. The class sizes have been criticized in some of the reviews, yet each class has an assistant teacher and the teachers have their classes under control. The school has an enrichment program, computer lab and library, catered lunch order program, Spanish, music and art. There are a lot of after school sports, art and community involvement programs available.
At the beginning of the year many of us were shocked and saddened with the departure of the Sisters. I must admit I was very upset and did contemplate pulling my daughter from the school, but my husband and I decided not to make a rash decision based on emotion at that time. Ultimately after much discussion and prayer we have decided to leave her in the school which she seems very happy in and we are happy with. Yes there are some negatives as some have pointed out, changing administration, teacher turnover and larger class size. However there is a lot going right at this school too: Catholic Education is visibly integrated into various aspects of the school (i.e. curriculum, weekly mass, and environment) The teachers are caring, hard working, and effective. Environment is safe, warm and family like. The parents here do care and are very involved in the school.....Recently I have spoken to a lot of parents and teachers from many different schools and have come to the conclusion that all schools seem to have their own set of issues and drama. What matters most is that my daughter is in a Catholic, safe, and caring environment where she is given an opportunity to learn.
Very poorly run, our child has been there 3 years and has had 5 teachers. They are looking for a new principal which will be the 4th in our time there. Stay away there are better options. There is a lot of favoritism and the school caters to those who complain.
Large, ineffective and poorly integrated classroom environment; Inexperienced teachers; Outdated learning model; Failure to recognize & differentiate student unique learning and personality characteristics Poor out of class assignment structure and content
terrible school, bad teachers, terrible parents. my review of this school was deleted at the schools request even though it did not violate greatschools guidelines. Any real review on this school gets deleted and all that is left behind are the nice or old ones!
St. Stephen Catholic School is such a wonderful place to send your children. We are fairly new and in such a short period of time watched our children grow spritually as young people and they just love their school. Our new Sisters along with our wonderful in-school priest are just "Heaven Sent"! These three role models are so wonderful with our children, and you can see how the children love them right back! The teachers are also amazing and really care about your children, and you can see that everyday. If your looking for an environment that is structured yet loving that has a wonderful academic setting, St. Stephen is the school. We look forward to many years here watching our children learn and grow.
This is a nice school. For years we were happy, but we noticed that academically it was not up to par. If you want a warm environment this is a great school, but if you are looking towards the future, of your child being successful in high school, then you must look elsewhere. My son and daughter were both behind once they left St. Stephen's. We had to send them to Mathnesium to pass Freshman math (and they both aced math in middle school). I realized that if the school is inexpensive then there is something lacking.
This is my son's 2nd year at this school and I'm very pleased with his experience thus far. His class last year (3 year olds) seemed to really bond together. They were a nice group of kids. I've been impressed with the emphasis placed on treating each other well. My son hasn't had any negative experiences with his classmates, which is amazing compared to some of the horror stories I've heard from friends with 3 and 4 year olds. The new principal this year has really impressed me. She seems to be very on top of things, willing to listen to parents, and focused on promoting a safe, bully-free environment for our kids. My son's teachers and aides have been very good. I'm pleased with the amount of religious instruction he receives. My 4 year old regularly leads the family prayer at dinner and has learned to recite common prayers and create his own. I have heard from other parents that they were concerned with the number of students in a class, but I haven't had concerns about it. The classroom discipline from the teachers has been very strong so far and I feel that creates an environment for learning much more so than the number of kids.
This is my son's second year at St. Stephen's. I signed him up for St. Stephen's because I was hoping I'd have teacher's who really cared about him as a person and a student - and that is just what we found. He is doing excellent with his beginning reading and math skills, learning things adults don't know in science and has come home teaching us about forgiveness, God and "his favorite character" Jesus. It's just a wonderful, loving school. I am excited to have my second son enroll next year as well!
We have been at St. Stephen for 4 years now and are very happy with our children's growth both academically and spiritually. The teachers are exceptional and strive to challenge their students to their full potential. Having two sisters and a priest on site is also a blessing. Our children are so happy at this school!
All three of my children have graduated from St. Stephen Catholic School. All were very well prepared for high school - academically, socially and spiritually. This is our "home". Caring teachers and staff. High academic standards.
My children have attended St. Stephen for a long time, and I am very pleased with the education they are receiving. This school builds character, has a warm, loving sense of community, and provides a high-quality Catholic education that is preparing them well for high school.
Love this school....has made several big improvements within the last year. The presence of an on-school priest, as well as two Religious sisters, is priceless. The benefit to the school children is tremendous. The school is very supportive of the children. The new principal is very involved and supportive of both teachers and kids. Administration is fair and supportive. Teachers quality is excellent.
A caholic education and invironment is pricless. This school has that. My kids have been at St Stephens for several years. They have caring teachers who provide a sound education and disapline and dedication that you don't find at public schools. I am blessed that I have the oppertunity to send my kids to this school.
I absolutely LOVE - LOVE St. Stephens. My kids have been there since early childhood classes from the age of 3.. the teachers are great and the church is very involved and the children adore Father Bill. I have 2 kids and they feel the same way!! We've been there for 5 years now.
I would never think of sending my children anywhere else! I think their standards are high and it shows in the level of education that my 3 kids get. I think parent envolvement is also important and St Stephen's finds a way to get even the working parent involved.
This is our first year at St. Stephen. The school is a very nurturing atmosphere. The teachers are caring and dedicated to their classes. The school soars in science. St. Stephen provides well rounded education that includes academic success, sports, leadership, music, clubs and spiritual needs. This school has exceeded our expectaions.
Great school. Caring and open. The teachers and administration listen and support their students. They remind me of a 1970's public school with additional religious concentration.
We are very dissatisfied with the school. Administration is very clique-ish with certain parents, all else they couldn't care less about! It is frustrating to pay for private and not have your concerns regarded as important.
The facilities are shabby and in desperate need of expansion. It is obvious fees and tuition collected are not put into the school. The class ratios are ridiculous for private!
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