The previous 5 star reviews were from several years ago, so be advised that this is definitely not the same school as it must have been in the past. Here are the top 5 reasons not to have your child attend this school:
#1--SIGNIFICANT DiSCIPLINE ISSUES--A 2nd grader was allowed back in school who had stabbed another 2nd grader in the back with a pencil! After her returned back to school, a few weeks later he kicked a little 2nd grade girl in her private parts intentionally. This is just one example of many.
#2--NO SCHOOL NURSE OR CLINIC-- The school has over 700 students and there is no school nurse or clinic. When you child gets ill at school, you never speak to an adult unless you demand to have your child put an adult on the phone. Instead, the front desk will dial the parent's number and then put your child on the phone to talk to you. Absolutely the most absurd and ridiculous policy,
#3--UNFRIENDLY ADMINISTRATION--The current principal is extremely unfriendly. She rarely smiles and has a very abrasive personality. She does not engage with parents at all... she won't even say hello to you if you are walking past her in the hallway. In addition, she hides behind TWO assistant principals. It is like an act of congress to get to speak to her.
#4--INCONSISTENT CURRICULUM--If your child is in middle school (6th through 8th grade), there are some teachers who have very difficult classes and grading, while others are extremely easy. All of the kids know this. If you are lucky enough to get the "easy" teachers, you can achieve very high grades and win National Honor Society. If, however, your child gets one of the difficult teachers, they will have a very hard time achieving any awards.
#5--VERY "CLICKY" PARENT COMMUNITY--Many of the parents act like they are in a high school click. They are very unwelcoming to any newcomers to the school. They also blindly tell people how wonderful St. Lawrence School is because, quite frankly, they don't have anything else to compare it against. Their children have attended the school since Pre-K.
Many families are leaving the school, so be very cautious in selecting to send your child/children here.
This school is amazing. Academics are superior and the administration treats your children as if they are family. St Lawrence is not only a school it is also a wonderful community to be a part of. Very highly recommend!
This is a great school, the new principal has made wonderful needed changes. This is an awesome school where 'religion' is not just a subject is a long life asset given to our children. In this 'busy materialistic' world of today... God's teachings sure come handy to the students of St. Lawrence! I truly recommend it!
Teachers not trained in years. They are behind in dealing with childrens individual needs and resources of today. Teachers are stressed with class size of 30 students which we do not see changing. if you want alot of religion in class it is good otherwise many other good private schools.
My oldest child just completed early childhood (preK) and will be entering Kindergarten next year. My youngest will be starting EC-3 and I'm glad that she is going to St. Lawrence. I'm sorry to see the current principal leave because the kids really loved him, however I look forward to meeting and working with the new principal. For those parents who posted negative comments, morality begins at home and to blame one person is short sighted and a cop out.
I have two children at St. Lawrence. There are definitely discipline issues at this school. Attempts to address it have been weak. I am hopeful that the new principle will address these issues and that the morales, and discipline expected in a Catholic school return. There are some good, wholesome, families at the school...but they are overshadowed by the popular and wealthy.
The quality of academic programs is strong overall. There is an effort underway to reduce class sizes. A new media center is under construction. The art program is wonderful. The school has an abundance of green space and a full track and field for recess and sports. Faith formation is stressed with student Mass once a week. There are tremendous opportunities for parental involvement.