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St Catherine Of Siena Catholic Schoo

Private | K-8 | 428 students

We are best known for excellent Catholic formation.


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Posted Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bullying by kids. Apathy from Principal. She refuses to deal with the reality of today's children's issues and stresses. The principal is disengaged. She avoids discussion of issues and resolution is never reached. Our child was bullied by the girls here. It was reported, nothing done. Our child was assaulted by another child. It was reported, child told it didn't happen. Our child was ridiculed, along with others, by the PE Teacher. He made them jump on top of a child (ours), pile up and then took photos and laughed, posted the photos on facebook and other places. Our child was devastated and injured. After demands by us for resolution, the PE Teacher apologized and then later told our child she got him in trouble. This is not the "blue ribbon" school it is listed as. Something is wrong with leadership here. Several other parents with 4th - 6th grade students have left after similar experiences recently. Something needs to be done. The shame of it is that there are some wonderful teachers there. The experience overall though is demeaning, disengaged, disappointing and appalling that such things would be tolerated in a Christian environment. Do not send your children here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted Friday, September 26, 2014

Coach sells moonshine in the carpool line. We and many others were approached by him as we dropped off our children in the mornings for school and were asked if we wanted to order and buy moonshine from him. It has been reported multiple times to the principal and assistant principal and nothing has been done. The current offering is lemon flavor. Unbelievable. Blue Ribbon School huh?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2014

Don't be fooled. I have to say, I honestly hated the experience I had here. I was bullied pretty bad, especially in 4th grade, when other students would call me awful names and trip me and kick me and other awful things. Boy, am I glad I am out of that prison. The guidance counselour at the time didn't really do much to stop it, but I heard they got a new counselour after the old one had a baby. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend SCS. I guess maybe it just wasn't a good fit for me? Enroll at your own risk. I know people there who absolutely love it. My advice is to enroll your child if you want to, but if your kid comes home crying saying that kids are being mean, its time to call some parents. And don't rely on the school to handle things.

Posted August 14, 2013

St. Catherine of Siena's school is a solid place of learning. The teachers and staff are highly engaged, immensely positive and are well responsive to parents. The sense of community with everyone involved is high and certainly inclusive to new arrivals to the school. On an academic level the school is pretty strong, as one should expect from a private school. And from what I've seen, any deficiencies are openly acknowledged by the staff and addressed relatively quickly. And finally, the most important part, my wife and I are seeing the school's positive and balanced effect on our child every day.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 12, 2013

My child has been attending St. Catherine of Siena for the last six years and it has been amazing! The teachers are always very nice and they let their students have fun while learning. They also have many sports and activities to try. This is the best Catholic school in Atlanta!
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Posted August 1, 2011

My children has been assisting to this school for years now and we just have wonderful things to say about the staff, the principal, discipline and academics of this school. My kids love it and for them is like a second home. I highly recommended to all parents who wants to offer to their children not the basic but a whole different environment where they can grown, learn and have an extraordinary academic experience.
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Posted April 15, 2010

We have been attending this school since 2004 and are happy with the academic and religious education provided. The Sisters add much to the school both academically and spiritually and the administration is top notch. I've read a few of the reviews and disagree with some points. The '7 minutes of silence' at lunch (which is 30 minutes long) is to ensure that the students take time to eat their lunch. After the 7 minutes of silence is over, they are allowed to talk at inside voice level. After the prayer, they are released to recess and can run, play and shout to their heart's content. Part of an education is to learn discipline and respect for self and others. I see no reason why students need to be super noisy at school. They can do that at recess or at home. The teachers are well-educated, excellent, and kind.
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Posted May 22, 2009

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School is a wonderful school with an awesome parent community and a dedicated faculty and staff. The school prinicipal, Sister Mary Jacinta, is a constant presence in the school and is dedicated to providing an academically challenging curriculum within a spiritually nurturing environment. My child is thriving at this school and we could not imagine having our child at any other school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2008

This school is average and only if you are a very conservative Catholic family. If your child does not fit the mold of quiet and reserved, but is a free thinker, this is not the school for you. The teachers are not tolerant of any noisy behavior. The children are made to be silent for 7 minutes at the beginning of lunch. They are all wanting to talk and relax but are not allowed to. There has been alot of yelling by teachers in the past but this is improving. Many of the families are parishioners of St. Catherine and very conservative.
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Posted March 19, 2008

This school is excellent! Our kids have gone to this school now for 4 years and they both are doing great. It is a lot of work for them but the results are great. Also happy to say their minds are not being destroyed by the leftist teachers unions!
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Posted January 16, 2008

I have found St. Caterine of Siena to be a truly oustanding school. The foundation in Math, Reading and Writing to be unparalleld in the elementary system. I have discussed the level of expectaions and progress with parents throughout the U.S. and the education at St. Catherine's is better than 80% of the parents I speak to. I have the choice of sending my son to any school in the Northwest Atlanta area. I have found that the education is well worth the cost.
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Posted May 16, 2007

Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic School is absolutely terrific. It nurtures an environment of acceptance, love, and challenging academics. The parental involvement is extraordinary and the teachings of the Catholic Faith is an added bonus. You can't go wrong with Christ in the classroom.
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Posted May 12, 2007

I have had my child at SCS for 4 years. Overall it is average. There are limited children's entertainment programs or extracurricular activities (ex: singing, Christmas, evening programs, sports). Also, I've not seen my child bring one art project home. For the most part the teachers are great. The communication between school and parents good be better. The parents are required to volunteer 30 hours or pay $300, which I don't agree with. We both have 2 jobs each in order to send our child here, which does not leave much free time. Overall it is average, not sure it is worth the money, except for the fact the kids are in a 'nice' protected environment.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 44%
Hispanic 12% 12%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 37%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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  • Ceramics
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  • Photography
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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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  • Yearbook

Language learning

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  • Spanish

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Sister Mary Patrick, O.P.
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  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
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  • (678) 626-0000


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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


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  • Remediation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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  • Archdiocese of Atlanta
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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  • Dance
  • Drama

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  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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  • Parents of prospective students are invited to an OPEN HOUSE Saturday November 12, 2011 at 10AM. A Principal's Presentation will be followed by opportunities to visit the classrooms and meet the faculty. St. Catherine's will also host a Meet the Principal event on Tuesday January 10, 2012 for prospective parents.
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1618 Ben King Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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