Good school academically, but you'll get a good education at public school as well since private school isn't necessary in the Chicago suburbs as it would be in the inner city. Agree with the comment below about this being a good school for your young adult if they're of average or above average intelligence, but not so much if they have special needs. Public schools do have better services for a student who struggles in some areas. Mostly good teachers, and some good kids, but unfortunately there is a lot of bullying. There are plenty of nasty, spoiled, and mean students who are unkind to other students and do not respect teachers. I'm sure this happens at other schools, but I feel it is far worse at St. Viator. The school relies on donations from parents, so many times, a blind eye is turned. There is a strong sense of entitlement amongst students that they can do whatever they want and get away with it. That is my only complaint about this school is that some of the students and their awful behavior really take away from the overall fine quality of this school.
I, along with many family members, attended this school in the 90s and can attest to it having been a comparatively excellent college prep high school. If we measure a school not only by its test scores, but on the pupils' long-term achievement, we must say that it's a fine school. The vast majority of my former classmates are successful professionals who have begun the next chapter of adult life, many with families, some, like myself, without. Viator's AP track of studies was oftentimes as or more difficult than courses taken as a college undergrad, yet I can't speak to the teachers for the average track.yes, the religion focus went against logical thought , but hey, as an adult i 'm agnostic and haven't felt the need to enroll myself in therapy as a result of my high school teachers or admin. I'd say my experience was overall positive.
St. Viator is an excellent school whose first priority is alignment with Christian values. The added value at St. Viator is an academic curriclum and committed teachers that prepare students well for success in college and beyond. If you believe your teen should learn to be a faithful Christian who is respectful, responsible, accountable and willing to serve St. Viator is a good choice. If such qualities are not a priority your student truly is probably better in one of the public schools where high tax dollars provide the means to learn everything but Christianity.
The students at this school are nasty and mean. For a catholic school the kids are mean. They bully other students by humiliation, teasing and threats. The students are not held accountable for their actions. I do not recommend this school. The faculty and staff ignore the bullying and cyber-bullying because it is a private school who relies on donations from the parents and alumni. Thus, kids are not held accountable for their actions. Also, the teachers are not good. You are better off going to a public school where the teachers are paid well and the education is much better. There are better classes, more AP and honors classes at the public school. Also, the teachers are better. Save your money. This school is full of a bunch of spoiled children who treat each other terrible.
My children have received an excellent education at St. Viator High School. They have received a lot of individual attention because the school is a quarter of the size of the public high schools. The teachers really care about the students. The school also emphasizes the formation of each students' Christian faith and moral values, both of which cannot occur in a public school. The Christian ethics course they take during senior year is an outstanding course that includes debate over 2 dozen controversial issues of importance to all of us. Students are free to share their opinions at this point in their faith journey, but the church's position is clearly stated. My last child graduates in May 2010 and I believe that each of my children has been well prepared for college and life at St. Viator High School.
St. Viator High School is an excellent school. I have had 4 children attend this high school and I highly recommend it to all parents who desire to send their children to a school where their children will be known, have opportunities to participate in a variety of experiences, and be taught by caring teachers with caring (though strict, which I consider a good quality) administration.
This school drains the very creativity and individuality that a school should be promoting. The highest form of learning is from life experience. Saint Viator High School robs its students of these experiences by trying to make tough choices for them. Though this may seem like a postive quality that relieves stress on the student, it fails to properly preparing the student for the real world, post-Saint Viator. I don't mean to be cynical, and i don't mean to be mean. But as a realistic, i do mean to say 'don't' send your child to this school.
The school's administration is accessible and caring, and seems to genuinely want ALL the students to succeed. There is good communication, and many opportunities for students and parents to get involved.
This school is excellent! It has a great staff that respects their students and has a good disciplinary program. Students have fun and the sports are great.
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