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Queen Of Angels Elementary School5
Posted November 13, 2014
- a parent
Our family has experienced professionalism and kindness, in our short time at Queen of Angels. Our children feel cared for and challenged by their passionate teachers. The administration, teachers, coaches and boards are very organized and inclusive. All tests, projects and homework are posted on line, well in advance and the children have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. The teachers support the children academically, emotionally and spiritually. Queens is a perfect fit for our family, and it's a bonus that our test scores are outstanding and the children are excepted into the best schools in the City/Country :) !!
continued In addition, the teachers have no sympathy for the students. The teachers never seem to communicate. They always schedule their tests within the same week or few days. When a student is being bullied and they tell the teacher the teacher completely disregards it and doesn't care. But still, they make the students sit through classes about bullying just to pretend they care. When there is a real situation to be addressed, they don't pay any attention to it whatsoever. The teachers have serious problems controlling their emotions. It is clear to the students when their teachers have been dumped recently. Also, the teachers have clearly been dating each other and cause very visual tension and make it awkward for the students and the other teachers. Although, there are a few teachers that students do like. This school is nowhere near diverse. In my class there is not one person that isn't white. To my surprise, the students aren't stuck up like typical white rich kids that go to Catholic schools. The children are very racist from the conversations that i have encountered with them. There is a lot of bullying going on. None of the students have respect for each other.
Queen of Angels just received designation as a U.S. Department of Education's 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. As one of its Exemplary High Performing" schools, Q of A had to place in the top 15% of schools in the nation in both reading and math assessments. The team of great staff, students, and parents makes our school community vibrant and successful.
There is a strong sense of community at this school and some great teachers, but unfortunately the administration is lacking leadership and creativity. The principal makes claims that the school can handle kids with special needs all the way to gifted, but it doesn't have the necessary resources or programs to ethically meet the needs of kids who need more support or enrichment. If you are considering the school, do your research by soliciting feedback from parents at all different grade levels to see if this school is right for your child. If you know your child needs special education or enrichment, I would not recommend Queen of Angels.
Compared to other schools, the tuition is reasonable, but perhaps not worth it when your child enters high school and you realize they have a learning disability that could have been addressed in the early years of their academic career at Queens. No, instead, your child is called "flightly", ignored by the principal, also ignored are claims your child is being bullied by their peers, although it was addressed once, it continued. Mothers who act like high school girls and intimidate teachers, parents, and students in order to do what they will, not worth the tuition. There are some really great teachers, but not enough to outweigh the bad. You would think with such a small classroom size, they would be able to attend to the child who is struggling in, let's say math, instead of ignoring them. Overall, I love the Catholic education and the structure, but not the end result of my childs' education and lack of self esteem at their abilities just because a teacher didn't take the time to properly explain. Someone mentioned racism in a review and I completely agree.
This school is really something special. The faculty puts in so much time and effort to keep up to date on current practices and how to best serve students. The parents are supportive and helpful. The administration allows teachers to make decisions in the classroom about how to best serve the kids. The kids are friendly, well-behaved, and excel in academics, athletics, and other areas. These kids wind up going to some of the best high schools in the city, and are genuinely cared for each and every step of the way. The faculty and staff deserve a round of applause for the commitment they show to all kids. Never is a kid considered a "lost cause," because someone is always able to reach that child or makes every single effort possible to do so. If more schools were like Queen of Angels, we would not have such an educational crisis on our hands.
This is our 4th year at Queen of Angels & we couldn't be happier. We currently have 3 children at the school. The academics are strong and the staff is kind and extremely dedicated. Our children have flourished & we love the warm, supportive community. Truly a wonderful school in a great neighborhood!
This school does not provide enough academic skills. When I graduated, I realized that half the things I learned at Queen of Angels aren't even mentioned at my new high school. I transferred in during 5th grade but the next four years were awful. There were numerous times I would cry in class because the fifth grade math teacher was being harsh on me just because I didn't understand what to do. There were also times where the students would be cruel to me DURING CLASS TIME and teacher wouldn't even do anything. The school claims to be 'diverse' when in reality, my graduating class was the only 'diverse' one in the entire school. There is also a problem with slight racism and the subject of social justice is absent in the school system. I do not recommend this school for anything. The system is poor quality and not worth the tuition.
Our family has had children attend Queen of Angels School for the past six years. We have been parishioners for eight years. The community is wonderful. The well-rounded academic environment and extracurricular programs have pleased us. The children are provided an opportunity to participate in band, choir, chess, basketball, volleyball, instrument instruction, math club, reading club and much more. Queen of Angels graduates attend highly regarded public and private high schools. Class size is typically 14-21 students. There are programs for children that require additional learning assistance and programs for accelerated learners. Queen of Angels provides a solid Catholic education while focusing on developing the whole child.
Queen of Angels provides a Catholic education without sacrificing academics. The Pastor of the church believes in a Catholic education for everyone who wants one, so there is a strong emphasis on fundraising in order to keep tuition increases low and to provide scholarships for those who need one. There is a very active parent community that continues to assist the administration in making the school stronger each year. Currently the school is adding a gifted/accelerated learner program that is being led by Joan Smutney, the founder and Director of the Center for the Gifted at National-Louis University. The school also recently started a program for 2 1/2 year olds that is very popular.