My son is in Mrs. Slivka's second grade class at this time and has been a student since pre-k3. I only know this for sure. My son can't wait to go to school in the morning. Education is NOT just reading and math. It is the development of the whole person. To teach the children HOW to learn and HOW to problem solve not just fill their head with data to pass a test. Up to this point there isn't enough room on this site to tell you how impressed we are with the development of my son as a whole person. Attitude is everything here. The saddest thing is wasted and undeveloped talent. My son has been given a growth mindset here instead of a fixed mindset. Extremely happy to sacrifice hard earned money to establish a strong foundation for my son here.
St Emily Single Parent
They develop a relationship between students where the older students know and work with the younger students at times. In the classroom, special programs and on field trips. They absolutely do not tolerate any behavior problems here.
Hello, I have been student at St. Emily Catholic Institution for 8 years and, at the risk of sounding subjective, I can just say that my experience at the school has greatly deteriorated my academic capabilities. For instance, my 5th grade science teacher could no explain what a wormhole was, WHICH IS IN FACT, the basis for Einstein's theory of relativity....you're kidding me right??? Also, the number of children considered obese increased 10 fold due to us winning the ice cream thing. There was also some weird guy with puppets who did a terrible adaption to the classic Christmas story "A Christmas Carol". Furthermore, the day-care students would not shut up and I, the most polite and obedient student to ever exist on this planet, would also get in trouble due to the little manifestations of annoyance. In conclusion, all I learned from that school was that the mitochondria was the powerhouse of the cell.
With all due respect, the middle grade school teachers are beyond their best years in teaching. The experiences of sitting in these classes thwarts any type of student interest of learning beyond just completion grades for worksheets that waste time in class and are only sometimes assessed and virtually never get any valuable feedback. As one reviewer noted, send your child(ren) to a public institution where the teachers are evaluated by a competent administrator who will ensure that teachers are continuing to do what is best for all students, not the favorites (as one other reviewer correctly noted). In reality, there needs to be a complete reconstitution of the school and it starts with the principal who is lackluster at best. Enrollment will slide the longer that the current principal is in place. In reconstituting the school, teachers are in effect pink slipped, temporarily, and after a new administration is put in place, one by one, each teacher is interviewed by team consisting of a school administrator, a pair of parents who are in education and know the current best practices (preferably parents who are teachers, however NOT teachers who already entrenched in the school). Those teachers who continue to impress (primarily ALL of the excellent teachers are in PK-3) So, the downward spiral will continue and enrollment will drop as St. Raymond is a viable alternative and / or the public schools which are far superior in what St. Emily could ever offer. How is it that SES cannot even have a working wifi connection in place, Google Chromebooks for every student, etc. This is all the norm in other schools, but not the norm at this school. SES, unfortunately is archaic in many ways. Think twice about risking your most valuable resource and possession. SES can and will demotivate the ones you hold most dear. Be careful in your choice.
If you care about your children's academics and future success in high school and beyond, you will send them to a higher-ranked PUBLIC middle school that is more well-established and employs better teachers with genuine credentials. Send your kids to Sunday school but don't risk their academics and stifle their intellectual capabilities just because you want faith incorporated into their education.
If you must send your kids to a Catholic school, I recommend St. Raymonds, as those students really shine in high school. This is not to say for St. Emily's students.