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St. Francis Xavier2
Posted February 27, 2015
- a parent
This school has changed significantly over the last few years, and not for the better. The new administration is inexperienced and the school no longer has a family-friendly feel to it. They are exclusively focused on increasing enrollment thus the school is bursting at the seams and does not meet the needs of the students. This is definitely no longer a place for children who are above or below average at all. It's too late for us to change, but very sadly I can no longer recommend this school to anyone. There are a few exceptional teachers, as there are anywhere, but there are also several teachers who lack the knowledge and the maturity to teach and a lack of leadership to guide them to becoming better teachers. The curriculum also seems to be significantly behind where the public school is. A few families have transferred out recently and have found that their children are really far behind at the local public schools.
St. Francis Xavier has been a life saver for us. Excellent teachers, excellent administration, and great kids. Our son has been provided in-class differentiation to keep him interested and focused, allowing him to move ahead of the class at his own pace, and out-of-class differentiation in mathematics where he is so far ahead he could not be accommodated in class. Our daughter has received plenty of focus time in her classroom to help her with reading and attention span. Overall, I can't speak highly enough of St. Francis Xavier, and would unconditionally recommend it to any parent!
There are things I really like about this school, and then things that make me wonder. The community of families and parents is amazing, and frankly why we still have our children enrolled. I do feel at times they shut out the parents (e.g., they keep teachers that get continuous major complaints, they don't respond to emails that challenge the status quo, they don't get parent input when making big changes, etc.). We are constantly called upon to volunteer our time and finances but yet I wouldn't call us part of the team. Just not a very transparent system. There are some very excellent teachers, but a lot of very young and immature teachers as well (although some of the younger ones are terrific, some not). Lots of rules for the sake of rules, some make sense, some don't. But the kids and the parents are amazing. Great friendships for adults and for the kids. In that way it is a very special place.
SFX provides an intentional combination of academics and values, preparing our children to be compassionate leaders. SFX is one of only 50 private schools across the nation to win a Blue Ribbon School Award in 2012. We love St. Francis!
I am A former student of SFX and I loved the school. I feel the school challenged me and they helped me achieve the best of my abilities. The teachers actually care about each individual student and help everyone's different learning styles. I also though we had the perfect amount of kids in each class. Never more than 15, it made it easy to learn. I loved SFX
Smaller, close knit school where the parents are very involved in their children's education and supportive of the faculty. Top notch facilities and faculty. A child is never lost here, and the curriculum challenges each student to reach and exceed their potential.
St. Francis Xavier school is a wonderful place. I have had three children go through the school and have found that they are not only getting a great education, but are learning in a very nurturing environment. There is a high level of parental involvement and you get to know all the other St. Francis families.