We chose St. Charles School for our children 10 years ago, starting with preschool, mainly because we valued a Catholic faith based education. We have since learned that there is so much more that makes it the outstanding school that it is. The teachers ensure the students are learning the essentials, as proven by excellent test scores, but also provide a setting that is safe, respectful, disciplined and encouraging of students to do their best. The leadership, our principle and priest, are visible and take a sincere interest in the students success both in the classroom and beyond. We have amazing extracurricular academic, art, music and sports programs that reflect the passion of the teachers and volunteer parents that lead them. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in various ways throughout the year. Finally, there is an amazing sense of community among the students, teachers, leadership, support staff and parents to make St. Charles School the excellent school that it is.
I have 3 children currently enrolled at St. Charles School. I must say that I couldn't be happier! Academically, I believe the school is by far the best in our city. Our test scores are always rank among the highest in the state. I believe the teachers truly are invested in each and every student and take great care to provide the best education for them. I have seen such genuine attention to the students from how they are performing academically to how they behave and respect others. I regularly volunteer in the school and I can tell you that the students in the school are fantastic, upstanding kids - great respect for teachers, other students etc. I could not be more pleased with what I am seeing in the hallways at St. Charles. We have a very hands on/ visible principal, Mr. Alec Mayer. He is always available to parents and students and I believe he is constantly evaluating and trying to make our school the safest and best school in our area. I see him our hallways, monitoring the students and checking in with teachers. When I was in school I don't ever remember seeing the principal out of his office! I only wish St. Charles had a high school!
My two children graduated from St. Charles Borromeo, the youngest in the 2010-2011 school year. Without a doubt, it was the best desision my husband and I ever made regarding the education of our children. It was a financial sacrifice we happily made, for the quality of the education and moral atmoshphere could not compare to anything the public school system could offer. The teachers are hard working, dedicated and truly care about the success of each child. My children received a top level education, life long friends and strong moral values. We are grateful for St. Charles School.
I can't say enought good things about St. Charles. Both of my children have been there since they were 3 years old and I would not change a thing. They help embrace the same values we have in our home like respect, thoughtfulness, and faith. The teachers are amazing and always go above and beyond their responsiblities, especially in the middle school, where the demands of academics increases to ensure they succeed in their future goals. My children are more organized and have amazing study habits due to the hard work of our faculty. Thank you St Charles!
St. Charles School has made a positive impact in my children's lives. My son graduated from St. Charles a year ago and tells me that St. Charles prepared him well for high school. The school program is academically challenging and the students genuinely care about each other. The teachers instill a sense of pride for their school and community. Students give back to the community through various age-appropriate service projects. In response to a past post: the CURRENT sixth grade teachers do a great job of bridging the gap between elementary and middle school both academically and socially.
St. Charles is an unbelievably wonderful school. I went there for only 2 years (my 7th and 8th grade year) and I absolutely loved it. Everyone makes you feel at home and like you're family. The teachers are amazing and very helpful. They will stay with you well after school and will come early for you to help until you understand everything they are teaching. I am a sophomore in high school now and I am earning abouta 3.8 GPA. I am also taking 3 Honors classes. The sports programs there are good, especially Cross Country and Track. I would recommend this school in a heartbeat to anyone that wants above and beyond education, quality teachers, and a family you will never, ever forget.
After attending St. Charles for 3 years, I think it is a pretty good school. I now attend a Catholic school in Oregon and I think that my new school is far better in the core subjects but St Charles was much better in foreign language, religion, and all specialist classes (music, art, etc) 6th grade was an EXTREMELY HORRIBLE experience personally because of certain staff members but 7th grade on an academic standpoint was pretty good. Also- just for fair warning, St Charles has a little bit of a bullying issue so keep that in mind. :) Good school (but I am slightly glad I am out)
Our children have been throught the daycare, pre-school and K-8. We love St. Charles! Amazing teachers and a great community.
I have been attending St. Charles for four years. I came from another Catholic school before and St. Charles is far better. The classes are all taught by amazing people and you get a lot of support. I love St. Charles and am getting good grades due to the above-and-beyond teachers. I would never want to go anywhere else!
Having children that attended St. Charles School from preschool through 8th grade, I have to say our children were so prepared for High School and college. St. Charles prepares them by excepting only the best that each student can give and helps students that struggle to do better. Students leave St. Charles with excellent organizationly skills and a great work ethic. In the last year the school has made many changes to make St. Charles a better and safer school. My children graduated knowing how to treat others with respect and kindness and a conscience. It hurts them when they see others treated badly, which they have seen since leaving St. Charles. The Principal is working hard to better serve the students that excell and the ones with special needs. With three math levels currently available, the students are placed in the proper level that helps that student learn more. Excellent!
My son is in his second year at St Charles and loves every day at school! All of his teachers are wonderful and I very much appreciate how much the school stresses academics, safety, and Catholic teaching. This students at this school consistently score among the highest in the area and state on the ISTEP tests. Love it!
My child recieves a top notch education at St. Charles. The teachers are amazing! There is not another school in Bloomington that provides a quality education, religious instruction, and actual care and concern for the children. St. Charles is a great place to be!
We have a child entering her fourth year at St.Charles.We have found the school to be academically strong and spiritually nourishing.The teachers are extremely dedicated.Our daughter's teachers have always quickly answered emails and inquiries.They have a good pulse on the subtelties of our child's particular academic and social challenges.The science ,art,and music programs are first rate.The new parish priest and prinicipal are clearly dedicated to the school's mission, as exemplified by recent significant capital improvements ,the addition of more extracurricular activities,and their strong presence at all school activities.We are Catholic and are very happy with St.Charles faith based education, and the children's regular participation at mass.A number of parents/friends who are non-Catholic seem to appreciate that St.Charles is faith based ,yet respectful of their religious affiliations.The parental involvement at the Gala,school events,and sacraments is very strong.We are very happy with the school.
I went to St. Charles for 7 years. I my opinion the discipline very harsh, the dress code is stressed to much. Also St. Charles' education is only as good as a public school. When I went there the math program was HORRIBLE I didn't like how everyone was in the same class and there was no seperation for those kids who could comprehind more advanced concepts. Agian in my opionon i think that St. Charles is no better than a public
I have 2 children going through the school. English is strong, religion and social studies are consistently better than most. Math, science and leadership are very weak. I feel that overall, you pay private school fees and get public school indifference. Discipline is over the top and inconsistent....Kids are not expected to be in the classroom. I am pulling them out!
I have 2 graduates and one still in this school. Overall I'm very pleased with the teachers/staff and heavy parent involvement. Being a private school, there are limitations on special needs provided.
I love St. Charles. Some of the teachers are quirky, yes, but most of them are absolutely amazing. I loved my experience at St. Charles, and i wouldn't go to another school for anything in the world. (Granted, wearing a uniform isn't very fun, but it is worth it!)
The academic programs are the best in the area. They have a top notch music, art, and PE program. For a school this size, they offer a wide variety of after school sports. The parents are very involved! Overall a great school.
This school has a very good middle school. Certain teachers are excellent, and others are okay. Social studies and science are especially well taught. Catholic values are highly stressed, though children who are non-catholic may still attend. This is the best middle school for children in Bloomington, though they constantly put public schools in bad light. Here there are no less fights, but children must meet a higher standard to stay in school. Discipline is poor. There are too strict of a punishment for things such as not having a belt, or having long earrings...ect, and yet not strong enough punishments for things such as fights.
This school lacks in just about everything, you will get better academics in a public school. I found when I pulled my child out and put them into a public school just how much they were really missing. Private school is just a status symbol, and they just take your money. They also don't offer the trips that the public school system takes.
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