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Columbus, IN
Students enrolled: 359
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1306 27th Street
Columbus, IN 47201

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(812) 379-9353
(812) 376-0377
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October 12, 2015
I would say that this school is in between bad/avg. If you are looking for a very rigid and rule-centered learning environment, this is the school for you. Also, if standardize test scores are what you are after...this is also the place. Some teachers are caring and positive; however, the majority we have experienced use shaming of students to get them to comply or just belittle them (can't tell which). There is definitely not a positive discipline approach used in this school. Parents are looked at and treated as outsiders that have no business in shaping policy or even have any input into what is going on with their child's education. "Passing the buck" is commonplace. It's too bad that "faith-based" has suddenly equated to punishment and ridicule of students, etc. instead of more "Christ-like" behavior and reinforcement. I guess that some things (hypocrisy) in the Catholic schools will just never change. NOT a positive learning environment. Crying shame. Buyer beware.

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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
October 12, 2015
Students will likely not retain to much core knowledge, especially at the grade school level (this happens in most elementary schools today); however, they WILL remember how the teachers made them feel and whether or not they were really cared for and treated like human beings.

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Develops respect: Disagree
October 12, 2015
The school tries to develop respect from a student-to-student perspective. For instance, they have a anti-bullying campaign; however, the adults (faculty) continue to bully the students.

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Develops empathy: Neutral
October 12, 2015
Teachers shame the students and 'punish' them over small infractions. The faculty is overzealous in its willingness to call out a student. Older students--5th grade and up are either called into halls to be or shamed in front of their peers while in class.

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Develops honesty: Disagree
October 12, 2015
St. B's provides an overly punitive learning environment where dishonesty among the student class will only proliferate. Students are treated like the 'enemy'; those to be controlled, manipulated and 'put up with'. This faculty, staff and even principal are in some dire need of stress management tools, and better classroom behavior management strategies. Policies/rules are overly rigid and punitive. Professional development is sorely needed by those running this school.

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May 13, 2014
An incredible school where your kids will learn to excel and be loved. All three of my children (ages 17-8) have attended or attend St. Bartholomew. The education they receive is superior. Teachers and administration truly care about each child and make it their number 1 to help them excel. Plus I know they are being encouraged to be responsible loving people.

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April 29, 2014
St. Bartholomew is a great school. It has grades K-8 and provides Catholic values along with excellent learning opportunities. The class sizes are just the right size and that is better for our kids from a learning standpoint. It is a great experience for us and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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April 29, 2014
St. Bartholomew is a great school for my kids. I like the smaller class size and individual attention that the kids get. St. Bartholomew is a great school with caring teachers. The administration is helpful. I like that the kids can learn about their faith on a daily basis.

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April 28, 2014
Our daughter will be entering her 9th year at St. Bartholomew. Our son attended public school and did fine yet I can honestly say it's the best choice we have made for her education not only academically, also spiritually. It's very much a family affair where everybody knows your name. Now she's in middle school I fully appreciate the uniform. No battles over inappropriate clothing. My daughter's favorite activity is spending time with her Kindergarten buddy. A wonderful system which teaches middle schoolers responsibility, leading by example, whilst having fun. A friend who works at a local high school tells me she always knows the kids from St. B's as they come so well prepared for high school and are so respectful. I would, and have, recommend this school to anyone.

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April 24, 2014
Our daughter has attended St Bartholomew for the last 3 years. Her spiritual and educational growth are outstanding. Small size classrooms, teachers and administers who truly care for students and an very involved PTO. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and be actively involved with their children's school experience. IT program is advancing with the addition of IPads to every teacher and for every grade. Wonderful Catholic school which also accommodates all religions. Looking forward to watching our child grow and flourish within this school.

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March 09, 2011
Although there are many caring teachers, we have found out there are several (more like three or four) teachers who yell at the children. Everyone knows this is going on yet this situation has been allowed to continue. There is def a 'good ole boy' system here. The bullying situation continues also, check out their numbers (dropping) for middle school, very distinct 'groups' are allowed to alienate, tease or gossip about others. Many of these kids are teachers children. Lunch time is not monitored in the upper grades. We have lived in this town for several years, have had 2 children at this school in various grades and its just gotten worse as they aged. My husband and I are super disappointed in this. During the election there was a teacher pushing Obama on the kids, that was very unprofessional. The principal is a kind lady however just appears she gives second, third, fourth, etc chances. Office staff members are exceptionally kind. Our children will not be returning next year.

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November 04, 2009
Catholic/Christian values, great teachers, excellent parental support of programs.

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December 06, 2008
We are new to town and have 2 children in this school, we are not Catholic. Have found this school to have great teachers, caring student body, great leadership and do not push the Catholic agenda on non-denominational Christians. Very pleased at everything.

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September 04, 2007
I am very pleased with the parent and teacher involvement at St. Bartholomew. Our children could not be in a better environment.

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August 13, 2007
I am not only a parent of 2 boys attending school here, I am a former student and am thrilled that my kids can get the quality education that I received.

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St. Bartholomew School provides a caring and nurturing environment in which children can reach for their full potential. St. Bartholomew School has smaller class sizes and assistants for every classroom. We do accept children of all faiths, and we are a voucher school.

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St Bartholomew School
1306 27th Street, Columbus, IN  47201
(812) 379-9353
Last modified St Bartholomew School is a Private school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
St Bartholomew School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top