Students enrolled 409
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School leader Mrs Cecily Chandler
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3425 Crescent Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

(260) 483-3173
(260) 484-9115
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4 stars
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August 22, 2014
I TOTALLY agree with the 7/28 parent post. The opening tour is good and that's where it ends. The person in the principal's office is NO principal. If you have a problem and are lucky enough to get an apt if she's there, you will probably get another person she passes the apt to as she doesn't like conflict and avoids it at any chance. Three children left last year because of bullying (the principal says bullying is not the same as teasing and kids are just being kids) and the bully is still there awaiting her next victim(s), no punishment here. Teachers have said they are frustrated because they get no support and have no respect for the principal so they often take rules into their own hands. Letting kids wear what they want in their class disregarding the school dress code. A comment was made by the principal "I don't know anything about girls, I had boys" WHAT you're suppose to be a principal guiding 300+ children. Clicky, ego, closing your eyes to a problem, lack of discipline, Cash flow are all adjectives to describe this school. If you love your children, run away fast.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
Sadly we decided to send our kids to a different school after our experience here. The school thinks they are above listening to opinions from anyone unless you are throwing money at them or are in the right click. The teachers gossip way too much. Very closed minded. The principal appears to be somewhat myopic when she is actually around. My kids did not thrive emotionally or academically at this school. If you didn't grow up in the Lutheran school system or aren't flashing money you won't fit in as far as I could see. My kids could not believe how mean some of the kids were and how much the teachers let the bad kids get away with. It broke my heart some days when they came home beat down. Don't let the initial tour fool you. They appeared to be caring, not so. Plus it is not very private. Crowded classes and shared lockers. I am sad it did not work out but when you see what I did and then your kids are getting treated poorly. The environment is not condusive to the Christian environment we had hoped for. God Bless You when making a decision on a school for your children/child.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
We love this school!! We went from the public schools to the private school this past year; and, it has really been a great, positive move for all of us! My two children that attend this school adapted very well and all of the staff etc. made us feel very welcome!! I love how involved the school is and gets with my children. They truly do CARE about them!! And, the after school tutoring that they offer has been the best thing for ALL of us! No more evenings full of homework and fighting!! It gives them the extra attention and time they need to complete their assignments, so they can still go home in the evenings and participate in their various activities and/or just hang out with their neighborhood friends!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
We are beyond thrilled with Holy Cross, and very thankful for the program that allowed us to give this top-notch education to our children. Everything about the school exemplifies what we envisioned for their school experience: teachers who care and communicate, excellence in education, truly modeling a Christ-centered life, reinforcing the values that we are trying to teach at home, plenty of opportunities to be involved. I could keep going on- it is just amazing.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
I truly believe that this school has saved the future of my children. The children in public schools are really rough and my children didn't know how to deal with those other children since mine were raised in a more established home. I couldn't be happier with this school choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
My children attended Holy Cross, we recently removed them to attend another Lutheran School. Holy Cross has a lot of Bullying issues and very little discipline. Holy Cross lacks any real leadership in its administration, a few of the teachers are great and really care about their students but the others are pretty negative and play favorites. Holy Cross has the potential to be a really great school but it needs proper leadership and discipline, unless and until this changes I would advise any parent looking for a good Christian education for their child(ren)to look else where, there are a lot of Great Lutheran Schools in Fort Wayne.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
This school has been a huge disappointment to our kids and family in general. It use to have small class sizes, now classes are 23-29 kids per class and no teachers aides. They share lockers. The teacher are pretty negative in general. I have been told they are over extended. The politics in a private school like this are overwhelming. My biggest issue has been the bullying. Yes, it is everywhere, but this school does nothing to protect the kids and often blames it on the kid who is getting bullied. Basically you have to physically beat someone up to get kicked out. They accept kids who have been kicked out of other schools! No real art teacher. No art room. classroom computers are obsolete or broken. Some of the monitors are updated, but not the system. They also go over the top with AR and homework is 1-3 hours per night. My kids have had several things stolen out of lockers and they do nothing but say, "Check lost & found". I realize all schools have problems, but to pay over $250.00 a month per kid for it is crazy! On a positive note they have a couple great teachers, but the sarcastic negative teachers out number the good ones. I would want to know if I was considering HC.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2012
I am a 5th grader and love this school!!! The teachers are nice esepecially Mrs.Hoham!!! I am staying till 8th grade!! Come to Holy Cross!!!

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2012
This school has a real problem with getting rid of students who bully and are in general horrible kids! We pay good money for our children to get a christian education and many of the same ill behaved kids continue year after year to be a problem and the teachers put them on the wall at school at recess, send home notes and have "pow wows" with parents, but let them stay enrolled. It makes for a horrible learning enviroment for our children.Public schools do not even tolerate this amount of poor behavior. Some of the parents are so out of touch...If your kid is getting in trouble for major stuff on a weekly basis...guess what? get some help for them and stop letting them destroy other kids learning enviroment. Not to mention kids share lockers that are too small for 1 kid much less 2 and they are lacking in technology....cramped classrooms too. Public schools do not even tolerate this amount of poor behavior. Sad, they do have a number of fab teachers, but the whole structure is so messed up, it does not matter. It is time for a change for Holy Cross...Wake up before you see good families leave...May be too late. You have already lost some good families with more to follow.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
I recently left and pulled my children out after 7 years. There were not enough classrooms or text books or desks or lockers for all of the children enrolled. There is also a zero tolerance poolicy on bullying that is never enforced which then causes even the best of kids to get pulled into questionable behavior. Afterall if there is no consequence why not join in with everyone else? I was also told as a teacher that if I wanted to continue to work there I would have to give up being 100% my kids mom. For an employer especially a "Christian" one to ask that I think is absurd. Overall I feel there are many other Christian Lutheran school avaiable that have not lost sight of God's plan for us the way that Holy Cross has. God and his teachings are no longer a priorty at Holy Cross. More students and a bigger bottom line financially are now their prime objective. Why pay for that when you can get it for free at public school? If you're looking for a true Christian school and education for your child look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
My son is just finishing kindergarten and our experience has been wonderful! He was in a class where 2 teachers job shared and both were patient, loving, and responsive to my son's needs. They geniunely know his likes, dislikes,strengths, and weaknesses. Though I have heard from parents with older children there is a bullying issue amongst the later grades, this is not happening around my son. This is a school that values the parents role. There are endless opportunities to volunteer throughout the school, not just in my son's classroom. It has been amazing to see my son learn to read, write, and tie his shoes. I feel blessed to have their support in raising my children with both academically and (equally important) a moral character.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
I am a student of Holy Cross, I love this school. I am currently a 8th Grader there and I am very pleased with my experience at Holy Cross. First of all the teachers are amazing, they teach well, help if needed, and provide a first hand christian education. The school itself has lots of pride and is boosting with new kids coming in. Kids at the school are the most smart, kind, and christian kids I have seen. They offer a lot of extra things and the choir is simply amazing. Other Lutheran schools don't offer as much and the confirmation teacher is great. The field trip that we go on for confirmation that other schools don't, really help the kids to find their place and be friends with everyone and act accordingly to God. I am going to send my kids to Holy Cross and keep the tradition, because I think its the best Lutheran school to go to.

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2011
Just a few suggestions. I have only seen book work with worksheets given this year. I think lessons need to be taught in a variety of ways, hands on, projects, etc... We need more small group work. The librarian used to do that for reading. We need aids in classes or simply smaller class sizes, less than 20. It is a very tight maze to get around the desks. Teachers should not use their rooms for year round storage of items only used a couple times, the rooms are too small. A cluttered room is distracting to kids. I also agree, that for a private school, they should offer some sort of foreign language program and more science. Curriculum should be varied, based on your child's level. Some kids are amazing readers, but need help in math or vice versa. With smaller class sizes or aids, teachers can do more individual work with kids to either challenge them higher or bring them up to grade level, right now classes are too big for that. I know many parents who would volunteer their time to be an aid in their child's room. I would be willing to pay more tution for either smaller classes and the addition of more academics - foreign language. Quality over quantity is a better seller.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2011
My son LOVES going to Holy Cross. He has learned so many wonderful lessons from his teachers and peers. I am so excited when he tells me about the bible lesson they learned that day or the story they read. He has grown so much both acedemically and spiritually this school year. Our family has enjoyed the many extra activities that have been offered.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2011
This school could be so great. It is lacking a couple essential things. First is leadership. There are great people here, but they lack a strong leader. The system is set up to be indecisive at best; neglectful at worst. They talk a good game, but have little to no follow through. The principal is "busy" spending her days in meetings, but she doesn't actually get anything accomplished that makes any difference to the children or staff. Half the kids there don't even know who she is or her role there. There are talks of bringing in an assistant principal to help, but that is merely a band aid, one the school can't really afford. Second, because of budget issues, the school is understaffed. There are no aids in classes of 24+, a full time librarian, art teachers, foreign language, or science program for elementary. The academic program is at or maybe below public school standards, not great for a private school. Bible stories are taught, but the core lessons are rarely demonstrated in real life displays during the day. They give a lesson on anti-bullying, but don't actually implement the program themselves. This school needs leadership and guidance.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2011
As a parent of a child who has been here for over 9 years, from a preschooler through 8th grade, I have nothing but sheer praise for the great education she has recieved academically. But even more important, my child KNOWS that her Lord loves her dearly! It is the loving teachers who have instilled this faith in her heart that I am truly grateful for! Sure, as any other child, she has had her ups and downs and not always perfectly happy, but that is the way children are sometimes when the expectations are high and they have to work a little harder to reach their goals! I know that my family will truly miss Holy Cross next year! Thank you to all of the great teachers-You are such a blessing!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
my son is now in 2nd grade.At first I was not pleased with all the extra home work and all the reading..It really has paid off! my son loves to read and is doing so good in school.I'm very impressed with teacher of 2A . As a parent, I'm very greatful.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
The school has good teachers and a couple of bad. Overall the families are great. The support you receive from them can be tremedous. My child has made good friends and is receiving a decent education. Of the couple of bad teachers, I just assume each school has at least one. With as many teachers that are out of work now, you would think they would have their choice of great teachers, but the school would have to try and weed out the ones that aren't working and I don't know if that is a priority.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
Our three children have gone through Holy Cross school and received an absolutely superior education. The comraderie among the families is such a blessing. The teachers my children had were outstanding. I am a former public school teacher and found the expectations, care, and expertise to be far above the average. When we moved into this area from the Chicago suburbs we were looking for a strong Christian based education, superior academics, and a vibrant church life. We found it here at Holy Cross.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
Holy Cross has great families, and encourages parental involvement. They offer great academic programs, and the tuition is affordable.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
I have an older child here and I agree with the earlier review. I learned early on that you have to talk to parents to find out who to request for the next year. I have gotten stuck with the "bad" teacher and let me say it was awful. And for the years when there isn't a "good" choice, you just have to live through it. We stayed because we love the families and friends we have made there, and there are some really good teachers when you get them. When my child entered middle school she did report more bullying going on, especially with the current 8th grade class. We have talked to the principal about it, but it made no difference. The school values certain families over others. I volunteer a lot, more than most. But this year the school decided to have dinners for families that donated a certain amount of money. Only wealthy families were invited to a catered meal. It was a slap in the face to me considering all the hours I put in there for 7 years. Volunteers make things happen just as much as money does. I haven't gotten so much as a donut in the drive through line and these other families received a catered dinner because they have money.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
i think holy cross is the best school for children to attend!!! love it love it love it.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2009
awesome school great place

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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2008
As a parent, I know my child is loved and cared for. The school does not only have high academic expectations the teachers also help the students build their character.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
We have been very satisfied with the quality of education at Holy Cross. The class sizes are fairly small and the teachers are very accessible when you have questions. They have a separate music, physical education, library, and computer teacher, but art is taught by homeroom teachers (probably the only drawback I can think of). My children are still too young for sports, so I can't speak to the availability of that kind of activity. I do know they offer football and track. Our school is considering building a second gym in the next couple of years, so then we may have more sport options. Parents are expected to take an active role in the education of their children. There are many opportunities for volunteering in the classroom and on field trips.

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Holy Cross Lutheran School
3425 Crescent Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN  46805
(260) 483-3173
Last modified Holy Cross Lutheran School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Holy Cross Lutheran School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews.