Both my sons graduated from Scecina. One of my sons had learning difficulties and the staff and faculty worked very hard to prepare him for graduation and college. The staff and faculty are very attentive and responsive to parent needs and concerns. I have another child that will definitely attend Scecina when she is in high school.
Scecina offers students of all different backgrounds the opportunity to succeed. They have a dedicated faculty and staff that have helped my child overcome some academic challenges. The small class sizes helped my child get the attention that he needs to be successful. It is a great change from our previous school experiences.
Scecina is one of those schools that used to be great, lost it's greatness, and has the potential to gain it back. The problems they retain unfortunately cause a drastic decrease in their overall quality. Main problem being some of their staff, particularly in admissions. Some of them are not the most effective of counselors and lack a certain energetic and motivated attitude. More recently they have become more active about weeding out their less effective teaching staff. However, this was something that should have been tended to constantly. Also, their discipline has been more lenient in general but especially for more serious infractions such as fighting, disrespect, and extremely low grades (way below what should be aloud). At a private school like Scecina, there should be an extremely low tolerance for both unacceptable behavior and academics. Especially if the student is attending through any financial aid, which is something being offered more lately with no extra expectations in behavior or academics, causing the overall image of Scecina to worsen. Nothing will make you angrier than when your child comes home from their day at high school to tell you about a fight that took place by below average scholars with financial aid, only to then be informed that no expulsions were made. Though the school now might seem as a low quality private school, as i said, it has the potential to be great again. These problems could be simply eradicated if only the effort was put forth. The school has one of tge best music division I've seen lead by their current best staff member ,Donnie Glowinski. From my experience meeting him and watching him turn my child into the musician they are now, i can easily say he is their secret weapon. You can overlook all other schools who have a lot of what Scecina doesn't, mainly what I listed earlier, but no school has the energetic, compassionate, knowledgeable, and just outstanding teacher that Scecina does. He's their golden star. On top of that, they also have a lot of students who surpass academic barriers and climb to the top with the best of behavior. Scecina is a far from perfect school, as many are, but so long as they have the potential to be great again, willingness to fix their obvious problems, and of course Mr. Glowinski...then I wouldn't have my child attend anywhere else.
My son is happy at Scecina. He enjoys his courses and teachers very much. Instrumental Ensemble with Mr. Donnie Glowinski has been a fun learning experience for Spencer. Latin II and Chemistry are challenges that enable him to THRIVE...and he plans on taking Latin 3 his junior year. Theatre with Mr. Jones has been a new & positive experience as well. Meanwhile, during mass he is a Eucharistic Minister. Although, Spencer came from Holy Name (south deanery), he has be welcomed and made new friends rather easily.
In the beginning I struggled with Scecina but my son had some major emotional challenges and they were so very supportive. He has become more concerned with his academics, and even asked to return next year!! The administrators and staff have gone out of their way to make us feel welcomed. The rules are strict, the work is hard but its well worth it for my child.
Scecina Memorial is truly a community school and affords students opportunities from athletics, band (garage bands), choir, drama, Christian service, Brain Game etc. The recent appointment of Mr. Joe Therber reinforces the total commitment of the archdiocese to Catholic secondary education on the eastside. Beginning 2 -3 years ago, Scecina has undergone major upgrades with it's facilities and academics. Alumni, November 7, 2009
Scecina's been the best possible place for me. I have been able to do everything from football to mens volleyball to the brain game team. I know my teachers very well and respect them to the fullest. I could potentially graduate with around 20 hours of college credit due to their AP program which makes up for the cost in itself. And only at scecina would the calculus teacher stay after the school's fund raising dinner to help you and your buddy with that night's homework. It's just a great place to be.
While open to any students who would like to come, Scecina is a good example of a small neighborhool highschool. The teachers are easily accessible and respond quickly to concerns. Students are valued and encouraged to try new things.... The academics are improving every year, and at the present time we there are many AP offerings available. I've had several children attend this school and we have been very satisfied.