This has been a great school for my four children. The teachers are extremely involved in the students' development - both academic and as respectful members of a community. I like that there is very little turnover with the faculty. Due to the smaller class sizes, my son who has a learning disability was able to get more individualized help than what we were offered at the public school.
My son with dyslexia and ADHD has been able to get individualized attention to meet his needs despite not receiving any accommodations through West Lake because his grades weren't low enough. His grades weren't low enough because I worked so much with him to keep them above a C average.
This is a great school!! I have two boys at SJE and both love it!! Especially since it is a very Magisterial Catholic School. The children get gym, art, computers, religion, music and Spanish class also!! The Parish Priest is awesome. He does not let his school get "used" as a cheep private school. If you are a parent that likes to be involved this place is great. It is a team effort to help Sheppard your child with a Christ heart. I love this school and church. ***Just a note, you sign a covenant regarding the schools policy, so if people are complaining that they send their child to a Catholic school but don't want to raise their child catholic then The problem is on their part. SJE tells you before your child is enrolled, what is expected of you as a parent. It is not the schools job to raise your children.
St. John the Evangelist School gave our three daughters a high quality education and a foundation that continues to benefit their lives. The state-of-the-art technologies along with an excellent teaching staff provided them with an outstanding learning experience in the classroom. Not only did our children learn what it means to be a Catholic, but the girls were able to practice it every day. Catholic values are reinforced in the classroom where teachers and classmates shared their morals and values. SJE has provided the individual classroom attention that we wanted for our children. Close friendships form, personal relationships with teachers grow, our principal and parish priest worked side by side to provide a safe, caring learning environment for our children.
My children graduated 8th grade from SJE with a strong academic education. They learned how to study, prepare for classroom tests as well as the state standardized test, participated in Science Fairs, learned their faith, made long lasting friendships, had teachers who truly cared for them, the list goes on and on. As a family, we were sad to see this part of our lives come to an end. When the children are out of school, they want to visit SJE and the faculty and staff. To me, that says a lot about what kind of school this great place is. If you're considering a catholic education, I would suggest checking it out. It was the best decision our family made!
Look elsewhere and do your homework, interview moms and dads, go to the church that you are "required" to go to "every" sunday (or else...) and see the type of people you are dealing with. Every one looks unhappy , either distant, discouraged, unaproachable unless they are older with no children. Then make a choice of school. There is far better all around in the area private and public.