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Des Moines, IA
Students enrolled: 305

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5810 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311

(515) 277-0178
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July 01, 2015
When it came to child development and child psychology classes the principle and the middle/junior high teaching staff must have been sleeping. This school harms children’s integrity and causes great stress and anxiety. Be careful if you are looking at this school. Visit more than once and I assure you that you will hear teachers in the upper grades yelling at students. I figured that the children must have deserved it until it started happening to mine. Humiliation is not a good discipline tactic, however it is used daily on normally acting children. I would only recommend this school to people who have children that don’t make mistakes, only for children who can always sit still, and never step out of the line that is desired. To top it off, if you run into conflict, you will not get a response from the principle. Mrs. Stemler is unable to handle conflict and will not return calls or emails if the topic makes her uncomfortable.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
July 01, 2015
This answer to this question is it depends. It depends on if you are talking about education or life lessons. They teach book material just fine, they are terrible about teaching children coping still for life.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
July 01, 2015
All Catholic school have a higher volume of homework and this school is no different. This is one area that I feel this school has right. Academically they teach the children and encourage them to take their study habits home. From time to time there was homework sent home that was hard for an adult to do, but I wouldn’t say that this was a bad lesson for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
July 01, 2015
This school has a good academic program and if you child never speaks out of turn, steps out of line, or makes a mistake then they will do well. It is those children who have energy, excitement for life, and a creative disposition that will be beaten down by the principal and the middle and junior high teachers. So maybe they do teach determination to the student who refuse to be beaten down by them.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
July 01, 2015
This school teaches the children to tattle on their classmates which creates great conflicts between the students. If they would teach the children tolerance and respect they would have much better outcomes. They preach at the children to respect each other for their differences but they don’t teach it.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
July 01, 2015
Honestly my children attended this school for a few years and I was disappointed in the beginning with the lack of welcoming. They do have a welcome committee but I am not sure what they do. My family did well for a few years until my child was judged as a trouble maker. Be careful, this judgment comes easily, at young ages, and with children who are not really trouble. This school has no clue of what a troubled child truly is. Regardless, you cannot teach compassion and care unless adults are compassionate and caring themselves.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
July 01, 2015
This school encourages the students to tattle. This is an age old debate, tattling vs. telling and this school crosses the line. The teachers emotionally get involved with issues that they should let blow over and create an increased amount of dishonestly and storytelling by the children. The administration does not know how to assist children with overcoming playground conflicts. I have personally witnessed what I would call teacher bullying; teachers yelling at children and causing them to feel humiliated in front of their peers as punishment. Judgment of others is high at this school, once the teacher have decided not to like a family or child they will railroaded. This is not fair, and it does not teach the children about honesty or integrity. These character values are taught by role modeling and once they enter 5th grade, the role models are terrible.

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2015
St. Theresa is a really wonderful school! They have the best teachers and administration. They are warm and welcoming and provided my child with the academic tools they needed to succeed at Dowling Catholic High School. I have two in college now and they did so well at Dowling they earned huge scholarships to private colleges. This is all due to St. Theresa's ability to prepare them for the rigorous coursework at Dowling. St. Theresa also has a really wonderful STEM program that the other schools do not have. My youngest is still at St. Theresa and loves STEM. In fact because of the STEM program he now loves math and is enrolled in upper level math and engineering classes next year at Dowling. St. Theresa is a good school and helps kids succeed.

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2013
St. Theresa is such a warm community full of enthusiastic families and a supportive parish. Our mission is to help independent, happy, and faithful kids develop into life-long learners and citizens of the world. We are service-centered with an emphasis on social justice. We are STEM-certified meaning our science and math curriculum is hands-on and problem-solving focused. Our teachers are excellent and would do anything to help a student meet his/her needs. Lunch is delicious and our prinicpal is one of a kind. Mrs. Stemler is an advocate for teachers, a support for parents and above all, a cheer leader for children! St. Theresa is truly a wonderful place for children to grow.

- submitted by a teacher

August 14, 2013
St Theresa's is an excellent school. I have my 2 boys there and they love it. They have fantastic teachers and a wonderful principal who really cares about the my kids overall well being!!! It's a loving, safe learning environment for my kids!!! I drive 50 miles everyday to make sure my boys attend St. Theresa's !!!

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2013
St. Theresa Catholic is fantastic. I wouldn't consider sending my children anywhere else. The staff reach each child individually to challenge and help them grow. The school is STEM certified grades 3 through 8. Classes use iPads, Smartboards, ELMOs, and are hands on. Faith and respect are part of everyday. I couldn't ask for better teachers, classes, or a better community. The principal knows each child and family by name. She is in each classroom weekly. We are very pleased with our students' classrooms and learning. Words don't capture the learning envirnment.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2013
This school could be so much more...yet, the principal is too wishy washy to stand up for teachers in the classroom. The school is in dire financial straights and believes that in order to serve the school better, it would be better to terminate teachers who make 'too' much money so that the budget can be lowered...thus ensuring younger teachers who will only come here as a last resort...thus ensuring lower quality teaching...this school needs a new principal!!!

- submitted by a community member

April 09, 2013
St. Theresa's Catholic School is a fantastic school. We have 2 children that we send there. There are a number of Catholic schools that are much closer to us yet we still send our children here. The individual attention, small class size, excellent teachers and wonderful community of parents made our decision easy when deciding where to send our children. We could not be more pleased with St. Theresa's, it is an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2013
The teachers and staff at STCS along with the small class sizes make for a great classroom setting. Individual attention with all the use of technology give the students a great education.

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June 21, 2011
I graduated from St. Theresa's in 1968. I have found that the foundation I received here, and the loving Care of my 4th teacher, I was ready for anything life had in store for me. My childhood best friend and I meet each other here. We still keep in touch. Father Charles Phelan looked after and loved us all. He was a wonderful pastor,

- submitted by a community member

April 11, 2008
Our daughter attends the morning Pre-K program and we couldn't be more pleased! She is learning so much! She already knows letter sounds and is more than ready for kindergarten!

- submitted by a parent
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February 26, 2008
My son transfered to St. Theresa when he was in 3rd grade from another Catholic school south of grand. The teachers at his old school informed us that he was doing fine. We knew that was not the case. When he transfered to his new school (St. T's) the teacher informed us that he was reading at a first grade level. Not a third grade like he should be. In less then a years time they caught him up to his peers. We now have all three kids at the school. The teachers and principal are excellent at what they do. Plus the communication between them and us could not be any better.

- submitted by a parent

July 30, 2007
its a good school my son is doing great he is excelling in all his classes and he is making lots of friends , if u have a son/daughter going in to Pre-k - 8th grade then you should consider st Theresa school.

- submitted by a parent

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St Theresa School
5810 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, IA  50311
(515) 277-0178
Last modified St Theresa School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Theresa School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top