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2131 Lancashire Avenue
Louisville, KY 40205

(502) 456-1541
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March 04, 2014
My son is learning a lot in Kindergarten. His teacher is wonderful about giving kids work for their level.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2010
I cannot say enough about St. Raphael's middle school. The reason I chose them is because I feel confident they are preparing my child for high school, especially the 8th grade year which is so tough. I don't need to worry about the academic transition to high school. Sometimes it seems like there is a lot of homework, and some teachers can be strict but that's the way it should be. The Catholic high schools are strict and rigorous too! I know the teachers have my child's best interests at heart. St. Raphael is a safe environment and I feel good about sending my child there. If there is a bully situation, the school investigates. No school is perfect but I think they do the best job they can.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2010
My son was identified as 'gifted and talented' by the teachers at St. Raphael and the plan that was developed to challenge him was laughable. We put him in the Advanced Program in a public school and he is now an honor roll student in all AP classes at a local Catholic high school.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
St. Raphael is an exemplary Catholic elementary school. When our son was in third grade, he left a Montessori school environment of which he had been a part since 18 months old. Not only was St. Raphael able to acclimate our son to the Catholic school environment, but we quickly came to find that St. Raphael professionally and skillfully melds with all types of students at varying levels of performance, working with each to bring their individual skills and objectives to fruition. Our family operates under House Rules beginning with Faith, Family and Education. The brilliance and professionalism of the educators and leaders of St. Raphael School combined with our family oriented, faith based teachings at home by example and direction, makes us so proud of our skilled, altruistic, well educated, faith filled Son who simply loves learning. On the academic side, I have watched with pride as our St. Raphael school has swept University level competition with grace and steady skill, and reach goals as humanitarian team members in St. Raphael s House System. This just a couple of so many examples over these crucial elementary years. We have watched so many fine students shine as Honor Roll students setting their own amazing goals and objectives. At the same time, we have watched St. Raphael s fine educators work to reach students with special educational needs and assistance helping them to find their own special talents and skills. In the end, each dedicated students come away with a lifelong gift of Faith, Family and Educational skills to carry forward in their own productive lives. We are proud to be a part of St. Raphael, our decision to choose St. Raphael, and that our son received his most crucial learning and development the Elementary years at St. Raphael The Archangel.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Strong parental involvement combined with engaged and caring teachers make this school great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
I love St. Raphael.The education is great. The teachers understand my kid's needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
They have a wonderful caring staff and a awesome principal.My kids are thriving there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
St. Raphael is the best and I could not be happier to have my child as a student there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
I love St. Raphael mainly because my daughter loves St. Raphael. We've never been a part of a such a wonderful 'community'. From the fundraisers we have (e.g. Taste, Picnic, Game Night, etc.) to the team sports - we feel like we've added a hundred people to our family! The teachers are truly astounding and the Principal is world class (just check his national awards). This place is so special, I drive 45 minutes out of the way of our house just to take my daughter to St. Raphael. It's a beautiful and special place. Go Giants!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
St. Raphael School combines faith, community, and academics to form an Award Winning Blue Ribbon School of Excellence! Outside of the regular cirriculum, the school offers many wonderful programs ranging from After School Enrichment Classes, Fitness Giants/Giant Steps Programs, Green Giants/Gardening and Recycling Programs, House System for 6-8 graders, a variety of Sports Programs, etc. etc. etc. The staff are wonderful and well educated, and our principal is the greatest ever! We are very happy at St. Raphael! It truly is one of the best schools around!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
At SRS, I've found enthusiastic parent support, outstanding teacher training and involvement, and forward administrative vision. A true gem in the Highlands and a leader in the Catholic community. I'm proud to be part of such a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
My children are excited every day to go to school. They love their teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Because it is challenging my Grandson to do his best work

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 03, 2009
SRS creates a community for my daughter and our family. I am amazed at how she is challenged everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
The education is top notch. Our child loves it there! It lives up to the excellent reputation. We're relatively new to the school community, but we already love the sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2009
A fantastic environnment in which to learn, work, and play

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 02, 2009
We have a unique school in that students have one special day to attend drama, art, music, PE, Spanish and computer. Each teacher of those children have an entire day for meetings, planning, calling parents, etc.

- submitted by a teacher
November 02, 2009
My husband and I had to make a difficult decision 3 years ago to move our children from public school. After researching private schools and interviewing our top 3, we chose Saint Raphael. It was hard to make the move financially, but after seeing how both of our children have blossomed into confident, compassionate and well educated children, our decision was absolutely the right one. My daughter, now in high school, still thanks us for moving her to SRS! Our teachers and staff look at each child individually and finds the best way to teach them. If there are 'issues' or problems, they are taken care of promptly and with much compassion. Choosing SRS is an investment into our childrens' eductaion and one that we do not regret!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
We have put three boys through St. Raphael grade school. They teach and live the Christian values every day. This school has prepared our boys academically for the challeges at St. Xavier High. School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
Our principal and teachers are the best! After researching many schools, we narrowed our search. Then, we visited each school to talk with the staff. When we met Dr. Dezarn and saw him and the students interacting, we knew this was where we wanted to be. We have felt at home since day one. My kids are learning so much. The work is challenging and they love it. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
They always put the children first

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 01, 2009
The children become part of a school community where they are known by all members of the staff and cared for by their teachers and fellow students. It's an amazing atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
St. Raphael is a community of family, faith and fellowship.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
St. Raphael provides a supportive learning environment and good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
Coming from a very small school with limited resources and going to St. Raphael School has not only been rewarding for our children, but also for the values and discipline alone.The resources that are available to these children will certainly prepare them for their adult lives both spiritually and academically bar none.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
The one on one attention and genuine concern for each child's welfare.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
St. Raphael offers each child the opportunity to receive an excellent education in a safe and caring environment. It gives them such a strong foundation for the future.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
excellent, caring teachers, principal and administration. Learning style of each child is respected, helping the child reach his/her full potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
Great education. Caring, safe environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
The size of the school offers much afterschool enrichment and opportunities. The dedication of the principal to teaching and Catholic values were one of the main reasons we chose this school and have been very happy with our 1st graders education so far!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
It is a very caring school with very caring teachers. The principal is the best and knows all of the kids by name. They teach a values-based education and teach the kids the importance of striving to be their best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
I love St. Raphael school because they treat everyone like family. When one member of the family has problems, be it student or faculty, the others rally together in support. When we found out that our vice principal had breast cancer, the students and teachers worked together to raise money for the cause. We had one of the largest teams at the Komen Race for the Cure because we had so many people who wanted to reach out and show their support for Ms. May. This is just one example of the little things that set our school apart from others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
St Raphael School has best teaching staff. They really show caring for the students and work hard for all the students to be successful. We love it there!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
As a first year family, we feel welcome and informed. Our child loves her teacher and the wonderful programs that the school offers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
I think we have an excellent principal Mr. Dezorn, along with the teaching staff who really care about the children. The staff works together to make sure each child learns to the best of their ability and not only in academics but with their own self esteem.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
St. Raphael is the best school ever. The teachers are great and love helping the kids. The older students are mentors for the younger grades which promotes a school wide buddy system. The principal is always on the cutting edge of education which is why our school is always in the top rankings and last but not least, the parents are soooo involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
We've had experience in both public and private schools. St. Raphael is the BEST school we've ever worked with. Our son is in the fifth grade and I feel the opportunities available to him are unlimited. High tech classrooms, media center and athletics combine for a well rounded education and child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
Both of our girls attended St Raphael School as did I. Our youngest had learning issues early on and left St Raphael for 4 yrs. St Raphael staff/teachers welcomed her back with open arms and did everything possible to ensure her future success. She earned high marks thereafter and made life long friends which includes a special math teacher. Can't say enough good things about St Raphael school and community at large.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
My daughter started school at St. Raphael in 6th grade. The transition was so smooth , due to great kids and caring teachers. The principal addresses concerns , and is very hands on. Programs are in place for every interest and academic success.She will be leaving this year for high school, and will have great memories to take with her.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
Diversity and pride are the highlights of this urban school. The priciple has been a stable building block for the past 25+ years and has stongly influenced both parents and students alike. I am not a graduate of the school but can see it's stengths regarding academics, caracter building and socialization of our young minds.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
Besides having great academic and athletic programs, there is wonderful school and family support. Dr. DeZarn is progressive in his approach--understanding that all children have different interests and learning styles and thus molding the educational experience to custom fit each child to ensure their individual success!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
St. Raphael has some extra-special teachers, staff, parents and students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
The student's roll in the school, academics, sports, studies, the after school classes, Just the way the students take part in the school. Dr. DeZarn is special as is the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
I love the staff of St. Raphael and my 2 girls come home smiling everyday from school. Dr. Dezarn is a wonderful leader of his school. The way he is with the students you don't see at most schools. My oldest daughter Emily Ramsey had a lot of problems in the public school system ( Audubon Elementary ) so we decided to enroll her at St. Raphael and it is the best decision we have ever made. I also hava a kindergarten girl in her first year there (Shea Ramsey) and I can already see the progress she has made due to the teachers that work with her. All in all I have nothing but great things to say about this school... I hope our school wins the contest as Ican't imagine a better place to send my children

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
I love the staff I work with Ilove Being a Teacher Aid in 1st grade

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
I am very proud to say my Grandchildren attend St Raphels. Not only is the school and the faculty top notch.... so are the parents. The School is like one big family. I know many of the parents who work so hard to make this school 'The Best' . America needs more schools like St Raphels.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
St. Raphael is the best school in our city. It is centrally located and is a great asset to the community with the outreach programs the staff encourages and manages. This great school is the reason we moved across town, choosing a court to live on that allows the kids to walk home from school in a safe and loving neighborhood. It is the people that make this school great, including the wonderful and experienced office staff, the free after school enrichment programs, the after school care program, the athletics programs, the incredible parents and the generations of families that continue to celebrate church together. These are only a few of the wonderful things about St. Raphael The Archangel School in Louisville, KY! It doesn't get much better than we have it here so we encourage anyone in any city in the world to consider coming to our school.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
because I think it offers children a good education and teaches sound Christian principles

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 30, 2009
Excellent education while imparting good moral values

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 30, 2009
St. Raphael is an awesome school. Two of my kids go there and it offers and excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
It is a caring, warm environment with wonderful faculty and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
St. Raphael involves the whole family in each student's education and is a Family providing training to be charitible and responsible. St. Raphael also provides multiple opportunities for students to have their learning in the classroom expanded and complimented with other experiences, from field trips to Directed Learning (DL) days...The middle school House System, to after school enrichment activities....weekly value lessons to mentoring beginning in 6th grade when each student is paired with a Kindergartener. This is our 8th year at St. Raphael and I know without a doubt that I chose the best school in our area for my daughter. Her future has great potential thanks to the caring and excellent education from St. Raphael teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
The teachers care about the student's progress, and my older children have benefitted in high school from this.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
Our principal Dr.D has poured his heart into this school!! Selecting St.Raphael was the best decision we ever made!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
They have wonderful programs that involve students, staff, and parents. They just held a nutrition pyramid and exercise program for all students and staff. Parents assisted with the educational and fun program.

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2009
My son loves going to school. He is learning. His teacher and all of the faculty and staff are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I love the community, the fact that the teachers really care .

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
St. Raphael is, by far, one of the best schools anywhere. Dr. Dezarn and all of the teachers truly care about the development of the child as a whole person- intellectually and spiritually. St. Raphael works as a partner with parents to instill both top-notch work ethics and an exemplary value system that benefits the children throughout their lives.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
the house system is great. i also love the directed learning day and most of the teachers are awesome!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 29, 2009
St. Raphael has been a wonderful educational environment for my child through academics, spirituality, and friendship. I could not be more proud that my child is a student at St. Raphael school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
St. Rapahel has been a great experience for my daughter, who is now in the first grade. There is an excellent blend of academic, spiritual, and community focus that provides a well rounded education. The principal, Dr. DeZarn, is a driving force in the high quality that St. Raphael delivers every year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I love St. Raphael because we have happy kids! Our teachers are dedicated to their students. Dr. Paul DeZarn, our principal, has devoted 35 years to our institution. Lastly, the families at St. Raphael all pitch in to make our school a better place!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I have a 21 and an 11 year old. We have had many great years at St Raphael. The education and care given to the children has been great with Dr. DeZarn as the principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
This is our first year at St. Raphael. Our son is in kindergarten, and he absolutely loves it. I am very impressed with the academic program and the technology at the school. It has been a great experience all around.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Never have entered St. Raphael, but have seen progress, learning and excitement in my granddaughter with respect to her classes, school and chosen sport. I think that is important enough to call St. Raphael a GreatSchool !

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 29, 2009
I have a third child going through St. Raphael, first two were very prepared and are both now in college, doing very well, 3rd is on his way due to St. Raphael. Great Teachers, curriculum and innovation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
St Raphael is simply the greatest school. There is not enough good things to be said about SRS!!! The whole child is educated. Each child is given individual attention by the teacher and through success maker. As a parent I feel that I am included in my children's education. It is heart warming to know that each morning, my children (1st and 2nd grade) excited to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Dedicated teachers and staff; solid curriculum; healthy environment for learning

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
So many teachers, parents and students work together to create a fun, learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
St. Raphael promotes a loving, learning environment that I believe nurtures a childs God given talents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Communication is the key to a great relationship! St. Raphael does an outstanding job of sharing information with parents and most importantly expressing their expectations to the students. The children are treated with respect every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
We love the staff and the community of families at St Raphael! The opportunities for our children--academic, athletic, and philanthropic--are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Dedicated Teachers and Staff - active parents organization - wonderful community to be part of.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
St. Raphael has an awesome faculty and curriculum. My daughter is being challeged to her fullest potential and loves every minute of her school experience. I also appreciate all of the extras that St. Raphael provides from the Enrichment Program to the House System to Directed Learning Days and much more. I highly recommend St. Raphael to any parent who wants the best possible education for their children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Great principal, caring staff. Teachers & principal priortize teaching the children moral values.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Excellent principal, teachers and involved parents help to create our young scholars.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Great teachers. They treat students well. Not very strict but keep up always on task. A very strong catholic school. Good kids come from St. Raphael

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
They have an incredible staff of people that care about the well-being of our children. They are always looking for new and improved ways to teach children in many different types learning groups. They teach responsibility and consequences at an early age and expect the students to abide by all Discipline with a Purpose Guideline. When students graduate from SRS, they are well prepared for high school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Excellent teachers and principal. Genuine care and concern for the well being of every student, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
St Raphael is the best school! It has helped my daughter develop not only academically but socially into a beautiful person that I am so proud of. She has always been so shy but the wonderful staff at St Raphael has given her the confidence to continue to grow and develop.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
We have a house system in place that encourages inner-grade comradeship and individual growth as they strive to earn points for their house (consiting of 6th, 7th 8th graders that are sorted into houses (sorted by a sorting hat (mimicking harry potter) at the end of each school year) by games, activities, service, academic excellence, good behavior and much more. It's only at St. Raphael that you find a caring teachers that cultivate excitement in learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Total involvement of parents. Enrichment program is awesome. Directed learning day is wonderful for students and faculty. St. Raphael is a terrific faith-based environment for my son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Our school cares not only about its students, but about the staff and the families involved! The education received is excellent!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Everything they do for the education of the kids is top notch! There is no stone unturned in terms of cirriculum, teaching tools and aids, and special education needs. These kids are ready for high school when they graduate.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
It is really community oriented and a majority of the families a constantly helping out with school/ charity projects!They also have many good enrichment programs offered through out the year, it's hard to decide what to do sometimes!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
We are new to the school this year. My daughter is in middle school. They have a great academic program and plenty of activities and community involvement. I wish my older two children had gone to school there.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
We love St. Raphael. The teachers and staff are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
St Raphael is an incredible school. The staff really care about teaching the students and put in extra time after and before school to help students who need additional help and to offer enrichment classes. They accomodate students with 504 plans and really go above and beyond to ensure the children succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
The teachers work to improve my children at their individual level - working with them individually in areas they excel in or need extra assistance. We love St. R.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
Our kids love going to school there. St. Raphael has been a blessing to our family. The school has excellent academics, a caring staff, a wonderful community, and we feel safe sending our kids there everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
St. Raphael is a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The staff, Principal to Secretaries, are very caring for all students. They know all students by name. The teachers are willing to do extra to help students who need a bit more attention. Contact with parents is frequent through the school website. Every Monday morning there is a Value Session for the entire school, presented by a different class each week. Students learn way more than just academics. There are various enrichment activities students can participate in after school hours. Grandparents are welcomed and seen often. St. Raphael is one fantastic school!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 14, 2009
I have a 1st grader at St R. We have been very pleased with the school. Nice mix of professional and working class people. You see most families in Church and school, as well as at the Child Enrichment Center which is great. Teachers have been top-notch and provide alot of feedback in a positive way. It is a fairly large school, but alot of personal attention. I would have no hesitation about sending your child to St R.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 25, 2007
St. Raphael has met and exceeded my expectations of an elementary school. The teachers are excellent and continually strive to push and motivate the students. The school environment is wonderful and motivating to the students. The principal, Dr. Dezarn (who was recognized as one of 50 outstanding Principals in the nation) and staff have remained consistent and have done an excellent job at the school. As a two time winner of the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a winner of the Intel and Scholastic 21st Century Schools of Distinction Awards this school continues to strive for excellence!

- submitted by a parent
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St Raphael The Archangel Elementary School
2131 Lancashire Avenue, Louisville, KY  40205
(502) 456-1541
Last modified St Raphael The Archangel Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St Raphael The Archangel Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 95 reviews. Top