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Bowie, MD
Students enrolled: 656
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14710 Annapolis Rd
Bowie, MD 20715

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(301) 262-0203
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October 17, 2014
I love this school! My daughter hated her previous school, which happened to be a Prince George's county public school. She is now so enthusiastic about going to school daily in addition to what she's learning. My husband and I are so thankful to her teachers for bringing that spark and love of learning back to our child. We love that she is being challenged and nurtured at St. Pius. It has definitely been money well spent!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
As a private school, this one is dismal. Student/teacher ratios are ridiculously high throughout the entire school, and any additional one-on-one help is almost impossible to secure unless you are willing to PAY for it. The focus is on money, not children; getting recognition, not teaching children to love learning. Enrollment is guaranteed to ANYONE as long as the money is paid. Might as well be a public school, just with less qualified faculty and staff. Community of parents is cliquish, snobby, and redneck, and the kids reflect those values. Teachers deal with behavior issues all day and have no energy to care about teaching. If your child is not dead-set in the middle of every curve -- learning, scores, development, maturity -- go somewhere else as this school offers NOTHING for either gifted or less-than-average students. The extent of the care and concern is what you see when you walk through the halls -- there is nothing else. Resources and counseling are a joke. No gym, no cafeteria -- kids eat at desks and are not allowed to socialize. Ridiculous and leaves kids unprepared for future education. Run away. Public school is a better option, even in PG county.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2014
My child was taught at this school for 5 years. As we progressed into middle school most of the lessons are self taught. When I compared classroom notes to the text books they were almost verbatim. Classroom instruction is outdated. There is not a good use of hands on projects , laboratory study or technology. Teachers do not communicate with parents. Class room size is 35 kids per class, how can anyone learn in this environment. Would recommend to look elsewhere. We are finishing middle school somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
My son has been having a wonderful experience at St. Pius X Regional School in Bowie, MD. He started here in Kindergarten and is currently in Middle School. Over the years, he has had some amazing teachers, who have gone above and beyond in creating engaging classroom environments. They have used a multisensory approach to learning, providing interactive lessons, while ensuring that students receive individual attention. I have been very pleased with the well rounded, challenging curriculum, and my son has been happy to have many opportunities to use technology in the classroom. Teachers often use "full class" sets of IPads and laptops for their lessons and students attend class in a state of the art computer lab at least once a week. Other 'special" weekly classes include Science Lab, Art, Music, and Physical Education. Throughout the school there is a spirit of cooperation, and we have really not encountered any discipline issues over the years. Perhaps what I enjoy most about our school is the community of people. We have met some wonderful families, and my son has made some great friends.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2014
If you are looking for a school where Academics is the main focus for success. St Pius is the school for you, my daughter is a new student and we are so pleased with her progress thus far. She has great teachers who are so passionate about teaching. My daughter is a straight A student. She is so focused on her school work. She loves the fact that her teachers are always willing to work with the students until they have a full understanding of what is expected. I am very excited about the school years to come.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
The parent involvement in the school is great. The teachers are so far wonderful. The school has a full library, science lab, art room, and great involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
I am new to the area and recently went on a tour of this school for my son who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2014. I must say, the warm welcome that I recevied not only from the staff, but also from the students was absolutely great! There was rigorus instruction taking place in every classroom on all grade levels and the students were actively engaged. What was most important to me was that the students AND the teachers all looked happy to be there on such a dreary, cold day! I loved the way that the teachers took time to talk to me about the curriculum and went through what a typical school day would look like for my son...despite the fact that my visit was unannounced! That really impressed me and showed me that they care about what parents think and how they feel. Yes, I want my son to be in a rigorus academic setting that will prepare him for high school. But, I also want him to be in a place where it is clear that the teachers care about their students and are loving and nuturing. St. Pius X Regional School definitely has my vote. And since I'm a 17 year instructor myself, I feel that I know exactly what to look for!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2013
St. Pius X is an excellent school that fosters the sense of community. It is easy to communicate with the teachers concerning specific needs for your child. The resource center and guidence counselor are able to set up plans to help your child succeed. The class size is somewhat large, but the children are in small groups (with a teacher's aide) for math and reading. There is a large science lab and fully equipped computer lab. St. Pius recently purchased iPads for use in the classrooms. Some classrooms are equipped with smart boards and projectors. There are many clubs and sports offered. The children get to participate in many special activities like community service projects, charity work, Christmas bazaar, Family Fun Day, talent show, and Field Day to name a few. The children have learned to care and respect one another. Everyday they learn how to grow their faith in God and with one another.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2012
My kids have been here for 2 years. The principle and a lot of teachers are unapproachable and do not communicate and parents are cliquish. My daughter s 7th grade homeroom teacher was non-communicative but her 8th grade teachers are gems. My son had a great 4th grade teacher, she showed a genuine concern for the kids. He is in 5th grade this year and I pulled him out because his teacher is ineffective. My son did not look forward to her classes, he said she doesn t care about them and he is afraid he will not do well in middle school if he stays in her class. This was a wake up call for me. He s never had issues in the past, so I was concerned when he started having so many issues in 5th grade. I brought this up to the vice principal who is great and does what she can. The school counselor is also non-communicative and didn t help much. On his last day of school, he was excitable at the end of gym and opened a door he wasn t supposed to, his gym teacher said to him I m not going to miss you . Since he left, he is happy and thriving with no issues and excited about learning again. This school is good for kids who are self sufficient, but not for kids who may need extra support.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
One of the best private/catholic school around here. It s a family school, to be more precise with focus on discipline. My kid enjoys every moment and for us, as parents, we are so pleased with this school. Teachers/staff are so friendly and open and besides all; are so helpful with the smile. The school is well organized from that time you drop your kid to the time you pick him up. You can see my kid is well progressing with what he's learning at school. They prepare them well, so as enough homework to be well self-governing too. Also, Parents are so involved here and that makes a big and a huge different to the school and to our kid too. (as we all know, " Involved parents. Successful kids".) Before and After care programs are excellent too where by kids involve in their homework completion, different activities, learn from other bigger class etc. I can go on, on and on....but in general...well done St. Pius X, Bowie. Its exactly what we were looking for to our kids education.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2012
I've been a school parent for a few years, and I am very happy. The Principal and the Vice Principal have dedicated their careers to Catholic education, and between them, they have many years of experience. The administration, teachers, and staff are responsive and dedicated professionals who regularly take professional education courses. In my experience, they often devote many hours beyond the regular school day to provide students with a great experience in class. Graduates are routinely accepted at the high school of their choice, and each year, graduating seniors earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships. The school has educated students for almost 50 years, and the school has a long track record of success. There are many long standing traditions that take place to enhance the school program (Christmas bazaar, Grandparents day, class masses, special lunches, tag days, Funday, school plays, field days, etc.) The facility is safe, clean, bright, and orderly. The schoolwork is challenging but appropriate. From what I have seen, the teachers run disciplined classrooms. Parents (and often grandparents) are very involved in volunteering at the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
I have been involved in the school for over 10years. The math and science are very week, especially in the middle school. The school is outdated along with a lot of the staff. The principal needed to retire years ago. He is unapproachable to staff, student and parents. Middle school teacher/student ratio is 1:35. They let anyone admitted in the middleschool. The teachers have deal with behavior issues instead of teaching.This is frustrating to the student who want to learn, so alot is self taught at home. The only thing added to the curriculum is 5th and 6th grade spanish., which actually should start in pre K. Thankgoodness this is our last year. My children have had a few excellent and motivating teachers and alot of good friends. The cost has risen a great deal, but the curriculum has not changed. I would research other schools.The tuition would not be as painful, if the education was worth it.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
We have had 3 children in St. Pius. One is now a junior in a Catholic high school while the other two attended through last year. The younger two have attended since Kindergarten and we have been happy up through third grade. The middle child just completed fifth grade and told us he does not want to go back. His words, "my teacher is not teaching!" Quite a wake-up call for us as parents. He would rather go to one of the public middle schools. All of his friends attend Pius but it's a non-issue for him. There are a few teachers that are somewhat parasitic institutions at the school and not held accountable for their shortcomings as educators. They take responsibility for student success but lay the blame on parents when there is failure. The one positive that we are leaving the school with is that our kids have made some good friends and a reinforced religious foundation(If it wasn't for the religious education it would have been one star). But that's not really what we are paying for. Just my opinion of having kids in the school over the past 6 years. The same parents volunteer all the time, not a bad thing but those that can afford to buy their way out.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
this school is a sad excuse for a private school...I am shocked that it s still around all the school work is self taught so the teachers don t have to do anything when your kids gets into the 5th grade the home work is about 3-4 hours each evening and the projects they give out is tooo much work for the kid also the kids have to do more than one project a month

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
my daughter just completed pre-k at pius, and I LOVE it! the teachers and administrators are all great to work with, and my daughter has learned so much! With the parent participation requirement, most all parents are involved in the school in one way or another.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
St Pius is a great school. I am in the 7th grade and have been attending for two years. The teachers are very pleasant (They're tough however...) And the curriculum is excellent and challenging. The classes tend to be over-crowded at times (35 kids?!?), but nevertheless, St Pius provides a very good balance of extracurricular activities, academics, and religious faith. I would highly recommend this school to any parent looking for a great local school.

- submitted by a student
April 18, 2010
Overcrowded classes (35 kids!), no cafeteria or gym, cliquish elitist culture Some great teachers, some that should be canned immediately for humiliating and scorning some student scapegoats. Does NOT shield children from middle school sex and drugs: both are rampant among cool kids in upper grades, just hidden behind fa ade of uniforms. Diversity is a sensitive issue. When my child graduated from SPX, only 25 of 800 students were non-white, few were warmly welcomed into social circles. Constant weekly pressure to donate, raise money and volunteer or pay. Tuition has doubled in the past 5 years. Teacher help on homework and tutoring is not free. 4 years, hundreds of volunteer hours, thousands of dollars into our SPX experience, we still felt like strangers. Cold snobby cliques. Finally the thought of teachers & students bullying and ridiculing our child daily.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
St Pius is a disappointment!!! The teachers are rude and unmotivated... I rarely see any teacher smiling... a few things that need to improve in the school is replacing the carpet to tile in the classrooms, get a cafeteria, and get a new principle since kids are dropping like flies at this school... if you are going to pay extra money for a private school i would recommend you run far far away from St Pius and FYI the public schools around St Pius provide a better education

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love St. Pius X School, because the teachers, administration and the parents are all investing in making a wonderful learning environment for our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
This school's faculty is outstanding and completely devoted to student's individual achievement. I am also pleased with the faculty's responsiveness to parental input. I have two children, now in the upper grades, and I can rest easy knowing that SPX has prepared them for the challenges that lie ahead - not just in school, but in life as well.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2009
Terrible, below avg curriculum too large of classes and the kids below and above avg are left behind. Took my child out and put in public school almost 10 children less in the class and he has learned more in the past 6 months than 2 years at pius

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2009
We have three children attending here. St. Pius is not just a school for the children -- it is a community that embraces them. The faculty are well-educated individuals with a real love of their students. They work very hard to meet their students' needs. The principal is very approachable. The pastor and school board are actively involved in ongoing school evaluation and development. The computer lab and media center are up-to-date and professionally staffed. The student support center teachers work diligently to assist students with educational needs. Catholic identity is well integrated through religious education classes, school prayer, liturgies and special programs such as the Nativity and Passion plays. Extracurricular activities include knitting & chess clubs, the variety show, newspaper, student senate, band, sports, Spanish, scouts, and much more. Since the school operates without tax dollars, tuition, fund raising, and volunteering are necessary but my kids are worth it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 29, 2009
The school excels in providing a balanced program of superior education and faith formation. The school is diverse and welcoming to all. Teachers are dedicated and technology very up to date. Parents are dedicated and involved. It has a great spirit and enthusiasm appears to be building this year towards a great future. Parents looking for a school should give St. Pius a serious look.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2009
We have never been disappointed by the education and the learning environment that St. Pius X Regional School has provided. And, the future looks very bright. Fr. Jones, the new Pastor, has energized and rejuvenated the school. They have, also, added some great new faculty and new programs, like the Guided Reading Program. The Kindergarten Program is beyond compare. The Main Campus building is old (built in the early 60 s) but the equipment is state of the art. There is so much more to say, but there is a 150 word limit on this site. So, you really should check it for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
I have two children @ St. Pius and could not have made a better choice for my children. The staff is caring, professional, talented and creative and truly strive to bring out the best in every student recognizing that all children learn differently. There are many afterschool activities and many opportunities for students and parents to become part of the SPX family. My children have computer lab, there is a new guided reading program in the lower grades so students can learn at their own levels -- there is art and music and physical education -- there is also a wonderful before and after school program for working parents. The best part is that the teachers are also there to help with the students' homework. My kids and I love it, and they want to go to school each day.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
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January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2008
Very disappointing. Overcrowded 33 kids in a classroom, no cafeteria- kids eat in their classrooms, no gymnasium, old building from the 60's, pricey for what the kids get. This will be the first and last year for my kids. My impression is that teachers would rather be elsewhere. Some teachers seem to have control/anger issues and are extremely rigid. The fund raising is extreme.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
If this is the best alternative to Prince Georges County Public schools, your money would be better spent moving to a county with an excellent school system. The school is overcrowded and spends an enormous amount of time raising money. The burden is continually placed on students and parents. The teachers and substitute teachers may no t be qualified to teach in the public schools. The discipline and behavior of it's students is not what you would expect of a Catholic school. There are several excellent teachers at this school but the majority are not. If your child has special needs ( of any kind ) this is not the school for you. The school is advertising heavily for students. I would appreciate seeing the schools test scores posted here with every other school. That would truly lend itself to comparison with other schools in the area. Being a private school,

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
i think it over crowded and the children are not getting the one on one that they need... my step daughter attends this school and she is behind in all the classes ( but she was not behind till she attened St. Pius)....St. pius is too pricey and the aftercare is awfull....

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
I have had children at St. Pius for the past 10 yrs and wouldn't consider sending them anywhere else. The teachers and curriculum are fantastic. The students are respectful towards the adults and I never felt I had to worry about their safety there.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 03, 2005
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 05, 2005
I attended the open house on Feb 4. For the lower grades I was disappointed to see so many students in one class. The ratio must be 28:1. That seems rather high for private elementary school - doesn't it?

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2004
I am a student at St. Pius! I very much enjoy the school and, on the whole, most of its aspects. The only problem at my school is that the teachers need to make learning more of a joy and not so much of something that my fellow classmates don't like. Many of the teachers seem that they would prefer to be somewhere else and not teaching young minds and opening the doors of the future for so many students. I believe one day this problem will be fixed like so many before it, and, once more, students will walk into a classroom, look around themselves, and smile. I am learning.

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2004
I agree with the previous review 100%. My child is a very happy kindergartner at St. Pius and I wouldn't consider sending him anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I have 3 children in St. Pius. 1st, 3rd and 4th grade and I have nothing but praises for this school. It is not just an outstanding education but an extended family to ensure the emotional and social growth of every child. Parent participation is like no other and is a group effort by all to ensure that we remain at the top of the area schools. The enrollment at St. Pius has always been filled and that speaks volumes!!! This school is highly recommended!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I have 2 children in St. Pius, Kindergarten and 2nd grade. The faculty is phenomenal! The curriculum is outstanding! I am extremely happy with the school and feel my children are getting the best education possible.

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St. Pius X School
14710 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD  20715
(301) 262-0203
Last modified St. Pius X School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Pius X School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top