The amount of homework tends to have you question what is being taught in the class. Additionally, each teacher has a different methodology of providing an electronic version that you can follow. To make matters even worst, they do not use eBooks.
This is a challenge to answer as the instructional methodology is rigid. If the child is not a conformist, the spirit of the child may be broken if the parents cannot acknowledge the fact of such a rigid protocol in instructional methodology.
St Philip the Apostle is an average school that offers a warm, inviting and safe atmosphere. The Principle is in her second year and is attempting to build a STEM program. The instructional methodology is highly homework focused which leads parents to wonder what is being taught in the classroom. Additionally, the classroom sizes are quite large which doesn't support educating students that are average or below average. These children will be left behind as a result. Their formal STEM program was introduced this year and hopefully will build momentum. The instructional program is being built and will take time and dedication on the part of the community of teachers and parents.
St. Philip the Apostle is a very good school. It is academically challenging, the leadership is competent, and the teachers are well qualified. My two children have been there for 4 years and we are satisfied.
I am very pleased with St. Philips. The principle and entire staff is very involved and vested in the success of the students. Because this is a Catholic school, religion and moral character is a big part of their curriculum, and i am pleased with my child's progress. My child is currently enrolled in PK3 and is registered for PK4 for next year. Her class currently is staffed by a teacher and a paraprofessional. Her current teacher is in her fist year in the Archdiocese and the paraprofessional has been there for a number of years. Taking that into account, I think this year for the teacher was a learning experience as much as it has been for our children. Initially, it was a bit bumpy, but a conversation with the principle and a successful parent teacher conference, has shown much improvement. MY child is meeting the benchmarks for her learning and as a result I am pleased with the school as a whole.
My son has attended St. Philip since PK4 and is now in the 1st grade. The day I went to deliver my check, I questioned whether we were putting him in the right school. I wanted to be certain the school would meet our needs from an education perspective and ensure the right balance of nurturing and discipline. I started asking questions and the principal came right over, sat down with me and patiently listened then answered everything despite the fact that I didn't have an appt. I knew right then this was the best place for him and still feel that way. The staff members are all professional and kind, the students are well mannered and respectful and the parent community is very tight. We have a great sports program where kids not only learn to win, they have fun.
This school is a very peaceful structured environment for children. The principal is a great advocate for her students, parents, and the school. My children are in PreK3 and PreK4 and I have a wonderful relationship with their teachers. This school is very family oriented. My children will be at this school for a while because it is very hard to find a great school.