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St. Jane Frances De Chantal School

Private | PK-8 | 200 students

STEM program

 

Living in Pasadena

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $235,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,370.

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3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 11 ratings

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Posted April 9, 2014

I am new to the school this year. I cant enough positive things about it. Many people in the area do not know St. Jane is here, but once they do they feel the same as I do. It is a wonderful caring family oriented school. The teachers care about the children and work with the parents. The new principal is visible and open to doing whatever it takes to make this school known to the community. I am so proud to be a part of this school. Im glad my children have a chance to experience a positive Catholic school education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

St. Jane Frances is a great school! The teachers go above and beyond the call of duty in the classrooms to teach their students and the students have fun doing so.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 9, 2014

Faith centered school with small class sizes that cares about the development of the whole child; mind body and soul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

I have four children who attend this school. What a great place to see them thrive. They are challenged academically and morally each day. The teachers are caring, and invested in the education of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

I love this school. I have grandchildren in the school and I see first hand how caring and loving the teachers are toward the children. They are constantly available for any help needed. The curriculum is outstanding and the children are well prepared to go on to high school. The children learn many values and they also learn from example by watching their teachers. They learn to care about others and how to give. When you walk into this school you can just feel the love and commitment. It is more like a family atmosphere than an uncaring school atmosphere. The principal makes herself available to anyone who wishes or needs to speak with her. The teachers and the children always seem to be happy and smiling. There are many programs and clubs for the children to join and participate in. It is a well rounded school. I cannot say enough about this school. It is a privilege to belong.


Posted April 8, 2014

I LOVE OUR SCHOOL. MY DAUGHTER IS IN THE 4TH GRADE AND MY SON STARTS PRE-K 4 IN SEPTEMBER AND WE LOVE ALL THE ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS THE TEACHER INVOLVEMENT. THERE ARE SOME REALLY AWESOME PARENTS AND CHILDREN THAT GET TO INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

St. Janes is great. My kids love going to school everyday. The teachers really care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

I love St. Jane. As a Board member I am aware of the financial issues that have existed in the past. I am proud to say that based on the efforts of the staff and the parents and the new principal, we are in great shape. Our finances are more than stable and we are working together to increase school spirit which is working. More and more parents are getting involved with activities and stepping up to chair events. The new principal has exciting ideas that she has already put into practice. We just love our school and wouldnt change it for anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

My children have been attending St. Jane since they were in pre-k three and they love it here. The staff is very qualifed and loving toward the children. The new principal has already done so many new things to improve the school. She has improved the FSA by having a dedicated commitee instead of having one person run it and give out orders and than complain about people not wanting to help out.There have been many rumors about St. Jane but that is from people that like to gossip about things they really don't know about or make up. This year there are so many different new things going on and I have seen more parent involment since my children started. I think the new principal has been very postive to St. Jane and believe that it will continue to grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

In tough economic times, it is rewarding to know that so many families continue to sacrifice and choose St. Jane Frances. It is because of those families that we continue to thrive both financially and spiritually. Our enrollment has increased and there are plans to increase our Preschool program for the 2014-15 school year which includes 2 yr olds and full time Prek3 and 4 programs. Our, FSA, Family and School Board, has been newly formed with many fundraising ideas that have already helped raise school spirit. Our issue is not the vitality of the school but rather the untrue rumor that we are not here to stay!! We are strong and only getting stronger! Stop by and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 4, 2013

This school has been plagued by financial, curriculum/achievement, and enrollment problems for years. It is sad and shameful that what used to be a wonderful school serving the community has declined so dramatically when other Catholic Schools are thriving, even in the current economic climate. There are many better options nearby.


Posted August 1, 2013

My son has attended St.. Jane's preschool 3and 4 year old program and his teachers and program was great. I love the care and education he has recieved there. I can't wait until he returns this fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

I have ALWAYS been satisfied and pleased with St. Jane Frances School. My two children graduated from St. Jane and I am so grateful for that opportunity. The faculty was always helpful and caring. I felt they genuinely cared for the well being of my children. The school and staff are surrounded by a loving community. I seen many acts of kindness and helping others in need. I would not have changed a thing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

I am excited to start a new year at St. Jane Frances School. Despite and contrary to some of the less than enthusiastic reviews, parents would be hard pressed to find another elementary school, private or public, in our area that offers the quality education that St. Jane's does. Every year we hear from our kids who have graduated, and they tell us how well they are doing; many of them place in the higher level classes, and because of the foundation they received at SJF, they are well prepared for high school. I am looking forward to helping to build an even better St. Jane Frances in the years ahead.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 12, 2013

School is financially sound. It's the pastor that refuses to cooperate. Don't expect it to open this fall. They're losing students in droves.


Posted May 29, 2013

I must inject a cautious voice to those considering this school for their kids. Prior years were financially weak, recent years had new leadership but carried over a lot of existing staff, and coming years will need a new principal again. While my child was a solid high achiever, our expectations (made obvious to leadership and staff) were high. Rather than rise to the challenge, the staff and leadership chose to use petty tactics to punish us through our child. Being placed in low-tier classes, receiving arbitrary and poor "personal" evaluations when there was no objective basis, and catching the staff lying to us about these matters. All in all, they failed the sniff test. Something needed to, but didn't, change with the new principal. I'm also concerned some of these two-line reviews are faked. They were all entered around the same date. Buyer beware.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

If your child has any kind of disability (adhd, autism, behavioral) this school will not help you. The principal is very fake and does not care about your child. She will act like she wants to help, but it the long run will only hurt matetrs. She also requests personnal medical documents that she has no right to ask for by law. If you do not provide them she WILL let your kid go from this school. The pre-K 3 program is a JOKE and a HUGE waste of money, the kids run around like a pack of animals more than learn. The daycare is a joke and the staff is immature.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

Tremendous middle school faculty. Math and English teachers are very very effective at getting the students ready for a high school curriculum. Social Studies teacher enables/encourages the students to think/act globally. STEM program being integrated into the curriculum. SJF has recently received grants to add teaching technology to the classrooms. 2nd of 2 children graduating in May 2011. Both have earned partial scholarships to Catholic high schools. 1st child was more prepared for high school math than most of her HS classmates.. The facilities are old but well-maintained. New windows were added in each classroom in recent years. SJF is the two time defending champion of The Catholic High School of Baltimore's Math Olympiad. In the past two years, four girls have won full four-year scholarships to TCHS. Knott Scholarships have been awarded to SJF students in 2010 and 2011. My only disappointment is that Spanish is not offered as a core class. It's only offered as a "special" class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

Newly Improved Great Quality School, Safe Loving Environment.... Two children went through St Jane Frances school, currently have a child in 7th, and another who graduated last year, now a well prepared 9th grader who received a partial scholarship to HS. We've been at St. Jane Frances for over 11 years, we've seen many changes to the school, but the last three years have been a privilege to be a part of. New principal made some changes that hurt in the beginning, it was scary, but over time the school is growing, excelling in Math, Sciences, Technology, English. Drug free/non bullying program, well behaved, well adjusted students. New STEM program started this year, with a full curriculum planned for the Fall 2011. Grants received to advance technology, software, and equipment. Quality of teaching is phenomenal. My 9th grader so advanced over her fellow students in writing, vocab, and grammar, direct impact from St. Jane s teaching. Nothing but positive things to say. I am proud be a parent at St. Jane Frances school and proud that my son will be able to share in these advancements his 8th grade year, hands down one of the top elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

St Jane is a small school that gives your child a lot of personal attention. The technology is amazing and the advances in math and science are far above other local schools. They were just selected as a STEM school and received a large grant to further imporve the technology, math and science departments. The students will benefit from the new computers and STEM curriculms. In the past two years, 2 Knott Scholars were named from St. Jane. The teachers are very dedicated to the children. I believe we have an exciting future at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 45%
Black 4% 40%
Asian 3% N/A
Two or more races 2% N/A
Hispanic 1% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Baltimore
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
200
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
200

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Archbishop Curley
Archbishop Spalding
Catholic High School
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8513 Saint Jane Dr
Pasadena, MD 21122
Phone: (410) 255-4750

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