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.
I love St. Jane. My children have been going to this school for over a 10 year span and I would not trade their experiences for anything. It is a STEM school and what remarkable things they do. Not only is their focus STEM related but the teachers proudly share their appreciation for the importance of a solid STEM program. The new principal is exciting and she is forward thinking. I am so excited to participate each time there is a new event and my family has gained so much from the school spirit and enthusiam she has inspired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awesome school with advanced technology bringing the kids to the next level, STEM, Poet's Tea, National Guard Stay on Track drug free program, nothing but good things happening here, preparing kids for future, holding high standard, excelling children!
Great teachers & great family atmosphere! I have been extremely pleased with St. Jane Frances School!
Both of my kids attended St. Jane from Pre-K through 8th grade. I am still involved with the school and if I had more kids, they would be attending St. Jane! This is a great school with a family atmosphere.
My kids were very well prepared for Catholic high schools after attending St. Jane. There have been very positive remarks from the high school math teachers about St. Jane students and how well prepared they are.
I cannot express my extreme happiness in St Jane Frances. We moved from out of state and enrolled in 2008. We have had nothing but positive experiences from the school. The teachers are dedicated and encouraging to every child. The STEM program in the middle school is beyond compare. Even children in the Pre-K class are getting STEM and Spanish. The administrative staff is always accessible and willing to listen. The Catholic faith is taught everyday, not only in a classroom, but by the actions of the teachers, administators and children. I would recommend St. Jane Frances to anyone. From reading the other comments, maybe a change was what this wonderful school needed.
What a great Catholic education. The middle school teachers can't be compared to any others. They are unbelievable. The lower grades are just as fantastic. I would enroll both of children again in a heartbeat.
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