I am a public school teacher who is choosing to send my children to St. Bernadette's. I couldn't be happy with our decision. The school exceptionally meets the needs of its students, both academically, spiritually, artistically, and emotionally. I feel so good dropping off my children in the morning at school knowing that they are loved by their educators.
Our son is now in his second year and enjoying the school a lot. He seems happy and relaxed, and eager to begin each day. The academics are certainly on par with the local public schools. There is homework at night but at it is an appropriate level for a 2nd grader. The community is close-knit and supportive.
Saint B's is, at this point, a decent school. Nothing spectacular on the academic scale, but kids will not be left behind either. As posted earlier, if your child is bright or needs a little extra attention, this might not be the school for them if you are not willing to provide extra work or help for them. Additionally, the local public schools are not 'shaky', they are in reality quite decent, but I prefer to send my children to a Catholic school. Onto the million dollar question, do you get your money's worth (the school is not cheap) and at this point I have to say no, but a new Principal is on board and hopefully . . .(I'll give it a couple more years). One last comment, the parents are, without a doubt, cliquish, but in the long run, the school is for the children, not us.
St Bernadette is a great school. Your kid will grow up in a community where all the parents know each other. My fellow public school neighbors do not have this sense of community. They have never met any of the other parents. My local public school system is shaky. I did not have the heart to send my kids there. If you have a kid who needs a safe structured environment you can not go wrong at this school.
My family has been with Saint Bernadettes for decades. Unfortunatly times have caught up with the school. If you are not part of the ''in'' crowd your child is left out. If your child needs extra help the school just does not the resources it needs. I think parent send their kids here to be with other similiar kids, white upper middle class. Principal was a nightmare, she is leaving though.
This school is pathetic. It makes no effort in the needs of the students along with thier encouragement of education. It is mostly based on religion and I want my child to recieve a good education as well. Do no not put your child in this school! I am taking my child out.
This school lacks guidance. The principal and other administration lack support. They need a new leader ASAP! Curriculum is the same as 10 years ago! Too many cliques!
This is an ok school for kids who are right down the middle. If you child needs extra help due to LD, or if you want a school that will help your advanced child be challenged, this is probably not your school. On the positive side, the community is close knit, although at times it can feel clique-ish. More new, young teachers are arriving. May give school new energy. Parental involvement is very high and keeps the school going. School and church are on the conservative end of the Catholic spectrum. On the downside...Principal has caused widespread disenchantement and school has higher vacancy rate than parents have ever seen. There has been heavy staff turnover recently. School has had bullying problem that they are trying to address through education. School has before and after care that is recently priced.
This school has a wonderful community, the Home and School Asssociation is very active. As a parochial school the administration could have better communication and respect for the Parents/Parishoners. If you are looking for a good education it has a good curriculum that is not fully implemented yet. The leadership does not use all of there resources to their potential. There is a band program begining in 4th grade and a Drama program beginning in 3rd. CYO Sports are a big part of the community.
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