I'm glad that I waited to review St. Bernadette. Previous comments are right on the mark. St. B's is a very tight community, which is a downfall here. The cliques are very strong between both students and parents. Like the students, parents are not inviting if your children are not within their cliques. Our children attending St. B's for many years, but we transferred before they graduated middle school. I'm glad to know that a some of the teachers (and nurse) have retired, and maybe that's helped to improve the school now. Teachers were also in after-care and by the end of the day, they have less tolerant. Academics were challenging and many of the students do well and move on to Catholic high schools. Foreign language is limited for lower grades and there's limited cultural diversity both in school and in parish. Strongly recommend MORE than one visit, plus meeting with teachers your child would have.
I have been at other schools and can honestly say the cliques at this school are far worse then any other school environment I have ever been in. Any parent who is in their thirties and forties still living their sorority and frat days sends up a red flag. Acceptable behavior for late teens to early twenties. Not grown adults. As you can imagine, this behavior is passed down to their children who then act it out in the classrooms. The nice familes and nice kids leave this school. Fourth grade and above is really when the cliques become noticeable and harmful to the children.
My school is not very commutative. Very few students will welcome new students when a student come to a certain grades. When I came to the seventh I was not welcome entirely by the students and only two students welcomed me.
Cliques: Yes but not more than any other school. All schools have them in some capacity and it is more with the parents than children. Regarding these parents, it seems they are the ones who have stayed in the same area they grew up in type thing (went to same high school, etc.). While it seems like some are reliving sorority/frat days, they are such a small part of the atmosphere and are not really that abundant as I've experienced...they are just really comfortable with the people they grew up with : ) Otherwise, especially with the incoming grades, many of the families are those who didn't grow up in the same area, etc., making for a very welcoming, community environment. We have enjoyed this immensely. Education: The administration is making great strides in bringing in new, fresh, accomplished teachers. We are in the private system for the private high school it will afford, and while I'm sure my child is not learning as much as her public school friends at this very moment, she's learning more than enough to excel in the private high schools and most importantly is very happy there. We've looked at other private parochial schools, and so far, St. B's is a good fit for us!
The principal is excellent and has made substantial improvements at the school. I cant say that for the teachers, as some of them definitely have their favorites and are partial and this impacts their teaching. They spend more time enforcing petty rules. Also, if you are anything but causcaian, think twice before attending this school. The quality of the education has defintiely improved but the the sacrifice on your kids self esteem and confidence might not be a good trade off in the short or long term. There are other choices out there and you are paying for this choice, Think again.
This school has a serious clique problem. If you want your child to be happy then do not send them to this school. The principal has tried many ways to break up the cliques with the school children but it's the parents who dictate what children are accepted and which are not. Extremely sad for the children, espcially when they're not the favored ones. And forget about CYO. Even if your child is the best athlete in the school, if they're not one of the "chosen", they will never make the "A" team. Do you and your children a favor. Do not come to this school.
It may not be the most challenging school for the brightest students, but many of the graduating 8th graders go to academically rigorous high schools and perform well. This indicates that they prepare students at an above average level. For the most part the students I interact with are courteous, well mannered and polite - that speaks volumes in the world we live in. Cons - believe the hype, this is a cliquish environment. And this can lead to some alienation between parents. And sadly this sometimes filters down to the kids as well. My two children are doing well here - not as challenging as I would like at times, but it is only elementary school.
Don't send your kid here. Seriously. They provide no preparation for highschool. Like at all.
We have two children--one who graduated recently and one in middle school. We have found the community to be very strong and welcoming, and the 'cliquishness' to be over rated. Our kids don't fit the 'jock' or 'popular' crowd and felt very accepted for who they are and for their talents. Academically, my oldest was very well prepared for high school. St. B's grads seem to grab more than their share of academic scholarships/honors placements at the local Catholic High Schools, so I feel the school certainly holds its own in that area.
Too may cliques, which starts with the mothers and creates a negative atmosphere for the children who aren't "popular" or "jockish." At basketball games and the Powderpuff game, the "popular" girls only pass to their friends, and the coaches don't do anything about it.
My family moved here mid-year from out of state and St. Bernadette's welcomed us and our children immediately into its community. The school and activities and both parents and students included us and made us feel like we'd been part of the community for years. We now have 2 children enrolled in the school and are quite happy.
We have been in the school since 2006 and have been very happy here. Mrs. Wood has helped the school innovate while protecting the traditions of St. B's. We have two children in the school (lower grades) and have seen them flourish academically and socially.
This school has a serious bullying problem involving both the students and the parents. Many adults have expressed that it's like being back in high school again with the cliques -- something we thought we'd left behind years ago. The cliquisheness of the adults translates to their children and creates nightmare situations for children who aren't "cool" or "jockish." While the new Prinicipal brought in a bullying expert, the bullying waters run deep and it's going to be difficult to fix. We withdrew our chilren.
Do you live in the Woodmoor neighborhood? Because if you don't, you will not be welcome at this school. Very exclusive. We did not feel welcome at the open house by the other, existing parents.
We love St. Bernadette's and know that the faculty and administration are educating each child as an individual.
I have my small issues with St. B s but I wouldn t have my children in any other school. There is a sacrifice that our family continues to meet in order for our kids to attend but we do it because of the positive educational experience/environment our kids are receiving and are in. It is also a pleasure our kids go to a school that enforces what we teach at home and that is being a person of morals. The Principal is 2 years new and has made many aggressive changes in all aspects of education and raising money Catholic school there is fundraising involved can t get away from it .but it is all worth it!
I love St. Bernadette's because my children love St. Bernadette's. It is a comfort to know they are learning in a Christian atmosphere. My daughter talks about her Moses Moments! How great is that!
I attended school here, my children too, and I have taught here for 27 years. I couldn't think of a greater place to learn, laugh and love both our community and God.
i graduated from st. bs in 2008 and i wanna say that my experience here was average. i made a lot of friends, even though we have our ups and downs. the field trips were good, and the teachers tries their best to help and teach the students here. the new principle improved this school and the middle school religion education is excellent.
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.
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