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St Joan Of Arc School

Private | PK-8 | 243 students


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Posted August 22, 2014

I am beyond shocked at the previous comment about teachers being cruel at this school. I have three children who attend here, and all started in PK. my kids are good kids, but certainly far from perfect. any issues (though few) were address with kindness and professionalism by the teachers in a timely manner. yes, they are firm, which is one reason I send my kids to a catholic school, but NEVER once has there been a hint of unfairness or meanness. I would highly recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 18, 2014

The teachers are judgemental they have been very cruel to my 5 year old son. Never have anything nice to say and are very critical. They most certainty play favortism. They claim my son to be menace I asked the to communicate with me And if he acted out in an extreme manner to send home a note so I can deal with it kn my end as well. they replied we have to many kids we don't have time to send home notes. As well as I learned from my 5yr old he got kicked in the head while he was laying on the ground this is something you would think the teachers would inform you off at pick up but no when I asked they said well he's ok isn't he. I'm totally outraged by this school and recommend that any parent looking to send there kid to a private or catholic school to look else where.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 17, 2013

This is a very warm, welcoming school. The teachers are qualified, concerned and involved with their students. The atmosphere is positive and seems very student centered. The academics are excellent with every student encouraged to continually reach their personal best. This school provides a safe environment where a child can develop, grow and learn.

Posted February 2, 2013

Please note how old the other reviews are. It's 2013 now, St. Joan of Arc is going strong, and is a really positive place to learn, grow, and teach! The children are treated respectfully and as individuals, the standards are set high and kids achieve and feel great, and the focus is always on what is best for the children. Not the teachers, not the parents, the children. There are lots of after school activities offered, and most of all, God is able to be present at all times in our school! Come meet Him in the students, teachers, administrators, and staff!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted August 12, 2010

St. Joan has a strong academic curriculum and lots of extra activities. Would like to see more parents has noon parents Ms. Jenkins in not Miss Lemieux and doesn't try to be. She is trying to get our kids excited and interesting. The long term teachers are fabulous. I have had kids there for a long time and we still think it is the best school for us. The teachers all follow the kids until they graduate. PS - It is the best technology elementary school it Chicopee.

Posted July 12, 2010

My daughter has been attending this school for two years. She enjoys it very much. She is a straight A student and self motivated because the teachers and atmosphere of the school makes her happy!!! She loves the challenge of it's academic pograms. She also loves to learn the history of religion. She can't wait to attend her next school year there! I hope more parents will become involved with the school so they'll know what kind of teachers and students are there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 12, 2010

Not to happy with the school right now. My son was kicked in his private area by someone and I was not notified by anyone from the school. My child told me what happened and I don't feel that should have happened that way. With all the bullying media, I should have been notified about this matter. I believe that the school should be holding informational classes about bullying and what will or will not be tolerated. Kids today need to be taught early on that putting their hands on other children is not acceptable nor will it be tolerated. Principal Jenkins, step it up !
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 23, 2009

This is a Great School full of Happy Children! As with every school, nothing is perfect. Unfortunately, a few of the negative reviews are by a FEW disgruntled parents and maybe former employees. Come and See for yourself. Don't believe the negative, look at the test scores, talk to the kids. Before school programs, after school programs, drama club, choir, chess club and more! There are many activities for kids.
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Posted September 3, 2009

As a concerned grand parent I wish people would stop complaining and help to do something about it, work the school yard be a noon mother. It is a big job to be a principle. This principle is very compassionate and takes the time to help children when they need it. There is only one of her and a lot of work. It was her first year so she had to get acclamated. I work very close with the Catholic School System and I think St joan is one of the best around. So get off your duff and volunteer and stop complaining.

Posted August 14, 2009

This last year has been trying to say the least! Lots of problems with the new pricipal not being involved at all. Never around, never returns phone calls..Just plain inept. There have been real issues never properly handled as in bullying, in all grades. Sadly I see the same, if not worse, this year. I have taken my middle school child out and we could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 4, 2009

What a sad school ! The new changes have taken an already sub-par school and flushed it. I pulled my child after wasting 2 years there. Parents beware - your first yr is the best. It's all downhill after that.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 21, 2008

it's a great school. the teachers help the students as best as they can. there is also after school and before school help if your child was absent or didn't understand a lesson.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 9, 2008

I just wanted to say that my children have been attending St Joan for a few years and they love it .the school has assited one of my children for 2 years with extra tutoring and it has been wonderfull . I just joind P.A.L in Sept. and found them very inviting,and friendly ,I did not see any cliques ,they do listen to suggestions and try their best {as they are volunteers who donate alot of time and effort} if there was a clique i dont see it and now volunteer as well . Miss Lemieux is just a wonderfull person .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 2, 2007

I am currently in the junior high at St. Joan-St. George School. Some people might think that everyone gets along here because we're a Catholic School. Well I won't be the first to tell you that there is cliques. Fights rarely break out and if they do they are easily shut down by the other kids. (Not using violence) You have to be organized to be here. Miss Lemieux, our principal, is the sweetest person you could ever meet. She handles every problem and never judges you.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 23, 2007

The new Pre-K here is just what this school needed. I was close to pulling my older child out when I decided to sign on for another year. This teacher will make a difference. With this kind of ahead start your child won't need extra help! They were wise to get this program up and running. I can't say enough about it. There is no music or gym in the school. This is the only negative I can say about the upper grades but it does not affect the Pre-K.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 15, 2007

A wonderful family oriented school. The education the children receive is excellent. People reading the negative comments below, must realize that NO Catholic school is equipped to handle learning disabilities. There is no funding for this. Public schools get the funding and thus have S.P.E.D. teachers. Thats the facts.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 6, 2007

At best, the leadership of this school can be described as apathetic. Parents with children who require additional staff assistance in learning will find themselves growing more and more frustrated over time. The principal's seemingly uncaring attitude towards children who fall behind, for whatever reason, is not conducive to addressing and correcting the problem. Parents Assisting in Learning, otherwise known as P.A.L., is nothing but an exclusive clique of parents who only have the best interests of their children in mind. If you are not a member of the clique, don't bother signing up for P.A.L. as your thoughts and ideas will largely go unnoticed. While the lower tuition may seem attractive to you, keep in mind the old adage; 'You get what you pay for.'
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2006

I went to this school, as did my father. I have such wonderful memories. Words cannot describe the attention and concern of the principal of the school. I am so happy my son is going here. I feel he getting a fantastic education . He his doing great and just loves his teachers. I also love the fact that his is getting a religious bond to God during his education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2005

If your child is smart to begin with, he/she will do very well here, but do NOT expect ANY extra help for your child unless you provide it on your own. Every year the teachers have tried to get me to have my child tested for ADD. I believe that because of this, every teacher has pretty much given up on trying to teach my child. They just keep sending notes home to me that the child is failing and that he needs help. Unfortunately, they don't offer to give him the help he requires. They just keep expecting me to teach him what he needs to know. Since I'm not a teacher, this means an additional $25.00/hr. for tutoring. After paying over $2,000.00/yr. for tuition, there is nothing left over for tutoring. K-4 grades better than higher grades but all lacking in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2005

I am a former student of this school. I also have ADD. Need I say more. If you are looking for a good catholic school that can help a student with ADD or ADHD dont look for it here or at any other catholic school. The schools only want children who have no LD's. Its too bad becaues in my opinion they are turning their backs on some very good kids, that with the right teacher's can be any thing they want to be. Oh by the way I am know a teacher.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hispanic 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Chicopee, MA 01020
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