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Ste Jeanne D'arc Elementary School

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Posted September 14, 2014

I am a former student who graduated in 2012 and went on to pursue a Catholic high school education. Well, that lasted one year and I have since transferred to my local public school and it has been an incredible breath of fresh air that I haven't felt since I started my Catholic education in 2008 at SJA. To put it simply, SJA has a high level of educational achievement, there is no doubt about that. However, this is both to the benefit and at the expense of their students. They are forced to perform at an unreasonably high level, with hours of busy work for homework after a long and tiring day at school. Writing long extended research papers in fourth grade at age 9/10 is not necessary by any means. Moving on to the lack of creativity, that is nothing but the truth. My entire time there, I felt stifled by mindless rules about our uniforms, our hair (how dare I wear a headband that is not one of the school' s three colors), and even our artwork. I also felt like an alien in my own school because I quickly realized that I was an atheist after I grew up and became more self-aware. That sealed the nail in the coffin for how I felt about SJA when I saw how they treated me going forward.

Posted November 25, 2013

Overrated. I'm just very underwhelmed with this school. All of the hype had me very excited to enroll my kids here, and now I just feel as though the only thing they offer is a very hard curriculum but little else.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2013

SJA is strict, diciplined, academically challenging and not for everyone.To the principal's credit , she announces just that at orientation.We have 2 children there, grades 2 and 6. Both are thriving. We don't agree with the school policies all of the time but believe the policies are in the long term best interest of the student. If we had it to do again, we would. This is a fine school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 4, 2012

Great school and acadamically well poised. Your kid will know what hard working means right from first day. teachers have been helpful. I agree with someone's comments on Principal's reachability! I was told not to approach her to ask for advancements information because she would get upset and stop the kids etc. But the quality of eduction you get here outweighs other odds (Parking, religion and less friends staff & principal)
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Posted January 7, 2012

My oldest will soon be leaving SJA. Each high school I have spoken to, whether public or private, as soon as I say my child is from SJA I am given information about honors and later AP classes. This is without seeing an academic record! That is the reputation SJA has.
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Posted February 15, 2011

Academically this school is good - it got Blue Ribbon award in 2010. But there are three things that it needs overhauling: 1. Time: The school bell rings at 7:35. Solution: Delay the school start time or you better wakeup before sunrise. 2. Location: School building is embedded within residential area. Drop off is a nightmare Solution: Move the school or you better practice driving/parking/shouting skills 3. Christian preaching: Preaching start from pre-k. If you aren't christian, you will feel worthless minority. Solution: Become non-sect school or you better start believing in jesus.
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Posted July 6, 2010

My child went to this school for four years. I was warned by many people, including a former teacher not to send her there, but I thought I knew best. Well they were right. There are some aspects that I really liked, i.e. the discipline, and the reading program in K and 1st. The problem was that there is no individual thought. All the science projects are the same every year. Go to the art fair and you will see what I mean, everything is colored exactly the same. You cannot get through to the principal unless you are legacy or make donations. The school is definitely quantity over quality. The homework is a bunch of busy work that has no real value except they can say they give a first grader 1-2 hours of homework. Also the teacher turnover rate is alarming. 4 teachers in 2 yrs!!!!!! Very unapproachable teachers!
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Posted September 8, 2009

One of the best schools around. Excellent education, discipline and activities. I cannot say enough great things
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Posted December 17, 2008

As a parent of a sixth grader, I would agree that the school's academic expectations are higher than that of the area's equivalent. Hard work is rewarded, and the principal has always helped if there was a problem. The Athletic Director offers soccer, tennis, fencing, swimming, yoga, basketball, skiing, gymnastics, cheerleading, bowling, etc. But, if you child neglects their homework, or boots, or their lunch, expect a call. This is a private school.
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Posted September 12, 2008

This school believes, as all parents should, that working hard and doing your best, builds strong kids. My daughter is in 8th grade, it has been tough at times, but the rewards clearly out weight the tough times. As anything thing in life what you get out of an experience is what you put into in.
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Posted September 4, 2008

Too rigid - doesn't encourage creativity - no 12-year-old should come home crying because she is so overwhelmed by the workload - There's plenty of time for that in high school and college. I think that this school walks a fine line between pushing the kids to work and shoving them over the edge.
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Posted May 17, 2007

As a former teacher at SJA, it is a great environment. It is not a school for everyone. Children will be academically encouraged (not pushed). Intelligence is encouraged and admired. The administration supports its teaching staff thus encouraging a positive happy environment for all.
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Posted February 15, 2007

This school administration is very arrogant. I do understand the need to push kids into academics, but arrogant and rude behavior is no education for kids. If you want your kids to be a better rounded individual and develop a strong overall personality, this school may not be for you.
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Posted March 20, 2005

I go to Ste Jeanne d'Arc school now. It is very challenging. We have a lot of homework and the teachers expect the best in us. We have advanced placement for the students that are gifted in specific areas. Parents are very involved in the student's work. I am going to high school next year and I think that SJA has helped me to the point where I will do very well. All of my friends who have graduated have told me that SJA really prepared them for high school. It is a small school so everyone knows eachother and the 8th graders do a lot of jobs for the principal such as lunch monitors, selling cookies and candy, selling chips, ect. SJA is a great place to help prepare your child for life.
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Posted October 26, 2004

I went to this school many uears ago. I feel this school was the foundation to my success. My three children went to this school from K-8 grades. Now that they are all grown and some with children of their own. They keep telling me that Ste Jeanne D'Arc was a goo dchoice in schools. It has taught them about life as well as learning. It has instilled that not everyone has to be the brain of the class and long as your do that BEST at what you choose to do in life, you will succeed. I feel this is a well rounded school. It revolves around mind, sole and body. If I had to do it over, I would choose Ste Jeanne D'arc again and my three children are planning on sending their children there. It was a 'GREAT' experience.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 6%
Black 6% 8%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Lowell, MA 01854
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