The school is a great school. The teachers are caring and great with the kids. The moms are unwelcoming and have their clique. Don't try joining the parent club it's run by the same women. My husband and I are seriously thinking of sending our daughter to a different school.
My son attends St. Joseph, I had removed him from public and was accommodated by the principal to let him in half way through the year. It was a easy transition and my son loves being at this school. For the mom who took her kid out for not liking the other parents is a selfish act. It is not a social event it is your childs education get a grip and focus on the good of your child !!!!!
My son is also 5 and we will definitely be sending him back this fall. The staff is caring and warm and we couldn't be happier. I don't understand the previous reviewers comment regarding mom cliques. I have made some wonderful friendships with other parents here. We have been invited to countless birthday parties and playdates. Most parents give the invites to the teacher to put in every child's folder. I also am not aware of any parents who run the classrooms. The teachers are in charge and they're great. I was new to Medford and made a blind choice to send my son here and am so glad I did.
I tried to like this school but I am removing my daughter next year. The mothers here are completely unwelcoming. It's a clique where they only allow 'certain' moms to join. It's ridiculous, it's like high school! My daughter tries to make friends but she never gets invited to parties or homes. She was very emotional one day and told me how much her feelings were hurt because she never gets invited and she is only 5!!! As loving and polite as she is and it breaks my heart. I've tried but they completely ignore me. I don't care how great the program or school is when there are parents like this running the classrooms. No wonder there is so much bullying in schools and it all starts from the parents.
The preschools teachers are stellar. They are all experienced and caring professionals. The after school program is convenient and enjoyed by the kids. They make improvements as they are able such as new play structure this year. I think the Principal is well meaning, but there some micromanaging that is makes tasks hard. Such as no school directory or new student mixers for forming friendships and playdates. The "PTO" is a mother's social club based on the idea that everyone is local and has a stay at home parent. We are glad we go here, but recognize there is room for improvement.
Both of my kids go to St. Joe's and it is a great school. We have a new principal and he has made the school even better. I read the previous reviews and thought the mom worrying about the mom cliques was maybe insecure. My kids have gone there for 5 years and although i do see moms chatting in the playground, i think that's normal. I don't get into the mom cliques because that's truely not my concern. I associate with a few mom's that their kids are friends with mine and they are great! It's a great school with a great education. It's not a social club!
My children have attended SJS and I could not have asked for a better experience. Academically the school is outstanding and the community of the school is one that is warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend St. Joseph School.
In response to the previous rating. We are also out-of-towners and have not experienced this kind of snubbing at all. We have noticed that many of the families have known each other for many years and thereby have long standing (30+years) relationships but we always felt welcome and have regular play-dates from within. The 'one star' rating based on a single aspect seems spiteful and unfairly drags down the rating; therfore I counter with a five.
I liked this school, but to be honest I removed my kids because of the moms. I am from out of the city and most of the moms there were from Medford, like lifelong residents. They all knew each other and are very clique-ey. I'd come to pick up my daughter and they would stay in a group chatting and completely ignore me, they also did not invite my child to their homes. I am not paying all that money to send my child to school and be made to feel like an interloper. As i said the school itself was great and if your from Medford I guess I'd send my kids.
Both my children went to St. Joseph until we moved. I agree it was a great school. They each recieved an excellent education with a strong moral component. Sr. Maureen is great. And we love Mrs. Capuccio