I have one child currently enrolled and two children who have graduated. I have had challenging and positive experiences but all were worked through with professionalism. I am very happy with the work load and the education my children are getting they were well prepared for private high school.
I remember sitting in class in 1958 and raising my hand to go to the boy's room - Sister did not let boy's go to the bathroom on non schedual times but girls could? I sat in my own urin all day being laughed at by my fellow students. This happend all year with many other boy students. Some of those sisters were SICK!
I am one of many parents who took my child out of St. Agatha's school. The experience we had at this school was no less than damaging to my child. Teaching styles are rigid and haven't changed in the past 40 years. The principal is responsible for low morale. She continues to intimidate her staff, even in front of parents. She intimidates parents and students as well, even yelling at them. My child is doing very well in a new school; what a difference the academic setting makes! St. Agatha's is by no means a Christian environment and I would never recommed this school.
The school is okay. I have had my children go to this school. The staff and faculty doesn't know how to arrange fieldtrips. They have no effort to try and do a fundraiser or to raise some money in some. They just send a notice home telling you that you need to pay this amount for your child to participate in the trip. I have known parents in which in the end ... they have paid up to 600 dollars in graduation fees. The school should be conrtibuting some money.
school needs to upgrade. my 7th grader comes home with less than 1/2 hour of homework while getting honor roll. should not happen. students not pushed hard enough. there are some children in the school who get away with to much , this is why they lose many at 7th grade level.
I recently pulled my child from this school and placed him in a public middle school as there is more to offer, such as electives, two languages to choose from, an Honors Arts class and advanced math. My child can take drama or band, all elective courses. There isn't even the room to teach these classes at this school. Discipline was an issue at this school as well as how the principal communicated with teachers and staff.
The curriculum at St. Agatha is need of an overhaul - especially the english/writing and science curriculum. The void left by the departure of a respected science teacher last year has not been filled. The principal is condescending, arrogant, and downright rude to her staff and parents. For a christian school, one would expect a more welcoming leader who embraces the entire community. The teaching staff is good, though some should think about retirement. The new teachers are young and some lack to the experience and leadership to effectively manage their classrooms. Trouble maker students have infiltrated the school and nothing is done; they are rarely suspended and never expelled. Academic standards have been lowered such that failing students are routinely passed along to the next grade. With effective leadership by a principal who respects, and is respected by, the staff and parents, St Agatha can become a great school again.
My child has attended St. Agatha Elementary since kindergarten. While I have had mostly positive experiences I will note that there are one or two teachers who have clearly seen the highlights of their careers and should go. The curriculum is slightly below average, especially in the 4th and 5th grades. Strides, however, have been made in this area and they are continuing. The principal has always been receptive and shows a great commitment and caring toward the success of St. Agatha. Parental involvement is a hugh part of life at St. Agatha and to some degree too big a part. They appear to be rather self serving as if their presence at the school will somehow benefit their child's work in the classroom. The amount of 'hang around' time during the morning dropoff by some of these parents is excessive.
St A s is a good Catholic school; although with so many students from Randolph, it is losing its once strong Parish feel. It is not great and it is not bad. The elementary curriculum lacks a formal second language. The elementary math and science curriculum are okay but in comparison with other area schools, not up to standards. Science at the middle school level is above average with a dicated highly motivated teacher. If you have a budding scientist, St. A s middle school is a deal. The Principal, initially welcoming, will cut you to ribbons if you have an issue or criticism. She is, as all Catholic Principals, over worked, overwhelmed with responsibility areas, not enough time or pay. On a good day, she is great, on a bad, watch out. Too many kids with special needs and no teacher aides. The Resource Teacher regularly unavailable covering for sick/absent teachers.
I have 3 children in St. Agatha and have had many instances when I needed to communicate with the principal (whether it be for academic or behavioral reasons -- good or bad). She has always been willing to listen and help whenever possible! The curriculum has been updated including new textbooks and several new, young, energetic teachers have been hired over the last couple of years much to my pleasure! Class size is usually in the 20-24 range (in fact the kindergarten has no more than 18). While there is room for improvement in any school, I feel that St. Agatha has made great strides by implementing technology updates and even introduced Spanish and computers to the kindergarteners! Parent involvement is very high and also a key component to the school's success. If you are looking for a small, parochial elementary school, I highly recommend St. Agatha.
While St Agatha is making steady strides at improving its curriculum, it, like most other Boston area Catholic schools, is using curriculum that is often less than state of the art. While many of its teachers are capable, many are also retired ex-public school teachers and thus often less than current, however experienced. The principal is often unlistening and seemingly all but unwilling to accept legitimate parental concerns, much less warranted criticism, and she is particularly negative toward the messenger when she is found to be mistaken. Class size typically runs in the mid-20's and higher. While the school is a generally well-maintained facility, much of the physical plant is overdue for at least a moderate refurbishing. On the plus side of things, there is considerable parental involvment and the general climate of the school is a positive one. Even so, this school is far from what I seek and cannot recommend it.
St. Agatha is an outstanding school, with a faculty fully committed to the educational, spiritual, and social development of each child. The school offers students a sound education,structure, and discipline. The values that are communicated to children daily reflect the same values that I have established for my daughter at home. I highly recommend St. Agatha School.
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