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Norwood, MA
Students enrolled: 515

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249 Nahatan Street
Norwood, MA 02062

(781) 769-5354
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November 05, 2014
An absolutely amazing and academically rigorous school. The principal and faculty are extremely professional. The small class sizes are every parents dream. The students are beyond prepared for high school. Each student receives individualized attention. The families are welcoming and students are so respectful. I could not have asked for a better school to send my children.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2014
My oldest child graduated from St Catherine's School and is attending a highly competitive private independent high school with top ranked national and international students. She was accepted into some of the most elite prep schools in the country. She has been very well-prepared for this challenge by St Catherine's rigorous curriculum and dedicated faculty. St Catherine's also instilled in her strong sense of compassion for others, leadership and self-confidence by providing opportunities to cultivate these by skills volunteering at school activities and in the community. For this we are very thankful. We currently have a younger child in the school who is thriving in the academically rigorous and morally supportive environment. It is unfortunate that there are naysayers, but in life you reap what you sow. Based on our experience in securing a top high school for our daughter, St Catherine's is a bargain. In the high stakes independent school admissions process she came out on top and we didn't have to pay $40K per year for an elementary school education at a country day school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
A well rounded school that truly cares about the students and all involved. Keep up the great work.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2014
St. Catherine of Siena School is a wonderful place! My son attended Pre-K and Kindergarten there. He has moved on to the public school in our town this year, but only because we wanted to give him a chance to get to know the children in our own community, and the majority of the children moving on in his year were from Norwood and Walpole. He still talks about his teachers at St. Catherine's and wants to go back and visit them. My son is active and a bit of a "different" learner, and they really collaborated with me to develop strategies to help support him, instead of regarding him as a nuisance in the classroom. There is an AMAZING sense of community and belonging that we are not seeing even in one of the best public schools in the area so far. They really celebrated my son for his unique character, as they seemed to with all of the children. Communication with the teachers was awesome, communication from the school was not always optimal, but everything else seemed well organized. They offer some cool extra curricular activities including Chess, and Spanish. Overall this is just a wonderful place to for children to grow and learn with solid values and structure.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2014
As a parent of an 8th grader, it hurt me to see my child feel left out when one of the junior high teachers invited most of the 8th grade class to her home for a pool party. My child later saw the photos on facebook and his heart sank. It's one thing for children not to include others, but a professional working at the school! I hope she performs better in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
The principal is the epitome of professionalism. She knows all the students and parents by name. She is at every event-everytime. She has an overall wonderful faculty. Most parents are willing to help and the overall community is inviting. The school is constantly trying to improve and meet their goals of improving the school. The only negative I must mention there are a couple of rotten teachers in the bunch. If a teacher is unhappy they should not transfer their misery or hatred onto a child. No parent should have to feel bad that their child is a target of hatred.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
We will be entering year 3 of our relationship with SCS Norwood. While our experience has not been completely positive, my son loves the school! While I agree that his past teachers have been excellent, I cannot say that I was completely happy that one of his classmates was allowed to continuously misbehave. After multiple meetings with my son's teacher and the principal, I am hopeful that the start of the new school year will be much different. Our second child will also be starting Pre-K in the fall, and we're sure he is going to excel academically as well. My husband and I feel that SCS is one of the better schools in the area. The kids are taught discipline and the rules of the school which also translate into real-life, something I don't find to be a negative at all!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2013
As a teacher at this school I find it interesting to hear all of the prior complaints. Myself as a parent would ask myself first, Am I doing all I can to make sure that my child is following the rules; including dress code etc. Am I volunteering to the capacity that I should and am I just joining in for the gossip or do you have proof about the accusations. I would not say our school is perfect but I as a teacher is doing everything that I can to make/keep our school the terrific place that it is. I am not alone in doing so as there is a great deal of faculty and staff that have chosen to work at SCS for various reason, but not for the money because if you compared us with the public school you would see a substantial difference in pay. Even though we devout many unpaid hours to attend events that involve the children at the school because we love and care for them very much. Yes your child/children attend SCS because you have a great deal of respect for the Catholic faith and its teachings. It really bothers me that some people have chosen this avenue to air their trash about our school. SCS is a great place, helps us to continue that with positive not negative words.

- submitted by a teacher
May 20, 2013
So glad to read that others notice the middle school teachers are out of control. My poor child is sick with worry that he will be called out in class BY THE TEACHER(S) to have an essay criticized (not critiqued), called a baby or otherwise just generally made to feel awful. At least two teachers tell the students "don't tell parents" things that go on in the classrooms. What kind of an example is that? They talk about and say things that have no place in a school, especially a Catholic school. The kids are so afraid of retribution though, no one stands up against them. As for the students who are consistently recognized, there truly are some amazing students in that school and they should be recognized! But it is hard to show yourself to be worthy if you are NEVER picked to lead open house, NEVER picked to represent the school, NEVER chosen for academic achievement. Lots of students have amazing extra curricular lives and do volunteer work and all the rest. They just aren't self promoting all the time. Those who are chosen repeatedly to "represent" aren't better, they are just better known.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
dismal, low morale, several middle school teachers who have said things that should never be said in a classroom in front of students, just have held my nose all year

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
Middle school Review: The same kids are rewarded over and over while many other kids are basically ignored. Unless you are one of the select few don't plan on enjoying this school or seeing your child grow.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2013
Why did 2 PreK Aides leave suddenly in December? One left before the end of the school year last year. This is troubling as a parent who has a child at the school and another who will be of PreK age in September. I am concerned.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
Catholic school yes....seminary no. Interesting that you lump slow dancing with inappropriate behavior. We want our children to have strong moral character and to know right from wrong. We don't want them to be told that completely innocent things and the normal steps in life are wrong. There has been no inappropriate behavior at the dances and if you have ever been a witness to the slow dancing you would see that they barely stand near each other. It's nothing but innocent and I'm not really sure how anyone can view it as inappropriate.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
Catholic School, Catholic School, Catholic School...Go public if you want all the extra stuff like slow dancing and in appropriate behavior! Saint Catherine of Siena is a great school and always will be!!! Very happy with the leadership and it's without a doubt the best by far!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
Wonderful school! All teachers great! Students get out of any school what they put in! Following rules is part of everyday life!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
The middle school has gone downhill fast. The new VP does nothing but scream at the kids. The teachers that are left make fun of students, bully those they don't like and the other kids follow suit. It is like Lord of the Flies. Lunch consists of students pushing each other to get to a seat (because there aren't enough for everyone) and then being lectured at full volume (more like a scream) while they are eating. The kids are being disrespected and attempts by parents to speak with the administration are being ignored. I don't know a single student who wasn't much happier two years ago. Some changes aren't for the better.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
A middle school teacher told my student's class that "there is nothing I can teach you that you can't learn yourself on the iPad". Unfortunately, if that's his attitude, he's right.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
My family was a bit skeptical after a summer of non-renewal of contracts for several teachers, which resulted in some increased class sizes throughout the school. But after six weeks of school we feel the teachers and administration haven't missed a beat and we're happy with the way things are going. Several families removed their children not because of the quality of the school or teachers, but because they are upset that the Monsignor is not ultra conservative, old school Catholic - he actually has an open mind on many topics. But these families are against anything other than 1950s Catholicism. Also, many of these families were outraged when Msgr said something in a homily that painted Pres. Obama in a positive light - oh no! St. Catherine of Siena is the best school for our family in the area, bar none. But I will say the obsession with the ipads is a bit much....

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
I can only speak for my family's experience, and we are very pleased with SCS. My son's first grade teacher went above and beyond the call of duty when he was struggling with certain academics. We have nothing but compliments for his kindergarten and first grade teachers, the principal, and any of the other school staff with whom we've dealt.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
Thank you, I needed to hear your statement. This will be my daughters first year at St. Catherines & I believe we made the right decision sending her. We do not live in Norwood, however I do not believe it makes a difference where you live. To be involved in my daughters education & studies are of most importance to me. I have seen alot of negativity on the posts , but I trust my intuition and believe it is the right enviornment for my child.. I also want her to understand respect for other people and grow in in her faith.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
As a teacher at the school,I am sad to say that the morale is low, and many good teachers lost contracts without protocol evaluations, and sadly, some of my colleagues are not serving kids in the manner consistent with Catholic values. There is no mentoring or support for newer teachers, and the change in the religious leadership is superficial and cold, at best. This is a school where priorities are not where they should be.

- submitted by a teacher
August 11, 2012
Turnover can also signal a change for the better. This school has been managed in the most unprofessional manner imaginable until the arrival of the new pastor. I think within a year you will see a clear change for the better.

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2012
I am also a bit concerned about the atmosphere and turnover at St. Catherine's. In addition to losing teachers, I recently learned that 2 long time staff members from the admissions and tuition office have left their positions . I don't know either of them well but I have learned from other parents that they are huge loss to the St. Catherine's community. Years of business experience tell me that employee departure as well as unhappy atmosphere is a huge red flag to a serious problem. We will give this school, and the unsettled feeling it presents, 1 year to pull itself together.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
I just read the comments regarding the students selected to represent the school. I have attended many events at the school and have been extremely impressed with the students selected. I am not sure I would label them "elite" but rather hard working students that exel in academics, classroom behavior and standout as the leaders of their peers. I applaud St. Catherines for selecting the best to represent the school. The school has very high standards and I have always been impressed at each event I attend. I can also comment that when I look at the students selected they often are the children of the parents that give so much of their time and energy to the school to make it the best school in the area. I guess you could say the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree, hard working dedicated parents foster children that also want to go above and beyond the classroom to ensure the successs of St. Catherines. Hats off to the school for selecting such mature, outstanding students to represent them. I know that colleges and universities will also select the students that stand out for their high standards. May these children be a role model for the students in lower grades

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
Maybe SCS chooses the students with neat hair, pressed uniforms and a good attitude. My children have been chosen at SCS. They have also been chosen for Open Houses at their high schools, I guess I must have an "in" there too?!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
My children have been chosen and I can tell you I have never worked a day at SCS. Do you know who has worked there? My children have worked there... worked at getting good grades, being kind to fellow students and respectful to the administration. You can call it playing favorites or elitism, but I choose to call it CHARACTER!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
In regards to the post about the "elite" students being chosen to represent the school at different events. I am the Director of Advancement at SCS and would be more than happy to have a discussion about the criteria the administration uses to chose the student volunteers for key fundraising events. Feel free to call or email me. I am also a parent of two students at the school and view that as a positive I feel that only encourages me to work harder for the benefit of SCS and my children. Paula

- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2012
The student body at St. Catherine's has high academic standards and most are generally motivated to do well in school. As a student of St. Catherine's, I wish the administration would invest more into extracurricular activities to enrich creativity and grow our artistic talents. The school is great academically, but offers little beyond classes.

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2012
As a parent of several St. Catherine's students, I find the post about the bias towards "elite" students for the golf tournament to be unnecessary. Things like the golf tournament and open houses are exactly when you want to showcase your "elite" students. The school is trying to put its best foot forward for donors and potential students. It would not make any sense to do it any other way. Every other school, public or private, does the same thing.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
When my child began SCS, I had some concerns regarding the level of diversity at the school. I do not have concerns now. Perhaps you could speak with the principal and ask her to show you the yearbook or the tape of the Christmas concert that was televised locally so you can see the current student body? My child was teased about her ethnicity one day. The principal and teachers have no tolerance for that and were very swift to respond. The response was to teach--and not just lay out punishment--as well as to make sure my child knew she always had assistance available if needed. Never any problems outside of that one day. Hope this helps; I'm sure you will make the right decision for your child.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
my child is new to the school, the teachers do not respect or listen to the students, they grade the way they want to not a true merit of the child's actual grade; they have their favorites and stereotype the child and don't go out of their way to help if the child doesn't understand. They preach christ in others but ridicule children in the classroom and do not communicate back to parents (certain parents of course) when an email is written and they don't care as long as they are getting paid or still have a job...a lot of the older teachers are old school and they will yes you to death to appease you but once your conference or meeting is over that's it...they go back to their way of old school teaching...they threaten , degrade and punish if a child forgets homework or asks a question that they need an answer to...they say "don't talk back" if a child explains or defends a legitimate position....very sad..but true....thinking very strongly of not going back next year even though sent deposit in...public is looking better and better!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
I am in seventh grade and I am very displeased along with many of my fellow students with the new administration and am sorry to see the old principal go

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2010
My child tranferred into this school after his parochial school closed. The school does an excellent jobs marketing, however, once your child is enrolled there is minimal to no communication from teachers and administraion. If you and your children are not from Norwood, you will not be allowed to socially integrate into the cliquey school environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 07, 2010
I am a parent of a second grader in St. catherines of Siena school in Norwood. I am very happy with the academic, discipline and moral values this school has instilled in my daughter. I am also an administrator of a local pre-school in Dedham. I recomend this school to many families. There are currently 9 students from my pre-school program in St. Catherines. All the families are very happy as well. I love this school and everything about it. I plan on sending my three year old as well when she is old enough to attend kindergarten. The academics are outstanding compare to the public schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
I'm a parent of two children at the school and have only had good experiences. When there was an issue I was concerned about, it was quickly rectified. This year, they have introduced an opportunity for students to take music lessons, there is basketball, the play, choir, etc. As with everything, it is what you and your child make of it. As far as the concern of the person below regarding special ed - all students deserve attention. The children at SCS who receive special ed are by no means in the full spectrum that you would find in a public school. A little charity and compassion would go a long way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 30, 2009
As a parent of an scs student (I am considering pulling out this year) I cannot help but concur with the last review. Something is very wrong withthe administration of this school. The principal seems false and full of (fake) religious zeal. Teachers leave mid-year -usually the better ones. Important issued brushed aside and not addressed. Hypocrisy and low standards rule.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2009
The administration is sadly lacking. Morale is down. The is no teacher continuity in the middle school. Rules and regulations are made up at whim. It is not a good environment. Three children are now done and I am so glad to be leaving the school community.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2009
SCS is a great school. Teachers care about their students as does the staff. How can one Principal attend to 400 families personal needs? I find the negative comments not surprising. People want to choose what teacher their student has, they do not follow the rules then wonder why they are being spoken to. People want to complain but rarely do you see these parents volunteer. One does not need to pay the $500 volunteer fee if one fulfills their 32 hours of volunteer service. They talk about a clique and whatever other nonsense. To make a difference one needs to be involved, not just standing back pointing fingers. I highly recommand this school to any family that wants a good education and instill values in their children that will last a lifetime

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 22, 2009
I am a current parent at SCS of three children When I read all the negative comments I can't help but to agree with all of it. It sort of puts my mind at ease because I thought I was alone and always asked myself 'doesn't any one see what I see' The bullying the lack of good teachers, teachers leaving, the lack of a good education, the bullying by adminastration. The lack of feeling like school community exists (the very issue that is preached in morning prayer) 'see Christ in others' Adminstration should try listening to there own preaching. Now the question still remains about the principal and the priest, What is going on there? Teachers leave midyear or don't return.It's not the pay, admin.sensors everything.I am forced to stay there, The schools education level is not equal to the testing that is needed to advance to other schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating December 12, 2008
My child has been attending SCS for six years. The staff is wonderful, teachers as well. The only problem I have found here is there is bullying going on, that the staff and the teachers are not aware of, or do not notice what is going on with children that treat other's like they do not belong in their click or they are better than... Even at gym, the course there should not be having the children select their partners for an activity, it should be up to the teacher, I feel many children would not feel left out that way, or have low self esteem because of the feeling that is left with them that they do not Fit In. Notice a child that is shy, or is not picked for in class projects, this is one clue to the treatment they are receiving from their peers.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
As a parent of two students at SCS I am so grateful to have this wonderful school in my children's lives. We pulled our oldest out of public school and immediately felt a sense of relief to be able to place her in a much better environment. Her teacher called us at home on her own time and outlined the specific areas she needed to study to catch up with her classmates that had a better foundation. Her younger brother is thriving there and they both feel a real sense of community. Fr Currie and Mrs Hawley are excellent role models. They are patient, understanding and have shown tolerance when they did not have to. They honestly have our children's best interest at heart. God Bless SCS!!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
Updated review from 05. For 1 child SCS was not the best fit & I enrolled him in public school. In no way was this decision based on the lack of anything at SCS. All schools have bumps, as do all administrations. I think some of the negativity that I've read here makes me feel like I'm reading about a different school. My kids have thrived here; even the one that I took out still carries with him the basic principles he learned while at SCS. I don't think things are perfect; nothing is. I have had nothing but support over the many years I have been involved with this school. I may not always like what I get for an answer to something but I have always felt listened to. Our principle has personal high standards and also high standards for our children. Would you want less for your child?

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
I have had 2 kids at St Catherines for the past 5 years. I have been extremely happy with the teachers, the discipline and the school in terms of teaching. My kids are happy to go to school everyday and have never complained of being treated unfairly. The staff has always been helpful. The principal has worked hard in getting good scores and great results from the students. I've attended school meetings where results have been discussed and I have felt I made the right decision of enrolling the kids here even though we are not Catholics. I do wish they would have more extra curricular activites and the extended day program should cover days off. That is the big challenge for working parents to find alternative care on those days.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2007
You get what you give! All schools have issues and no one is going to be 100% happy. Sure, we could definitely use more extra curricular activities, but will people want to pay more...or volunteer to help? I see the same faces all the time when it comes to volunteering and supporting the school at various functions. All in all, I am VERY happy with the education my children are receiving. I think the numbers of children moving on to private high school (which high schools and at what levels) speaks for itself. SCS is a good bang for the buck, I feel as if my money has been well spent.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2007
My child had a horrible experience. The principal was not helpful when contacted regarding these concerns.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2007
I am a former student. My parents took me out of St. Catherine's 6 years ago because of the poor atmosphere and quality of education there. But, with the new direction the school is taking, I doubt if we would even have considered leaving. It angers me to see the principal maligned by people who don't know what they're talking about. She has reversed the downward trend in enrollment of previous administrations to the point that some grade levels are filled to capacity. Teachers are now required to have certification and degrees (something not required under previous administrations and perhaps the reason for some departures?).

- submitted by a former student
July 21, 2007
My Child was at St. Catherine for 9 years. The experience was not enjoyable for him. Everyday he would talk about messing around in class rather than learning, he would also talk about the principle in a negative way. I really don't think the kids respect the principle. I know I don't. She never seems to help them in any way, all she does is threaten to take away privileges for one person's mistakes. The children never seemed to look up to her for advice, my son said that most students instead of going to the principle instead went to the science teacher. He said she was the only teacher in the school that he respected. The after school activities were few and far between, but they consisted of a school play directed by the principle, and as far as I know that was the only real activity my child liked.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
My children have attended school here up and until the current administrator. The atmosphere at the school is depressing. The principal is neither warm nor nurturing towards children. Father Currie and she are quite a pair. I strongly suggest you look elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
My child has virtually given up on the school because there is no sense of community, or friendships. I will be glad to leave.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
Very unhappy with the administration. My children will not be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
We have had a very positive experience at St. Catherine's so I am amazed by some of the negative commentary. my wife and I have been impressed by the dedication of the staff, the competence of the principal, and the strong academic and spiritual environment at the school. We are excited about our child's experience and the education he is receiving.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2006
I have to say that the truth often lies in the middle of overly positive and utterly negative comments.Does SCS have issues?Yes,but I have yet to encounter a teacher or a principal there unwilling to try to resolve them.My kids have been thru 3 princ and 6 grades so far.Each yr I have seen improvement in curriculum.What is needed is constructive criticism and ideas on how to solve problems.Negativity begets negativity.My children love their teachers and greet the challenge of learning each day.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2006
We had a wonderful experience in Kindergarten but an absolutely miserable one in First Grade. While the principal was generous with her time, we received very little assistance and guidance. We have made the decision to leave for a more nurturing environment for both child and parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2006
As a current educator at SCS, I teach for the love of it and for the kids, not the money. While I believe in a strong Catholic education as a critical component in a childs academic development, I am deeply saddened by the current state of SCS and the administration. Leadership, teamwork and camaraderie is lacking. Enrollment is down. Censorship is prevalent.

- submitted by a teacher
October 02, 2006
Sadly, many of the parents who are paying attention to what is happening to this formerly great school are doing exactly what the recent reviewer suggests--they are leaving. The most frequent positive comments seem to relate to how hard the administration is working, which may be a fact. However, working hard is not a substitute for planning and executing strategies to improve performance. As for turnover, money is not the primary reason teachers leave after only a year; but assuming some teachers may be lost to higher paying positions, the current administration cannot blame the archdiocese for its own conscious choice to limit salary increases, which prior to the current regime had been moving in a much more competitive direction. Finally, the recent graduates who are doing well in high school are products of a long tradition, which unfortunately is now eroding each year. Future graduates may struggle.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
August 07, 2006
I have been involved in this school for about 13 years. Sadly I can't say anything good about the present administration. Lack of experience in the principal with children and families has plagued the school community. Students are disciplined unfairly. She seems to think that one side of the story is all she needs to hear. I agree with the negative testimonials on this page and would never recommend the school. This is a complete turnaround for me considering if you asked me five years ago I would have told you that the past principal, Mrs. Levesque, was a lady and had respect for students education and there was a real sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
June 24, 2006
This past academic year at Saint Catherine's was my first and I'm happy to say my last. The overall morale of the teachers was rock bottom and absolutely no camaraderie existed. The turbulent environment contributed to unhappy kids and low test scores. I would not recommend Saint Catherine's to any academic professional or parent.

- submitted by a teacher
June 01, 2006
It is unfortunate that some parents will no longer support this school. The teachers at SCS work long, hard hours to provide the students with an excellent education. While the leadership and administration may not be the ideal fit for everyone, they are certainly working hard to accomodate every student possible. It is a shame to see only the negative views written here and not the praise the school and teachers deserve.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
This school is lacking in it's ability to produce well educated students. The academics are weak. It is clear that the teachers are not being guided appropriately by the principal. Many teachers have left and unfortunately the new teachers are too new to improve the quality of the education. It will not surprise many if this school closes within the next five years if the current leadership remains. Knowing that the principal has only been a music teacher prior to this position does not make many parents at ease with the leadership of this school. The leadership lacks experience and knowledge and personality. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
As a long time parent of St Catherine s it is with regret that I give this school a very poor rating. Over the last several years the administration has lacked the ability to perform on there on, and has been assisted by a Parish Priest. There is no since of self pride in the students, and the teachers go day to day wondering about there job(19 teacher/staff turnovers in two years). Enrollment is down and the costs are going up and up, with budget shortfalls? Time to look for a different school.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
As a SC's parishioner for 15 years and active parent within the school system, SCS is no longer the premier school I feel in love with years ago. I'm sorry but a total of 19 educators and school staff members have left SCS within the last two years. Yes, 19! Haven't seen that much desertion since the Gulf War. That's one dysfunctional family that can only be contributed to poor leadership. Additionally, there are many activities occurring at SCS which unfortunately will never be transcribed here which is regrettable. Many outstanding teachers have departed on their own accord and many others were asked to leave which is sending a concerning message. With that much turnover, how much longer can the school function properly and worst of all, what about the kids? The principal has a dictatorial demeanor to impose her absolute agenda and is forgetting about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
Very simply - The principal should resign. Extremely unhappy with the schools handling of a number of issues last year particularly towards the treatment of teachers. Don't beleive all the fluff.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2005
As a past educator of this school I have found nothing but positivity in this loving catholic environment. I don't know where the parent in the 'April 2004' review got their facts/info, but having taught there,I can honestly say that students are getting an amazing education as well as a spiritual upbringing. This is the most amazing school I've taught in and I am sad to leave the environment due to relocation. St. Catherine's is an honest and loving environment to all. The faculty and staff are amazing, talented people with much love and compassion.

- submitted by a teacher
June 25, 2004
This is a great school. It isn't perfect but it is getting better every day. The new principal has been part of the school for many, many years. She is strong and clearly states how important it is that St. Catherine's keep 'Catholic Identity' as central. This was clearly and strongly re-inforced by the pastor at a recent parent's meeting. I have three children currently attending the school. The families truly make it a family institution and the three priests assigned to the parish are always present to the students, the faculty and the families.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2004
My child used to love school, but now hates it. The Mission Statement is to provide a 'safe & trusting environment, with an emphisis on mutual respect,' but permits a chaotic one where bullies take over to mutilate egos and humiliate, intimidate the underdogs. A student was asked to stand and read in front of class and was later told by fellow classmates, the teacher was making faces behind his back. If teachers aren't respecting students then students won't respect each other no matter what their mission statements are.The teachers are unapproachable and the rudest, incompetent human beings I've have ever encountered. Third new principle in four years.

- submitted by a parent
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St Catherine Of Siena School
249 Nahatan Street, Norwood, MA  02062
(781) 769-5354
Last modified St Catherine Of Siena School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Catherine Of Siena School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 75 reviews. Top