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St Catherine Of Siena School

Private | PK-8 | 515 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $300,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,330.

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2013:
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Posted November 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted January 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
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Posted October 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Black 4% 8%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Hispanic 1% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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249 Nahatan Street
Norwood, MA 02062
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