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St Catherine Of Siena School

Private | PK-8 | 60 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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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.
—Submitted by a teacher


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 May 12, 2013

In regard to the comment that the same children are rewarded again and again, I cannot disagree more. The students who stand out, receive academic achievement recognition, represent the school at open house and other events are high achievers. They consistently make the honor roll, volunteer during their own free time to give school tours, etc. These students are 'go getters'. If you speak with these students you will also find out that they are high achievers outside of the school and excel at sports, the arts, community service and other extracurricular activities. One 12 year old student, in addition to consistently achieving high honors on the honor roll, is also a member of a team that competed at the world competition, volunteers during the summer teaching blind children horseback riding, has performed in a professional theater productions for the past 5 years, has also performed at an annual cancer fundraiser for the past 3 years and more. No one is playing 'favorites' with this student. Another student writes a column for a local paper, achieves high honors and is actively involved in extracurricular activities at school. No favoritism here, just well deserved recognition.
—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.
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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!
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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.
—Submitted by a parent


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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted August 1, 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


Posted 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


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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%
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Norwood, MA 02062
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