The faith formation is outstanding. It is a wonderful, loving faith filled school. We have children in 1st, 3rd and 4th grade. The teachers are great. They work well with children that struggle as well as the gifted. The principle is a wonderful leader and sets a sound Catholic foundation for the school. submitted by parent.
DDJH is run like a prision and the teachers show no respect to the students and its very hard to actually consentrate in a class filled with 32 kids! I found as being a 7th grader that the 8th grade teachers were far more better at teaching and interacting with the students. I don't like how the teachers take time to make the students feel small I know there trying to help but there really not making an effort. The only person I personaly liked was the woman who worked in the office. There are so many things at this school that is unaware about like they do the bully programs and I myself was bullied and nothing ever happend about it I even asked for help and nothing ever happend. I dont understand why the jh is ran like a prision, the teachers are RIDICULOUS I understand stucture but things is like preschool and prisioners "stand in the tiles, dont talk" walking us from class to class beacuse you cant trust students is just so fusterating and iritating to me. The teachers only act nice or like they care when someone important is around. truth is i hated jh here it was the worst years of my life plus the four hours of homework. HATED IT HERE.
I have five children in this school and could not be happier. I find the teachers to be.... teachers. Just like any other school, but the difference I see from other schools is their dedication to the faith for which I put my children in this school to begin with. Unlike some, I support more Bible studies and more time in Church because that is what I feel builds a better person, not a GPA, however, to that point, my children s GPA s are 4.0, 3.8, and 4.0 (hmmm, hard workers?), the other two do not have them yet. I would recommend this school to any parent who wants their child or children to receive a quality education, that is based on Faith first, then Academics, then everything else.
Not happy with this school I do feel it was a great mistake to attend this school. My son is being racially profiled based on what someone else said,nothing he did. The teachers won't respond to emails pertaining to his grades so I forwarded to the assisatant principal still nothing from that teacher. He gets help with all of his classes yet he still struggles with there programs. His grades have dropped at this school, but never to this degree at the other private school.
I sent my kids to this school in the late 1990's and 2000's. I am very pleased with the school and will be sending my three Grandkids to this school also. My kids are successful college degreed professionals and I attribute Divine Child for this.
Our school has a great administration staff, and thats where our success begins. They are compassionate and provides a christian learning environment with up to date standards on everyday life struggles children experience in the home. These days, many families are going through crisis either with job loss or divorce, and these experiences can challenge your childs academic progress. But with a wonderful counseling staff that discreetly helps a child in need,and terrific principal that allows such intervention, they pull the kids through it and make them whole again! The learning environment is neat, clean and orderly, and our technology department is up to date. I am so happy to be a part of the Divine Child Elementary school!
Divine Child is not what I expected at all. It is not a warm or welcoming environment. We wasted a few years of time and money and were extremely dissapointed in the lack of education our child recieved. The class sizes are ridiculous and the teachers dont even know what is going on. Dont bother to enroll your kids there if you are a blue collar worker- only the kids of doctors and judges get the special attention. Also be prepared to break out the check book because as if their insane tuition isn't enough they are constantly asking for more money. Divine Child is a dissapointment on many levels. You are better off sending your kids to public school. They are trying to stay alive on a 20yr old reputation that no longer applies.
I am a 12 year graduate and I was put at a huge disadvantage by attending this school. The administration make you believe it is a higher level of learning and at the time the grading scale was much tougher than surrounding schools. When I applied for college the kids with the 3.0 from Dearborn High and Crestwood got accepted and my 2.8 was still a 2.8. None of the schools in Michigan cared that I had attended the hallowed Divine Child and that the grading scale was tougher. Math and Sciences are incredibly weak. Way too much time spent in Bible studies and in Church!
While the elementary school does provide good discipline and balanced religious education, the teaching staff, methods, and technology is far behind some of the better public schools. There is a trade-off on the value of the Catholic education in attending this school.
Divine Child is exceptional. I have three children in the elementary school and could not be happier. Each one of my children gets fantastic grades and are confident, cooperative and well rounded. As for the parents who believe there is too much homework and the upper grades are weak, sorry, you are mistaken. Your children are given time to complete homework at school, just as mine are. We have never been up until 11:00 doing homework. If you are prepared and diligent, as Divine Child teaches, you'll be fine. There is also lots of oportunity for parent involvement and fun for the kids. This is a fantastic parish, school and family. It is worth every penny spent on tuition. My kids are happy. We are happy. And we are proud Falcons graduates as well.
Divine Child does not live up to its so called 'Quality of Education' Grades 1-3 have wonderful teachers. However after that the quality of the teaching staff deteriorates. Teachers have very little interest in parental involvement. Curriculum is quite behind. The Math and Science department needs much overhaul. Overall, it is quite a negative atmosphere for children. I do not advocate this in terms of superior quality. We have removed our children from this school due to lack of curricular improvements.
We have been a part of the Divine Child Schools for 9 years. The staff wants to see the children do well. In the elementary school there are two computer labs with up-to-date technology. The computer teacher for the older grades could communicate better, but the students still learn a lot and learn from each other. Sports are big. But there is also an excellent music program, which includes choir, theater, and band. The class sizes are large. But, with discipline the teachers are able to teach. There is a reading specialist for those who need assistance. Safety precautions are very good and of utmost importance to the principal. My oldest child is a freshman. Over 1 million dollars have all ready been awarded to seniors in academic scholarships this year. The staff reminds the students to 'get involved'. They do and they are happy to be students at DCHS.
This is my child's first year at DC and he is in the junior high. Although the school & class sizes are big, the principal is very hands on and knows and takes an interest in all the students. There is just an average amount of homework and lots of extra activities to join. The choir director is first rate! I can't say enough about how grateful we are to have been able to come to this school and church. I hear nothing but good things about the high school as well. The school has wonderful safety policies and the discipline and parental involvement can't be beat.
Well, I believe that DC is a good school. Not great. The specials program is among the worst and the class sizes are huge, DC is a big family that you know will always be there. The six main classes are well taught and the extra curricular programs like sports and choir are in good hands. 3.75 rating.
We moved to this school from an elite and expensive Montessori school. DC has given our children structure, morals and a great education. The school has quality teachers, a caring and strict administration, and very involved parents. Students are taught to be responsible for their daily schedules and accountable for their work. The school campus and DC members feel like a big extended family. My children don't ever want to leave this school and are looking forward to entering the High School.
I have had 2 children at Divine Child Elementary, although it was years apart. I still feel that the school provides a great education in a caring and disciplined atmosphere, which beats any public school these days. There are plenty of extracurricular activities for the children to join. I believe this is a great school if you expect your child to go to college. The only thing that I am not happy about, is the shortage of nuns at the school. Even though, all the lay teachers I have encountered are very capable and caring. This is a no nonsense school and I like that very much.
The classroom sizes are way too large - nearly all early grades through 6th the size is over 32 students. Teachers rely on parents to teach students via large amounts of homework. My experience with this school shows many parents paying extra dollars to send their students to supplemental classes, as the subject matter in important subjects like Math is not well planned or taught. The environment is 'clubby', and children tend to have an illusion of being privilidged. There are no extra curricular activites beyond sports and choir. The computer education is really bad. High end students do particularly well here. Those that are mid-level students, or stuggling students often get lost in the system, perhaps by classroom size. The environment is safe, clean and strict. The school gives out massive amounts of homework,from grades 4 on,so be prepared to have your student up past 11:00 pm working on homework.
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