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Garden City, MI
Students enrolled: 190

4 stars
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St. Raphael School 5

Posted May 31, 2015
- a parent
The comment about the declining enrollment is true, however, the economy will never be where it used to be. We choose to send our children to St.Raphael school and it is a choice. We love how the teachers actually care about each and every student. My son graduated 8th grade with tears in his eyes, and even through high school he is closer to his grade school friends then any high school friends. Which is wonderful. The kids show respect to each other and adults. Small class sizes equal more attention to the student. The largest added bonus-Even if you are not Catholic-Your child is taught that there is God to believe in. Bullying is NOT an option there. They are trying their best to make improvements, however, without any state funding it is difficult. Before anyone can rate this school, they need to have a child who attended.

St. Raphael School 1

Posted August 06, 2014
- a community member
This school continues to decline, especially with the merging of St. Dunstan and St. Raphael parishes to make St. Thomas the Apostle. Both parishes are/were in considerable debt before merging. This is a sinking ship of a school. In five years, SRS has gone from 225 students down to around 125. Class sizes in the lower grades are in the single digits to teens. Principals come, work for a few years, get experience, then leave. The buildings and tiny gym are in disrepair. Teachers are compensated WAY below what other schools pay. If any Catholic schools want to stay open in this area, they have to merge and pool their resources.

St. Raphael School 5

Posted April 30, 2014
- a parent
St. Raphael Catholic School has enthusiastic, exemplary teachers who work tirelessly to create an environment that fosters a love of learning.

St. Raphael School 5

Posted September 19, 2013
- a community member
I like this boy alvin in my class he's cute!!!!!!! I like this school especially our sports team is really good!

St. Raphael School 5

Posted July 22, 2013
- a teacher
Like most internet blogs, anyone can post anything whether it be true or false, critical or complimentary, just or unjust. Such is the case with the June 22 review. Contrary to what a disgruntled teacher posted, students receive the best academics and the best religious formation. The principal and staff strive to achieve their best in leadership and educational practices. They have only the best interests of the students in mind. The school facilities are constantly updated and refurbished, so the students feel safe and secure during their school day and after-school activities.

St. Raphael School 5

Posted June 02, 2013
- a parent
We are very pleased with the education that our children are receiving at St. Raphael Catholic School. The principal and staff are very professional, high standard individuals. This reflects both in and outside the classroom. The environment of the school is safe, friendly and goal driven. Each child has the opportunity to attain academic success, to participate in CYO sports, and to attend supervised after school activities. I can see our children are growing in faith, knowledge and spirit daily because of Mrs. Brzezinski and staff.

St. Raphael School 5

Posted May 23, 2013
- a parent
I think sending my children to St. Raphael Catholic school is definitely one of the best decisions we have made for our children's education and faith. Anyone that spends any amount of time at the school volunteering can see how hard Mrs. Brezezinski, works to make our school the best it can be for our children. There have been MANY improvements implemented into place in the last 4 years she has been our principal. She cares about our children. I appreciate her and the teachers at our school for all of the dedication.

St. Raphael School 5

Posted May 22, 2013
- a parent
As a parent at St. Raphael School I would to thank the teachers and principal for the loving caring environment they have created for my children. My children come home excited about what they have learned during the day. They have become well mannered God loving people. Thank you teachers and Mrs. Brzezinski.

St. Raphael School 5

Posted May 17, 2013
- a parent
My child attends St. Raphael and we couldn't have placed her in a better school. The teachers we've had so far are wonderful. The class sizes are very good and I love that everyone knows each other. I plan on having my daughter attend all the way through the 8th grade. I will say I agree with the one comment about the principal lacking enthusiasm. It's amazing how much that position impacts an entire school.

St. Raphael School 5

Posted May 08, 2013
- a teacher
As the proud principal of St. Raphael I would like to invite you to come and take a tour of our school. Our school has an incredible staff that extend themselves beyond the school day. We have many activities after school that go beyond the sports program (Art Club, Knitting Club, Service Club, Math Lab, Choir and next year Drama). Our students take on an active role in their school's improvement with the Student Council and Peer Mediators. They also run a school store and with the money they make decide how to bring more technology in the school. We have a wonderful community of families who share in the partnership of education. Come and experience the St. Raphael Difference!

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St. Raphael School
31500 Beechwood Avenue, Garden City, MI  48135
(734) 425-9771
Last modified St. Raphael School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Raphael School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top