I thankfully just graduated. When i attended st. joseph's last year i hated it.I hated waking up every morning just because i knew that when i walked through those doors i would be yelled at for something. en ever we did something wrong we would get circles on our blue cards. after five times of being told what terrible students we were, we got to attend worship wednesday. where we prayed for punishment and yet again were told if we kept making little mistakes that we would get no where in life. i think st joes should highly consider a new principle that actually is pleasant and kids look up to.
The current principal is sorely lacking in communication, leadership and people skills. While the middle school is staffed with energetic, smart and capable teachers, the elementary school is not very well run. The student count has declined during the last five years and it is not strictly due to economics or demographics. Many school families have left because their concerns are either not being addressed or worse, ignored by the principal, parish priest, and the Lansing Diocese. While it is a parish, the church and the school operate as two distinct factions. I don't feel a "community" bond at all. It's a shame because it once was a great school.
I am very concerned about the future of the school if things do not change. The principal is uncaring and does not have the skills to run the school. Great families are leaving because the school is suffering.
Complete lack of leadsership. There is no communication and direction. The school overall is unfriendly, principal yells at the children, and there is not anything special about the school anymore. Prayer in the school is limited, religion is hardly taught. We wont be returning. This school is a sinking ship.
Having sent my children to St.Joseph school for the past 15+ years, I must say since our new principal arrived 2011./12 we have gone from a great school to one that is not worth paying tuition for and not an environment of faith and love. Sadly due to the mismanagement of this administrator I will be sending my youngest to another school next year.. This school once had the highest MEAP scores in the county. Now there is no little to no testing that can tell a parent if their child is doing as well as his peers in the area. Many of the enrichment type opportunities no longer exist like educational assemblies, young author program, fewer educational field trips, family science or reading nights. The AR program exists in name only. In regards to faith formation Morning prayers are not reverent and the priest has little involvement with the school. He does not bother to get to know the names of active families etc. When parents voice concerns about the school they fall on deaf ears. I have always wanted a Catholic education for all of my children and because of the poor management by this administrator and parish my youngest will not get the catholic schooling I hoped. for
St. Joseph is a wonderful year. The teachers are caring, compasionate, wonderful teachers who have been at this school for 15+ years. A new principal has reorganized this school and is updating all technology. If you are looking for a truly great Catholic Educaton come to St. Joseph!
School Administration is disorganized. Lost our tuition payments 3 years in a row. Very traditional and narrow minded philosophy. Some of the teachers care, but there is limited educational resources with the expensive tuition. We finally pulled our two children from the school.
This school was not good at all. These reviews are outdated. The treatment has changed as the staff has changed. The classes are so small that if one person does not like your child for a day no one will. The staff only punishes physical bullying not social. They all pick favorites and if it is not your child they will be treated unfairly. My daughter went there from Preschool to fifth grade and it all went bad in third. This school does not motivate students to do well either. DON'T SEND YOU CHILD HERE!
Our kids LOVE the school. Here are some facts: -70th year -Highest MEAP scores in the county for several years (amongst highest in MI) -Art, Music, Computers, Religion & Spanish for every student -STRONG athletic program -Many extra-curricular programs -Latchkey, hot lunch, bus transportation available -Low class size -Low teacher turnover (avg 13 year seniority!)
This school is top notch. My oldest daughter entered St. Joseph in the 2nd grade, and is now attending Franciscan University of Steubenville She and I are very thankful for the solid Catholic teaching that she received from St. Joseph School, not to mention the academic excellence. I have had four children go through St. Joseph, with the youngest still attending. I would not have traded our experience for anything, and would highly recommend the school to anyone looking to not only prepare their child for the future, but for eternity.
My two children are now in their second year at this incredible school. Transfering from a public environment they were welcomed with open arms by the staff and students. The structure of the classes have provided my children with the one on one attention that was lacking in our former school district. They are no longer just a number. High moral standards and the christian way of life are reinforced daily. Worth every penny.
The school is terrible. Staff is incompetent. The atmosphere is unfriendly and the kids gossip as much as the parents. This is not a christian atmosphere!!!!!!!
We moved to Howell from Redford where my children attended another Catholic School. St. Joe's is by far a better school from the way it is run to the curriculum. My children have expanded not only their minds but their social outlets. My children have scored above the national and state average on all subjects. They are provided a spiritual well rounded place to learn. The principal at St. Joe's really cares about the students and the school and it shows. The parents are happy to be involved. This is truly the best school my children could be enrolled in. Just my opinion
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