We have had children at St. Monica School for the past 14 years. Each has graduated happy, healthy, and well prepared for high school. The current group of teachers, administrators, and staff are professional and effective in their role, and among the best we have experienced. What we like best about the current administration is the same thing that may have prompted some of the negative feedback on this site. We appreciate that the school is not run by a few verbal parents, whose opinions may or may not be in the best interest of the larger student body. The current administration works to implement principles of best practice in education, even when unpopular or misunderstood by parents. We have trusted the teachers and administrators to do what they were educated to do - create an environment for learning and teach our children - and we have not been let down.
In 2003,St. Monica s had strong academics.The last 5 years have been different.The new focus is "religiosity".Check MEAP or Iowa scores and compare L1/Exceeds & L2/Meets to see the performance.They recently removed 3 track Math for 6th grade. Now,there will be no Geom. in 8th. Alg.1 and 8th Grade Math will be combined,meaning poor preparation for both.There is no Honors English. Spanish is 1 day/wk, so no student completes Spanish 1.Administration continues to implement policies which hurt academic performance. They allow multiple re-takes on tests and do not average the scores.They have all but eliminated enriching field trips and in-school programs across the school.There are some classes which have up to 30 students in them, though parents complaints have discouraged this.The redeeming characteristic is dedicated teachers,though many of the teachers efforts have been eliminated.Teachers who are loved for their commitment and academic excellence have been fired for the last 3 years,shocking many.The school has lost over 30% of enrolment since 2003. Unless a course correction is made, people won t pay for academic mediocrity and the schools decline in enrolment will continue.
St. Monica educates the whole person and solicits parent to be an active member of their child's faith development and academic success. Mrs. Reits is a principal that makes decisions based on principles and not on who's the loudest wheel. She'll listen, but doesn't jump an every suggestion that is put forth. This may come across as a turn off. I think she's very courageous. I have three children enrolled in the school and they very at their academic abilities. They are happy to be there and love their school community.
Not happy, not impressed. Poor academics can not be glossed over by a veneer of "strong Catholic identity". An administration that fails to communicate with parents can not be fixed through cronyism. Complete program overhauls that are not vetted by parents result in families who are fed up and choose alternative schools. Lumping 3, 4, and 5 year olds together does not necessarily prepare them for the challenges of kindergarten and first grade. Be aware - should you choose to spend your hard earned money here it will be assumed that you are happy with the status quo even if you aren't. You will be kept in the dark regarding program, curriculum, staff, and teacher changes as it isn't any of your business. Just keep signing those checks!!
St. Monica School has been a wonderful environment for our children to grow academically and spiritually. The teachers are wonderful and the school creates a safe supportive environment for all children to achieve. In light of other reviews regarding administrative leadership; I only say that administartors change over time. What doesn't change is the opportunity afforded by catholic schools to provide an academically challenging environment within the context of learning and practicing Christian values and Catholic teachings. This freedom to learn and practice your faith helps direct the course of so many students' lives towards becoming caring, Christian adults who will have been prepared to have a positive and profound impact in their own families and in our society. I would and do recommend St. Monica School and all the Catholic Schools in the Kalamazoo area to everyone. Thank you for this opportunity.
the administration is awful they wont take care of any problems they're zero tolerance for bullying is so the staff doesn't have to decide who was defending themselves and who was the attacker they are both just automatically in trouble i would choose a public school over this school is because the only thing you lose is being able to express you faith you gain extracurricular activities and a chance to get a better education
The mission and public credo/marketing of the school is absolutely wonderful. As a catholic it appeals to my family. The teachers are proficient and the many of them work very hard to be good educators to the students. The parents and families are exceptional. However, there is a great deal to be desired in terms of administration and the overall operation and leadership. There is an overall stoic feeling to the environment.
I have (3) girls that have attended St. Monica School since the 2000-2001 school year. We had to leave in 2009-2010 school year for personal reasons knowing we would come back. All I know is I have seen a reflection of the lack of education and one on one in their grades. We are definately coming back here and Hackett. This is worth every penny. I firmly believe what you do now will show the benefits always. This is my opinion based on our time here. I also believe it does not matter what school you thinking about sending you kids too they all have kids who are finding out more and more about themselves. In this transition you may find friends and you may not. We are all different no matter what always searching for others with similar interests. I am most important with education than socialization.
I've been attending St. Monica ever since kindergarten and I love it. Most of my teachers have been awesome and I've made many good friends. Wheneer you have a problem, the teachers take care of it. Also getting to pray everyday, go to mass once a week, and learn our Catholic faith is a privilege.
If your kid doesn't fit the mold, don't expect them to get what they need here. Portage Public Schools have many more resources at their disposal for all types of students and the education is free. If your child is exceptionally gifted or requires any type of Special Education, St. Monica''s is not equipped to deal with it. The staff is relatively inflexble and has difficulty adapting to students outside of the bell curve. The only thing that public schools lack is the faith based education.
As much as I dont like paying tuition, the whole package you get at St. Monica makes it worth it. I recall one time when my son had missed several days due to illness. We came in late, during standardized testing. The door showed large 'do not disturb-TESTING' sign on the door. We could see his teacher when he knoocked. She didnt look happy to answer the door, but after she saw him her face lit up. She told him how happy she was to see him and gave him a big hug. At the same time, three kids jumped up to help him with his bag, coat, etc. I leftand had to wipe the tears away. You wont get this kind of care from public schools. Plus, his class had only 17 students in it. That day made all the tuition worth it to this Dad.
I am proud to be a teacher at St. Monica School. St. Monica offers an excellent, faith based education to children in Preschool through 8th grade. Our relatively new principal, Mrs. Becky Reits, has turned our school around, offering a vision for the future and striving for continued growth and excellence from both students and teachers. I look forward to each new school year at St. Monica as an opportunity to guide, educate, inspire, and nurture another group of children.
I am a currently enrolled student (8th grader) at St. Monica's, and I am enjoying it, but like most 8th graders, am ready for highschool next year. The academic's at St.Monica's are average to my out of state friends, but I don't mind simplicity. The teachers are wonderful and caring, and try to get the best grade out of you! With religion built into the school day, I know more about my faith then I ever thought was possible! Church every Friday in a nice warm building, also helps us reach out to our faith. The music program (band) could use some work, but its fun. It'd be nice for a real art room though. The sport programs are great too, and everyone learns and enjoys. Parent involvement is a must for St. Monicas, and they help run the school, it seems. Hope this helps!
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