I think St. Patrick has been a great school for my kids. They completed kindergarten through eighth grade. My high school children were well prepared for high school and clearly have respect for adults (parents included). Is it perfect? Well probably not. The things that I do love are the continuation of cursive writing and I especially love the public speaking they do through all of their years.
This school is NOT one I would recommend for middle school. Very good for grades K-5 BUT once you get into Middle school, forget it! This is probably the most UNCHRISTIAN environment you can be in which is quite sad for a CHRISTIAN school! The middle school teachers are negative and look at the kids as bad seeds. They see nothing good about the kids, which btw is a great group of kids. I agree with the previous comment, the middle school teachers are angry, unhappy and need to find new jobs! The principal is very nice but very ineffective!
Saint Patrick's School is fine until you hit year 6,7, and 8 then it is all down hill. The teachers are burned out, unmotivated and not interested in teaching the kids in an interesting and motivating way. The new principal is better than the one that just exited so far, but still much to early to tell for sure. The middle school teachers play favorites. Those students who are straight A students get to do everything fun, those who might need extra help are demoralised. I read a few other posts, one about its unchristian environment. I absolutely agree, especially in the middle school, not very Christian even though they have a nun part of the middle school! I would NOT recommend this school at all. There are so many better schools for your child to attend. When I removed my kids - they were all unprepared for the other schools, basically they were behind in science, math and English - which I believe are the weakest links at SPS. Go elsewhere!!
Our son has had a fantastic experience at this school. It is a caring community with plenty of opportunities for student and parent involvement. My son is learning the importance of respect and kindness toward others, integrity, personal responsibility and helping those who are in need. My son is receiving a high quality education that goes beyond the concepts he is learning in the classroom. He is learning skills that will help him become a thoughtful, compassionate and well-prepared adolescent.
St. Pat's is a great school! We have attended since preschool and every single teacher has been stellar! They are very focused on providing an excellent education to our children and challenge children to do their very best. We like the after-school clubs and after-school care that is offered too!
St. Patrick School is the best decision we ever made for our kids education and well being. This is our 10th year at the school. Our oldest is in 8th grade and started there in Y5. We have two kids there. The education goes far beyond the textbooks. The staff cares about the kids. Life lessons are taught here too. There are many opportunities for kids to grow and gain confidence beginning at the elementary level (drama club, student council, sports teams, 4th grade plays, Coming to America 1st grade, readings at Mass). The teachers and staff get those kids up speaking in front of large groups right away--which teaches many life lessons and gives kids good skills to move forward. Most teachers offer extra help over lunch if a student is struggling with a concept. Self control and respect is taught-- If you ever go to a school assembly this is evident by the behavior of the students. Nothing is perfect but overall we have had very few disappointments in our decision to spend money on our kids' education there. If you are looking for an excellent Catholic education from preschool through 8th grade St. Patrick is it!
St Patricks White Lake grade school is an outstanding school with highly dedicated staff and faculty. The education and social interaction that my children receive is far beyond that of other schools. I truly appreciate how dedicated the parents and educators are to raising the children/students with integrity, morals, and self-discipline. It's rare, and great, to see a school with such a strategic plan for educating students in today's global setting.
We have been involved with St. Pat's for six years now. With two children having both started in kindergarten, I must say have been truly impressed with the quality of education, the personal interest of the teachers in the students and the passion of the parents to continuously improve the school.
I disagree with the negative comments below. I love St. Patrick. I have had 3 children attend the school. The addition of Mr. Clark (the vice principal) has been a welcome addition! In his first year he has positively interacted with the children and really gotten to know them, and their needs. St. Patrick provides a warm caring environment, combined with a strong academic curriculum. I highly recommend it!