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Notre Dame De Sion School

Private | PK-12 | 754 students

 

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Posted April 7, 2014

I went to high school at Sion and it was one of the best experiences oft my life. Sion got me involved and pushed me academically. I appreciate the relaxed, fun atmosphere that also promoted character development and college prep. Sion changed me for the better and I could not have asked for a better environment during my crucial teen years. Sion also gave me great connections that continue to help me three years later in college.


Posted March 30, 2013

Another parent said "Parents are cliquish and the culture of the school is a bit snobby." Cliquish is being nice. I appreciate parental involvement in their children's education,but at the elementary level, the involvement at this school is extreme. In addition to lots of school sanctioned activities and sports, there are parent organized activities, sports, clubs and party/sleepover groups. They take up most school nights and weekends and spill over into the summer. Children and their parents learn early to place participation in Sion culture foremost or risk being an outsider. The commitments are nonstop, leaving little time for family, outside activities or just play. The education seems as okay as any other school, but it comes with quite a cost.


Posted November 3, 2012

The faculty is attentive and knowledgeable, my childrens' teachers are wonderfully dedicated to their achievement and have made what could have been a rough transition a very easy one. We have felt so welcomed and love the environment. Sometimes they can be disorganized and expect new families to know what's expected without much communication. The education seems to be on par for what I expected based on test scores. My kids have quickly learned to read and begun to learn french here halfway through their first year. They say that they love their school and their teachers. Everyone is very patient, disciplines well, and genuinely cares for the well being of the kids from what I have seen. Parents are cliquish and the culture of the school is a bit snobby, but I'd rather have that than the general KC,MO public-school-parent attitude of "throw them in and see if they can swim." During the tour they typically don't show you the sanctuary with all the pews and kneeling benches unless you have expressed an interest in your child's catholic faith. I was told my kids would attend a class on basic faith and morality - turns out, they go to mass and learn to be catholic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2012

Sion High School is fun, yet rigorous, although it doesn't always place a premium on critical thinking (especially in its compulsory religion classes each year). Busywork occurs. Some of the girls are very smart, most are hard-working but some are unbelievable bimbos, sheltered in a super-suburban environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2012

Sorry for the incorrect spellin and grammar in my prior post...my review was written on my IPAD, which has autocorrect.


Posted March 19, 2012

We had our child there for one semester and pulled him out ASAP. There was zero learning going in his primary school classroom and when I talked to the teacher about one minor adjustment that could be made to help get some academics into the classroom, she said she couldn't' do it. There was ZERO creative writing going on and the reading and math instruction were one size fits all. I think the lower school is surviving only because the other choices out there (the public schools) are so horrifically awful. If those are your two choices, I guess I would choose Sion, but I think it would be easier to move to Kansas where you will get an awesome public education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2012

When one understands that there are no good public school options for students in the urban core of Kansas City, and that there are just two private schools in midtown of any quality, then the attitude at Sion makes sense. The administration knows that there are few options and treats parents that way. That indifference is astounding, particularly in consideration of the tuition. We moved to a quality public school district prior to the last year of our student's time at Sion, but decided to keep him there - HUGE mistake. Particularly if you are a boy, 8th grade at Sion is an afterthought as they groom the girls for attendance at the all-girls Sion High School. Our elective selections this year? Crochet, knitting, music for life, and poetry. The Math program is an absolute disgrace, taught by an individual better suited to be a prison warden. There are committed teachers at this institution, but they are let down by an administration that simply does not care to address its own and the school's shortcomings. Stay far, far away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

I am a male tenth grader attending rockhurst high school in kcmo. I spent my grade school years at the coed notre dame de sion elementary school and it is by farthe best investment you can make for your child. The school is incredibly diverse and in a culturally rich part of midtown kcmo. The academics are marvelous at sion and prepared my classmates and I for high school very effectively. The school welcomes all faith traditions and the astute teachers encourage the students to form their own opinions and be open to new ideas. The school also has excellent art music and sports programs and students can easy find their niche and be accepted for who they are. You will not regret sending your children to, in my opinion, the best school in kc, sion.


Posted July 6, 2010

By far the number one girls' college prep high school around. They know their stuff and will have your daughter prepared for college beyond your expectations. The administrators are experienced high school level educators who support a strong teaching faculty. My daughter absolutely loves the school and everything about it. What a wonderful place for her to be educated and challenged by her teachers. Sion is truly number one in every aspect. It is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

Went to this school from kindergarten to 8th grade. Best time of my life. Best school in the world!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2009

Sion has been wonderful, nurturing, caring, very academic. My non Catholic children have thrived in this school. It was the best decision that we have made for their education. I am very impressed with Sion and the staff on every level, and cannot say enough good things about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2009

I recently graduated from Sion (the high school) a few years ago. As I was helping my sister search for schools in Saint Louis for her little ones to begin their academic career I came across this site. I have to tell you Sion was the best decision my parents and I ever made. I had planned on attending another school all throughout grade school. After shadowing the highschool plans had changed. I do not regret it one bit. Every teacher pushed me to be the student I am today. It was 'cool' to be smart, everyone studied and wanted to succeed. I am currently at SLU while I compare myself to others in my classes from Kansas City, I know it was the right choice. I am not afraid to speak up in class, that was expected in high school. I strive for the same success Sion demanded from me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2007

The year my kids spent at the school were special landmarks in their lives and the school has set high standards of what we want and desire from future schools we want them to attend.The school has set high standards of what we want and desire from future schools we want them to attend. What my wife and I particularly liked was not just the high level of academic excellence, parental involvement, but most of all, the cultural diversity among the students teachers and the staff. This is truely the very best school in Kansas city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2005

I am a former student of the high school. The absolute best investment you could ever make for your daughter. My father worked a second job and my mother got a part-time job just to send me to this school. Even though we weren't as 'blessed financially' as others, I knew I was just as smart as the girl sitting next to me. If she was going to law school, I was going to persue medicine. Didn't know how I was going to pay for it, but the conselors showed me ways that I could go. I wouldn't be the doctor that I am today if it wasn't for this high school. Just do it!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 8, 2005

I am a former student from Notre Dame de Sion elementary school. (Sion as we used to call it.) Sion really helped me to grow as a person. The schools founding principles - love and acceptance for all - created a wonderful environment for me to grow and helped me to value myself and others as individuals. The school also has a really fantastic way of forming the children into conscience adults. At first, teaching them right from wrong, ('No, go to time out')('Very Good!') and later building the students into people who can think independently about their moral decisions. Sion's educational background is phenomonal, they helped me to score consistently above a 95% on the ITBS and helped me earn regular A's and B's. The curriculum is fantastic and the teachers are all well experienced. Sion is really just a great school and I would recommend it to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

My daughter began attending NDS at the beginning of her sophomore year following a difficult freshman year in a local public school system. Her grades have gone from B's and C's to A's and she has learned to study and apply herself. This is an academically challenging environment and requires much parental envolvement but I am convinced that she will be a much better person for the experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

The best overall school for young women in the Kansas City area. The most compelling attribute of the school is its wonderful balance of academic, athletic, and values development for young women. Standards are high - and the students deliver to these expectations. Parents are welcomed and highly encouraged to be involved. We love that there is both a Mother's and a Father's Club - everyone in the family is involved. I'm thrilled we're here - and so is our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 77%
Black 8% 17%
Asian 5% N/A
Two or more races 5% N/A
Hispanic 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
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10631 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64114
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