I feel that the teachers here are very effective in the lower grades and some in the upper grades. Just because a teacher has been here for 15+ years or longer, does not make them effective, in my opinion.
For the most part, I feel homework was on a good level. However, the 8th grade math homework seemed to be extremely excessive. After many parent complaints, the homework levels decreased from around 2-3 hours per night to 1 hour or less.
For the most part, kids are very srespectful. Sometimes, I feel like certain teachers can be disrespectful to students, but that is why parents are encouraged to speak with teachers if there is an issue. Some parents have gone directly to the teacher to question an incident which is beneficial.
Yes, I feel that there are many opportunities for students to learn compassion and caring behavior from the variety of activities and fundraising for various causes. Unfortunately, the school used to take lunches away for even a 10 cent negative balance, but thankfully they wised up and got rid of this. I, along with many other parents, felt like this was a very unchristian thing to practice.
My opinion is that the elementary teachers are very encouraging and great teachers! You will find none better. Especially 2nd-5th grades and some (but not all) of the teachers in 7-8th. I feel that the negative side of this school is that administration seems to be blind to serious parent complaints (serious bullying) or other matters that warrant attention. It seems that their philosophy is "we are a good Catholic school, that surely can't be happening here!" Instead of dealing with the issues head on, administration seems to hide from the issues. Secondly, many, many families feel, myself included, that the math program suffers immensely. Once you hit 7th grade, forget it. You are at the mercy of someone who will confuse your kid to no end. Good luck. It appears that many families yank their kids out after 6th grade. The enrollment tends to go down after this sadly. Honestly, it wasn't always like this. But it seems to be the reality now.
I attended St. Therese from 4th-8th grade, and I had a great experience. I took algebra in 8th grade, and I was ready for geometry and algebra II in high school, and I later took trig, math analysis, ap calc ab and ap calc bc. I felt prepared in every other subject as well, and I was even able to skip Spanish 1 and continue straight to Spanish 2.
The last of my three children just graduated from 8th grade at St. Therese. My children now attend public high school. When they started high school, many students who came from public grade schools complained about the amount of homework expected in high school. In contrast, my kids were prepared for the rigor of high school thanks to the higher expectations at St. Therese. In fact, my kids were ahead in most subjects, particular science and language arts (lots and lots of reading and writing assigments at St. Therese).. Candidly, they needed to catch up in math, but they did have a good foundation in math such that my two oldest finished Trig by the end of sophomore year and are schedule for AP Calc by senior year. Aside from academics, St. Therese instills stong values in children. As an example of behavior expactations at the school, in the upper grades, the students are assigned a locker. There are no locks on the lockers. Yet, they have no problems with theft. In summary, it is a great school with very committed teachers and an administration who do a good job educating kids with a budget that is significantly lower than the public shcools.
We have been very happy with the staff and the values and education received at St. Therese. Our children have done very well in the public high schools, and they were very well prepared to take the advanced placement classes offered in that setting.
The families and children that attend this school are great. However, there is little to no help for students who don't "fit their idea" of what a child should be. If you have a child with special needs, forget about this place.