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PK-8
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Elkhorn, NE
Students enrolled: 785
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20500 W Maple Rd
Elkhorn, NE 68022

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(402) 289-5407
(402) 763-9530
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October 18, 2014
Scary is an understatement. Under a Catholic school the better word would be sacrilegious. As a parent who sacrifices to support my children's education in a Catholic school both monetarily and by volunteering, I am getting very tired of being asked to donate to fund raisers to pay for things that all of a sudden the school just has to have. Not small amounts for some of them..$40,000 for an assessment tool? Why is that not going to the activity center fund? Does the principal have to get approval by the parish leaders for this? Does he have full access to funds as well? Nothing is ever explained nor is input allowed from parents. My family was coaxed to St Pats on the premise that it was an awesome school that has received many academic awards and that they teach as Jesus did. I don't remember Jesus asking his apostles who were poor fisherman for a constant intake of cash. We live out our faith by following the call of the church to be our children's "first educators", only to find out that we are not allowed to be in the school unless we are a handpicked volunteer, and being bled dry with no input allowed. Is greed and notoriety what the church wants to represent?

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2014
The principal at St. Patrick's is a scary, scary man whose priorities are backwards. The staff members are hard working individuals who unfortunately are being led by an incompetent individual that thrives on his power. He has fostered an environment amongst his staff that pits people against each other and compete to be his pet. It is wrong and I would NEVER subject my children to an education under his watch. It's time to wake up St. Pat's!

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2014
As a current staff member, I can attest to the overall wonderful nature of St. Patrick's School. The openness and support of the administration encourages staff members to continue becoming educated in the current trends in education by providing in- service, workshops or sending teachers to conferences to stay abreast of current educational research .Yes, teaching at St. Pat's is demanding but that is due to the extremely high expectations that demonstrates how invested teachers are in the growth of the children in the classroom. However with the guidance of an exceptional principal the staff is willing to do whatever it takes to educate all children whether in preschool or middle school. Simply put, St. Patrick's staff CARE deeply about the education of the children and families it serves.

- submitted by a teacher
July 13, 2014
My children have had the wonderful opportunity to attend St. Patrick's Catholic School. While attending St. Pat's not only did they receive a top notch education, but they were given life long lessons. Teachers, staff, and administrators have created a Christ centered environment at St. Patrick's that can be felt the moment you walk through the front doors. Family is the word that I would use to describe how this learning community treats each and every student in this school. I have had the pleasure of seeing first hand the dedication that the teachers and staff display every day to ensure that each child's needs are met. I have had the opportunity to visit many schools, both public and private. In my opinion, there is no school better than St. Patrick's. Any school can teach a child to read and write. What sets St. Patrick's apart from the others is that they teach the whole child. Their goal is to not only prepare each student to be the best academically that they can be, but they are also preparing them to be the best person that they can be. St. Pat's engages the spiritual, emotional, and physical side of each student as well as the academic.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
Read the negative reviews; SPOT ON! Notice the date and when positive reviews are posted; after a negative review. A committee asks for staff, students, parents to build up reviews. A strategic marketing ploy. There were more negative reviews, but the school requested them removed because staff/principal names were used. St. Pats has good teachers & programs, but is buried in a system of bureaucracy & admin failures. Middle school teacher & student turnover is high. If admin would work on addressing parent, teacher & student concerns, St. Pats would increase enrollment and have a full building. Instead, they use marketing ploys of surveys, Blue Ribbon Awards, and Advanced Ed status to gain new students, while maintaining a REGULAR flow of students leaving St. Pats. Parents ARE involved! Every after school activity is run by parents, not staff. St. Pats has closed door approach. Parents are NOT allowed to assist classes, reading/math groups or read to a class.You can't walk your child to class. You stop at the front door. You are NOT welcome to stop in before/after school & discuss a concern. Send an email; WAIT. Good luck reaching a teacher by phone. They leave after lot dismissal.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
St. Patrick's truly is "home" for my children and our whole family! The quality of the staff and the loving atmosphere are the perfect combination for learning not only from the text books, but about how to live your life with integrity and as a faith filled person! I absolutely can't imagine sending my children anywhere else, and they can't imagine being anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
St. Patrick's Catholic School has been a blessing for my family. They treat every single child like their own and they never make you feel like you are just a number. The children are the most well behaved children I have ever seen and they truly live everyday making sure they follow Jesus' teachings. They challenge the children so they make sure the kids are always working towards their very best potential. I love going to all school massss with the children because I always leave there with goosebumps and a huge sense of comfort and pride. My husband and I know the morals and values we have worked so hard instilling in our children are being mimicked in the classroom and there is no greater joy to is than that. We thank God everyday that he opened up this door for us to enter St. Patrick's Catholic School!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
I would highly recommend St. Patrick's school! I have had 3 children attending here since 2004 and have been amazed by the compassionate and caring teachers, staff and principal. The teachers and teacher assistants have met the variety of my children's needs with expertise and grace. St. Patrick's is unique in that they have a TEAM program which consists of 3 teachers who provide extra support for those students who need it. I have come to know the K-1, 2-4, and grades 5-8 TEAM staff over the years. They have always provided just the right support for my son. While some instruction was provided in small pull-out groups, much of the instruction has come from the TEAM teacher co-teaching in the classroom with the regular classroom teacher. This co-teaching approach has allowed my son to be included with his peers and reach his full potential. He has made tremendous growth over the years.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
Both of my children have graduated from St. Pat's. With my youngest now a freshman and taking honors classes in high school I felt compelled to let others know how St. Pat's can fully prepare your child to be a success. My children feel confident spiritually, academically and socially and they haven't always felt that way. The staff and leadership at St. Pat's made my kids aware that while we are going to make mistakes, we can always learn from those mistakes and become a better person because of it. My kids don't need to be the most popular in high school, nor do they need to be the smartest or the prettiest. They were taught that they are awesome just as they are. I hear from my kids on a regular basis how grateful they are for "this" teacher or "that" teacher they have had at St. Pat's. And the leadership at St. Pat's continues to expect only the best from their teachers...if they aren't getting a 100% commitment to all that the students need, it is ensured that will happen. I am grateful that my kids had the opportunity to attend a school like St. Pat's.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2013
Archdiocese Academic Decathlon 2013 8th Grade Team - 1st Place 7th Grade Team - 3rd Place 6th Grade Team - 1st Place 5th Grade Team - 2nd Place 4 Robotics Teams qualified for Worlds Competition in California 1st Place Creighton Prep Math Competition ...and all in the last month!

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2013
Compassionate, faith filled, and focused are words that immediately come to mind when I think about the types of students and staff members that comprise the St. Patrick's Catholic School community. Couple that with a passionate principal, priests who make connections from Scripture to our daily lives, involved parents, and a supportive church community, and it is obvious what makes St. Patrick's a great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
I am personally acquainted with the Principal of this school and am aware of its excellent academic reputation. I would highly recommend it to any parent seeking a top notch academic and religious experience for his or her child. Top notch administration and faculty at St. Pat's.

- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2013
I am disappointed with the quality of leadership at this school. I do not believe the principals focus is on education. I feel it is more focused on fundraising. I also noticed a large disparity in treatment form families that can afford to donate more and those who can not. I say this from someone that has donated. I have tried to get extra help in areas of math and have been met with resistance each time. I am not sure why? I have noticed that the science classes are way behind in both curriculum and in teacher quality. Math is also a major concern. I ask why the test scores are so high when national tests are not. I am told there is no correlation. I know that to be false. I ask for an explanation of the statistics they give us to "show how well St. Pat's is doing" and they will not. They just give me a pretty graph and tell me not to worry. I have noticed a huge turn over in the middle school teachers. I noticed that the good teachers are leaving not the bad ones. I have asked to discuss this with the principal and the teachers and I get no reply. I feel the school is headed in the wrong direction and I too will be moving my children elsewhere. Poor leadership abound!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2013
When I first came to St. Pat's I was very pleased in the early grades. I found the teachers to be very passionate about what they did. By 4th grade things changed. I found the quality of instruction rapidly decline. In middle school I was stunned by the number of teachers, that were excellent, leave and be replaced by average candidates. I have expressed this to the principle to no avail. In fact I feel that in many cases when I question him he speaks down to me as if I am unqualified to ask questions. Which is funny since I have a higher education than his teachers or him. I have seen how math quality has diminished and is a major concern. The science classes from 5th on are below poor. I know there were a lot of children with scholarships to high school but, the teachers that taught them are no longer there. English is the only thing of quality that I can compliment them on. It is apparent that the principle cares more about telling people how good they are and making sales pitches. He is unresponsive if you have real questions. It is a shame but all three of my children will be going to a different school next year. I only hope they are not as far behind as I fear.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2013
My kids have attended St. Pat's their entire grade school and middle school careers. My son is now a 7th graders and my daughter is in high school. St. Pat's offers a nuturing, supportive environment. My children are well prepared for high school and are grounded, giving, servant minded people. Those are values that we instill at home and are reinforced at St. Pat's. I wouldn't trade the St. Pat's experience my children have received for any other educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
I have had children at St. Patrick's since 2004. The school has grown tremendously in that time, yet the principal has handled all of the changes with grace and professionalism. The staff is caring, dedicated, and often works late into the evening either at the school or from home. St. Pat's provides a challenging curriculum for students of all abilities. I am very grateful I decided to send my children to St. Patrick's.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
I have recently moved to Elkhorn and was blessed to have been welcomed with open arms and love as a new faculty member at St. Patrick s. Not only am I a teacher at St. Patrick's, but I am a doctoral candidate in the field of education specializing in Catholic Identity and School Culture. I have worked at 4 previous schools in my educational tenure and St. Patrick's is by far the highest in both of those categories in which I have some expertise. First, the mission of "To Teach as Jesus Did" is followed by every single teacher, who care for the students as Jesus would and push them to so they reach full-actualization and potential. It is amazing the amount of 8th graders who received tuition scholarships to a bevy of the local Catholic schools. Secondly, I have never seen a more servant leadership and caring culture amongst the staff then at St. Patrick's. It s a trickledown effect from their principal and support staff all the way down to the support staff. When you enter the building, you are met with smiles and someone willing to help you at the drop of a hat. I will be recently starting my own family, and I do not want my kiddos going anywhere else. Top notch academics and care

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2012
I have four children at St. Patrick's. The teachers have been so very good to my kids by offering a great balance of challenge and encouragement. The principal himself has been involved in and initiating a specialized learning program for one of my children based on individual need. I am so amazed at his loyalty to the school and to continual improvement. He genuinely cares about the school and the students and he supports and encourages his staff openly. While anyone in a position of influence can be scrutinized, there is no question about his dedication and desire to do what is good for the school. That management philosophy seems to transcend to his staff. One of the themes in the school is to be the best you can be. I see that goal in the actions of the school staff and the principal, which naturally inspires the students to feel the same way. I really appreciate it when I see that drive and focus in my children at home. They care about doing well.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2012
My children have attended St. Patrick's school for the last several years. I continue to be impressed by the teacher's dedication to their students. They work hard to meet the individual needs of all their students. Many of the teachers at St. Patricks's have had each of my children at different grade levels and have never assumed that they will all learn the same way. The teachers have always been more than willing to meet with me to discuss and give suggestions to help my kids be the best learners they can be. A BIGThanks to all the wonderful teachers and staff at St. Patricks!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
I found St. Patricks to have had extremely large class sizes, 30 in my daughters class. There was no gym, and though the curriculum was not bad, it was one size fits all solution. So there was nothing to engange the interest of advanced students, or help students that were behind. St. Pats has decent ideas behind their curriculum, but by dividing the time of one teacher among thirty students they basically made is as engaging to the students as an office powerpoint presentation is to adults.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2012
I felt really prepared for high school and they really pushed me to be my best!

- submitted by a community member
August 18, 2012
I feel that all of the teachers at St. Pats middle school really helps me prepare for High School. It seemed unlikely at the time, but now that I am in High School I really appreciate it.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2012
St. Patrick s has been a true blessing in our lives. It is difficult to summarize all of the wonderful things about this school. After being transferred to Omaha in 2001, we found ourselves far away from family and friends. When St. Patrick s was recommended to me, I enrolled my daughter in their preschool program. Both of my children have attended St. Pat s since they were 3 years old. My oldest daughter just graduated from 8th grade this past year. There were days when I would drop my children off at school and the principal would be helping the volunteers unload small children from the cars. He s very supportive and involved. Every day he greets the children and the faculty in the front of the school with a morning message and prayer. His expectations are very high, and the children joyfully rise to the occasion. I have been involved with the educational system my entire career and have witnessed many educators. The teachers and other support staff at St. Patrick s are truly some of the best I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. They are so knowledgeable and very dedicated to their work. From academics to developing great character in children, this school is superior.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
I have been blessed with the wonderful experience of watching Saint Patrick s grow over the last thirteen years. I have seen a dedicated principal and able staff transform a modest group of 75 students into a school of over 700. Teachers at Saint Patrick s strive to meet the individual needs of every child while simultaneously fostering an atmosphere of devoted community where all students and staff have to opportunity to share their innumerous talents. Christian values live in the heart of this school. Teacher

- submitted by a teacher
August 11, 2012
My three children attend St. Patrick's and have received an outstanding education thus far. The teachers here are among the most dedicated I have ever witnessed. Their compassion for their students is evident in their everyday interactions, and their ability to meet students where they are at and take them where they never thought they could go is top notch! Walking into this school you immediately feel a sense of belonging and family. Students are kind and courteous to one another... holding doors, using social skills, good manners, etc. This sure is refreshing considering the world today doesn't always promote these values. I believe this happens because the teachers expect this from their students everyday. Children will rise to the expectations put before them. I feel confident that my children will carry with them into their futures these ideals that were instilled in them at home and at St. Patrick's and the sky will be the limit!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
St. Patrick's is a second home to me. I work with the most passionate, dedicated, and caring group of professionals. Our staff works closely together to challenge each individual student by differentiating instruction to ensure success. Our principal is extremely supportive and cares about each student. He is a role model to us all. My children will attend school here in the future, and I feel confident St. Pat's will help them reach their full potential.

- submitted by a teacher
August 08, 2012
St. Patrick's administration, staff, and parents work hard to create a positive learning environment for all students. The environment at this school is welcoming and the students are challenged every day to be the best they can be. I adore this school and the gift they give to their students.

- submitted by a community member
July 16, 2012
I attended St. Patrick's for my entire K-8th grade education. My first year at the school was the first year it opened, and if anybody can tell you whether or not it's worth it-- it's me. St. Pat's is awesome. It's a really fun school, and I learned a lot. The academics are stellar (vocab word, 6th grade) and if you want your kid to grow up and go to high school well above all the other students like I was, St. Pat's is the way to go. One of the best things about St. Pat's is it teaches kids discipline and manners. The kids who go there are nice, polite kids. A few hires during my time there were a little questionable, but turned out well, I would only recommend that they hire more experienced teachers. Never the less, all the teachers I had were fantastic. I still love to stop and talk to them after Church and when I see them around. Sure there's no gym, but who cares, they still have successful sports teams, and that's not what school is about. If you want your kid to go to a nice Catholic school with great academics and great character building, send them to St. Pat's. High school is great, but I still miss St. Pat's, it was, as principal Mr. Ridder would put it, "the best!" :)

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2012
I find this school to be more interested in it's reputation and numbers than helping individual students. The teachers gossip with other parents about their students. The principal talks in circles and does not address concerns of parents. It is difficult to volunteer and become a part of the community within the school. The communication between the teacher and parents is very poor. The acedemics are very good, but the educational experience as a whole is not very well rounded. They fall short in extracurricular activities and the social aspects of school. There is no gymnasium and sports are lacking. St Patrick's needs to focus more on the whole experience of school for the students, communicate better with parents and allow newcomers to get involved more easily.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
St. Patrick's teachers provide incredible support to ensure the success of the students. The students are taught responsibility and given guidance in making the right choices. At the middle school level, which is a time when they have many compelling decisons to make, the spiritual guidance instilled in them gives them the strength to make the right choice. Academic options are broad and deep. The standard academic classes are coupled with the student being able to choose from areas that complement their strengths whether in music, robotics, leadership, ceramics or other areas of interest..

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
I can go on and on about the wonderful education my children have received at St Patrick's in Elkhorn. From the Science experiments in the outdoor green house, to the robotics courses, (St. Pats placed 5th in the world competition!) Spiritually and physically reaching across geographical maps to our sister school in Uganda showing our children and children of the world what it means "to teach as Jesus did" Teaching is more than helping children achieve a passing grade on a test. The teachers at St. Patrick's are some of the Best in the State of Nebraska, but their teaching skills go far beyond their chosen class subjects. Teaching character, honesty, and humility are as important...more so, than a science grade. Teaching life skills and responsibility to a Junior High child is a challenge for most of us these days and having a complete support system from the teachers, to the coaches, up to the principle and including our priests and Paster gives us a true network of support to ensure our children will graduate from 8th grade ready for the next level of challenges High School and life will bring not just academically, but spiritually, ethically, and morally as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
Everyday I drop my children off at St. Patrick's Catholic School, I get a warm feeling in my heart. I know throughout the day they will be well taken care of by the amazing staff. They will be educated to their grade and beyond, as well as have the freedom to talk about their religion. It feels wonderful knowing they can get a great education while expanding spiritually in their hearts and minds. In todays world with all of the challenges our youth face, St. Patrick's offers such hope. One great example of the hope they offer is encouraging the St. Patrick's students and community to interact with St. Mary's in Uganda. St. Patrick's adopted a sister school from Uganda, Africa so the community could become involved in helping a less fortunate Catholic community grow. It is awesome to witness two schools that are worlds apart become one through education and faith. By giving hope to others across the globe, our children are learning valuable life lessons. What an amazing thing to learn!!! I will always be very thankful for making the decision to send my children to St. Patrick's school in Elkhorn.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2011
We've been very pleased with this school after moving here from out of state two years ago. This is our first experience with private school and it's definitely much better than my son's previous school. The school does not put up with poor behavior from the students which makes for a better classroom experience for all kids. I think the vast majority of kids are nice, well mannered, caring kids. Overall, they work with the kids to advance at different paces with their curriculum which is nice. My son is finally in a place where he can take off in math which is great. I would highly recommend this school to others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2010
We newly moved to Ne and my 6th graders were struggling with the size of the local middle school. They visited St.Pats for a day and were immediately welcomed by ALL! We've been amazed at the teacher, parent, and administrative dedication to the students and their education. My boys are flourishing academically and socially. It's a tough curriculum but the teachers are willing to have the students come before school or stay after for extra help. My boys are feeling really challenged and proud of their accomplishments. We give St.Pats a 10 out of 10!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2010
I've had wonderful experience with the staff and have seen strong discipline leadership with the children. The principle is a wonderful man, but seems a bit political. However, this is a parochial school and would send my child here again in a heart beat.

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December 08, 2009
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no rating October 22, 2008
This is a great school! The curriculum is very strong in math and science and is very challenging. My children love going there.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2008
We were very unhappy with this school. The principal makes a lot of promises when you enroll, but then doesn't keep them. The teachers don't believe in differentiating the curriculum based on the needs of the student.

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July 03, 2008
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42 Full and Part Time teachers on staff with 24 teacher assistants that help in almost all classrooms. Kindergarten and 1st grade have full time TAs in all classrooms. There no more than 3 sections in each grade.

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St. Patrick's Catholic School
20500 W Maple Rd, Elkhorn, NE  68022
(402) 289-5407
Last modified St. Patrick's Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Patrick's Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top