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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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