The teachers are as effective as any metro school, but most do not go above and beyond. Even with a four year gap between my children, my younger children are given the same work that my older children were given. Very little deviation in lesson planning. When you stuff a classroom with 30 kids and have to constantly look for new students to fill the seats of students that leave, there's no time to differentiate. For those with 20 in your child's class, your child is fortunate. The school lost out though because those classes are targeted for 30.
The middle school speaks for itself. Many families leave after fifth grade or during the middle school years. The program is disappointing. I don't think they've kept a middle school math or science teacher longer than 2-3 years since the building opened. Many of my friends have had to hire private tutors for math once their children enter private high school just to keep up.
Teachers cannot be effective because administration keeps cutting programs since they can't keep the school full. PE, music, art, library and counseling opportunities will all be further limited next year.
Will your children need extra support? In all my years at this school, I could not get a teacher to stay after to help my children. It has to be done during their recess time. There is an after school homework room for middle school, but only a chosen few get to use it. It is not accessible to all. Need a counselor? They primarily do monthly visits to the classes and data collection for recruiting new students. Phone calls to them go unanswered.
Teacher and teacher assistant turnover is high! Over a dozen each year. TA's and their children exit as quickly as they come in.
When my oldest was in the elementary school, the homework would be 2-3 hours a night. Today, there is far less homework for my younger children (a blessing for the entire family), but the quality of the work given is lacking. I expect more than gluing and copying spelling words. The math is far less challenging than past years.
Massive turnover at this school because administration and staff does not deal with bullying, sexual harassment, theft and vandalism. Many of the teachers are best buddies or related to one another so they struggle with fairness of students over staff/friendship comradery.
Worst private school in West Omaha. I am a huge supporter of private education, but this school's administration is lacking in quality and leadership. My carpool kids' conversation summed it up the best. The child stated, they are opening more preschool classes because they can't keep the older kids in the school. A school that once had wait lists in every grade now has openings in most if not all grades. Look at the reviews of this site. 1/3 are rated 1 or 2. Don't be fooled by this school's team that builds up reviews on this site. There were once many more negative reviews but they requested them taken down because names were mentioned in negative reviews.
If you are new to the area, talk to your neighbors, not current St. Patrick's families. I have been told on many occasions, "Oh, you go to that school where everyone leaves."
My advice would be to attend St. Wenceslaus, St. Vincent or Fremont Bergan if you are seeking a quality private school education. Families that zone in DC West or Omaha tend to stay at St. Patrick's or homeschool. Those in Elkhorn or Bennington leave. We had about a dozen children leave mid year to go to the Elkhorn public schools. At least that many said they are pulling their kids before the start of the next school year.
The head of the school makes no attempt to be a part of the community. This person does not know the students, does not attend sporting events, leaves early on Fridays and during parent teacher conferences, did not attend the Safety meeting regarding the parking lot during construction and refused to attend a Parish Council meeting after being asked to attend on multiple occasions.
New admin is a joke. No leadership qualities and is completely overwhelmed. Depends too much on vice-principal, for whom parents have little regard as a leader. (VP nice guy, though.) We, like many, are leaving. The teachers have been great, overall. School day will start 7:50-7:55 next year. The reason why has changed at least twice. It is a pity that the school is headed in a bad direction. I look forward to reading the overwhelmingly positive reviews sure to follow this one... Curious timing.
The teachers are wonderful, but the administration is lacking. The new principal is hands off. He does not introduce himself to groups, is not present during parent-teacher conferences, and passes his duties to the assistant principal. In December, my children didn't even recognize his name! The assistant principal lacks good judgement, allows bullying to take place, handles all discipline, does not have a consistent plan of action, and does not communicate with parents.