We love St. Pats! New Principal Graham is amazing. She is the most knowledgeable school administrator we have ever met. She has the vision, knowledge and passion to make St. Pats one of the finest K-8 Catholic schools in the country! I love that when I drop my kids off in the morning the values that we're trying to instill at home are being reinforced rather than torn down at school. St. Pats is a small, kind, compassionate community with strong academics. As stated by the outside director in the playbill for our recent Godspell Jr. performance, "St. Patrick School is one of the warmest, kindest, most giving, honest and welcoming places I have had the privilege to work at, and I would love to come back to direct another show."
I think the wonderful reviews are from when Sister was there. Lately the school has litttle to no comunication with parents regarding anything. Students are blamed for gossip regarding things that will be happening in the school, and people who don't even attend the school are called out in the school newsletter. There is absolutely no consistancy, and when a matter arrises it is quick to be put on the parents. Personal info is given out to parents regarding about other parents. Most of the staff are very judgmental towards families. There is little to no proffesionalism in the school at all. I don't know what has happened to this school once sister left, but I truly am glad my child graduates this year.
All I can say is my kid can read, add, spell, and do science projects at a very advanced level, especially compared to her friends that attend the local public school. It's true, we don't have the bells and whistles of the public schools. But at St. Pats, this absence fosters such an incredible creativity and analysis amongst the students that the intellectual outcome is impressive. I can't think of better tools for success. Critical modern advancements in such technology as computers are at the same time provided for. You do not have to schedule meetings with the teacher here. You just come in and talk to them. You can also email them and call them on their cellphones for an equally quick response - even on the weekends! And what conflicts do arise are handled quickly and effectively. We don't really need anti-bullying rallies at St. Pats because a moral code is as much apart of the education here as reading and math!
Excellent & challenging academics, superb teaching staff, wonderful community for students/parents. Many opportunities abound within the school from sports, clubs, enrichment programs and more. Monthly school masses, morning prayer with pledge of allegiance and many more forgone education rituals that are so important in American education. Each student is worked to their fullest potential and the very best is demanded from each and every student. There are 3 pillars of core values which are Faith, Wisdom and Knowledge- which is steeped in each clover of the shamrock. Saint Patrick's is a seacoast gem!!
Fourth grade is understaffed, probably underpaid, and frazzled with too many students. The teacher sent out an email to all parents telling them to teach their students to behave in class. Clearly the teacher is overwhelmed. Parents are discouraged from helping, and there are no classroom aides.
This is the best school in the seacoast area! The teachers are the very best & very caring! The principal is the best the school has had since Sr. Carol in the 1990s. If you are looking for quality education and a place for your child to grow, this is the place to be!!
St. Pat's is a great school. Solid academic program, positive social environment and a wonderful community of parents, teachers, staff and students. If you are looking for a school with challenging academics and high expectations for behavior -- you'll be very happy here. We are!