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De Paul Catholic High School

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Posted March 8, 2014

I am a student of De Paul Catholic and I thought that he school would be the best experience I've ever had in high school. Fortunately that was the case! It is such an awesome classes. The teachers are so respectful and fair. The only problem I have with the school is the price of the school lunch. If you are trying to decide if you want to send your children there you should, it is a great experience and worth the money.

Posted November 12, 2013

These reviews are WRONG. We are all a family, and yes there are cliques as within ANY high school, but at the end of the day, coming together to be a part of the PIT for sports, or raising money for a family whose mother or father has been diagnosed with cancer, THOSE are the things that make DP great. As with any school, there are good and bad teachers. The new president is really looking to give DePaul a more prestigious name. Everything about this school is great and if someone tells you that they or their child didn't like it, then they didn't take advantage of it. No one liked going outside to go to class in the middle of winter, and the space wasn't necessary. And as for the food company- the food was gross. They got rid of it due to student complaints and bought their own food and rehired the same staff that the company had working there, paying them out of pocket. And they didn't close down one cafeteria to save money, they did it because the new schedule made it so that all of the students could fit in one cafeteria (the original split of cafeterias was because they couldn't all fit) so whoever wrote that is ignorant and should check their facts.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 30, 2013

DePaul isn't that special. Realistically, it's a waste of money unless you have to get your child out of a violent school setting. Many teachers aren't even certified, then there are those who are certified but not in the field in which they are teaching (ask about those PE teachers, for example). Teachers do not attend annual teaching update classes and are decades behind public school teachers. The administration is mainly interested in how many kids they can get to keep their doors open (and a paycheck in their mailbox). The exception to that statement: Sister Jeanne. Their numbers continue to fall for many reasons, some of which I mentioned here. They've been cutting staff like never before, they closed one cafeteria, got rid of those ugly, rented trailer classrooms (to save rent) and got rid of the food service company to save money. Of course, the administration continues to get their wonderful salaries, at the expense of the teachers and students. Disgusting, immoral, and unethical. Go elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 6, 2012

Sent my two children to DePaul... and very glad I did. There are issues at ALL high schools, but when all is said and done... you will be glad...Very happy with most teachers, happy that values and morals are also taught..My children might of had mixed emotions about the school at age 16 and 17, but now at 22 and 24,,,I was so nice to hear them say,, thanks mom it was the best choice !!!.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 8, 2011

DePaul has a mentality that students who do not fit in with the majority of other students are flawed in some way, and so the administration should take it upon themselves to correct the problem. In fact, they send several students to counseling every year for this reason. Unfortunately, this often does more harm than good, as not fitting in with high school students is often a sign of virtue opposed to a problem. A basic understanding of ethics and human history makes it clear that you should not stifle diversity. Good thing MLK, Ghandi, Jesus, and John Lennon did not attend a school with DePaul s mentality.

Posted July 13, 2011

I you are not Vincentian or a strong athlete, please do not spend your money. These are the only students the school promotes.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 2, 2009

The school is great for makign friends and to prep you for college. But the teachers are horrible and do not know how to teach. do not apply here (unless you need friends)
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 9, 2009

Check the dress code and the lack of it being enforced. It is very small example to the problems. Happy with some teachers and not with others- find that at all schools. How many graduates went to top level schools? I don't knw?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 15, 2008

DP can be fantastic or lousy due to a number of reasons- parental guidance,student work ethic, and the keeping of the quality staff. Those who work WITH the school gain great benefits. Those who don't, waste their money. Also, athletics are very important but don't come before academics. That is not the case at many other schools!

Posted November 16, 2008

The school advertises a great sentiment of family and unity. Most students and faculty know each other by first name. DePaul is gorged with the typical rallies, celebrations, and Catholic ceremonies. Suffice it to say, the school exerts a chauvinistic need for students to fuse with the crowd and zealously follow it's creed. As a result, individuality and self-expression are parlous detained. I am not condescending the school on it's dress code or presentation policies. I am disappointed more so with the low tier arts program, overscrupulous faculty, and the subconscious mental tax of fitting in . I wish I had more space so I could give a full account, but to put mildly: DePaul is not a cure for apathy, case closed.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 6, 2008

DePaul is a place where everyone can make friends. Everyone can find something to do here; it doesn't matter who you are you will be accepted by someone. They make freshman very welcome and all the teachers are both challenging and kind. They obviously want you to do your best. The only things I could say about DePaul that aren't excellent is that the laptops are expensive and responsibility is a must to have them and take care of them. Also being a well-rounded student is something that a student will develop at DePaul or come with at the start of Freshman year. DePaul is the place to be for anyone who wants the complete high school experience including fun, friends, and friday night football games along with the studies that will get you the farthest you can go in life.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 23, 2008

Ms. Brewer is a terrific teacher. She puts her heat and soul into her classes. I am so happy my son has her for English.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 5, 2008

I love high school, and i am sure it is of DPCHS. They work hard to make a great, guided learning experience. Its not like other high schools who throw you to the lions.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 28, 2008

depaul catholic is a joke...I cannot belive how they treat my child...I agree that they stick together as a family but if you are not in vincention classes or honor classes its basicly a party school with tons of parting and no learning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 24, 2008

My son will be graduating DePaul this year. We are so happy to have been a part of DPCHS. It was for sure the right choice. DePaul is truly the place to be! The staff is wonderful and the students are so nice. Thank you DePaul for such a wonderful experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 23, 2008

As a parent of a student who has had a great experience as a member of the 'DePaul family' however, I believe that DePaul is an exceptional school with exceptionally caring and competent staff and administration. A private Catholic education is not for everyone. But if that is what you seek, you will not find a better place to send your son or daughter.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 16, 2007

I have had two children attend DePaul Catholic High School over a period of 10 years. The school has changed a great deal over time and not for the better. I am very disappointed with the current administration and while I was at one time very active in the school and very proud that my daughter attended DePaul, now I can't wait for the younger child to graduate.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2007

I graduated from De Paul after many years of public schooling, and found that it is a Great Literature and academic school only. There are limited Extra and No vocational classes which is very disappointing. The Guidance counselors were great, but some of the teachers needed to be looked at. This is a Great Prep School for college bound students only.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 14, 2007

I am currently a student at De Paul catholic highschool and in my opinion it is not worth the amount of money they charge for enrollment. The administration cares more about thier name and reputation then they care about the kids. With the exception of Sullivan, Ferrito, Brother Robert, and Henry, the teachers dont't know how to teach.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 28, 2007

I just graduated from DePaul a month ago and I did not like it at all. There were so many rules that you had to follow and all of the teachers and the faculty had attitudes. The education was not good as I thought it would have been. I would have been better off in a public school. DePaul Catholic only cared about their name not the students.
—Submitted by a student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 98% 52%
Black 1% 19%
Hispanic 1% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
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