Had my child enrolled in this school for a few years and have now left the school because of poor administrative management, laxed academic curriculum and racial bias. When we initially enrolled in the school, they had an upcoming, progressive and vibrant new Head of School, Mrs. Peck, who was great, and which is what originally drew us to the school. Unfortunately, she recently stepped down as head, and the school now has a new Head of School, Miss Walker, who was originally a school recruiter with no experience in running or heading a school. Even though our child is a strong student academically and did well, in my opinion, our last year at the school was a wasted year academically, with a horrible and racially biased and vindictive upper school teacher, who was unqualified and a bully to the kids. He bullied the kids in the class and punished and threatened them by using homework as punishment and detention daily! School administration did not act on numerous complaints and was not supportive. There were also several racially motivated incidents at the school during the year that were in my opinion, not handled appropriately by the administration, with attempts to only cover them up. I found that the school administration was non-supportive and our experience here was a total nightmare! The school has no minority teachers or administrators on staff and is insensitive to the needs of minorities, which is something we didn't take into account when enrolling here and is very important. In my opinion, the school is not what it use to be and was a setback to our child academically. I also felt that it was an unsafe environment for my child. We had a very disappointing year emotionally and academically, and immediately moved our child to another school.
There are many things that a great elementary school should offer: a safe, caring and positive environment; academics that challenge students and pave the way for success in high school; enrichment that inspires students. St. Stephen of Hungary School fully meets these goals and does so in beautiful ways, providing opportunities for older students and younger students to interact in joint activities, fostering a school spirit with all school events, encouraging parent involvement and giving students tools to succeed. Huge positives: weekly mass, weekly Phys Ed., weekly art, weekly music plus all school violin instruction, band, chorus, advanced math and science extra classes and French language instruction 3x per week, daily recess. The changeover in staff and administration over the past few years has slowed as teachers have settled and new administrators have joined and are thriving. Enrollment increases every year and new classrooms are being added in the adjacent building. Love this wonderful school!
I have two sons in the lower school and it is an amazing place. Both of my sons were reading in PK4. In Kindergarten, they were writing complete sentences of their own creation. The environment is loving with a great emphasis on being kind to each other. Teachers are loving and kind. The parent community is wonderful and loving and very active. Parents at the school are always taking care of each other's kids like their own. The teachers and principal are accessible to parents and they really will listen to you. The after school clubs are amazing and the guidance counselor hustles for her 8th graders. There is a strong music program. Students take violin and French from PK3 until 8th grade. If you're here, you're blessed or lucky. They are very accepting of students of other religions as well. We are not catholic.
The school teachers are really concerned for my kids well fare, and work very hard - there is excellent communication. They do their best to accommodate each child. We haven't come across any "class" divide (in fact the exact opposite). My kids are happy and the the school seems very effective.
HOMEWORK NOT CHALLENGING...TEACHERS EXPECT PARENTS TO COMPLETE THE STUDENT PROJECTS!!!! HOMEWORK SHOULD TEACH INDEPENDENCE. SS IS PERFECT FOR THE HELICOPTER PARENT WHO WANTS TO DO ALL OF THEIR CHILD'S HOMEWORK.
It's very unfortunate that some people are trying to create this upperclassmen vs. underclassmen divide. For the past three years Saint Stephen Students have been accepted to some of the best high schools in the city: Regis, Loyola, Marymount, Xavier, Dominican Academy. Obviously something is being done right.