I've seen several comments about the 2nd grade teacher. Well, this teacher is very challenging so, if your kid is a great student, he won't have any problem, on the contrary, if your child needs more support, he will have to do a lot of efforts. In any case, I think that after one year with Mrs. Layton, they will be really prepared for 3rd grade! My biggest concern with this teacher is the amount of homework. My son spends the whole day at school in a very challenging environment and he has to spend at least 1 hour doing homework almost every day and this is definitely too much. We must remember that these kids are only 7 years old so they need time to play... Regarding the school, I think it's a great school, they do a lot of things for the kids in every special occasion and they care and love them. My improvement suggestions would be to reduce the amount of homework, increase the recess time (they have only 30 minutes per day!) and add 1 more season of sport per week, they only do sport 45 minutes per week which I think it's not enough. Basically, academics are important but they are kids so they need more time to be just a kid.
My child is currently enrolled in St. Joseph an d has been there for 4 years now. I have no intention in switching schools, however, I was curious to see how others reviewed St. Joseph. I was honestly shocked and appalled on how other parents viewed the second grade teacher. I personally had an great experience with this teacher, she is tough but she means well. She wants the absolute best for her students, she nurtures as she molds and it is honestly the best thing that ever happened to my daughter. I reviewed her notebooks and scores before she entered the second grade and compared them to now, its amazing the improvements in all areas. All I can say THANK YOU Mrs. Layton, because of you my daughter is a better student. If you are looking for a school that doesn't push for great test scores or challenges the students to do better than go to a public school that could care less if a student passes to the next grade. If you want an average student this is not the school for you.
Although this school was not for us, we are grateful to have attended the early years there. Second grade was such a worthwhile year thanks to the experience and knowledge of that teacher, who my child will never forget. Although my child seemed like an average learner, this teacher nurtured her strengths and strengthened her weaknesses. All of the parents could not believe how far their children had come by the end of that year!
I have toured this school 3 times for my children during the course of 6 or 7 years. And something keeps bringing me back. I'm proud to say that finally both my children will be attending this wonderful school in the fall. I look forward to the next few years as my children pass through elementary and middle school at St. Joseph's.
This is an excellent school. My child has been here since Pre-K3 and so far we only have praise for their teachers and staff. I have overheard that the curriculum becomes more challenging in second grade, but there must be some parent / caretaker involvement in a child s education in order to ease into that transition. Relying solely on classroom instruction without any reinforcement in the home is only setting up your child up for hardship especially if they are struggling, and even more so with the implementation of the Common Core standards. Furthermore, I believe it is extremely unfair that higher performing students have to take a backseat to those who underperform; this slows down classroom instruction. No one ever addresses this issue. Reinforcing material learned in the classroom does not have to be an expensive investment, in most cases a workbook, patience and sheer dedication works just fine. I would much rather prefer a school that challenges my child s intellect than settle on mediocrity.
This school appears to be the best place for your child to attend school. That is until other parents give you the warning about the second grade teacher . It's only september and we now understand what we didn't back in june. In my opinion this school should give an IQ exam to all entering students. It would provably help them better profile their students before accepting them since all they really care is the school's status. Submitted by someone who cares about every child's feeling .
I have a grandchild at this school. Everything goes well until they enter second grade. At this point they need to compete with the school's future "Ivy league students in order to have a pleasant day at school. The school needs to give love and understanding to all their students even those that don't meet their profile. Submitted by a concern grandparent.
At first I was happy with St. Joseph's School Yorkville, but as my children moved up in grades I started to have my doubts. The teachers care for the students, and the school is a clean/safe environment. I started to become skeptical when I did not see a change in the work as the state adopted the new Common Core Standards. In the several years my children have been in the school they have NEVER completed an independent writing piece, that's just unacceptable!! If your child is on grade level they will do fine because instruction is whole group in a large class size. The students above grade level as well as those that may need some help will not have their needs met. If the student can't follow whole group instruction you will be told by the principal that they should be evaluated without data to support or strategies implemented within the school. I know several families that this has happen to! Very Disappointing! You will be better off sending your child to a public elementary school in the area.