August 11, 2015
I am a parent of three children that have attended St. Pius X for the past several years. We left the public school system because our children were not being helped or valued, and they were lost in a system that only values rigorous testing and standards. The curriculum at SPX is current and diverse, and there are plenty of opportunities for extra-curriculars, clubs, sports, and the arts. Their music and dramatic arts are some of the best in town for a lower-grades school. Their math and science teachers have fostered growth and interest in my children. Math is challenging and has opportunities for advanced classes, and recent fundraisers have provided for a new science lab. They do follow common standards for education and curriculum, but my guess is that it's not "rigorously" monitored because the students there have no problem meeting the standards that the school itself has set. There are benchmark tests in place to assess these things (Stanford, OLSAT), but the emphasis on the testing is extremely low-key and my children have never (never-ever) come home stressed out or upset over the content or duration of these tests, though they have always done just fine. There are enough kids there that my children have found friends with genuine common interests - whether it be sports, legos, or outside-of-school activities. Yet the environment is small enough that we feel like we know everyone in their class and it is more like a big family than a sea of unfamiliar faces. The administration changed several years ago, and the Principal and VP are extremely caring and considerate. They listen to parents and from a personal standpoint they have worked with us on many occasions to ensure that our children are receiving the best education and environment possible. And we are far from being large donors in any form or fashion the church or school, which says to me that they care about all of their students and families - not just a select bunch. The teaching staff is a great mix of experience and youth and comprised of a good balance of male/female teachers. The students are given a ton of leadership opportunities in and out of the classroom, and character education is stressed every single day. The quality of education we have received at St. Pius goes far beyond the monetary value, which is also more than fairly priced for all that they offer their families.
- submitted by a parent