Having had my children at this school I can only speak highly of IOP. After extensive research all through Jacksonville I have to say that this school is the best. If you want your children grow academically and spiritually in a warm and truly caring environment then this is the school for you. By the way: the parent that wrote those reviews below will not hurt the school because it seems that's the intention. All the teachers do their very best daily, the staff is very professional and that is all I am looking for. I wanted my children love to go to school and they love it daily. Those reviews do not hurt the staff but a handful of catholic parents that might not have the chance to see the school themselves before they move into town. You hurt that handful of children that would thrive so much in that environment but cant because being a military child, mom and dad did not have anything but this review. The school will always grow in numbers since people in town know that this is the best school in town. Please use this homepage truthfully and not with the intent to hurt others. If you have a problem with something do not vent on a homepage!
It is truly sad if parents put their personal issues in regards to a report card or other into a public homepage making it harder for other parents to rate a school. Grow up! And use this page for what it is! if you send your child to a private school and want a catholic education please expect your child to go to church once a week! The parent who wrote about Father cannot be a true catholic. I am truly happy with this school and comparing it to others in Jacksonville I would say - there is no comparison! It is the best! Listen to the parents that have had their whole family in the school from Pre-K through 8th Grade!!!!
There is a new principal who has moved the school from text book learning to technology. There has been some nice changes but everyone school has issues. I think the pastor is more in tune than you think as I had an issue and he handled it. Unfortunately the bullying issue is worse by some teachers. I was told it would be handled but wasn't. I know you can't change all the problems out so I am moving my child to another school. There are just to many special rules depending on who you are, one day things are this way the next day totally different. I have hard of the silent reading issue but also have heard parents talk about the SLP (silent lunch program). This seems to be the new way not to have to deal with kids during lunch (especially for one teacher). Thankfully my child doesn't have lunch with her. I know my child not coming back will not make a big difference and I am sure there will be issues in public school but will take the chance. I do wish the school the best.
Zero stars was not an option! My child attended this school for only one year and that was TOO long! I wish I could agree with some of the comments saying that the teachers were of high quality but that was not my experience. After countless unsuccessful attempts to call, speak, and/or have a conference with her, I spoke with the principal who promised to make changes. 3 months later, nothing had been done. I attempted to reach the principal again and now she wouldn't respond. One teacher begged me to addreass the issue with the pastor stating my child was the type of child that a catholic school needed. At this point, I knew of other current IOP families that had attempted to speak with him regarding the same issues. When I had my meeting with him he completely lied to my face. It was at that point when I realized we were done. The school year was a complete and total loss. My child spent more time in church on a weekly basis than he did in the classroom; often to attend baptisms of parishoners! When they were in the class, they more often than not had SSR (sustained silent reading.) I am a product of Catholic schools education. To call this an education is a complete lie.
We are a former family of IOP. New Principal. That is a good thing. That being said, I am rating IOP on our experience. The teachers were great. The leadership-Principal, Pastor, Business Office-were awful. No transparency, no communication. There was bullying-of my children, and bullying of adults. IOP was not any where close to what I would call a wholesome, christian community. Our new school, also Catholic, is a 180 from IOP. Open, warm, inviting. I wish that for IOP. There is an actual Home and School that is run by the parents. The Pastor invites dialog from the Parents and has a Board of parents with limited jurisdiction for decision making on school matters. He makes investments in the school because he BELIEVES the school in the FUTURE. IOP's Pastor is afraid of all those things. I don't believe I once saw the IOP Pastor in the school. Our Pastor is regularly in the classrooms. And, sadly, many of the parents at IOP were so invested in the IDEA of a Catholic education that they had fooled themselves into believing they were getting one for their children, when in fact, it was a shell of what could have been a great education. They had the right to expect more.
After reading some of the reviews from earlier years, I wonder if these parents even attended the same school my children do. I agree with one parent's review that the new principal does, sit down with each student individually discuss their report cards with them. However, after accidentally walking past one such discussion, I shivered at the language this principal used when speaking with a child. The language was not foul, just condescending and riddled with empty threats in regard to a students performance. I was floored. The principal is equally condescending to parents. I sat in a meeting with her on several occasions and found her conversations personally offensive. Upon talking with one parent, I found out that her daughter was "unofficially suspended" the day the accreditation team would be in school. That sounded to me like the school had something to hide. This school lacks compassion and everything I would personally attribute to the Catholic faith and therefore a Catholic school. Perhaps if they changed their name to Infant of Prague Private School, then this elitist behavior would atleast be expected. We will not be returning after we complete this school year.
Being at IOP, I felt that I was in a safe environment. I was in this school from Pre-K to 6th grade and enjoyed it! I moved to another Catholic school that was twice the size of IOP, and the idea of a small and safe learning environment was out the window. Definitely an A++ school!
We have enjoyed our experience at this school. I could not ask for anything more for our children.
We believe a catholic school education is a gift, which will become part of who our children are and will help shape their character. This is a gift we wanted to pass to our children. IOP school and staff are truly a gift. Our children have attended IOP for the past 5 years. We and our children LOVE it. The children look forward to school. IOP provides an excellent education surrounded by God's love.
A++++++++ school! This is the most dedicated, loving, Catholic staff of teachers and principal that I have ever encountered. I have two children in the school and am proud to say that our family has been part of the IOP family for 3 wonderful years. The interim prinicipal is nothing short of amazing. She is EVERYWHERE, easily accesible to students, teachers, and parents. She truly, deeply, and honestly cares about not only the educational well-being of each student, but the spiritual, emotional, social, whole well-being of each student and family. Before sending the students home with their report cards, the principal sat with EACH child to go over their grades and class remarks. In regards to the lunch program, one dedicated and motivated parent has single-handedly taken it over and re-established a healthy, fresh lunch menu with the help of only a handful of dedicated volunteers. Our size may be small, but we are filled with the students and families who want to be here, who want to see the schol grow, and who want to spread the word about our wonderful school. My only regret is that our family won't be here to see our children through the 8th grade, as graduates of IOP.
Welcome to the new year. Bring my child back to find a new administrator not even from here (remember the last principal that ran the school from somewhere in WIlmington), no milk until school until if I remember right last Wednesday and school lunch was on Tuesday. Then I received in my childs book bag an order form for two fast food restaurants (nice healthy eating). I was one of the parents that complained about the past principal fixing lunches and am sorry that I did not step up but at least the lunches were healthy especially the salad bar. I wonder if the newspaper would like to do another article on our new lunch program after what they printed last year. I will say that the parents aren't as hateful thus far but feel for the faculty who I understand now teach art with all else to do. I did hear from the one family that the pastor was going to be more involved and that the reaccreditation issue that was flying all over the place last year, that the pastor will be asking for a postponement, good idea! After looking back I am sorry that I didn't support administration, the pastor and business folks. I am sorry for what they were put through. Pray for a better year.
Most teachers are great and try very hard to educate, however the the administration does not believe in giving out any information about how the school will improve or advance, they are even unwilling to have meetings with parents because they do not want to answer any tough questions. As an involved parent I can't believe the lack of effort from the administration to involve and inform the parents about what is going on in the school. I've asked about the fundraisers and I can't get any answers about how the money from the Scrip, HSA and other moneymakers are used. Most private schools have transparency in how funds are used but here no one is willing to give basic information. The school is due for re-accreditation and no one is willing to answer the question of how the school will be re-accredited. The academics are not the best either, I watched the Academic Derbies and followed the results, the fact that no student in our school could answer the simple question of what the most populous country in the world is, is very telling. My children won't be back.
I'm giving this school 1 star because of the teachers, but I can't say the same for the administration, I agree with the other parents there is a big problem with the current administration. After only 1 year of my kids been at this School I have decided we won't be back. The lack of responde and lidership from the administration is a big problem in this School.
Every school will have it's issues, that's a given. I am a public school bred adult and was excited about putting my children through Catholic education, which I held in such high regard. Educationally, I believe the faculty handled their positions well and really did my children justice with the education provided. I believe the student and family population was outstanding, as we all grew together through our children s experience. The reason why I rate this school with one star has to do with the relationship between the administration and the families. As an Active Duty Service member, I hold persons of leadership with high regard and expect them to perform in a professional manner. This is not the case for IOP. The principal is rarely available for meetings or communicates with the families, the front office airs other families dirty laundry, the bookkeeping is horrendous and it has caused all that I said above to sour our overall experience. This is just one persons experience, I would recommend when talking to them to address the issues you have read about, and formulate your own opinion.
I have had children at IOP for the last four years. I feel my children are challenged academically and more importantly, they have been in a Christian environment and taught that one's charcter and stewardship is of great value. I wouldn't trade my children's experience at IOP for anything. If people want to improve things maybe they should stop casting stones and become involved in the school. My children love IOP as much as I do. S.D.
We transferred my son to IOP after he was repeatedly bullied/beaten up on a public school bus and the situation was not handled properly. We liked IOP so much that we decided to send his younger brother there as well. My oldest son made a smooth transition to Northside High School last year and is doing very well academically and socially. More importantly, both he and his younger brother display a level of character that I rarely see in their peers outside of IOP. They are polite, respectful, charitable, and have been taught to love God and this country! The teachers at IOP are some of the most passionate that I have seen in the 15 years that I have had children in school. Although modest, the facilities are safe and well maintained. Since IOP requires community service and encourages parental involvement you feel like you are an important part of your child s education!
I love the school and so do my children. The children are happy and look forward to going to school. I have chidren in various grades and one that has graduated and is now in highschool and was well prepared not only academically but with great character and self confidence. We have never had a problem with bullying and the faculty including the administration are wonderful. The school prepares the children with the whole package. Great eduacation, great morals, great character building, great family atmosphere & is a safe christian environment. I was sorry to read the negative comments because as an involved parent for many years I have NEVER had any negative feelings about the school or administration.
Agree this is an excellent school. My high school child is also doing well. When the current school principal came and changed the math program I saw for the first time some advanced work for my child. I am also aware of the changes in the computer lab and library after the leadership change. I think that administration has done an excellent job with what they have to work with. My other child will continue, the religion needs changing and maybe bring back the science lab that the teaches got rid of a few years back. Also agree with the comment about the budget, don't think the pastor has that kind of power not to have one, Just someone not having all the facts which as usual leads to negative calls and emails.
I find the majority of the other reviews to be entertaining...I like fiction. The principle does not have the proper credencials and the pastor does not advocate having a budget for the school. I have no trust or confidence in either...that is why I am taking my child out of the school. That being said; the teachers are very good and caring, especially in the lower grades. Also, the Parocial Vicar (Father Tony) is outstanding. However, if you have a middle school student who is looking to excel in high school, the academic and athletic opportunities are very limited compared to the county schools.
I agree to what has been said recently. if you're a paying parent, your expectations and standards goes with it. not for anything negative, if only criticisms are taken constructively and acted upon well, IOP will be able to achieve the vision it has sought for in years. Education starts with the teachers. some are good, some are great like any other school. the principal has to be able to mold the structure of the academic program even if the curiculum is dictated by the the diocese. I believe it has strong potential to be the best. It is a safe, secure environment and the children are happy and well mannered.
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