My son also attends this school and agree with the comment below for the most part. I do take issue with the inconsistent grading and the so called effort grade. I don't see where the students benefit from this. I also have found the principal (new) to be attentive and working to correct some of these issues. While I realize nothing is perfect I feel given the opportunity the principal will make this a better school. The parish has been extremely positive to my family since our arrival and our family is happy to be a part of it. There is a gentleman in one of the offices that while at first seemed very direct has assisted my family both about the school and parish life. The parish I came from wasn't as welcoming as he and others have made us feel. I know this isn't the proper venue but since Religion is important in the school I feel the Pastor has delivered several good messages on various Sunday's that benefit us all. I plan to bring my son back again and when my other child is of age will enroll her.
Just excellent! My son goes to this school so this is a current review with the new principal. I can't speak highly enough of our experience at IOP. My son's teachers are incredibly compassionate and caring and take the time to really know him. I feel this is the best education he has received (we moved from a previous school due to military). The Catholic teachings have been superior, and my son actually encourages ME to attend Mass more and read the Bible at night. Not even kidding. He loves it there. He feels cared for, and he is, and is thriving in his education. I have nothing negative to say about this school, Parish, or staff. Everyone is very kind here and I feel so blessed we can be a part of this school.
Discipline at this school is severely lacking. After being called to pick up our child from this school multiple times for "behavior issues", we transferred our child(ren) to public school. We had a conference with the public school principal, social worker, and other support staff regarding our child's IEP. We have had no behavior issues with our child(ren) since making the switch to the public school. The academics are more challenging and better suited to their grade levels than they were at IOP. We do miss the daily religious education, but with weekly religious education class and home teachings, and regular mass attendance, our children are doing well. If you are looking for a school that teaches the whole child, academically and socially/emotionally, I would not recommend this private institution. The SLP (silent lunch program) is also not an effective means of discipline. The public school is much more suited to teaching social skills such as self control, conflict resolution, coping skills, and bullying prevention, helping children grow into more well-developed students.
I would like to respond to the previous two posts: First of all, I am sure the people who visit this site looking for information will see clearly the last two posts involve personal issues. All points are not proven facts except the sentence regarding the lack of a science teacher at this current time. The "petition" story is hearsay, misquoted from a child. Children often misquote and misunderstand larger contextual issues. The petition was NOT started by a teacher-I know this personally as I have middle school children and the school squashed any notion immediately. Regarding teachers running principals away...Again, yet another example of a personal squabble between parents and further illustrates the parent's blatant ignorance of the overall involvement of the teachers at IOP. I simply cannot believe a parent would not know if their child was or was not taught science. I implore the previous two parents who posted such incendiary comments get involved and volunteer with your child's teacher. See for yourself how involved these superlative, dedicated instructors are with YOUR child...OUR FUTURE...I am very happy with my children's teachers and the school overall.
The middle school now has no science class taught by a science teacher. Previously science was being taught. The 4th, 5th, and 6th grade were combined for their daily science class and the 7th and 8th grade had separate 45 minute classes daily. They now have the social studies and language arts and math teachers integrating science into their classes. There is now no science class with a period of its own. This is supposed to only be until next year when the school should hire a science teacher. All classes are now an hour long instead of 45 minutes so the language arts and social studies and math teachers' extra fifteen minutes of time per period are to be dedicated to science.
Yesterday my children were asked to sign a petition against a new schedule. When I asked who told them they said a teacher REALLY!. I guess times have changed now when teachers that may not like doing something they have the kids start a petition. This is really nice leadership in a private school environment. It seems that for the first time in the last 2-3 years that the teachers are being given some lesson directions that benefit the kids besides smart boards. It appears that no matter what principal is leading faculty finds it necessary to be non-supportive as shown trying to have my children sign a petition. I was told by another parent that Science isn't going to be taught, I went directly to the principal and actually found out my children weren't receiving science anyway and now they would by adding 15 minutes more instructional time. What a novel idea instructional time for students which is what I am paying for, my children to learn. I think instead of changing principals so much from being run out by some faculty maybe the faculty should evaluate whether they can fit in or move on. So far it appears that the new principal is about the children again what a novel idea.
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.
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.
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