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.
I'm Just Not Sure! The teachers and staff are very kind, and i am so glad my kids seem to be more sheltered then the kids in my neiborhood. I am just confused weather my kids are getting the best education available. The teacher student ratio is NOT great, comparabley. There are 20 students and more in a class. Also, if your not a stay at home mom, it is pretty hard to keep up with the work. It seems like I have to help all 3 of my kids with every homework problem, they just cant all 3 have learning issues. Also, is the help they need speaking for the education they are recieving or not recieving. Last I am not sure if they are prepared when leaving for high school, I havent gotten there yet but I wish I had more feed back..
Sounds like the last review must not have gotten what they wanted at a meeting or is trying to run the school. My child has been there several years and I find with the exception of a few faculty members not on board that my child is getting a solid education. I agree with a statement written earlier if things are so bad why are their kids still in the school? As for vision obviously they are clueless as to where the school has been in the past ( I know one of my children graduated from there) and another will if I have anything to do with it. The so called trend lines are from folks like the one below that live in the negative world, wonder the last time they volunteered or actually said something positive. Stuff like the comment below is what hurts the school not administration.
I took the tour and had an interview with the school administrator and found her to be quite helpful, above board and even had suggestions for my child once enrolled in the school. I brought my child from the public school system and the person that wrote the negative trend lines and bad talked the administration has a rude awakening when their kids get in public school. You don't run those schools, faculty or administration nor have any input. Just because I decided to put my child in the school and pay tuition does not give me those rights. When I left the meeting I felt very welcomed by the principal, felt confident in what she is doing and that her superiors must feel the same since she is in the position. I agree with the last review move on if you think it is greener elsewhere, Good Luck with that.
Faculty is tremendous and singular reason why school remains functional. However, IOP has significant ongoing problems due to the following: extremely poor communication (administration to both faculty and parents), no evidence of mid to long range planning (zero vision for growth or improvement), and no coordinated effort to enhance parental involvement at the school (opinions/feelings of parents are not valued) Bottom line is that my children are receiving a good education at IOP. Whether a child will receive a good education there next year, or two years from now, I cannot say with certainty. The trend lines are negative due to the aforementioned reasons. Strongly recommend a personal interview with the principal, and tour of facilities prior to enrollment decision.
My grandchild loves the school. Fr. Ernest has begun to make a difference with his presence and care for the school. I understand the office issue but try walking into the office in a public school, my other grandchild goes there and it just does not happen. This school has come a long ways, Mrs. Marks has upgraded text books and enough can't be said about the music dept.. I can't remember if it was Fr. Joe or Fr. John that was here before, it would have been nice to have him here with Fr. Ernest to work in a positive way with kids and parents. You still here in car line some folks being so negative, if it is so bad why are they still here?
I have kids in school right now. I feel that the teachers are great. My kids are happy, disciplined and well mannered. I do feel some frustration towards the lack of professionalism the office staff shows to visitors (whether you are there to volunteer or pick-up your child). You can stand in the reception counter or the office door and no one acknowledges your presence. Sometimes you have to interrupt social interactions between staff and teachers to get your point across.
Have one child in the school for a second year and my child also loves the school. I find the principal and pastor to be very good with the kids and very caring. They both try and do what they say and understand the school is about the kids and their education and not personal agendas as I have witnessed. Having an only child is important to have quality education and have an administration from the top that cares deeply about children. I second the comment about the lady that sells gift cards, great program and I don't feel bombarded by fundraisers. Last year there were so many negative families which was disruptive to the school. Hopefully, Ms. Marks and Fr. Ernest can keep this in check this year, I don't know how they do it with the cheap tuition we pay.
Infant of Prague Catholic School is a great school. My Children attended this school for 3 years before we had orders and we miss it. The small family like community inside the school and Christian atmosphere is something hard to find. There is no perfect school. Every child's needs and learning styles are different. This school offers a chance for a good education with moral values. That to me is priceless. I feel blessed that my children were able to attend this school from 2005 to 2008. We had teachers that were wonderful and willing to work with us and our children. We had Mrs. Marks leading our school in a new direction making many updated changes and doing a great job. Look beyond negative statements and make your judgement based on what you think not someone else's. God lead your interest to this school for a reason.
My child has attended Infant of Prague for four years. I have nothing but praise for the administration, faculty, and staff of the school. The students follow a strong curriculum that has been updated by the current administration, especially in mathematics. The school is safe, the administration and the teachers care greatly about the students and we are more than happy and satisfied with this school. Unfortunately, the people who have complained here, and I have both heard them and know who they are, would complain about anything. These are the same people who complained about the last administration and would undoubtedly complain if God himself ran the school. They are not only incorrect in their comments, but have no idea what they are talking about. Infant of Prague is superior to the public school system in curriculum, discipline, values, character, and overall worth.
While I'm not completely satisfied with Infant of Prague, I do believe it is a fine school. I must caveat this statement that I would not be happy with any school unless it was run by God himself. All schools are institutions, run by people who are imperfect, thus their institutions will be imperfect too. If the people below who are complaining have such issue with the school, take them out of the school immediately. If that is not an option, for whatever reason, then it can't be that bad. They should ask themselves 'What have I done to positively contribute to the school?' Academically the school is great. The administration has made decisions that I don t agree with, but I m not in their shoes and don t see the big picture as they do.
My children have attended Infant of Prague school for the last 6 years. I love the small, family like environment. I love the uniforms, and the structured environment. I feel my children are receiving a top noch education and their report cards and standardized testing scores seem to validate my feelings. I would definately recommend IOP to new families.
This is not a good school anymore. The teachers know what they are doing, but that is where it stops.
My child attended IOP for the 2006-07 school year. I can not say enough great things about this school. The school is by far the best in the Jacksonville area. The academic program was outstanding. Parental involvement was highly encouraged and welcomed. The staff and families were wonderful. My family will cherish the time she spent at IOP. April
We feel so blessed for our children to be part of I.O.P. The quality of education, moral values, and Christian environment makes this the best school in Jacksonville. Wonderful music program, art program, and basketball is big at our school. The Spanish classes and computer classes are excellent additions to the education the children receive. I love the parent involvement. It is like a family. The is overall an excellent school.
There is no better school in Jacksonville. The childrens main focus is on academics. They don't have to deal with all the drama and disobedience that goes on in other schools. The teachers all expect a lot out of the students and themselves. My child loves going to school everyday and has a wonderful group of friends.
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