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Infant Of Prague Catholic School5
Posted March 30, 2015
- a parent
I normally don't ever write reviews, but when I heard what was being said about IOPCS on greatschools.com, I felt compelled to do so. It's interesting how people can have such different opinions about the same school! Our three years at IOPCS have been nothing short of excellent. I have LOVED all of my daughter's teachers - each year I think "there can't be someone better than _____", but each year there is! She is thriving at IOPCS with straight As and we couldn't have asked for a better academic experience for her. With that being said, just because you're at a private school does not mean issues aren't going to crop up - it's to be expected at any academic institution. It would be na ve to think that we're insulated from anything problematic just because we're paying tuition. I believe that sometimes when good experiences occur, we're too busy to take the time to tell people about them and the loud people with an axe to grind keep talking louder - throw in some borderline hyperbole and you have a recipe for a great school being undermined by a few people who are basically throwing (anonymous) cyber temper tantrums. Without a doubt, IOPCS is an incredible school!
Bravo to the previous review! I couldn't agree more and find it terribly disconcerting that parents with personal issues find a venue like this to express their discontent. My child graduated from IOPCS and was well prepared both academically and morally for the rigors and challenges of high school. I'm so thankful we had this option!
Agree with the statements below for the most part especially the poor leadership,it appears our school leadership is an about me attitude. I found out yesterday that my children were off the property without permission, thought the recess issue would have opened her eyes. Lately I am not sure if the principal , her assistant or the fourth grade teacher running the school. They all talk down to folks like they are second class. If they knew what people are really saying they would be shocked. Unfortunately I will be in the group of my two children not returning, let them try and bill me for volunteer hours,I already stopped that after the second telling me it would be h e r way. Several of us parents were talking they can't even figure out the childcare piece out and they want to raise fees. Good luck June isn't coming soon enough.
I came to this site because this is how we decided where to bring our kids a few years ago. I was considering bringing them after we didn't return this year. After talking to several families and reading below won't happen sorry to say. I do agree that they should change the Christ like in all especially if you have any dealings with administration and some teachers. They pretend really well in front of the priest but last year in the lobby two teachers were going at it in the lobby. Are all the faculty even qualified and do they pay tuition like my family had to sacrifice for. I hope that before my kids grow up they will be able to come back to Infant of Prague Public School. Right now CCD is great for religion no my way only leadership and the teachers actually do a great job from what a t I see of using the schools so called slogan. Does my envelope on Sunday go to the school or CCD hope the latter. I am sorry to hear some of my friends say there not returning but after seeing and hearing of all the teacher and assistant openings and those already gone I understand. I bet this was a great a t school at one time.
It's sad but we're done. Very unprofessional leadership. My kids seem to come home every week to tell us another teacher is leaving they liked their PE teacher but they said he is going. I also find it disturbing the list of folks not returning to teach according to our bulletin. My family was in for the basketball tournament and was embarrassed on the final day when it appeared she was chastising a parent in the bleachers. The gossip and bullying are back, when they decide to bash school families and staff it shouldn't be in the bleachers on a Sunday. My family also has quit volunteering and quit using school support envelopes because nothing is good enough unless it's her way. I know my children tuition won't make a difference not being there next year.
Sadly I agree with several of the previous comments. The leadership is really missing when it comes to people skills. My family has also stopped volunteering due to administration s chastising, yelling and not listening. Don't understand how one or two people can speak for all school families instead your told this is the way it is. My children say you can't speak much or you get ion trouble guess recess is the new punishment. Our family unfortunately will not be interested in going forward and can spend the $7500 in tuition we would be paying elsewhere. Our family doesn't need to be talked down to by administration and her assistant s. I received the brochure at the breakfast they held it said something about Christ like in what they do must be only at mass.
Now that $Spanish and Science are going well finally I would add Math. Our family will not be returning as I feel there lacks proper administration.The grading is not consistent by no means from one grading period to another. I first thought it was just me but there are other parents that have had the same issues with administration. She is very condescending and you can barely get a word in edge wise. In the end it's her way period because she says so. I along with other families have stopped volunteering and donating for the simple fact it's not good enough for her, she always has to change it to her way. I feel sorry for the faculty if she manages them the same way ,only difference they get paid. I don't recall a parent meeting yet since she started to find out what parents were looking for to be done at the school. Someone told me she has school age children if so why wouldn't they be there, speaks volumes. We decided not to return when we got the paperwork this weekend showing a tuition increase. Why pay hard earned money for tuition to be treated like a second class volunteer and parent. I wish the school well,there are parents that also have educated degrees.
My children attends this school and enjoy their friends. Unfortunately, while at a soccer game some parents were talking and verified things I have heard. There is a huge gap between the parents and administration, they use this thing schoolspeak which is good for homework. I agree with the parents all sense of communication is gone. Last week a gift wrapping package came home, no information where the money was being spent. This year is worse than last for communication, I have several children in the school and have yet to get the same message (must less timely) from the teachers. I don't blame them am sure they are micro-managed liked everyone else. As a parent I can understand why no one wants to volunteer. While I know this is soccer field talk this happened with previous administrations and it panned out. I have been in the school several times only to hear administration and staff talking loudly about people. I wonder how secure my children's information. I am grateful that all my children attend Mass. I would like to continue for my children to attend next year, but if these parents are right about her treatment of parents and staff can't happen, this is not public school.
I've had friends leave for similar reasons. Supplies are OLD, academic curriculum was low, unfriendly staff. We were open minded and patient with all these issues as a new Principal came in. I wish I had followed my gut and listened to the reviews. In the morning the kids attend the front lobby for what they label as PRAYER. They are told to be "Solemn", saying "God Bless You" ( in lieu of the child's name) the song has to be sung quietly, no clapping or excitement. They have to circle around her, in a robot manner saying "goood mooorning Mzzz Cuuupsta, Thaaaaaank Yooooou Mzzzzzzz Cupsta". No excitement is allowed. It's pretty creepy. That's not a place I want my child. I want my child to be in a pleasant HAPPY learning environment. My kids loathed going. Other kids claimed they were using food for punishment/taking away outside time, getting SNATCHED up by their arm for unjust cause, coming home with unexplained bruising. Please don't start bashing on my opinion as it is MY OPINION and EXPERIENCE (good or bad). Good luck in your search for a school. Take Care.
As a parent of several children in the school I find the recent comment a bit skewed. Apparently they didn't have children in the school last year. My children actually enjoy going to the school this year for the exact opposite of what was written. The hiring of many positive teachers along with a new principal that is advancing my children's education is a breath of fresh air. Yes the so called admin assistants are stilling in every bodies business but you can't change everyone. The school basically seems to have injected new life and has a much better overall attitude towards everyone. The principal when I have spoken to her truly is concerned about education and the faith of the children. Unfortunately she can't be everywhere or join the little groups that feel it necessary to be the problem vs part of the solution. It is easy to criticize, now I wonder how that is Christ like in all we do!! As for the admin assistants I am sure the principal will get a handle on this or make the necessary changes. Keep up the good work as my children enjoy the school and the positive changes.