It was claimed at SJA that my son was not "grade level" in many academic areas. This required extra work for us at home, hiring a tutor, Title 1, Special Ed etc...and a lot of negativity from classmates and teachers. Once my child left SJA and joined a public school he JUMPED an entire grade level in reading and is now thriving in his academics! He is so happy to be done with the negative atmosphere at SJA and loves school! I just wish I had questioned the teachers and staff at SJA more about their assessments of him and their lack of abilities sooner. Could have saved our family a lot of grief. In my opinion, the only thing SJA staff and teachers are good at is taking credit for everything good the children do, no matter what work the parents have put into it and blaming any negative behavior or academic performance solely on the parents and child. Matter of the fact is, children have issues when something is wrong, and now that we left SJA there are no issues .
My family was not happy with the administration, teacher quality, or culture in general. Parent involvement is strongly suggested in the form of volunteering time to help the school raise more money (on top of the tuition you pay), but involvement as defined on this site, working as a team with teacher and administration for the well being, development of your child and so on, THAT is not encouraged at all. In my opinion there are other schools in the area that have more approachable staff and richer culture/education for your child to thrive in.
I have been a parent and volunteer at SJA for over 15 years and couldn't be prouder of the quality, commitment and tremendous outcomes that are emblematic of the school. My kids performed so well in middle school and high school because of both the academic and social standards to which they were held by the faculty and staff of SJA. SJA is a blessing to parents, students and our community.
SJA is above & beyond an exceptional school! As a teacher and current stay at home mom (who is not Catholic), sending my child(ren) to the Academy was just a given.. In fact, before my husband and I were married, this was already decided. The student teacher ratio is wonderful, as is the accelerated curriculum. Each night my child has school work, not too much, that is more enrichment than 'homework.' Our friends in the public schools do not have this. When I was working, I witness firsthand the quality of a SJA education when students would enter the 7th grade at the Middle School and it was a year of review for them!! As for the school community, it is family. Not just now, but forever. Yes, there is tuition, but that is nothing compared to what the children recieve. One last thing, my son LOVES school! He gets upset
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