As a recent medical school graduate, I can say that Padua is an exceptional high school that motivates, challenges, and inspires hard work, dedication, and ethical practice. Padua had tough classes and high expectations, but in the end- we are all better off for it. The faculty and staff are very supoortive and helpful and it is evident that the school values its students. Various programs, scholarships, and services are found at Padua that are unparalleled when compared to other schools. I took all of this for granted when I was a student there, but as a "grown up" that has seen and experienced what the normal is at other places, I just love and appreciate Padua that much more. Also, how many schools that you know of offer a med-track program for future health care providers? This program is fantastic and offers high school kids a chance to shadow, work, and volunteer in settings that interest them with mentors that they aspire to be.
Making it into National Honor Society is a subjective process, not an objective process. My daughter had great grades and participated in many organizations. She represented Padua on the state level. She wrote the winning "There Ought to be a Law Essay Contest", the year she graduated. She was a member of the All Ohio State Fair Band. We watched a lot of students who did less make it into NHS. Obviously, the teachers ignored my daughter's contributions. One teacher falsely accused my daughter of missing so much time in front of the whole class.. In fact, my daughter had perfect attendance and any time she was not there, was cleared before hand by the office. The teachers at Cleveland State got it right when they inducted my daughter into Golden Key, a national college honor society. The teachers at Padua who did not vote my daughter into NHS ripped her heart right out of her. They were not in our kitchen when our cheerful daughter cried her head off. If you want your hard working child to be appreciated, pick another school. My daughter is now a teacher. Former parent.
I am a freshman at Padua and I have to say I love it! The people are friendly and the teachers are great! It is a very challenging school with a great ciriculum and there are many honors courses. There are so many clubs to belong to so every student can find a place to belong. Padua is a great place to be!
My 3 sons attended this school in the past 8 years. All went on to college and did very well. Padua prepared them for the future. The extra curriculars were also great for my children. I would definately recommend this school.
I am currenlty a student of Padua Franciscan High School. My Elementary experiance was a living nightmare, so when I moved to Padua it was amayzing. I have made so many friends there. The curriculem strandards are high, but I like the challange. The teachers are amayzing and always help. The extra curriculares are so variable that there is literally something for everyone. I love Padua. It's like a second home!
Padua has a very high educational program to help students. My child has become very successful with a good degree.
Sending me to Padua was one of the best things my parents did for me. Padua goes above and beyond in all aspects. It is one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country. It produces several merit scholars and high school seniors earn millions of scholarship money. I loved my time at Padua. There was a lot for me to be involved in. Teachers were supportive and fun. The environment was friendly. Students at Padua don't even lock their lockers- there is such a sense of trust. I owe a lot to Padua Franciscan. It gave me a drive to succeed, a hunger to serve others, and the inspiration to guide my spiritual life. Because of Padua, I am attending one of the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the country with most of my tuition paid and earning a 4.0 because of the college prep Padua gave.
This school was very ineffective in preparing me for the collegiate level. I wish I would have attended Lakeview High School in Cortland, OH. That is a great institution.
Pauda is a college-prep school. The standards are high than at a poblic school. The grading scale is higher, so an F is a 69, not 59. The teachers are amazing. NOt all of them are great, but some of them are really passionate about their job and really help you and teach you not only about school, but also life. I appreciate what they have done for me. Some of the clubs are really worthwile and the retreats are wonderful. Padua does a lot of community work. They appreciate the differences of others and do not require conformity. It is expensive, but any private school. I am glad i went to Padua because the teachers made everything worthwhile. High school is what you make of it.
I would have to disagree with the previous two posts and say that Padua is a tremendous school that helped me become who i am today (a business professional in the world of sports). I went to a public school before i entered high school and i fully believe that Padua represents the 'ideal' of a college prep school. If parents wants to send their children to a school that will help them become a well-rounded individuals. I would suggest Padua for their academic,spiritual,athletic,and social attributes.
Padua is not worth the money, it is basically a public school that you pay for, the curriculum is sub stanadard but they do teach religion. Is it worth it --not at all.
Two of our children are graduates. 1991 and 1999. Our son (91), a national merit scholar, MVP in track, overachiever, benefited but he fit right into the school's regimentated philosophy. Our daughter (99) was stifled by the school's 'my way or the highway' attitude.She felt very intimidated by the fact that money issues played an important part of her education. She was told at one point that unless she conformed, she was not welcome. However, she went on to graduate from a private environmental college in Wisconsin and was one of 15 students worldwide to continue her master's degree at the famed Ecosa Institute. Did Padua play a part in their success...yes...Was it worth $ 45,000 of tuition...NO !!!!
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