Having gone to Catholic school as a child, I had fond memories and wonderful learning opportunities that I hoped for my son to experience as well. He is currently in Kindergarten (K5) at St. Philip Neri Catholic School and loves it! We love his teachers, enjoy the activities he gets to do (field trips!), and especially appreciate the compassionate Catholic Christian environment. We like the small class sizes and affordable before/after school care program. My husband and I are thankful for SPN and the curriculum that mirrors our values and beliefs. Tuition is more affordable than some other private schools in the area, as well. We love SPN!
My daughter has attended St. Philip Neri since she was in the 3 year old pre-school class. I love knowing that she is safe and part of the family at SPN. The teachers truly care about each student and want what's best for them. I'm glad that they have high academic standards as well.
We had intended to send our child to public school and hadn't really considered private school. However, we had serious concerns about the public elementary school he would have attended. We love the fact that prayer and service would be a part of everyday teaching. He was apprehensive about the first day, yet he came home cheerful and loving school. Now the first quarter is nearing it's end and he still comes home with a smile, singing a little ditty, or retelling in depth the story of the day, whether it be a book or a bible story.
As a family we considered several options before enrolling our children in St. Philip Neri and after interviewing teachers and the principal, we were sold. We now have children in 2nd grade and all day pre-K and could not be happier. The staff is very helpful and friendly, security is top notch, and they have a tornado shelter large enough for the entire school and church! Lastly, it was important for us to educate our children in a place where God is allowed in the classroom and the family is a priority. We have found what we believe to be the best education in eastern Oklahoma County.
Every teacher at this school that I have encountered over the last three years, has personally invested their time, love, and energy in my children as well as our family. For that I will be eternally grateful.
I have witnessed teachers and administrators coaching children in the classroom and elsewhere. Gently explaining that giving up is never the first option. They tend to see opportunities instead of problmes and "can't" is not a word they choose to use.
My oldest child was taught the importance of giving to those less fortunate by decorating a box during art class in which he could place donations over the course of two months. After this exercise was finished, my son had incredible compassion and perspective for anyone who seemed to be in need of help. I don't know if I could have taught the same life lesson at home as effectively.