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K-8|Private
190 students
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This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect:
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This school effectively supports students with learning differences:
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There are 23 reviews about all of the school topics.

Handles bullying effectively: Neutral


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In the lower grades (K through 5th), this is effectively handled. In the upper grades, this seems to be less effectively handled and is generally not confronted.

Supports LD students: Neutral


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The school does a good job of supporting children with different learning styles, yes. The school is not equipped to support children who have learning deficiencies or special needs, whether they be mild or severe. If a child has attention deficit, speech problems, executive functioning deficits, handwriting challenges, etc., parents should plan to have those needs addressed by resources outside the school.


Effective school leaders: Disagree


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There have been three principals in less than six years. There was an exodus of families in 2016 due to repeatedly expressed and unaddressed dissatisfaction with the principal. While individuals may be very likeable personally, that doesn't necessarily mean they exhibit strong leadership qualities.

Develops character: Strongly agree


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The school does a great job of reinforcing and encouraging traditional virtues -- patience, kindness, humility, etc.

Teacher effectiveness: Neutral


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This depends on the instructor. Turnover has been high in some grades and some teachers are more effective than others.


Amount of homework: Neutral


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This depends on the grade. Some teachers have an average amount of homework, some are extremely high. Project activities can be very involved (such as a project to build a board game entirely from scratch in order to learn about a historical character). Science and art fair involvement is mandatory as is participation in choir performances.



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In the six years my children attended the school, our experience was predominantly positive but often inconsistent. There has been considerable turnover with teachers, which is in addition to the turnover of principals and priest (3 of each in 6 years). There is a lot of love in this community and the parents comprise a very involved and tightly knit group of people. You will be most successful here if you are an active volunteer and, ideally, are a parishioner in order to better connect with the other families. A high number of the staff positions are occupied by parents, many of whom do not hold licenses or certifications (which may not be required but is highly desirable to demonstrate they have relevant experience beyond simply parenting/being caregivers). Parents working at the school isn't bad, but it can lead to favoritism and biased handling of the inevitable and occasional conflicts that arise between children. Tuition rates are moderate, possibly the most affordable private school in the area. Class size is capped around 23-25 although most classes are much smaller because the school has difficulty retaining students. This is not a good school if your child has special needs or needs extra help -- aides are not well-qualified to assist with that and teachers don't have the time/resources. That said, years after my children left the school, they still deeply love the school, parish, their friends, and former teachers - the school is great at building attachment and relationships.



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Community of parents, parish and staff is wonderful. My children were attended a different private school in the past and their experience has been much more positive. Teachers care about the students and learn life long skills from teachers and students alike. Curriculum is very challenging and creates a love of learning. This is a school where all students know each other; 8th graders learn from the kindergartners and kindergartners learn from the 8th graders, and this learning environment is the same across all grades. Lots of activities for students to participate in, including choir, band, art, chess club, CYO athletics. Overall positive experience and a place we like to call "home".


Supports LD students: Agree


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I have not had any experience in this area.

Develops character: Strongly agree


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My children have grown significantly in the area of character development. The school has had a strong impact on the way they behave, what is expected of them and because of the Catholic identity, this is also strongly encouraged by other families.

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