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St. Patrick School

Private | PK-8 | 353 students

Designation as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $180,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $750.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted March 28, 2014

Welcoming of relocating families We recently relocated to Carlisle and enrolled our children at St. Pat's. Over and over again, our choice is reaffirmed. The school does a great job integrating new families into the community. The school organizes group events and also does one-on-one outreach for new families. Our children's transition was much easier because of the support. We like that St. Pat's does not run a ton of fundraisers. At our childrens' former school, there was a new fundraiser every month. Parental volunteer time was largely devoted to managing selling products. At St. Pat's, parents' volunteer time is devoted primarily to supporting extracurricular programs. There are a many extracucrricular activities at St. Pat's - - volleyball, Buildology (an engineering/building club), choir, basketball, Quiz Bowl, yearbook, track, chess club . . . . We have also found the principal and the teachers to be receptive and proactive about addressing any issues. One of our children was teased by another student. Our child's teacher and the principal immediately - and I mean immediately - addressed the issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

St Patrick's is a 5 star Blue Ribbon School and has proved it over and over again. The number of opportunities available to the students is second to none. My sixth grade boy played on the school basketball and track team, he participated in the history club, the chess club, math counts competition, geography bee, spelling bee, and quiz bowl and still had time to get straight A's. His writing and math skills (advance math classes) have also improved dramatically. He has no problems pulling together quality book reports or other writing assignments. We are a military family and this is his 4th school and it has easily been his best experience. Our two daughter's (2nd and 5th grades) have had similar experiences. The faculty and principle have all been very inviting and friendly and really go out of the way to teach and take care of your children. The school families have been great and made us feel comfortable immediately. Doesn't matter if you are Catholic or not this is an all around great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

I am shocked that there are not more negative comments about this school. There is another private Christian school right around the corner that isn't as big or estheticly nice (because the building is much older) but is a far better school! My children are well behaved straight A students. They were miserable at St Pats because the bullying & disruption in class was never taken care of & continues to be an issue. If you are not Catholic or donate a lot of money to the school you & your children will not be treated very well. In my opinion the principal is the root of all the problems and he perpetuates the cliquish attitude of the parents. He reminds me of a used car salesman, remember that all that glitters is NOT gold!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2014

Our child has been attending Saint Patrick's for 4 years already and we couldn't be happier. Every year we have great teachers and there are always an abundance of parent volunteers at all the grades. The school was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School and continues to be great every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Our boys have been attending Saint Patrick School in Carlisle since they were in Pre-K and they are now in third grade. The education and overall experience they have received so far at St. Pats has been consistently excellent due in large part to the dedicated, well-trained teaching staff, a caring, compassionate principal and a group of actively involved parent volunteers. These important elements, together with a strong, faith-based curriculum, make St. Pats the ideal learning environment for me and my children. And, more importantly, both of my boys look forward to going to school everyday!! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Saint Patrick School is providing our sons with a top-notch education in a Christian setting. They are being educated by a team of dedicated, high-quality teachers who care very much about their students and their learning experience. The teachers and principal are attentive to needs as they arise, and provide timely communication or responses to our questions or concerns. Additionally, our children benefit from the foreign language, music, art, library and extracurricular activities offered at the school. It is so rewarding to hear my oldest son thank us for sending him to Saint Patrick School, and he realizes, "I'm lucky to go to such a good school".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

As a military family, we have seen our share of both good and bad schools (mixture of private and public). We are so happy with our decision to send our kids to St. Pat's. The academics are fantastic, the environment is warm, and our kids are happy. We were welcomed to St. Pat's long before school started and the students, faculty, and other parents have made this place feel like a family. I would highly recommend this school to any parent looking for a rigorous curriculum taught by loving teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2012

My kids attended this school for a year. I am doubt I will send them back. My daughter had a terrible experience in Kindergarten. I had no idea there could be so much drama. The school allows bullying and refuses to admit when it is happening. I have met with them on several occassions to discuss it, and it is like talking to a brick wall. As far as the parents go, it is very clickish, a lot of snobbery. Unfortunately if you are a mom that actually works for a living you will be excluded most likely from the "click". They want your money but they don't treat your child with respect if they think your child is anything but completely perfect. My kids have learned a lot this year, and I think the K teacher was a good teacher skill wise, but very moody and intolerant. Something a K teacher should NOT be. Most of the older kids are very helpful with the younger kids. A big part of the problem is the principal. If he identifies a child as a problem for any reason, he and the teacher will ride the child all year. I have seem them allow behavior from their favorite families that would never be tolerated with anyone else. Not impressed. Probably leaving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

Our family couldn't be happier with the teachers and staff of Saint Patrick School. We intend to continue to send both our children through Saint Pats through their 8th grade year. Saint Pats is strong academically, offers a robust portfolio of athletic opportunities, and helps foster caring and compassionate young people through their Catholic focus. We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

great principal, challenging teachers that care, students eager to learn from great families make this a wonderful learning environment for your child. Our 3 kids have thrived and grown tremendously not only academically, but as people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

Our children have attended Saint Patrick School for 8 years now; beginning in Pre-k. This school offers the best of all things: solid academics, robust athletic opportunities, fantastic extracurriculars, all in a Christ-centered environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

Our child has had four great years at St. Pats.The teachers are good and really care.It is a safe and loving place that is accepting of all students.The academics are strong and there are many wonderful after school programs.The environment is moral and spiritual but not in any heavy handed way.I honestly do not think the few negative reviewers were very involved with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

We are blessed to have this school in our community! It is a positive, caring and supportive environment for our children. We highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

Our son started St. Pat's in K. We couldn't be happier with the atmosphere and education. My son has made many friends and loves going to school there. He is challenged with the curriculum and the teachers are always willing to go the extra mile. Kathy and Cindy in the Office are gems. They are always there for the parents and greet us withe a smile! We do not have any family here in Carlisle and everyone, from our Principal, office staff, teachers and even our maintenance crew play a very special part in my son's life. You can't go wrong by sending your child to St. Pat's. I highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

Our family is new to the area and we were warmly welcomed into the St. Patrick community. The principal is always easy to approach and talk to with any concerns. He worked with us on any special needs are children had, and truely listened to any concerns we had, and would follow up with us unprompted. The education is challenging, with many projects and essays to write and prepare for, however these have built my childrens' skills in how to manage their time to meet due dates and manage work loads. They are also not projects meant for "busy" work, but related to giving the students an apportunity to express and reflect on patriotism, and their lives. Some of the teachers are tough, and at times difficult, but they are devoted to their service as teachers...and success of the kids...in and out of the classroom. Being part of this community has been a wonderful move for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

Our family was new to the area & we never felt like we didn t belong . No sales pitch by the principal; just a nice tour of the school in the middle of the summer on his day off. He answered our questions and was great with our children. I have never seen a principal outside every morning greeting students by their name; rain or shine! The staff is amazing! Each person takes the time to get to know the student and family (in/outside of the school & church surroundings). All of the office ladies are incredible to know. They not only invite you into the school & church, but, into their lives. I now have a wonderful friend in Mrs. F. If you are looking for an incredible learning experience (for the whole family), then come be a part of St. Pat s Come and be a part of a community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The school is all show to mask inexperienced teachers and principal. A disaster of a school. Don't waste your time or money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It was a second home I knew a lot of the Sister and they were great. It is a great school it has grown with the new technology.


Posted August 29, 2009

Greatly dissappointed in this school. There is a lack of supervision and discipline both inside and outside the classroom. Social skills are not taught in the classroom, which is a must for small children. I disagree with the comment that this school teaches the whole child. Part of a teachers 'job' is to instill the love of learning in children. This school seems to have the opposite effect. If a child is not learning the way 'we' teach, then maybe we should teach the way they learn. Communication lines are closed and little information is given on specifics. This school lacks many of the programs other schools in the area offer (public & private). Staff seems friendly enough in the beginning, but become downright nasty if you question their techniques or lack of judgement, blaming the child(ren) instead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

Althought they say parent involvement is encouraged, it seems to be more rejected. We also didn't find the teachers or principal to be very understanding about anything that's outside their realm. The principal and teachers seem nice enough in the beginning, but the 'sales pitch' is very misleading. The curriculum seems to be typical of other schools (public and private) in the area. You'd be well advised to look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Black 1% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr Ricman Fly
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Harrisburg
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Altar Servers
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Geography Bee
  • Girl scouts
  • Math club
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Carlisle Area School District
South Middleton School District
Cumberland Valley School District

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$3000 - $4000
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Trinity High School
Carlisle High School
Boiling Springs High School
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87 Marsh Dr
Carlisle, PA 17015
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Phone: (717) 249-4826

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