July 20, 2015
I wanted to wait until my daughter completed her first full year at this school before I rated it. I have to tell you, I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!! It is a diamond in the rough. My daughter used to attend a Philadelphia Charter School. Although she excelled where she was, I wasn't satisfied with the curriculum and her overall well-being at that school, so I transferred her to St Martin De Porres. It is probably one of the best decisions I have made!!! The principal, Sis Nancy and her team are entirely focused on the betterment of all of the students there. The academics are rigorous. All of the students have access to a computer math program that they work on during school and at home. The students have they're core curriculum, and they also have a number of electives such as: computer programming, yoga, tai chi, zumba, library, music, art, gym, science explorers, and more in which the students participate in ALL of them! During the holiday season, all of the students put on a Holiday Production. For most families with younger children who may need help during the holiday season, they allow them to participate in the church's adopt-a-family program, where the family pays $10 and they receive a slew of items ranging from toys, clothes, and food for all of the family's younger children. They had free breakfast and lunch this past year. Also, the tuition is very affordable. Although they say its $4,500/yr, every child receives help which quite possibly, cuts that amount by half!!! The staff is AMAZING, and they are always there to lend a helping hand. The school is very organized, where most of the days and dates that the students are off are planned well in advance and the parents are notified. They also have bus service for students commuting more than 1.5 miles away, and a great, and affordable ($25/wk) after-care program that lasts until 6pm each day with homework help and fun activities that they participate in. Again, I LOVE IT!!!!!
- submitted by a parent