My school is Saint Athanasius in Philadelphia, PA. It is a good community school. They could use more teachers to handle some students. Some students need more one on one attention.
My son attends this school and I agree with previous comments. Its way too many kids in a class and the students arent challenged enough. I compare home work with other school of my friends kids and they are doing more. At St. A's I find the the cirriculum is mediocre. I expected more. 35 kids in a class....insane!
35 students for Kindergarten...INSANE This is the first aspect of poor quality education. Poor choice for educational institution.
Class capacity way too high especially for tuition based school. Another aspect in the greed of the Archdiocese.
My Son graduated from this school and both me and my son are very satisfied with the education that he received at St. Athanasius. So much so that he has enrolled his children in the school so that they too can be well prepared for higher education.
my daughter is in the 6th grade and last year was her first year at St. A's. 5th grade was great and her teacher was excellent. My daughter has struggle in school and needed a more structured environmental with a more traditional teaching approach. She got that and she thrived. Her teacher was very supportive and understanding. She spent time assessing my child and together we worked on a plan that would strengthen my daughters academics. I found 5th grade at St. A's to be exactly what my daughter needed. I have very limited experience with the principal because I was able to work through all of my concerns with the teacher. I don't know what 6th grade will be like but I will be monitoring very closely.
This school is one among the best! My children are receiving the best education here.
I was part of the first graduating class of St. Athanasius Immaculate Conception school in 1988, my little sister attended this school for 8 years and I am fortunate to be able to afford to send my son to this school. However I am seriously reconsidering my choice of schools. The first 6 years my son completed in this school was good with little bumps in the road. His grades were above average. However now that he is in the 7th grade there seems to be a problem with his work preformance. When I attempted to speak with the school principal, she blew it off as if my child was a total disruption to the class and to the school. His current teacher does not seem to have control of her class. This feeling is shared by many of the parent that have children in this class.
My daughter just completed sixth grade and I too find that the class sizes have become to large, the curriculum isn't up to par and there is not enough support when a child is having trouble (ex. math labs etc). I was directed to some web sites when my child was having difficulty or told to get a tutor. I have always sacrificed to keep my daughter in this school and don't readily have funds available for 'extra' help. Agreeing with the other parents, in the younger grades, I thought it was fine, but as they got older, theres no activities and is beginning to seem like they're just trying to pack them in. The discipline has always been fine, but I'm afraid that if I send her to Public school, she to will have to catch up - There weren't many projects etc. and its true, the principle's ineffective.
I was disappointed with the education my children received while attending this school. There were well over 32 students in my child's sixth grade class. That's more than the local public schools! I put my children in public school and they had to catch up to the rest of the class. There were no outside activities, the parent involvement is very low and bringing issues to the principal gets you nowhere.
My daughter attends this school and has just graduated from kindergarden. The curriculum which the teacher followed included a book report which the children where to write on their own, addition and subraction of single digit numbers, reading whole sentences, science projects, history, and counting money. So far I think she is getting a good education. I try to teach her what I think she needs to know too. I guess we'll see what happens as she progresses through the school as she gets older. They seem strict, which to me is not a bad thing. Oh, and I wish the parent involvement was greater too.
My son is currently in the 3rd grade and attends St. A's. I brought him in the school because I was unhappy about the Public School curriculum. I felt my son needed a more strict enviroment and thought a Catholic School would be able to provide him with that. He has improved tremendously, however as a parent you also need to be an influence in his or her education, which I am. Everyone that works in the school I have found to be very sweet individuals especially my son's teacher whom he loves. He could not wait for 3rd grade as he had heard so much about her. However, I do not like their math curriculum. I remember being in 2nd grade and when I graduated to 3rd, I went in knowing how to multiply up to 10. It's nearly Thankgiving and they still have not been introduced. You decide!
this school at this time is not providing enough in the way of reading comprehension in my opinon which is very vital.
This school is a big disappointment! The curriculum is mediocre at best and my child could've attended a public school that truly fosters a LEARNING environment. The faculty places all emphasis on demerits rather than school assignments.
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