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St Agnes Catholic School

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Posted November 24, 2012

We really thought long and hard when chosing St. Agnes for our son. We compared and contrasted the differences between St. Agnes and Hillsdale. We are very happy with our choice. Our child is thriving in the environment at St. Agnes. Our child's teacher is top notch, enthusiastic and professional. She has tauight our child so much in the first few months of Kindergarten. We look forward to sending our other children here in the near future! The community feel at this school is great and the head of the Parent's board is excellent! Lastly, the communication has been above my expectations which is great for a new parent to the school! I would highly recommend St. Agnes!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 14, 2012

What a great school and community! We really like the emphasis on Catholic education, growing in the virtues and rigerous academics. The principal is enthusiastic, dedicated, and holds regular round table meetings for the specific purpose of getting parent input. There is a top notch honors math program and a fulltime Special Education teacher who provides learning support services. Most teachers have their masters degrees and are actively involved in professional development. In addition to a strong computer/technology education program, the school features art and music, with the opportunity for lessons. Parent involvement is high and there are community growing activities going on all the time including pizza bingo, talent show, plays, choir, band, art show, sporting events, scouting programs, after school clubs for chess, cooking, gardening, writing and more. The children have the opportunity to attend Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation regularly. They have the opportunity to give to the larger community, which is wonderfully enhanced by the school's central location in West Chester and the wonderful witness and opportunity provided by the St. Agnes Day Room.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 14, 2012

St. Agnes School has been a wonderful learning environment for my three children. If you are looking for a school with strong academics and a sense of community than this is the school for you.The principal is very passionate about making St. Agnes the best school it can be and that feeling is contagious. The teachers are committed and have worked hard to develop a strong academic program. We know this to be true as 12 of the past 15 receipients of the Neumann Scholarship have come from St. Agnes. A Peace Praxius program was recently implemented as well as a new Junior High Wing. There is so much school spirit and it is evident at the annual School Play, the annual Talent Show, CYO sporting events, etc. The thing that sets St. Agnes apart from the other schools in the area is not only the strong academic program but the sense of community. Parent Involvement is always welcome and we have such wonderful families at our school. There are tons of extra curricular activities for the children (drama club, music lessons, science enrichment,newspaper,cooking club, gardening club, scouts, etc.). I am proud to call myself a parent of a student at St. Agnes School!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 21, 2012

The teachers are very good and the facilities have improved. Unfortunately the priorities of this school (or should I say the priorities of too many parents) are sports, academics, religion (in that order). Flip that upside down and make it religion, academics, sports and the school would be a value. If your child plays a lot of sports he or she will fit in.....if not you should look at other schools.
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Posted June 13, 2011

We chose St. Agnes based on recommendations of our neighbors and friends. We have been pleased with the strong sense of community and values.
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Posted May 15, 2011

Our family is receiving an excellent academic experience at St. Agnes. Our children have had many opportunities to participate in service projects, which is very important to us, as well as a variety of extracurricular clubs such as drama, writing, student council, and sports. We are so grateful to our friends and neighbors who convinced us to call St. Agnes for a tour several years ago. The school is helping us develop our children into the fine young people we want them to be.
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Posted May 11, 2011

Our family is entering its 8th year at Saint Agnes School, and we can't say enough great things about it! For one, our principal is a dynamic leader who is welcoming, open to new ideas, and very accessible for communication. She knows the students and families like they are her own. Families quickly feel at home here, with daily opportunities for parents to be involved. It goes without saying that the students are presented with rigorous academic programs, with remedial and gifted programs to address individual abilities and learning styles. Upon visiting the school, many are taken back by how 'modern' it is, with its full Science and Computer labs, multiple gymnasiums, active library, music and art programs. Extracurricular opportunities abound, as well. Acknowledging the needs of others through service quickly becomes a natural way of life at St. Agnes, whether it means tutoring another student, assisting the elderly, or volunteering for a nearby organization. Our downtown location is ideal for building relationships with other programs, and the school is always looking for ways that its students can "give back." We are so thankful to have found this gem of a school in our town!
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Posted May 11, 2011

We initially selected St. Agnes for our family because it caters to families with two working parents. Its full-day kindergarten, after school care, and daily lunch programs appealed to the needs of our hectic lifestyle, as well as its proximity to our workplaces. When we enrolled our boys 2 years ago, we thought we would use St. Agnes for full-day kindergarten and then switch to the public school, but now I can't imagine sending our children anywhere else! We had no idea how much our family would gain from this decision. The academic program is top-notch and the environment is nurturing. Even though we both work full-time, we can still be a part of our children's school experiences in many ways, and our whole family feels like part of a special community. The staff is excellent at communicating and are genuinely interested in the development of our children. I love the principal, and it is apparent that she leads a team of teachers who take their jobs seriously. It is worth every penny.
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Posted May 11, 2011

I went to Catholic schools while my wife comes from a family of public school teachers and administrators. Chester County has so many great schools, so trying to decide among them was difficult. Eleven years ago we chose St. Agnes for its size, its curriculum and the Catholic values it weaves into every endeavor. Our oldest has since graduated and is doing very well as a HS sophomore. Teachers at her HS often comment on how generally well prepared St. Agnes students are. Three children later, we still choose St. Agnes. Our other children are currently reaping all the benefits of the school s continued commitment to improve programming (smart boards, faculty enrichment, science labs, lunch programs, award winning school newspaper, theatre, language enrichment, CYO athletics, family and community social and service opportunities at every turn the list goes on). What has not changed at St. Agnes over the years (years that have seen major social, natural, economic and spiritual challenges in our world) is a foundation of Catholic charity and community.
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Posted March 2, 2011

This is an excellent school with a vibrant community of active parents, faculty, and students. Academics are top-notch. Athletic opportunities abound in every sport imaginable, with both competitive leagues and non-competitive or just for fun depending on what your child wants to do. There is also an award-winning school newspaper, an award-winning drama club, both boy and girl scouts,a Cooking Club, a Writer's Workshop for older students, and countless opportunities for Community Service. The school emphasizes educating good students and good citizens with a good moral background. Each month, the entire school focuses on a virtue and learns about that virtue and how to emulate that good quality in their own lives. A student from each grade is rewarded for best exemplifying the virtue of the month. If you want your child to receive a great education with a good moral basis, come to St Agnes School! You'll be glad you did.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 19, 2010

Enrollment is actually close to 350 students, an increase, particularly in the lower grades. The curriculum follows that of the Archdiocese of Phialdelphia, and there is a Curriculum Development Committe made up not only of teachers but of parents. The middle school grades are revamping in structure; new teachers now teach these grades. The school has an emphasis not only on sports, which really is the province of the CYO of the whole parish and not just the school, but on arts and writing. The principal is receptive to new ideas and welcomes parental support.
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Posted July 8, 2010

I thought this school being a Catholic School would emphasize more hands on altruistic endeavors with the children but does not. It also places far too much emphasis on sports and personal pursuits than the needs of others. Being a small environment ( only 300 students) , cliques form and are difficult for some children to navigate. The enrollment is declining and the school thinks that fund raising will save it ,not taking a hard line on some issues. The primary school (K-5) is strong with regard to teachers but the middle school (6-8) leaves something to be desired. The curriculum is non existent and the teachers lack enthusiasm. Our children are leaving the school for these reasons. With the economy being what it is, it is not worth the extra $$ to send them here until these problems are resolved.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 9, 2010

We entered this school in second grade, a difficult year to leave our old school - but i can honestly say it has been a beautiful experience for our children. We feel very fortunate to have them learn in such a loving atmosphere - as the staff strives to always improve and foster the children, we continue to feel blessed.
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Posted May 7, 2010

I am so impressed by this school. The families are welcoming and diverse and the facilities are up to date (science lab and gym, computer lab, smart boards) while still able to maintain an old school charm. The new principle has done everything to keep improving the school and I eagarly look forward to sending all my children here, Also, I like that the school is located in-town rather than on a giant bland campus. When the parents get together, it seems we are always complimenting St. Agnes rather than gossiping about the things wrong as there are very few things wrong.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2009

I have two children at St. Agnes and we just love it! The families at this school are kind and really care about their children and the school. Our principal and faculty are top notch!
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Posted October 22, 2008

We have been St. Agnes parents for the past 9 years. With the addition of brand new Science Lab, the children in all grades get to experience fantastic hands-on experiments. We have 3 children at St. Agenes and are very happy with the caring teachers, great principal, and great academic program. The Math Honors program is an excellent way for gifted students to learn in an accelerated way. The use of technology (SmartBoards and computers) in all the classrooms, provides the techers with great teaching tools. School also offers music lessons during the school day as an extra activity. The CYO sports are very active. The Cub Scouts, Brownies and BoyScouts of Troop 153 are very involved in the community. Community service projects are part of the great education process. Come and join us!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 16, 2004

This school fosters student responsibility and caring for one another. Older students reach out to younger and act as prayer partners. The school is strong in math and science, with students competing regionally in academic contests, and the art facilities have recently been upgraded. Students work on interesting writing and presentation projects at all levels.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 71%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Black 2% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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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211 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: (610) 696-1260


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