We also pulled our children out of SI. A lot of students per class. Maybe the teacher who wrote the review is good, but is not rating the school from a parent's perspective. The 2nd grade teacher is truly awful..should be fired for the quality of teaching(if that's what you want to call it)...if she were in any other job, she would be fired. I agree with the other reviewer...mother's are very clicky! In such a small school, you can't move your child into another class if there is an issue. There is a bullying issue in numerous grades. If you visit the school, you're only scratching the surface...you are not really experiencing SI. Of course there are nice parents & students, but you better hope you're not stuck with a bad group of parents/kids. Also, if you have a child either gifted or at the other end of the spectrum, they don't have the resources/ proper teachers to help your child. Moved to St. Andrew's in Newtown...so much better than SI. I would find out how much better there scores are than other schools in Bucks. Not impressed with SI and I know many other parents who also have pulled their children from the school. Bullying is a big problem there.
Dear Prospective Parents, I invite all parents to formulate their own judgements. We work very hard at St. Ignatius to provide the best possible education and environment for our students. Do we always get it right? No, we are human and make mistakes. But rest assure we try our best to work with a family to take care of their concerns. As far as academics, we had the best Terra Nova scores in Bucks County and our 8th grade students are accepted at the best private high schools. So do not let one person form your opinion - call, come in and see what St. Ignatius can do for your child.
Completely disagree with the parent's comments that there are no bullies. NOT TRUE! We pulled our children from the school after being there for a number of years. The mothers are brutal...so cliquish...there is even a private FB group and you can only get invited into it by one of them. If you're not friends with them, you better believe your children won't be either. The 2nd grade teacher is a disorganized disaster...rarely tested, poor communication, doesn't check homework, rarely assigned homework...I was printing off math homework for my child because the teacher didn't. Honestly, it's the luck of the draw as to whether you get a good group of kids/parents. Bullying doesn't get addressed...and it exists in many grades there. Go to St. Andrew's in Newtown if you want to send your kids to Catholic school.
They toot their horns about family...more like a dysfunctional family. Few teachers are friendly. Issues don't get addressed. The school is too small, so if you have bad mix of kids in the class, there's nowhere else they can place your child. One class per grade.
We recently moved to the area and came from a public school. I have been extremely impressed with St. Ignatius. What attracted me to it was that it was awarded a blue ribbon of excellence in 2007. The pre-k teacher is amazing, as are her assistants. The first grade teacher is absolutely incredible. My 1st grade son not only gets a great education but he is cared for, unlike my experience in public school. He feels safe and I have never seen him happier. The school is very small too which means more 1:1 attention. Families are very involved - lots of opportunities to make friends, if you want. Children are obviously well loved and cared for - no bullies here. It has only been a few months but so far I feel incredibly blessed that I found this school and that my children are a part of it.
St. Ignatius offers nothing to do other then basket ball and track, and thier acedemics are horrible!
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