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PK-6
Private
Columbia, SC
Students enrolled: 365
 

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721 Polo Road
Columbia, SC 29223

(803) 788-1367
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April 29, 2015
After speaking with several existing families, I have been told that some of the best teachers at this school are leaving. Enrollment seems to be very low, and I'd like to know why before I commit to moving in this area.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2014
It is interesting to me how few people realize that the teachers, academic and spiritual program of a school can be so successful if the leadership is poor! I have taught in many schools over the years, and this principal is one of the most caring people for whom I have ever worked. A student who feels well prepared for the future and a former employee who can't see the forest for the trees don't seem to be reliable sources. I invite you to come see for yourself!

- submitted by a teacher
November 14, 2014
I have never seen a successful business just "happen" without solid leadership. This principal does have great expectations of the faculty, staff, parents, and students. Don't see this as a problem. If you set the bar low, you will only have mediocre results. Set the bar high, you can achieve greatness. The principal is very approachable and willing to find a way to make things work for all involved. We have never experienced an issue with our student (who is, incidentally, ADD) not being able to thrive. Communication with the faculty, staff, and principal have always been key. These people love the children here and want to see them succeed!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2014
As a teacher and parent, I can say that there is no other school I would send my children.

- submitted by a teacher
November 12, 2014
Its sad when disgruntled employees choose to rant against an administration instead of looking in the mirror and having an "aha" moment. I do agree with everything said regarding teachers, parents and students. Every child exceeds their dreams and is loved and nurtured in the process. However, the Principal is amazing. It is never easy to be a leader but it is easy to criticize what you don't understand. Walk a mile in her shoes and I think there would be a different tune. She is 100% dedicated to her staff and is all about each child. She goes out of her way every day and frankly, it's the little things that most don't see that make the difference. As to the Pastor's passiveness...ha! That's funny. He knows better because HE knows better!!! Enough said...good gracious!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2014
I loved teaching at this school. The students, parents, and faculty made everyday worthwhile. The school's greatest strengths are its many fantastic teachers and its delightful student body. However, the principal and parish priest may be the school s downfall. The principal is unfriendly, uninformed, and attempts to bully those teachers who express their professional concerns. The parish priest is indifferent to the troubles the teachers face and willing to turn a blind-eye to the principal s abusive nature.

- submitted by a teacher
August 12, 2014
This school is fabulous. Is it the best fit for everyone? No, but what school is! Everyone does what is best for the children. I don't understand the comments about the principal. She is one of the most caring, kind people we have ever experienced in a school. The school is the best that it is because of her. She will listen to all. It is when some parents don't get "their way" that they feel she does not "listen" and is a "dictator." I would not want it any other way. Who else knows what is best for the school. She hires some wonderful teachers and guides them to help each child. The teachers accomodate all children, challenging them to be the best they can be. If you want to experience a school like no other, come here.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Sometimes, it is better for some unhappy people to move on! My children have been at this school for 7 years and we are VERY happy. The principal is like no other. She is helpful, kind, and always warm and friendly. Under her guidance, the teachers go out of their way to help all of the children. One of mine would be one of the children that has special needs, she has been diagnosed with ADHD. The principal developed a plan based on the recommendations sent from our doctor, and the teachers go out of their way to help her. This school is truly God blessed. We are so happy here and would NEVER consider going to another school. My only regret is that our oldest will be graduating soon. I wish this school would consider going through high school!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
The Principal is a dictator. There is nobody's way but her way. DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT send your child there if they have any kind of learning disability (ADD,ADHD,etc) because the school is not equipped to help these children "Experience Success." There is no Guidance Counselor or Psychologist on campus. Like a post below mentioned the school caters to the gifted children leaving the children who need help left behind. Don't waste your money. My child will NOT be returning.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
An absolutely outstanding educational environment! My children attended a very highly rated public school for one year before we realized that we needed a different educational setting. The teachers could not teach due to the amount of behavioral disruptions in the classroom. My children came home asking questions about things that no small children should be overhearing from classmates. However, after two minutes in this school, I realized we had found home. The teachers are incredibly dedicated and professional, and they will give each individual child exactly what he or she needs to soar. My children's standardized test scores are now in the top 95th percentile in both math and reading, and it is due to the commitment and dedication of the faculty. They motivate and inspire, they model and guide, they love and care. The educational environment is safe and quiet, and the children's manners are exceptional. The students care for one another because they watch their teachers treat all with respect every day. This school has made such a positive impact on the lives of my children, and I know that they are getting an incredibly strong foundation in academics and faith.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
This school is very frustrating because the principle does not accept ideas from the parents witch is very frustrating and she listens to nobody

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
From the beginning we were very impressed with the teachers. They interacted with the students very well, however, They could have been better had they not been intimidated by the principal. She seems to be a dictator, only looking out for her big sponsors. I do not blame the teachers for their intimidation.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
The school is losing its luster.....parents are not getting involved. Principal is inflexible to new ideas and that is frustrating parents. Seems like students are only doing projects and the students are not being challenged. Very frustrating!!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
We have been at SJN for almost 7 years and really are pleased with our investment. By the time the kids reach 5th grade, there is such a strong sense of community among them. I would highly suggest that anyone considering SJN go ahead and get your child into the preschool/kindergarten program so that he/she can bond with the other children before the higher grades. I have never been a proponent of private education but this has been a perfect fit for our son who once had a tendency to be on the shy side. So confident now. The school does have a very strong principal who may be perceived as inflexible but she knows her stuff. The kids have much respect for her.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
I guess my previous post was deleted b/c I used the principal's name so here is a summation of what it said. This school is great in spite of the principal. The teachers and parents are what make this school great. The principal is not willing to explore any new ideas (unless it was the principal s idea). New parents are fooled by the principal s notes, signing every paper, etc. The more you deal with the principal; you realize how this person really works. The principal is a dictator. The teachers and students truly fear the principal. Parental involvement continues to decline due to the frustrations with the principal. A new principal is needed to lead SJN into the future because the principal is out of touch with most of the members of the school. New ideas are what will allow SJN to continue to excel and be a leader in academics.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2013
We took both of our children out of this school. One has a mild learning difference, but wonderfully behaved. The principal is a true dictator and micro-manager. She has created a tense and oppressive atmosphere overall. FInd another school or find out the hard way.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
Our son has attended SJN for 6 years and we have been pleased. The school does an excellent job at providing a Christian environment (we are not Catholic but a third of the families there are not) and providing values based character building in all grades. Academics are excellent and the differentiated instruction assures that children will be appropriately challenged. Many students qualify for the Duke TIPS Program and/or are picked up by the top public magnet middle schools. Expectations are high of the students but we believe that is a good thing. The school is very structured which we like. There is limited tolerance for negative behavior issues which could potentially affect the learning experience of other children. Class size is kept low in preschool - 4th grade. Upper grade classes are often higher. The prior comments about the elitist attitude/feel of the school dumbfounds me as we picked this school over Hammond and Heathwood because it did NOT have an elitist feel. Diverse students. Participative parents. Award winning principal, board and teachers. Very safe environment. Only complaint my son has is having to wear a uniform. :)

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2012
I am a sixth grade student at SJN. This is a great school! I have only been here two years, but I have learned more here than in all my other years of elementary school. I love the teachers, the expansive library, and the differentiated instruction that they do here. This school has improved my study habits and my work ethic. I also enjoy the production each grade gets to act in every year. The teachers give the students opportunities to come in after school for extra help if they are confused on a subject. The principal also goes out of her way to recognize students for sports awards, good behavior, and exceptional grades. SJN is an amazing school!

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2011
This school was horrible for my child. He was constantly put in detention and made to do chores that the janitor should have been doing. I am deeply disappointed by the elitist attitude at this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2010
Definitely a school where children experience success on a daily basis. I have a child in his 7th year at SJN and one in her 4th year. My children have been challeged since day one at SJN. The teacher involvement is superb. The environment is SAFE, loving, and nurturing. The differentiated instruction is happening in every class. If parents don't see this it's because they aren't involved! As for an elementary education....you can't get any better than this. Nothing can compare!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
We have both of our sons at SJN and it is worth the sacrifices we've made in order to be able to afford to send them there. After considering going to public schools in the area, we quickly realized that no other school in the area comes close to comparing to SJN.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
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November 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
I think that SJN school is leaving a deep footprint in my child's life. I cannot complain, because the academic level my child has gotten until now, is wonderful. Although sometimes the grade given is not in accordance with the good answers written. I like the values that the teachers have passed onto my child, and the ways most of them have toward the children to help them succeed. I would pay more attention to the artistic programs, especially music and drama skills. It would be nice if the children have the chance to learn how to play an instrument and some acting skills at the school. The other thing is the so strict disciplinary system, which often is too much for the development of the children's identity and the handling of their issues.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
We recently pulled our child from SJN. I am dissapointed to report, our daughter is learning more in her new school than we saw at SJN in three years, and we paid a great deal to have her there. Her writing and math skills have been more challenged and better developed at her new school. I have also found the teachers at this new school to be much more inviting and engaged in the teaching process. I felt SJN had an elitist attitude, we are happy to be in a new environment which fosters individuality and acceptance of a wide range of socioeconomic families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I thought last year was great, but this year is incredible! We transfered to SJN last year, and were so impressed. This year, they are challenging one child, making her stretch and thinking outside of the box. My other child needs a little more reinforcement, which he receives daily in the classroom. We couldn't be happier with all that is happening at St. John Neumann School.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
This school is nationally recognized! The principal was awarded the National Catholic Distinguished Principal of the year award. The teachers put in many, long hours developing Differentiated Instructional lessons to meet individual children's needs. Students score in the top 10% of the nation on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. I wouldn't have my children anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2009
What a great school! This is our fourth year at SJN and every year, the excitement of the first of the year is outstanding. The faculty and staff, under the guidance of an outstanding principal, is always looking at ways to meet each child's needs. What a wonderful place for our whole family!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2009
There's no obvious reason why this school falls so short. The parents are friendly and active, there's just something about the atmosphere. We were initially excited, but I have to say the rigidness and the doctrinaire approach takes away from the experience. Like any school there are some very good teachers. Extra curricular activities are not offered by the school, but they allow local karate clinics, golf instructors, etc. on campus for a fee. To be fair, we met some parents who liked it. I'd just strongly suggest you look beyond the veneer-- take more than a quick tour and investigate if it's the best fit for you.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
The welcoming and family atmosphere at SJN is incredible. The school has been able to meet the needs of all of our children through offering enrichment work and reinforcement help. I love the differentiated instruction and the ability to advance to the appropriate grade level and math and reading, while staying with your class for all other subjects. The teachers know and love these kids. On more than one ocassion, they have told me that my child did not seem like themselves. Sure enough, within 24 hours, they had a bug. How perceptive of these teachers! Truly SJN is a gem!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
The environment was very restrictive and stifling. Education here is 'filling the bucket,' not 'lighting a fire.' It was not a fun place to learn. I hate to say it, since I have always liked Catholic education, but if your kids are at all different or challenged, this will not be a good fit. And if you want you kids to be excited about learning, this is not the place.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
I felt this school was truly lacking in many areas. The teachers seem to be in constant fear of the principle. Everything had to go through her. I felt disipline was extemely harsh. My daughter spent 3-4 times a week missing recess for not finishing a test or doing homework incorrectly. What caused us to move our student was the lack of belonging we felt to the school. I did not feel welcomed by the office. We are much happier at with the other private school our daughter now attends.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
We would not have our children anywhere else! This school provides meets the academic needs of each of our three very different children. The teachers know their students and they expect the best from them, which results in children reaching their potential. Our kids love going to school and take great pride in their work. We would highly recommend SJN to anyone looking for a school that is dedicated to strong academics in a safe and nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
I have nothing but positive things to say about this school. The atmosphere at school is that of being with family. Everyone cares and is genuinely interested in the best for our children. Both of my children have been challenged to succeed while being respected and encouraged to do well in a caring and supportive way. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking for the best education for his/her child(ren). This school is the most loving, nurturing school I've ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
Great school. Innovative ideas for instruction!

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March 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
Wonderful school with highly supportive faculty. They made my children feel right at home immediately. This is a National Blue Ribbon Award winning school. It also won the Inviting Schools Award and is SACS accredited. The academic standards are high and respect for adults and each other is shown in the hallways daily. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2009
Horrible school, awful administration. The school will work with you if you make money, a lot of money. If your child is a straight A student they will do well. If not, your child will simply be slipped under a rug. They do not allow the kids to be kids. Rude faculty.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2008
Our family had a horrible experience with this school. We took our children out. Talk with as many parents as you can. The atmosphere is overly restrictive and oppressive for good kids. The principal is a dictator the teachers live in fear of. Parents don't like being there or even going to lunch with their kids. Seriously, we are highly educated Catholic parents and our SJN experience was at first odd and then unbearable. The teachers will not communicate with you freely - everything goes through the principal first. All the benefits of SJN she sold us on never materialized. The educational quality was severely lacking. Really bad place to be a nice, smart kid.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2008
Wonderful school. We have two children at St. John Neumann and could not be more pleased with our choice of schools. Both children are enthusiastic about learning and are challenged by the curriculum. The faculty and staff are top notch.

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October 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
Great Catholic school that stresses Catholic values to include excellence in education in every facet of life - educational, spiritual, emotional, social. School is geared with college preparation as a focus. Small class sizes and exceptionally caring and talented faculty. Parental involment is mandatory and the spirit of volunteerism thrives. A true family community atmosphere where both diversity and unity are embraced.

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October 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
If you are looking for a school with strong academics, good discipline, and a friendly caring Catholic/Christian environment for your child, then SJN is the place for you. All my childrens' teachers have been wonderful. I highly recommend this school.

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February 03, 2005
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St John Neumann Catholic Elementary School
721 Polo Road, Columbia, SC  29223
(803) 788-1367
Last modified St John Neumann Catholic Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
St John Neumann Catholic Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top