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PK-8
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Memphis, TN
Students enrolled: 534
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5192 Shady Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38117

(901) 682-9692
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March 09, 2014
St. Louis is a wonderful school. I have two children in school here, and both are happy, learning, cared for and loved. From a Faith side, they are grounded by the Catholic faith and are immersed in a God centered atmosphere. From an academic side, they are challenged, pushed, and are given high expectations. From a social side, they are involved, happy, and surrounded by friends. The teachers here truly care how your child is doing both academically and socially. The administrators work tirelessly to keep this school constantly seeking improvements to better it in every way. I highly recommend this school!!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2014
To start the education is average and you are better sending your child to St.Dominic or St. Agnes because they offer a much better education. If you are not involved in things including all social, academic, sport, and religious event it is impossible to find a group of friends. Most of the staff are not qualified and do not do a good job at teaching for example last year they went through three grammar teachers in the junior high which caused the eighth graders (now freshman) to struggle in highschool. The principal and vice principal avoid conflicts that would harm them with popular important parents and social figures so they make examples of all of the students who are not important in their eyes. They have truely harmed kids by doing this and ignore that fact. The education is okay at best and your child is almost garunteed to be bullied and harmed physically and mentally. They do not try to give each student a fair chance at sucess and do a very poor job preparing students for highschool. If you send your child here with no connections or without being an alumni then you will be let down in every way. This school is a pitiful and has harmed more children than it has helped

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2013
St. Louis Cathlic School in Memphis, TN. My husband and I have two children. One has already moved onto to high school. He is excelling in high school thanks to the fantastic teachers and administratio at St Louis. The ground work they laid has made the transaction to high school seamless. He is still friends with many of his SLS peers but has also made new friends as well. We still have one child in school at SLS. He is also having a great experience. As the mom of these two children, I did not grow up Catholic or was not involved in the catholic community growing up. Neither of us is an alumni of St Louis. We have always felt at home at St Louis. We look forward to each new school as it begins!!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
Unfortunately, most of the other posts here are spot on...although the lower grades (K-3) are MUCH less snobby than the upper grades. If you attended St Louis and know alot of people, then you will fit right in. But, don't expect to attend a PTA meeting and find people rushing over to introduce themselves. It doesn't happen here no matter how involved you try to be. Hopefully, some of these 'insider' parents will be moving onto high schools soon and the school will become more welcoming to 'outsiders'---there is no way to know for sure though. Academically, the school is average. I don't feel as if my children are "smarter" than children at other schools. St Louis is the type of school where kids will do fine if they are the type to do fine. It is nothing special academically. There are a couple of teachers who still need to retire because their teaching drive has gone away (for instance, one paints her nails during class and uses handouts to 'teach'). I will say that the Vice Principal is wonderful and welcoming in every single way. She should really be the Principal and I have no idea why this hasn't happened.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
As with any school, there are positives and negatives. In this case, the positives far outweigh the negatives. St. Louis has many, many active parents that volunteer throughout the school. There are plays and concerts and sports and service organizations. The teachers are there to organize and the parents are there to support. I have three children that graduated from St. Louis and I am very happy with their education. St. Louis is one of the bigger Catholic schools in the area, so there is lots of competition for your little Johnny if he wants to be the star quarterback on the football team. At the same time, there are so many sports offered because it is a larger school. Golf and tennis and cross country and other individual sports to go along with the football and basketball and baseball. Plus the academic clubs, like Junior Beta and Knowledge Bowl and the Math Club. There is something for every child. I highly recommend St. Louis School. Read the negative reviews and remember the positive ones as well. Stop by and talk to the principal and the pastor. See if this school is the right fit for your family. It was for mine.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
I was a student at St. Louis for nine years and I had an amazing time at this school. It was very easy to get involved and participate. I still have all of my friends that I went here with and they are now more like brothers and sisters to me. I think this is why "outsiders" think the parents are so snobby. This school creates amazing bonds between the people that you grew up with and you fall in love with the school and send your children there. Many of the parents went to school together and are already friends from St. Louis or SAA or CBHS. They are not snobby, they just know the "insider" parents very well. To all you parents complaining about this problem, why would you pull your child out of an amazing school because you are having problems becoming friends with other moms? Sounds selfish to me. Try to get more involved because your child will always look back at this time as an amazing experience that helped shaped them to become the person that they will be become.

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2012
St. Louis is a very good school, with a strong curriculum, strong teachers who work hard to give your child a wonderful academic experience. I have been a parent there for nine years, and I still marvel at this gift of a school we have in East Memphis. Is it perfect? Of course not, no school is. But our principal greatly desires to make it the best school it can possibly be. I am not from Memphis, and I did not go to St. Louis myself, and yet, I have never stuggled to make friends, to find opportunites to be involved, to feel that I am part of a community. Our principal and vice principal have an open-door policy. I know, I've used it. They listen, they care. They tell parents to call them at school if their child is having a bad day, and they will make a point to check in on that child during the day. That's the kind of people we have running our school and caring for our children. I also love that the Catholic faith is first and foremost at school. We are proud to be Catholic and it is taught every day, in every way. If you are interested in finding a great school for your child, go visit St. Louis Catholic School.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2012
I was a student at this school for nine years and did not enjoy it. I liked it up until the point when the new principal came. She changed everything and I feel like St. Louis lost it's originality and tradition. All the past and unforgettable teachers were either fired or retired and it made the school not feel so much like home. The kids are annoying and mean to new-comers. Also, new parents are not very welcomed unless they have deep roots within the school. Don't send your kid here. Go to Holy Rosary.

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2012
I agree with the other reviews. If you or your spouse is an alumni of St. Louis then you are good to go. The parents are extremely close minded when it comes to outsiders. And if you are not planning on sending your child to SAA/CBHS, well then you are an outsider. There is a good old boys network when it comes to sports. The emphasis placed on athletics is huge when it comes to the boys and it can be about who you know rather than how good your child is in the sport. The class sizes are also very large. Upwards of 27/28 per class. That being said, I love the new principal. I think she is trying to change things, but I am unsure she knows how political the school can be. When a good percentage of parents work at the school or are extremely involved, there is a bias that occurs.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2012
If you live near the school. Just go to White Station. The children are meaner than average there and the parents are horrid! I pulled my child out this year.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
My husband is starting dental school in the fall and we are relocating to Memphis. What is the best catholic elementary school that has a lot to offer?

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2012
This is our first year at St. Louis School and we are so happy! We switched from another Memphis Private School due to our decision of future education at CBHS/St. Agnes. There are more oppurtunites to volunteer at St. Louis as well as attend socials to get to know the other families. We have ALL (parents and children) made new and wonderful friendships! My children are growing intellectually as well as spiritually. They began the year a little behind so St. Louis for sure has a strong curriculum. The teachers did an awesome job catching them up and keeping us informed of what they needed to work on. I'm happy to say they had all A's, B's, E's, and G's!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2011
St. Louis School offers a challenging academic curriculum that prepares students for high school and beyond. The principal and teachers are warm, caring, and energetic. They not only strive for the highest academic standards but also are dedicated to the spiritual growth of students. The parents are involved in school activities and provide endless volunteer hours to help improve the school. I highly recommend St. Louis School.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2011
I have been a volunteer and involved in every thing and I still am looked down upon by "the core clique" of moms. It is quite frustrating. On a positive note, I do enjoy the masses there.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
I am an SLS alumni as well as a parent to two children, one who graduated last year and one who is currently a student there. I love all the changes being made and have strong faith that our school is going in the right direction. I believe in our church, school, and leaders. I disagree with the negative comments regarding parents not being inviting, I feel there have been many efforts made to involve new parents (ice cream socials, monthly meetings, Cardinal Connect, etc.), yet it is always the same parents at every meeting and volunteering at every event. Those who are critical of the attitudes of parents are the very ones who never volunteer, you have to put yourself out there and become involved. The Home ans School and Men's Club is always looking for help and it frustrates me to hear people refer to parents as snobby or not nice. Try volunteering and geting to know the parents before making negative judgements about them.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
We are both parishoners and parents, yet neither my wife or I are cradle Catholics, or had prior connections to the school. That being said, we could not be happier with the decision we made to send our children here. Most importantly, both of my children are happy and have made wonderful, lasting friendships. The teachers have been, for the most part, proactive with both of our boys and are genuinely concerned for their well-being. Athletically, the school offers opportunity for children of all abilities and the coaching dads have been good mentors and examples to my boys. As for the pretentiousness, this is East Memphis and East Memphis, no matter the private school, will have some degree of snobbery; and while that may be the example for some, we've managed to find a home in this parish and could not be happier. St. Louis might not be for everyone, but for Catholics looking for a functioning parish school with extensive parental involvement & pride, then this would be a good fit.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
My child has attended this school for several years and he/she continues to excel academically and socially. However, I will say he/ she is the type of child who would excel no matter what school he/she attended, some children are just that way. I wanted to point this out because I am trying to give an honest parental review for the school. I am not ready to give all the glory to St. Louis at this time. It is true there is an excellent sports program there and they do a better than average job of getting all students "on board". The 2010-2011 school year also brought an excellent new music teacher, however the new principal needs to work on her social skills; she is not a warm person. The biggest downside for me from a parental perspective, is that I would totally agree with some of the other reviews in that a large number of the parents are down right rude, bordering on ostracizing newcomers or outsiders if they are not from their church. For moms, if I had to compare it to something, it reminds me of high school or the movie "Mean Girls". Many of the parents are snobs and it is funny because they have no apparent financial or educational reasons to back that attitude.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
This school has the best of everything, teachers, school staff, volunteers, children, parents, technology, and an overly active Men's Club within the Church who does a ton of Fund Raising activities which in turn help keep costs down for the school as a whole including the families. This year brought many changes to the school which included a new Principal, several new teachers, and a plethera of new ideas and opportunities. I think we were all a bit hesitant to change thigs but I think it has all worked out beautifully and has enriched and challenged our kids in ways that we had never dreamed of. My daughter has been much more challenged this year and surprise surprise, she has excelled! We are so sad that our time at this school is coming to a close with Graduation right around the corner but I'm sure that my Daughter will always look back on her years at SLS fondly and remember these years as the best years of her childhood! Go Cardinals!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
You will either love it or hate it. If your family has deep ties to the school that run a couple of generations, then read no further and enroll your child!! If you are new to Memphis area or are considering transferring your child to Saint Louis from another school, then please consider that this may not be the school for you. I would definitely agree with a previous post of the Saint Louis community not being very freindly to "outsiders". After three years there we --gasp--made the switch to public school and are quite satisfied both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
I have been very pleased with the new principal and teachers. They are energetic and are devoted to high standards not only in academics but also in our children's spiritual growth. We are new to the parish and school. The families we have met have been very welcoming and my children have made friends quickly. The pastor has been very supportive and is very active in building a stronger relationship between the church and school. I highly recommend St Louis to anyone who is looking for a strong spiritual community and an outstanding academic environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
I have always loved St. Louis, now I love it even more. Our new principal has brought in tangible improvements and there is a new energy among the teachers. My children are happy to go to school, and yes they are challenged academically. There is opportunity for everyone. The word that comes to mind most is "community." We have an outstanding church, pastor, principal, teachers and families that cares for each other in all kinds of ways. I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2010
The school and church preach catholic values which are not followed by the majority of the parents . . . The parents are not friendly at all to new families, and their children are equally mean and narrow minded. The school is really inbred. If you want a school with a bunch of self centered parents whose children are over indulged, then come here. Oh, they have a good sports team--hopefully your child will be able to navigate the politics and get to play. . . . . .

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
St. Louis is a fantastic Catholic School, led by a great new principal, and a wonderful caring pastor. With the addition of new technology, laptops for teachers and students, and projectors in the classroom St. Louis stays at the forefront as a leader in elementary education in Memphis. The families and their involvement create a excellent environment for children. We could not be happier with it as a school and foundation for our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
Wonderful catholic environment coupled with outstanding leadership by our new principal, Teddi Niedzwiedz, and Monsignor McArthur. Mary Sellers is a great new addition to our Music program, as well as, Jenna Jauchler, in Spanish. Strong Christian values, wonderful parish school with active parent involvement and lots of new technology to encourage a better classroom experience for my children. I am quite happy with the staff and my children are challenged and have done quite well in school.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
Great school with a great Catholic environment. Wonderful group of families that are very involved with many aspects of the school and church.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
St. Louis is a great school, lead by a wonderful principal and church pastor. A new principal has brought a breath of freash air into the academic program - the best is yet to come. The foundations of the school and church are solid - Christ centered and an active engaged community of parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2010
St. Louis is a terrific school with an incredible tradition in the Memphis area. However, a weak pastor caters to a relatively small group of elitist parents. I fear that rash changes brought on by the pastor may jeopardize the future of the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
Not good food. The principal is a good person but should not be a principal. The Art program is horrible. students are VERY friendly and well behaved, good enviroment for children

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August 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 13, 2009
St. Louis is not for everyone - if your child is an average student I would have to say - this is not the school for your child. St. Louis does not know how to teach average students - you will probably be asked to get your child 'tested' for a learning disability. The principal does not show true leadership and lets the faculty treat students and parents unfairly. Many alumni (myself included) are not referring friends or family to St. Louis.

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February 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 06, 2009
An adequate school. This school is not for you if you are moving or new to the Memphis area. Most of the families have a long history together and are not friendly to 'outsiders'. It is basically the same buildings, teachers, leadership and philosophy from 50 years ago. However - a strong Catholic education with adequate academics. The principal is weak - families who donate funds and long time teachers run this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2008
Great school with a great Catholic environment. Wonderful group of families that are very involved with many aspects of the school and church.

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September 20, 2008
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May 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
The teachers are excellent the school overall is sooo safe the facilty is outstanding and my child loves it. There are many clubs and sports to join. Your child will love it.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
My child attends St. Louis, and it is ok for the lower grades, but the problem of teachers who have been there way too long is very serious. The administration ignores the problem. The classes are way too large too.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
I loved attneding St. Louis School! I went there for 9 years (k-12) and I would not trade it for anything. I am a sophomore in college right now, and I still go back and visit my teachers and the day care. I plan on sending my kids to SLS.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2007
My child attends SLS and the classrooms are far too crowded (27 students) and some of the teachers have been there far too long for their own, as well as the children's, good. If I could make a recommendation, it would be to drop the class size to a more managable number and recruit younger, enthusiastic teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 31, 2007
My daughter attends St. Louis and I am more tahn pleased with the curriculum

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February 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2007
Excellent school! Not only does my son attend the school, my entire family attended it as well. Fully prepares children for highschool. Wonderful Catholic ciriculum and modern incorporation of the faith in every day life.

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October 30, 2006
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August 26, 2006
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February 28, 2006
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February 08, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I feel fortunate that my kids go to St. Louis School, where the teachers know and care about their students. St. Louis is a enthusiastic, upbeat environment, and parental involvement is excellent. The sports, scouting, and music programs are exemplary. The only weakness is its after-school program, which is not administered by the school.

- submitted by a parent
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St. Louis Elementary School
5192 Shady Grove Road, Memphis, TN  38117
(901) 682-9692
Last modified St. Louis Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Louis Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top