Students enrolled 245
Type Religious
After school Yes

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2114 Saint Joseph Boulevard
Austin, TX 78757

(512) 454-0384
(512) 454-7252
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4 stars
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March 26, 2014
I have three sons who attend St. Louis School. My oldest is in 8th grade & has been there since Kindergarten. I have another in 5th who has been there since Pre-K, and my youngest is in Pre-K. I strongly recommend St. Louis! If you want a place to drop your child and have NO involvement in their education, then this is NOT the school for you. If you want to part of a community of parents, teachers, students & church, then this is the place for you. At St. Louis, people know and love your child. The teachers are wonderful and know your child s strengths and weaknesses. Of particular note is the outstanding principal, who was a teacher there before being promoted to Principal. I can t say enough about the guidance counselor. She knows and loves the kids and is a tremendous support to them and their families. She is an advocate for your child. The athletic director is one of the best role models you can find. The kids & parents love him. St. Louis is a gem in central Austin. It s been there for over 50 years. Your child will receive a quality, faith-based education, where they will learn self-discipline, respect for others, and a love for learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
The school has been good to us and has taught my children well. A solid education and Catholic teaching which is important to us. There is a lack of getting parents involved and getting to know one another. Most long time parents do not engage with new parents they stick to who they know and what is comfortable. Overall our children are happy and feel happy and safe at St. Louis.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2014
We enrolled our 7th grade son and 5th grade daughter to St. Louis after being at another catholic school for 8 years. It was extremely difficult for us as a family to leave our old school we love and treasure. However we felt our kids needed more interaction with more students and a larger environment to be in than where we were at. My children felt very comfortable from the start. The office staff is welcoming, knowledgeable and understood how we felt as parents. The faculty is just the same. The communication is great, not just from the administration but from the faculty as well. We know what's happening with the education on a daily basis and feel I can contact the faculty about anything I have a concern with. Most importantly, both my son and daughter were greeted and welcomed by their fellow students. They immediately got involved in extra curricular activities and feel like they have been with their classmates for more than just this year. Both my son and daughter have expressed how happy they are at St. Louis. I see it in their efforts and attitudes and see the results in their grades. Thank you St. Louis for making this HUGE change for us go smoothly; we appreciate it!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
Our daughter needed a change for her 8th grade year. When we toured St. Louis, I was blown away by how welcoming and caring the teachers and students were. During the summer before she started at St. Louis, school parents we had never met scheduled a dinner of 8th grade moms and daughters to welcome us to the school. They also donated school uniform pieces from their own daughters' wardrobe for my daughter to wear. Once she started school the teachers, the principal and the front office staff, down to a person, seemed to go out of their way to make us feel welcome. At the end of the school days I ask my daughter how school was and she always says, "great!" At open house every teacher we saw had something special to say about our daughter, even though they had known her only a couple of weeks. This school lives the Gospel in the loving kindness shown by students, parents, and staff. The academics have allowed the students to produce reports on topics they are interested in, so homework is more interesting for her. We have only been at St. Louis this year, but couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
This is our ninth year at St. Louis School, and I have to say we are still very happy with our decision. Our children are in 4th and 7th grade this year. The school is diverse, affordable and centrally located in Austin. The teachers and staff are awesome. The curriculum really steps up a notch in middle school with a great team of teachers. My children are becoming well-rounded individuals as the school not only excels in academics but offers excellent opportunities in athletics, music and art. All this and with a strong foundation in faith make it one of the best choices in town. Thank you St. Louis School!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
Awesome Catholic School...I have two girls in the school, and we are very happy with the school. Especially, the teachers, curriculum, and extracurricular activities! Great central location too.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2013
This is our second year at St. Louis and we are happy with the progress that our boys have made. We have one in 4th and one in 7th grade. Overall the staff is friendly and truly care about the progress of each child. The students are wonderful and were very welcoming to our boys- I believe that to be a direct reflection of the teachers, their families and the religion based education they are receiving. Academically we can really see the progress especially for our 7th grader. Although for the most part we were happy with public school, we do regret is that we did not transfer our boys sooner to St. Louis- The Chapa Family

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2013
St. Louis Catholic School in Austin provides a great educational environment for elementary and middle school students. Teachers are well involved in the academic as well as spiritual formation of their students. In that manner, an integral education is provided to help students mature during an early stage of life. The low student professor ratio helps to have a one to one mentoring with teachers, which I considered are well prepared in their teaching subject. The school has excellent sport facilities and a great location, with weekly church services and religion classes.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
St. Louis Catholic School is a jewel in central Austin. My family has had children attending the school for over 17 years! Things that I love about the school are: the teachers, the staff, and the Catholic environment. As a parent to 4 children, I am thankful for the wonderful faculty and staff that work diligently to create an environment that is nurturing, attentive, challenging and creative. We love this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
We have been in St Louis for 8 years and we are very happy with the formation our 4 children are receiving. The academic level is great and the teachers are amazing, really caring and enthusiastic people. We have encountered only positive experiences at St. Louis and feel blessed of having our children in it!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
We chose St Louis as a new school home for our children when we moved to Texas from New York a few years ago. We have been so happy that we did. Very welcoming to new students. The faculty and staff are dedicated to not only educating our children in their core subjects but also challenging them to be the best Christian individuals they can be. Excellent art program. Opportunities for music education. A sports program that focuses on teamwork and fun and allows participation by kids of all ability levels. The education at this school has prepared my children well for high school and for life!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
Teachers and office staff at St. Louis have been great. We've had great experiences with the administrators and our kids love the school. We're happy with the education our children receive and we highly recommend this school and are looking forward to starting a new school year.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
If you are new to Austin and seeking a quality K through 8 education for your child, I'd highly recommend St. Louis. The management and teaching staff are very professional, communicative and care about the child's performance. The curriculum is advanced and well balanced. Parents are very involved in activities, and there is a strong sense of community surrounding the school and Parish.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2013
Upon moving to Austin from the Midwest we desired to find the best faith based catholic school for our child. We have moved frequently and he had attended four other excellent schools. He was entering eighth grade and we were looking for a school where he could grow spiritually and academically. After touring numerous schools and being exposed to teachers and faculty we chose St. Louis. We were not disappointed. The teachers and staff are exceptional and loving. If you are looking for a strong faith based school with great teachers this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
What has most impressed me in our 12 years at St. Louis is how the school teaches to the whole child. Spiritual growth, strong morals & values along with educational performance are all important. I love attending the school mass with my children and stopping by the adoration chapel for prayers during the day. I

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
If you are looking for a strong Catholic education and a solid academic education for your child(ren) DO NOT send them to Saint Louis. Another new principal this year but the same story all over. The Diocese should consider closing this school when they look at budget needs across the city and put the education dollars toward another campus. Do yourself and your child(ren) a favor and look at the public school you are zoned for or send them to Saint Theresa's.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2012
My children attended St. Louis Catholic School and they both went on to a competitive high school where they excell due to the basics that they learned at St. Louis. The community is very family-friendly, including non-traditonal families, no matter what your family status is. The students represent the diversity of our City. It's a great school and is centrally located with easy access from 183, Mopac, or I35. Check it out.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
Horrible. Expulsed my child after I had a disagreement with staff member. I recorded conversation. Feel free to reach out to me to hear for yourself. They are extremely discriminating with regard to race, marital statusand socioeconomic background. We are going to transition to a college-bound public school.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
My son will finish Kindergarten in 2 days, and it was a wonderful year for him. The teacher is excellent, and my son adores her. The new principal was selected this spring, and she was drawn from the faculty and has everyone's trust. She has started righting the ship. The whole school seems lighter since this change. As for academics, my son's standardized test scores were mostly in the 98/99th percentiles. The math and reading programs were excellent. My husband has been away for work a lot this year, and the school team really came together to support us. Communicating about all of these improvements in the community has led to increases in enrollments across the early grades, if this continues, the school will be back to its excellent roots in no time. We're definitely coming back for first grade. My son also loves the afterschool program.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
The school counselor did not return any of my calls or respond to any of my emails. Obviously she doesn't care and can't do her job! 3 prinicipals in 3 years. The administration is not stable and neither is the budget. The school needs an overhaul. Not only the adminstrative office has gone downhill but so has the quality of education

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
My children have been at St. Louis School since kindergarten and are now in middle school. I have seen many changes over the years, some good and some not so good. However, I believe my children are being well prepared for high school and they have always been happy at the school. This year, the math program in the middle school was changed dramatically for the better. I am a research physicist and my husband is an electrical engineer, so math and science are very important to us. I can't believe how great the math is in middle school this year. What a change! Also, I am amazed with the science my kids are learning. Some of the concepts that my eighth grader is learning I did not learn until late high school. My kids are engaged, happy and learning. They love the sports program. I think this is a solid program that is really on an upswing with the new principal.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
My children have attended St. Louis for 4 years now. We absolutely loved it our first year here. Everyone was so welcoming and it made you feel great about sending your children to school here. However the changes made over this last year have been disheartening. THe new office staff has been out of reach and unaware since the last change in administration. Phones are not ansered, messages not returned, and emials not responded to. Weekly correspondance is late or not existant. Walking into the office it is chaotic and unorganized. I have no complaints of the teachers, they are wonderful educators and talented with handling the children. This is the 3rd principal in less than 6 months, let me just say: Get it together St. Louis Catholic School. My children will remain at St. Louis because of my confidence in their teachers, but i need to feel confident in the people responsible for them and i absolutely do not.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
I have been involved with St. Louis school for over 8 years. During our tenure, I have seen 3 principals come and go. The academics have slipped over the years. Weaknesses mainly in the secondary section of the school in particularly in Spanish, Math, and English. Way too much focus on the Fine Arts. The administration needs to come back to the basics of academics. Enrollment has steadily dropped over the past 3 years (mainly due to the last principal) and the loss of some quality teachers. The enrollment level is under 300, not 365 as stated above in the profile. If St. Louis will go back to the basics focus on academics (Math, Science, English and History) and NOT the arts and computers, it can be the school it once was.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
I currently have 2 children at St. Louis Catholic School. I have had 3 older children graduate from SLCS and they have all excelled at a private college prep school. A couple of years ago I decided to research the curriculum. I used the book "The Educated Child", by William J. Bennett(former Secretary of Education)as my guide. The office made the school curriculum available to me and I was very happy with what I found. I know the teachers need to bring that curriculum to the classroom, but in my experience, they have definitely done that. My final determination as to whether my children are receiving a strong academic education is the success that my older kids have experienced at a top notch college prep school. Our family has been at SLCS for over 10 years and have been very happy with all SLCS has to offer. It is a great environment for children to flourish both spiritually and academically.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
I have always been very happy with St. Louis Catholic School. The kindergarten teacher has taught for many years and is the perfect kinder teacher. Kinder has always had an aide in their class. My first child did not do so well in the standardized testing until about 4th grade, even even though he had all A's. He is now in high school in AP classes as an Academic Scholar as his school likes to say. Our second child is now a freshman and she is also doing very well at the same college prep high school. I know my children received a very good education at St. Louis and it did prepare them for success in high school. Our school is a very close community filled with faith, love and support for all.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
This school has a great community feel, lots of parental involvement. However, it is lacking academically. For example, my older child gets As in math, but scored very poorly on the standardized testing. She does well with what is taught, but the school is not teaching a challenging or even standard curriculum relative to other schools. My kindergarten child is in a class of 25 children.(17 boys). The teacher says she should be reading by Dec. She's been reading since the end of last yr, but the teacher is too overwhelmed to notice. Teachers are average, but I would give curriculum 1 star. Don't be fooled by 5 star reviews.written by those w/ an agenda..The fact that enrollment is down significantly speaks volumes! We are currently looking for a new school.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
St. Louis school is an excellent private catholic school. It has so much to offer your children. A great education , plus your children will learn so much about their catholic faith. I have had 2 boys graduate from St. Louis and will have a daughter graduate this year. It has been a blessing to me and my family to be part of the St. Louis Catholic school family..

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2010
St. Louis Catholic School is a hidden gem located in the heart of central Austin. Caring teachers serve a diverse student body. Parent involvement is first rate. The principal knows every student by name and truly cares about them. It is a total family affair. My children have received a high quality education and have formed wonderful friendships. My closest friends are the parents from the school. There is an abundance of opportunity for parents to get involved. If you are looking for a safe, nurturing situation for your child and an excellent learning environment, St. Louis is the place for you. Check it out!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2010
Criticism on public websites can be skewed but the evidence demonstrates that low enrollment along with an exodus of students and teachers continue even after the debacle that took place two years ago. How many former St. Louis Catholic School students are now enrolled at Redeemer or other private/public schools? Review the facts and judge for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2010
Excellent Private Middle School. St. Louis Catholic School accepted my daughter as an Eighth Grade Student and she had a wonderful experience at the school. The children were warm and accepting, the kindest group of kids I have ever seen. The faculty were warm and loving, excellent teachers who inspired their students to learn. The campus is excellent, providing a large athletic field, gymnasium, library, and cathedral church. I am so pleased with my experience at St Louis Catholic School, particulary considering the low cost for attending the school. It is an excellent value.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 02, 2010
We had our children at this school for 14 years, I feel the school is effected by the lack of interest of parish support, decline in leadership, and lack of ability to retain and attract quality teachers, thus a decline in the academic and Christian environment.

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January 22, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
This school has really become a family again this year. There are so many things going on with the school. Students are happy and learning. The school focuses on virtues and the fruits of the spirit in all that they do. Students are recognized and challenged. Some new things this year were Red Ribbon Week, Homecoming Week, new after school music groups including advanced strings, guitar, piano, and choir, a yearbook club for students, High School Test Prep for the 8th graders, new Science curriculum, and a Writing and Grammar class for the older students in addition to teaching them Literature. The faculty and staff are helpful and go out of their way to support the students, even those with special needs. I am glad that my children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
St. Louis has excellent diversity of cultures, especially for a small private school. Students and staff genuinely care about each other and want the school to succeed, in good times and in bad.

- submitted by a teacher
September 02, 2009
Great staff, good price, wonderful caring teachers, unsupportive principal, condescending Father.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
Great Catholic school. The recent changes due to new new principal might appear as a little bit of a burden but overall they were a welcome improvement. If you want you child to be educated in an orthodox school then this is the place to be. If do not want to be involved with your child religious and academic education and you just want to delegate it to the school then you better find another place.

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August 09, 2009
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June 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
This is a quality school that has a strong core group of faculty, staff and parents that work together to provide a great learning environment for the students. As with any school there are areas of improvement but there should no question about the focus on doing what is best for the children.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
I am appalled at the lack of response by the prinicipal, school board, pastor, and even the bishop to the valid concerns many other parents have raised. The reviews appear to be 5 to 1 against; however, we are not all irresponsible parents as implied by other posts. I am completely unhappy with the value for tuition spent. My child was not placed in the correct grade (via charter school transfer) because no testing was done until the end of October after poor grades reported on her first report card (under the former administration). My child received a better education from Sylvan tutoring. No field trip yet this year. The room parent left. In summary, I am dissatisfied with the value received for my treasure and see no opportunities to use my talents or time to help this school. My child (and my money) will be going to public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2009
We have pulled our children out of St. Louis after 5 years. The policy changes and lack of caring shown by the administration has reached such a level that there is no community left there. Christian values are to be found more at a public school than at this school given the current state of things.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2009
We pulled our child out of St. Louis after several happy years there. The teachers are awesome, but the new principal made the environment unbearable. The constant policy changes with little or no notice to the parents, the ridiculously strict uniform regulation enforcement, new detention policy, excessive reduction of physical activity, etc, made school life unnecessarily stressful for children and parents alike. All requests at reason fell on deaf ears. Thus, we decided to take our tuition payments elsewhere. We, and other families who have also left, felt the new administration was unashamedly hostile. We would strongly encourage parents to fully research St. Louis before enrolling your children.

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January 03, 2009
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no rating October 29, 2008
The reviews on this site are a reflection of how torn apart our little community is right now. Please stop and think about how it got to this point. The reason most of us send our children to SLCS is because of the catholic identity and the loving community. What's happened? In our many years and several children through this school - we have never seen it like it is this year, sad but true. Change is always difficult but it isn't just about change this time... We pray that this will turn around. The teachers are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
Our family has been at St. Louis Catholic School for many years and we have seen many changes over those years. But one constant has always been the closeness of the families. We are not a wealhy school but we work hard together to make our school the best it can be. The families are mostly loving and caring and always willing to help each other out. Many of our children have transferred from other Catholic schools in the area due to issues or problems they or their parents had with the other schools. Our school has always welcomed these children and families. Even the ones who are never happy no matter where they are. This year we have a new principal (not principle) who is doing a wonderful job making the changes necessary to establish a first rate curriculum available to ALL of the children. We love our school!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2008
The principal has implemented more discipline at St. Louis this year. This discipline not only includes a new tardy policy, but also includes pulling up the pants of the children to check the sock length for uniform violations. Although there is a parish priest for this school, he is no more available to the parents than the principal is on issues the parents have. The teachers are fantastic and we just hope they stay for those who will return next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2008
My child attends St. Louis School and we are very happy. More importantly, our child is happy. The children are challenged to grow academically. We have a dress code and it is enforced. Not to the extent of having children pull up pants to check socks, but enforced. We have met with the Principal and she was welcoming, listened, made a decision, and explained how she got to the decision. We are glad to have a Principal make decisions that is best for the students and not for personal parental agendas. Our expectation is that our child receives a high quality education with Catholic values. At St. Louis, the Principal and Pastor have done an outstanding job to assure a quality education with Catholic values and we are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2008
St. Louis is a Catholic School I went to school there 20+ years ago and we had weekly mass with Communion every week. I would expect a Catholic school to have mass and Communion weekly. I am now a parent of a student at St. Louis. Bullying was an issue last year. The new principal has added discipline and enforces rules that have addressed bullying. We had parents that believed the tardy policy did not apply to them and ran late everyday. I know this because late students constantly interrupted my child s class last year. No fault of the student, a reflection on the parent and their lack of respect of the other students. What a concept, have your child to school on time! The new principal is adding much needed discipline and direction and is welcomed by the majority of the school community!

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October 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
If you want your children to attend a military academy with weekly mass & Communion, this is your place. The new principal has instituted strict rules & punishments on everything from dress code to tardies, added 30 minutes to the school day but taken away most recess (except for grades 1-3, and parents had to fight hard for an extra 10 minutes). The teachers are terrific, but the new principal is so unwelcoming and dictatorial that she has enraged most of the community, so that the school is no longer the pleasant place that it was (for children or parents). If you're looking for an education for your children based on the latest research & policies, go elsewhere. However, if you like the discipline of pre-1950s schools, this may be your place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2008
I think the schools teachers are great! The parents are very involved and the kids learn a lot. The only problem is the new principal's lack of communication and rudeness to the parents. She came from St. Augustine in Houston (2007) and seems to have some of the same comments from that school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
I too am appalled at the rudeness of the new principal and her lack of acknowledgement to the parents and their concerns. My children have been here for 4 years but I believe this will be their last unless changes are made. Teachers here are excellent but I am concerned they will not return.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2008
My interaction with the church and school imcluding the teachers, staff and lunch department are all excellent. However, the prinipal is no 'pal' to this community and see her as a loose dead weight NOT an achor of stability or compassion.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 23, 2008
We are new this school year and are appalled with the changes. No recess. 1 hour of PE a week. THis is not what we were told when we toured the school in the spring. The children have no chance to work off energy or make social contact on the playground! Oh, and the school day has been lengthened by a half hour too. We don't have heartburn with that, but to take away recess and reduce PE - well - that doesn't sem right. All this via the new principle who is rude and unaproachable. Not a very 'loving environment'.

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September 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
There is a new principle at the school this year and she's very rude. I think the school is a good school and so far I don't see any problems with the teachers but the principle makes it difficult. She's not very supportive, she'll belittle and embarrass staff in front of parents and talks down to parents. Even though the school states they are 'all inclusive' when it comes to religion, they are truly not. I feel the St. Louis ECDC program is much better for Pre-K and young children. I was very disappointed with the principle.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2006
As a transfer student from another state, my child was challenged. My child was welcomed with open arms to this small community. Teachers are wonderfully helpful and very good at communicating with parents. Academics are great and parent involvement is a priority. It has been a family for us and we feel lucky.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2005
St. Louis has been consistently excellent in all academic areas.

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July 03, 2004
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December 16, 2003
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St Louis School
2114 Saint Joseph Boulevard, Austin, TX  78757
(512) 454-0384
Last modified St Louis School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Louis School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top