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.
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.
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..
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great staff, good price, wonderful caring teachers, unsupportive principal, condescending Father.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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