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St. Theresas Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 360 students

 

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Posted yesterday

I have to disagree with the last comment, which was made after just one week of school and before parents were even addressed at Open House tonight. It was very evident to me this evening that the new leadership is committed to making any necessary changes to move the school in a positive direction. Whatever issues may have been occurring "behind the scenes" over the past few years are clearly being addressed and rectified. And honestly, our family has had nothing but a positive experience at St. Theresa's from the beginning. This is our third year at the school and we now have two children attending. We've had highly-qualified, loving, attentive teachers instructing our children in the context of a strong Catholic foundation, a close-knit community, and high academic standards and performance. I can't help but wonder if some/many of the previous negative reviews are coming from the same disgruntled parent(s). I intend to give the new leadership a chance, not to mention my full support as a parent who wants what's best for my children and for the school as a whole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Monday, August 25, 2014

The new year has begun. There is no real "change" in administration because the interim principal has been the vice principal for at least 7 years. It is time for new leadership from outside of the Diocese of Austin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2014

I have been a part of St. Theresa's parish and school community for 11 years and the new changes in leadership are absolutely a God send. I have an alum and one child presently in school here and have seen the uplifted spirits and joy from the teachers since the new interim Principal and VP have begun their work. I have asked around to different grade level parents and they are also hearing wonderful changes. We are hopeful. It helps that we also have a strong leader in our new Parish Priest. He seems to be supportive of the school in ways we have never had. We are hopeful that our school is on an upward trend in staff and leadership. Thank God my children got in here - I highly recommend St. Theresa's to all families with PreK-8th grade children if you are serious about great teachers and being positive for the school and in the community. God is present at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2014

St. Theresa's is an excellent school!! The staff I work with are not only dedicated to their students but they support the mission of the school. I love working there and love not only my fellow faculty members but our parents and students!! I'm so blessed to work in a place where I can talk about God and teach!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 14, 2014

I am honored to be able to teach at this school! St. Theresa's Catholic School faculty and staff are dedicated to the growth and development of the whole child - faith, academics and interests of our students as well as our wonderful families. I encourage those who are less satisfied to seek clear answers to perceived issues with our outstanding, phenomenal new Principal and Vice Principal team. We are a faith filled, professionally trained, dedicated, supportive staff who love our students and remain vigilant to their successes. I love teaching at STCS and support our faith community. Come take a tour and see.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2014

Another teacher leaves! One teacher should have never been hired & dealing with that was a nightmare. We are losing some teachers with very little notice or at the worst times (week before exam or week before major project due). In some cases this has been just plain unprofessional on the teachers part! Some of these teachers have gone to other catholic schools which I think says something about the archdiocese (letting unprofessional exits go from one catholic school to another seems to show you are OK with unprofessional & hurtful actions on students). A teacher goes out with no plan of action, nor notice from administration. Qualified sub was only brought in two days out of almost a full quarter. At this point, the archdiocese needs to look at themselves! Put our money where it counts, in the classrooms! A new building & limitations to its use show you are closed to the students and teachers. We need to know the top is actively keeping, looking & rewarding the BEST educators. Hire great educators for our classrooms & KEEP them, that is what good upper management does! A regrouping is needed & FAST!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

I'm glad the principal is leaving, but the Vice Principal is a nightmare. She has disciplined children without hearing the child's side of the story or even telling them what the child has done wrong. I do know that the Diocese has had issues with her in the past, but she seems to have survived. Too bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

I am a parent of a First Grader and an incoming PK student. After reading the reviews, I felt compelled to share with you how wonderful we believe St. Theresa's Catholic School is for our children. We have had nothing but an excellent experience at St. Theresa's. My First Grader has had wonderful attentive teachers who have nurtured and challenged her both academically and spiritually in all of her core classes and specials. I have served in various volunteer roles at the school and each time I leave very thankful that my children have the opportunity to be part of this exceptional community of educators and peers. St. Theresa's has a very strong support community consisting of faith filled families with a common goal of ensuring St. Theresa's is the best school we can make it. No school is perfect. St. Theresa's is not an exception. I will say, however, that St. Theresa's strives for excellence and addresses issues appropriately. I encourage you to not only read the reviews but also visit the school if you are interested. I know that you will be pleasantly surprised!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2014

The previous post is correct. The technology program is post-poned a year. The administration will probably blame the parents but it was not thought out or secure. Once again, lack of a clear strategy and support ruins a good opportunity for the kids . If anyone in the diocese or PTO read these, please put heavy consideration in removing all current administration/decision makers. They are not collaborative, welcoming or flexible. Instead they blame the parents for being frustrated. Effective leadership goes a long way in resolving issues. We just don't have that in key positions at STCS. I read in an earlier post that private school is a privilege and it is. But most people that go the private school route are hoping to get a better return on their investment than the families are currently getting here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

I'm a bit confused by the last post from the parent excited about the middle school technology electives for the upcoming year. There are no electives in technology for the upcoming year. And, that is a shame. So many children at this school have such talent for technology, speech/debate, math (extreme math), etc. that I am saddened the school has removed such electives, thus no longer allowing students to expand in these areas unless the parents supplement after school. With the ridiculous homework load the students have, after-school activities can be hard to fit in. Art, drama, music and choir are very good electives, but should not be the only electives. The school is not a fine arts school. I hope the administration (even though influx) rethinks its decision on the limitation of electives for the upcoming year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

This school performs very well academically and I am extremely excited about the new fine arts and technology electives offered in middle school next year. This school has a wonderful community of very involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2014

I have 2 kids here and have been here a decent while and here are some thoughts. First off, for the money (~$6500) STCS is a pretty good deal on private school education in Austin. Schools like St Andrews, Trinity, St Stephens are 2-3 more. The fact that the principal is leaving is a very good deal. She was very uninspiring, very poor decision maker and the school has gone a bit downhill since she got there (3-4 years ago). There used to be a wait to get into PreK and now they take all comers. As with most schools there are some good and not so good teachers. Some teachers really just seem to rely on worksheets but many are real teachers. Personally I think the homework load is pretty ridiculous. You have the kids in school for 7 hours, and I think you should be able to accomplish everything you need to in those hours. The relationship with the church is a little contentious at times. Father Bill never seems to embrace the school, and it kind of seems like he views it as an inconvenience. Heard some rumors that he might be moving on as well soon which would be a plus. The schoolroom facilities are fine but the athletic facilities are poor. No fields and poor gym.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

The main issue with this school are the amount of parents that are unreasonable, and do not understand boundaries when it comes to their child's teacher. Never I have seen a school where parents are constantly given the chance to make educational decisions over the teachers. Consequently, they drive educators away, and may even attempt to get rid of them. I pray for their Catholic renewal, and hope they can bring in leadership that has the ability to run the school in the interest of ALL students, not the one or few of the most overwhelming parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

STCS has lost three of their absolutely best teachers in the upper school in the past year or so: English, Social Studies, and now the Science teacher is leaving. So what does that tell you? These were anchor teachers with heart and expertise in their subjects. What a shame for the children to have a revolving door. The assistant principal is smart enough to step up, but she has a history with the parents who are often combative and unreasonable. This is not the only school in the diocese with problems. The folks at the top and esp. in HR need to re-examine their priorities and change the way they treat teachers. There is a lack of respect for both teachers and academics. So much politics have ruined these schools and driven the quality teachers away.


Posted January 15, 2014

Principal's retire. That is not at issue. But, "a fresh perspective and change" is undoubtedly needed. Agree they should look external to the school for the principal job and more staff changes are probably warranted. A new vision of what this Catholic school and community COULD BE is encouraging, if and only if, it brings balance to the dissatisfaction and widens the perspective of those satisfied with the status quo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

I don't think a school should receive a low rating because the principal is retiring at the end of the school year. Change is not necessarily a bad thing and if teacher attrition is a concern, perhaps a fresh perspective with a new principal can be a helpful step in the right direction. I still believe that STCS is a very good school and my kids who have moved on to high school are evidence of the strong moral and educational foundation the school provides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

The school is in a state of flux and viewed as not doing well from within the diocese. As the principal just announced her retirement, hopefully they can find a highly educated and experienced leader willing to make strong choices related to the teachers. assistant principal and quality curriculum. The assistant principal is not the appropriate person for the role.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2013

We have been part of this community for 9 years. We have had the opportunity to live overseas leaving St Theresa and coming back. We have had the opportunity to compare wih other catholic schools overseas. And believe me. St Theresa is a great school. Not perfect since we humans will never be perfect but with a lot of hard work from the teachers and staff to help our kiddos learn and develop at their fully potential. My kids love the school and their friends and teachers. We feel very lucky to be able to be part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

We have multiple children at this school, and have been very pleased. The teachers are very loving and the academics are top notch. We especially enjoy the sense of community within the school - among the children and the families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

St Theresa is an excellent school and a great community. We have been part of St Theresa school and parish for 17 years and have had a great experience. I would highly recommemd St Theresa to any family looking for a safe, challenging, positive and nurturing environment for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 31%
Hispanic 11% 51%
Two or more races 10% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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