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Austin, TX 78731

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3 stars
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September 12, 2014
St. Theresa's has been excellent choice for our family. We have been there for the past six years and have been very pleased. Our children are excelling not only academically but spiritually. They love going to school and are eager to tell us about their day when we pick them up in the afternoon. When our youngest was in PK, he was already rattling off the sight words and thinking through basic addition/subtraction problems. From a spiritual perspective, our children know proper etiquette in church which is clearly evident at mass on Sundays. Overall, STCS has exceeded our expectations. In reading through the reviews and listening to the anecdotal commentary over the past year, there has been some concerns raised regarding the administration. We believe St. Theresa's along with the Diocese are working together to strengthen the leadership at the school. Open House was a testament to that 'new' leadership. It is evident they are trying to partner with the parents. Unfortunately there are a few parents that are unwilling to partner back as stated in the negative reviews posted before school even started. It is a mystery why these families continue to stay if they are that upset.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2014
The last comment (which begins "The new year has begun. There is no real "change" in administration..." & ends "...time for new leadership from outside of the Diocese of Austin") was originally made on August 25, a mere week into school and before Open House had even occurred. When I made a comment on August 26 responding to it, that comment was then resubmitted on August 29 to come AFTER mine and AFTER Open House. My August 26 comment (which I didn't realize would be deleted when I tried to update it) basically conveyed that my family has had an excellent overall experience at St. Theresa's over the three years that we've been sending our two children there, from the teachers to the academics to the strong sense of community. Furthermore, after attending Open House, we feel extremely confident in the ability of the new leadership to move the school in a positive direction. I can't help but wonder if many of the negative reviews on this site come from the same few disgruntled parents, particularly if they're not above moving their comments around to discredit subsequent comments that refute them (forcing me to paste the shifting comment into my comment before it's moved again!).

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 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 and made many of the decisions. The interim vice principal has held positions in 2 other Diocese of Austin schools. It is time for new leadership from outside of the Diocese of Austin.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
February 01, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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
August 19, 2013
After reading and agreeing with so many of the negative reviews regarding teacher and administration issues at STCS, I wanted to also highlight issues about the students treatment of one another. There are a number of significant issues around bullying and teasing particularly in the older grades. Teachers have admitted to moving their own kids from STCS for unresolved bullying problems and cliquish behavior with both boys and girls. In other cases, the teachers's children are the bullies and seem to go untouched as do children of parents that volunteer a lot. There are a lot of smoke and mirror responses but would like to see any real work that's been done and actually followed through with. It's also perpetuated by the parents. The superintendent needs to finally get engaged for the health of the school. The administration (principal, vice principal) are in over their heads and are in constant battle mode with families that want change instead of making any real strides on all the issues that are being presented.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2013
We are starting our third year at STCS. While the academics could be better in Science and Technology, we've researched other schools and for the price STCS really is the little school that can. This is a very safe, warm Catholic environment, and ultimately this continues to win us over even when we have seen the higher-level curriculum that other, more expensive schools offer. The teachers and staff really do care about the children. There are a bunch of awesome little special things the school does such as recess every day and Spanish starting in PreK (which is unusual even at private schools). They also do grade-appropriate service projects even at the youngest grades and have a buddy system between higher grades and lower ones. There are always things schools can improve, and STCS is no different, but I think for the cost and the overall curriculum and environment, our child is better for attending this lovely school.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
Amazed that other parents are speaking of "weeding out" and comparing the school to "esteemed" public schools. Really? We chose the school because it was a Catholic school but found that that wasn't very important to the administration or the parents. It is a very cliquish school and if it isn't going to provide the emphasis on Catholic education, then we might just find the educational challenge at the more "esteemed public schools" more appealing. We're considering moving for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
We love St Theresa's! The tuition is a bargain as it's subsidized by the parish. Many teachers came from the esteemed Eanes School District. We've had top-notch experienced teachers throughout--not the "hit or miss" you find at even the best public schools around. The school community is involved and unparalleled, not snobby like at some schools. Since St Theresa's starts at Pre-K, its students have a head-start on most area schools. The Diocese of Austin won't release test scores, but this school scores great and prepares its students well for high school. Yes, lots of sitting in a traditional school environment, worksheets, and some homework, but is manageable and gives results. Our child is gifted, and is plenty challenged here where there are a lot of bright kids from good families. The school does admissions testing and "weeds out" those who might not be able to handle the rigorous academic environment. Catholic theology is incorporated, so if you're not looking for Catholic education, you'd best look elsewhere. The school has always ranked well on physical fitness scores and the sports teams consistently do well. The weakest point to me is the Spanish program.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2013
We were so excited when our kids got accepted to St. Theresa's. Our excitement turned to dismay when we received our teacher assignments. Both teachers were well into their 50s-60s and we learned quickly that the method of teaching in both classrooms was very outdated. One of our kids rated as gifted and this school could not accommodate the more rigorous needs. If your child is middle of the road and fits neatly into a box, then this school might work for you. If your child is special in any way and you want a school that recognizes and encourages that exceptionalism or uniqueness, versus trying to mold them into the status quo, this is not the environment for you.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
I felt it important to post a more recent note about STCS. I find it interesting that overall, most comparable private schools for elem/middle in Austin had an average of 4*s, which leads me to believe that in all these schools folks either love their school or don't (and leave). We have several kids in this school and find it to be a very pleasant place to educate our kids. Any parent thinking of a private school should visit and see if their kid is a fit. Here are the pluses for STCS -- good academic rigor, at a quaint, central Austin Catholic setting for a reasonable tuition, and a very active, solid community of families. The good balanced families are a big selling point. There is improving diversity and teaching of virtues at the school (lower grades are probably seeing better diversity) with a broad socio-economic range. It is a more regimented academic curriculum that is "traditional" based, and a mix of teachers (as noted in reviews--some older and others newer, but overall they care deeply about the kids). Sports are important to the families there, so particularly for boys, this may be a factor. They will open a new fantastic building to add space next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
After reading the last parent review, I decided to write my own. The last review omited an important factor regarding the lack of PE facilities for Middle School; well the school is currently under construction reducing the space for the children to play outside. As the principal has mentioned several times, the children safety is the main priority and is open to receive suggestions from us the parents in how to adapt this situation to the middle school recess.Like any school has its flaws, I agree with the excessive amount of worksheets but at the end, my children are happy, well adapted and learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
St. Theresa School has a great community, unfortunately it ends about there. Since the entrance of the current principal, many excellent / seasoned educators have left. The principal doesn't seem to know how to run a Catholic institution and the community is all that holds this once excellent environment in place. While PSIA / test scores do fair well, that seems to be their sole purpose outside of working for accreditation. The science and math programs are poor and from Kinder on the children spend their days doing countless worksheets, glued to their seats unable to even wiggle without being diagnosed with a learning disorder. In lieu of teacher instruction, the students watch videos and do little interactive learning. Space is of real concern and it also is diminishing. The lunchroom is held in the gym (which doesn't have an approved basketball floor); there is no track, field or other place for PE outside of the gym. The children as they get older have little creative outlets. The potential for St. Theresa's is good (less space limitations for sports/recess). It was a great school, but is now run by individuals that don't seem to have the children in mind.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
St. Theresa's is a wonderfully warm community with great parent involvement. The campus, surrounded by nature, is conducive to learning and simply nice to be around. My concerns lie within the academic environment, which proves to be too rigorous in the early years (PK, K). The K teacher this year said she was teaching 1st grade. It now makes sense to me why it was recommended that my 4 year-old daughter in PK who has a summer birthday (a young 4) repeat PK in order to mature and be better equipped to handle K. Now in K, my daughter finds the class of 22 students to be overwhelming. Even with a teacher and TA, my daughter gets lost in the mix due to the age and developmental difference between students. Academics are geared towards standardized testing and the curriculum moves so quickly that students are not retaining information, are not receiving help if they don't understand, and are bombarded with worksheets and homework starting in K. There is little energy left for fun and creativity though art and Spanish class are part of their week. I'm just torn about this school because there is so much I personally love about it and my daughter is just not enjoying.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
Great parent involvement. Very competitive in sports, curriculum and high academic achievement are important, but seem secondary to sports achievement . The teachers are nice, but no different really from public school, class sizes are the same. They need to raise tuition to attract quality teachers who are different than public school. It is a great community of people who care a lot about the school. The homework is overwhelming and can be extremely stressful for the kids. Doesn't really seem to help the kids do any better, should be working on it in class, not at home. Overall, public school vs. private really not that much different in academics but the kids and parents are great.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
i went there 2 years ago. no other school has been able to even come close tto the academic standards that st. theresas has to offer. i miss everyone there and i think that it has to be the best private school ive ever heard of.....plus the food is amazing!!!!! and the staff and facultie are the best in the world

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 30, 2009
Excellent school with fine academics. St. Theresa regularly wins academic competitions against much more expensive schools. The parents are a close knit community, many of whom have a strong Catholic faith. The middle school academics have greatly improved and Latin, Writing and Science are particularly good. Most middle school students participate in extracurricular activities and sports, which we also liked.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
June 25, 2008
What an incredible school! They have created an environment of high academic standards and love - a beautiful balance. St. Theresa's has done a wonderful job enhancing a child's spiritual growth in many ways. For the review siting no middle school conferences - I believe if you inquire you will find that middle schools do not have 'set' parent conferences. I do know that at any time, a parent conference could be requested and ofcourse, scheduled. They want their middle schoolers to be treated as other middle schoolers are treated. They provide a 'normal' middle school experience plus a whole lot more! I can't express how much I disagree with that review. We could not be happier with sending our children to this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
Incredible community with dedicated teachers and loving kids

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
Our child is in Kindergarten at St. Theresa's. At first I was concerned, as they require testing of all new students. However, once I researched, I realized testing was to help ensure that St. Theresa's was a good fit for each and every child they admitted - and we couldn't be more pleased with the fabulous kinder teachers, the wonderful families, and the way they treat our child as if we are part of the family. The academics are rigorous but we are most pleased with the 'whole child' philosophy - sound mind, sound body, sound heart. It's the best school in Austin no matter what your religion.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 17, 2008
Be careful with this school especially at certain grades and particularly at the middle school. It works for a certain type of student and certain type of family but does not work well for many especially if your family likes parent teacher interraction or smooth interactions with administrators. Your student will learn Catholicism but there are many problems elsewhere at teh middle school life. Middle school life is pretty dismal as the people running the show don't seem to understand adolescents. Parent teacher interaction is hard to get. It is a very closed school and this past year parent teacher conferences were cancelled by the teachers with approval from the administration at the middle school level. Teachers cancelling middle school conferences? Adminstrators approving it? What is going on? Make sure things improve before you consider it. Check out some other Catholic schools if you want Catholicism before picking this one.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
I have love the school and it has been an awsome excperince but i felt as a middle school student i was still treated like an an younger student but is getting better and they a re making improvments

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2007
St. Theresa's has turned out to be a wonderful school for our three children - fantastic involvement by parents and teachers. We have been very pleased with the academics (especially Science, and Spanish) and the athletics, not just the spiritual life. The accelerated reader program has helped the children attain a high reading comprehension level, and we are looking forward to seeing the results of the recent addition of the Accelerated Math program. The students do very well in the PSIA and science fair competitions and seem to come out well prepared for high school A wonderful loving school environment, especially as children reach the tough middle school years. Probably the best education bargain in Austin.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
Our son has been at St. Theresa's School for less than a year, and we are already impressed with how much he has learned. It is an academically challenging environment which fosters character formation through scholastic excellence, community service and spiritual, moral, emotional and physical growth. At every level, from PreK through 8th grade, the students are supported by a foundation of ethics and morality which reinforces their Catholic faith and infuses everything they do. There is a high level of parental involvement and a true feeling of community. Competitive athletic programs are available, including volleyball, flag football, basketball, soccer, golf, track and tennis, and St. Theresa's has won numerous awards in all categories. There is also a convenient after-school care program available. The faculty and staff have all been first-rate and we are fortunate to have such an excellent Catholic school in our area.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2003
St. Theresa's provides the best academic education for the dollar in Austin. The teachers are incredible, the staff is responsive and the environment is respectful, nurturing and intellectually challenging. What a well kept secret!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
St. Theresa's is a strong school and is moving in the right direction. The adding of a middle school will add even more to this excellent school.

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St. Theresas Catholic School
4311 Small Drive, Austin, TX  78731
(512) 451-7105
Last modified St. Theresas Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Theresas Catholic School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top